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Dell’s 7-Inch Streak to Arrive on T-Mobile With $199 Sticker Price, Breaking New Ground for Tablets

When CEO Philip Humm told Mobilized he saw a market for more affordable tablets, he wasn’t kidding.

T-Mobile confirmed on Monday that it will sell the new 7-inch Dell Streak for $199 (after a $50 rebate) for those signing a new two-year contract. The device will go on sale on Feb. 2, the carrier said.

Humm said that he sees huge demand for additional wireless devices, but that they need to be more affordable.

“I do not see a reason why a customer should not have two devices minimum,” Humm said in an interview last week.

Competition in the tablet space is also heating up, with the Streak due to compete not only against existing products like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab, but also with the likes of Honeycomb-based Android devices like the Motorola Xoom and other competitors, including RIM’s PlayBook and HP’s yet-to-be announced Palm tablet. The Streak will run on T-Mobile’s 4G network, its first tablet to do so, but will not use the Honeycomb version of Android.

Google is having an event to detail Honeycomb on Wednesday, while HP has called a press conference for Feb. 9 to talk about its webOS plans. RIM has said the PlayBook is due this quarter.


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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus