iiNet has begun offering Samsung's 7 and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and the 3G-enabled Galaxy Camerain bundled deals with its mobile broadband service. Are those deals worth signing up for?
iiNet offers you the choice of either buying the devices outright or making a monthly payment as part of a 24-month contract. These are the deals on offer (including the total cost on a 24-month contract if you make the monthly payment):
|Device||Outright||Monthly repayment||Total (4GB plan)||Total (8GB plan)||Total (16GB plan)||Total (20GB plan)|
|Galaxy Tab 2 7.0||$379.00||$13.00||$790.80||$1,030.80||$1,270.80||$1,750.80|
|Galaxy Tab 2 10.1||$579.00||$22.00||$1,006.80||$1,246.80||$1,486.80||$1,966.80|
iiNet's mobile broadband offerings (running on the Optus network) are reasonable but not spectacular value. You'll pay $19.95 a month for 4GB, $29.95 for 8GB, $39.95 for 16GB and $59.95 for 20GB. If you also have an iiNet broadband service, you get $5 a month off those prices (which we haven't noted in the table above). That's cheaper than some rivals, but you are tied to a 24-month contract.
The real kicker? iiNet also divides its broadband into peak (7am-midnight) and off-peak times (midnight-7am), with half the available data allocated to each period. Mobile broadband is more useful during the day, so this does make the data allowances less generous than they seem at first glance.
If you don't fancy a contract, you may be able to pick up the hardware for less with some judicious shopping around. We spotted the Galaxy Camera for under $500.