T-Mobile Drops More Hints On G-Slate Release

T-Mobile is once again dropping hints on the T-Mobile G-Slate and not providing the one thing that really matters, a release date. It’s great to know that the G-Slate will offer T-Mobile TV with live and on-demand TV including news, sports and full length entertainment but when, WHEN can I expect to enjoy T-Mobile TV on my G-Slate?

Is it gaming that you want? Well fear not because the G-Slate will come a pre-installed version of Need for Speed Shift HD. Featuring real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models and a wide range of authentic race tracks. Fully loaded on the G-Slate, Need for Speed SHIFT HD will feature HD graphics, a built-in accelerometer and a gyroscope.

Want to do some reading on your G-Slate? The G-Slate will come with the Zinio eReader billed as the largest online newsstand. You will find 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries on board.

The G-Slate is expected to arrive in “Spring” according to T-Mobile and April 20th according to us. The G-Slate is expected to be priced around $529.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. While that pricing may be a little better than what the Xoom is fetching on the Verizon side of things, a 2 year contract for $529.99 on the G-Slate just doesn’t excite me.

Growing 4G Tablet Portfolio

T-Mobile is also readying its second 4G tablet, the T-Mobile® G-SlateTM with GoogleTM by LG. Powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the G-Slate delivers a premium mobile entertainment experience with a brilliant HD 8.9-inch 3D-capable multi-touch display and the ability to record 3D and full HD video. With the new G-Slate, customers can access their favorite TV shows, magazines, games and more with the following pre-installed applications: ? T-Mobile TV – offers live and on-demand TV including news, sports and full-length

entertainment, plus on-demand full episodes of your favorite shows. ? Need for Speed SHIFT HD – developed by Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), Need for Speed

SHIFT HD is an award-winning authentic racing game that combines the true driver’s experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks. Fully loaded on the G-Slate, the popular racing game is brought to life on the tablet with crisp HD graphics, and a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.

? Zinio eReader – The largest online newsstand, this e-reader enables customers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways with more than 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries.

? Pre-loaded Google applications – Preloaded Google applications include Google Books and Google Chat, with access to thousands of additional applications through Android Market.

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  • Zeon45

    Pretty expensive but its good to see T-Mobile offer a tablet on par with the iPad2 and XOOM for a more affordable price.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Yea, but I rather buy a Wifi-only tablet.. they’re cheaper, no contract, plus u can just use your phone as a WiFi AP (Hotspot) to access your carriers 3G/4G if u have a capable phone.

      • Ghoff15

        Does tmobile charge for that

        • J-Hop2o6

          Still works for me for free (Wifi and USB tethering).. but yes, they have an add-on for it.

      • LC

        I doubt you’ll see a carrier bringing in a wi-fi only version of a tab…They won’t make any money off of it.

        • J-Hop2o6

          They add the Mobile Hotspot device like Verizon did with the iPad, and something else I think.. but yea, I rather buy the Wifi only version from a retailer anyways.

    • Semicycle

      Not “really” more affordable when the out the door price is $629. …. rebates = weak sauce.

  • Richardthegrape

    where are all the comments? Did everyone jump the t mobile ship already?

    • J-Hop2o6


  • hmm 600 off contract might work for me.

  • WunakoRTM

    Umm its kind’ve pricey for my taste I was hoping maybe $400-ish guess I’ll wait till a htc tablet drops or this one lowers prices or a special Or something

  • jarjon76

    Way too pricey. I really like the G-Slate, but I’m not paying that much. I’ll wait for the price to drop.

  • Anonymous

    I hope we can see a wi-fi version cuz paying 529$ +2 year contrat with no data after the year is useless

  • way tooo much $$

  • Getting xoom this weekend

  • This is cheaper than the Xoom is on contract. I still want to see a no contract price. It is a nice device and has 3D technology, it may be gimmicky but it is still a nice feature to have. Don’t you agree?

    • Anonymous

      3DTV’s arent even poplular. Nobody wants to pay any extra money for a truelly gimmicky feature. It would probably cost about $50 less sans 3D.

      Whats worse is it’s only $70 cheaper than a contracted XOOM. Again, 3D is probably what is making this thing $529 vs. a more appealing $499. As usual the price will drop as soon as its not selling.

      Just my thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid to hear what the wifi version only will cost. This is way too pricey for a subsidized device. I wish the carriers weren’t limiting the potential of Android tablets.


    • Aerofanbig

      All the carriers have pretty much ruined the entire purpose and direction of Android being an open source platform. I wish Google could say F-U you’re not going to use our software with bootloader blockers, crappy interfaces and restrictive app regulations. At least T-mo was fighting the good fight with the G series. With Sprint getting the Nexus now, maybe they’ll carry on the vanilla torch?

  • JBLmobileG1

    Who wants to spend that kind of money on a device that may become useless in about a year? While I would Love the G-Slate… who are they kidding? If Tmobile is serious about this AT&T then they need to include the bands and frequencies that current AT&T phones. And what about our grandfathered myfav plans? How will they let us keep those plans? How will we be able to change our fav 5? I doubt AT&T will let us keep those plans and our unlimited data.

    • Invincible_Don_1

      I’ve seen this before, they will let the current customers keep there unlimited plans however down the road it can change where AT&T can give you a somewhat better plan & try to make you voluntary leave the old plan for the new one. A good example is with the up coming LTE. You think AT&T will let you use there LTE service with the old unlimited 3G plans lol not in a long shot.

    • Alex Connick

      AT&T is taking on T-Mobile’s frequencies, so all T-Mobile phones will work after the merger. All contracted plans will be grandfathered

  • I was excited to get this because I planned to keep it for several years. But I am not going to buy something that I won’t be able to use in another 1 to 3 years. The device isn’t like a phone that I upgrade once or twice a year. This is more like a computer that I buy once every 3 to 5 years. Sorry T-mobile. You lost a sale here.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe just MAYBE LG will put in a new radio like Moto is doing with the XOOM. I’m sure lots of people will have that same exact concern. OR maybe it has the same radio that the G2x has and you can still use it in the future.

  • Anonymous

    So where is the Sidekick 4G announcement? Engadget already put their grubby hands all over it.

    So I guess this tablet is $629 full price? Yeah this doesn’t have a home anywhere in the market at this point. Samsung’s 8.9 is coming with a skin so atleast it will be different than the rest.

    $499, 8.9″+, Stock 3.0, WiFi only for the win. Everything else is Fail.

    • Mrcoolgarcia

      exept that is a samsung product so youll be stuck with 3.0 for ever no more updates for that tablet as samsung is always so unsoporting of its devices , no thanks i rather go to the dark side and get ipad2 with updates , .

  • I was looking forward to this device as well, but there’s simply no way that I am going to contract 2 years, PLUS switch voice carrier, PLUS surrender banking data (EasyPay is a requirement for that price), and still have to screw around with a mail-in rebate. Mail-in? What is this, 1974? And let’s not forget that they just tacked an extra $10 onto each of their data plan tiers this month, so they just paid for the ‘discount’ on the device, and then some.

    • Anonymous

      $30/mo for 200MB is pure rape.

      $50/mo for 5GB is consensual rape.

      • anon

        Its $50/mo but if you are an existing customer you get a 20% discount, which makes the price drop to $39.99.


        This is going to be the best tablet device out on the market, and its not even the most expensive! Why does everyone feel such a sense of entitlement?

        • Anonymous

          I won’t buy it, thanx for gettin loud cuz now I’ve decided.

          Furthermore the Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi is only $469 so you can take the GSlate and shove it buddy.

  • Jonathon

    In other words an overpriced wifi only tablet in the near future. I used to work for at&t and now soon to be formerly employed by T-Mobile (by choice). I know exactly how at&t does it with mergers saw them do it with at&t wireless and centennial wireless. It is a bad situation for thos customers to be in. The G slate looked great too but knowing what is about to happen to the 3G/4G it is going to be sad to see.

  • All this waiting, and they bang us up the ass like this? WOW. Xoom wifi, unless they get real on the price. no one in their right mind would pay 629 to buy a device on contract. So off contract is like 800??? Horrible, just plain horrible.

  • Anonymous

    $529 with a 2 year agreement is asking a bit much. I thought that the price of tablets would come down when the options arrived, but the price points are getting a bit ridiculous for a niche device. For anywhere from 5 – 800 you can get a laptop or even pc to do much more than what these tabs do. Dont get me wrong, i think there is a place for tablets in this world, but cmon u greedy suits, do they have to reach the price point of a thousand ? thats just crazy to me

  • whosaidwhat

    So, you walk into the store and pay $630 sign a two year contract ($10-$20/month) and you get $100 in rebate?

    That’s expensive. Any news about a wifi only version?

  • I have to pay $630, send in a rebate, sign up for a two year contract and pay for any other activation fees that will go with this?

    Yeah I am going to pass. I really want a Honeycomb tablet but no one seems to be giving me a good reason to buy one.

  • anon

    Its $50/mo but if you are an existing customer you get a 20% discount, which makes the price drop to $40/mo


    This is going to be the best tablet device out on the market, and its not even the most expensive! Why does everyone feel such a sense of entitlement?

    You are getting the largest and fastest 4G network in america for $20/mo less than the competition with slower networks

  • Just a thought….If I buy this and it is made useless by AT&T do they have to give me a new tablet for free with the same data plan? It might be worth buying for that.

    • Anonymous

      First of all the G-Slate will not be rendered useless. You will be able to use “Edge” and WiFi.
      You might as well purchase a AT&T tablet now, with AT&T data plan, unless you want to purchase a
      soon-to-be-discontinued-mhz(3G/4G) item.

  • Anonymous

    When Tmobile finally releases the G Slate, you will have less than 11 months to enjoy 3G/4G on it.
    Then its AT&T “Edge” happily ever-after.



      if they pre-provision att’s frequencies into it no problemo.

      it might be happening already.

    • Qwe

      This is how rumors start if u don’t know anything about the network. Why say stupid remarks. Totally doesn’t make sense why would att buy a network for 39 billiion if they were just going to demolish the network completely. They need tmobile 4g network that’s why the merger is happening. Once the merger completes. Both networks are going to be up and runing. The only difference is that they both will be att.

  • I’ll wait and see what it cost off contract or if they release a wifi version, what that cost will be…but they better hurry that wifi xoom is looking better everyday to me

    • reaXion

      I hated my xoom and returned in.

      • Any reason in particular you returned it? I’m seriously thinking abt getting a Xoom Wifi but ‘m gonna wait for more G-Slate details b/c I actually want it more than a Xoom.

  • whosaidwhat

    Well, Samsung’s announcements for their two tablets killed this thing for me.

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    Wi-FI, Wi-Fi, Wi-FI

  • Anonymous

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 takes a dump on this.

    • whosaidwhat


  • Cameron W3st

    So let me get this straight… The Ipad 2 just came out at 499 off contract…WE know it’s a good product, you dont have to be locked in for 2 years OR send in a rebate…

    And we are supposed to leave this tablet why?

    don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT a fan boy…in fact, id RATHER have a honeycomb tablet…but this is ridiculous. Give me a real reason to stray from the Ipad and I will.

    • Anonymous
    • ColoradoGray

      Because your comparing a 16 gb wifi only version of the iPad to a 32 gb device capable of getting data over cellular connection. The 32 gb iPad w/ 3G is 729.99 w/o contract.

      • RDL

        Yeah, I could care less about network data. I refuse to pay the ATT rates and almost everywhere you go there’s free wifi these days somewhere. So I think the point is valid. give me another $100 off (without rebate) and you can disable the data. I’d be perfectly fine with just WIFI. Besides, with this AT&T thing going down, I’m not getting into any more renewals because my future with t-mo has been put into question.

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible that the G-Slate will get AT&T’s 3G/HSPA+ bands like the G2x is rumored to have? It would make sense…LG makes both devices are they will be released around the same time……

    • Anonymous

      If it does we can use this on ATT 3G with ipad data plan… $25 for 2GB

  • so its $629 retail?

    • Anonymous

      yea most likely.dont really like motorola but the xoom is better(imo).off-contract wifi only is $600 with 32gb.unless wait for samsung’s tab 2(read below) or wait longer for HTC’s 10 inch tablets.

      • if its $629 im buying it if i can get it unlocked, im pretty much am using it in asia where this will be sold $1500 in value

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