AT&T bundles an LTE Samsung GalaxyTab with a free smartphone

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is encouraging customers to upgrade to LTE by offering a two-for-one deal. If a customer buys a Samsung GalaxyTab 8.9 with LTE between Nov. 20 and Jan. 7, 2012, AT&T will throw in a free LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or HSPA+ capable Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

AT&T also will launch six more LTE markets Nov. 20 including Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, bringing its total LTE footprint to 15 markets. By year-end AT&T has said will have LTE service in 15 markets covering 70 million POPs.

The Samsung GalaxyTab 8.9 with LTE runs version 3.2 Honeycomb of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and also supports HSPA+ connectivity. The device sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, 8.9-inch HD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage with the option to expand to 32 GB as well as a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet will cost $479.99 with a two-year contract.

When customers buy the GalaxyTab 8.9 they will receive a free LTE-capable Galaxy S II Skyrocket or HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Both require a two-year contract. AT&T said that if the tablet is returned within 14 days of purchase, customers will be charged the two-year commitment price for the Samsung Galaxy ST II Skyrocket of $249.99 or the Samsung Galaxy S II of $199.99.  

AT&T is playing catch up with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), which currently covers more than 186 million POPs with LTE, and plans to offer LTE in more than 175 markets by Nov. 17.  

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