TechnoBuffalo first picked up the news on Sprint's offer, which allows consumers to pick up the free tablet when signing up to a two-year smartphone contract.
Consumers can choose from a selection of smartphones, including the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The ZTE Optik is a budget Android tablet which offers a 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and the Android 3.2 operating system.
The tablet, which usually retails for $99.99, also offers 6GB of in-built storage, 1GB of RAM and dual-facing cameras (2MP camera on the front, 5MP on the rear).
These figures come from the firm’s Mobile Broadband Price Benchmarking Service, which also notes the emergence of 4G-specific tablet plans from the likes of Vodafone in Germany, and Sprint in the United States
Unsurprisingly given the increasing availability of 4G tablets and compatible networks (at least in North America), Strategy Analytics expects a ‘dramatic increase’ in 4G tablet plans for the rest of 2012.
"Offering tablet plans and devices is a key part of mobile operator strategy”, said author of the report, Pawel Kmiec.
“Of all the plans available from mobile operators, tablet plans now account for almost 40 [...]
Sprint's new pricing plans for tablet data users begin at 1GB (for $20/month), and include 3GB ($35), 6B ($50), and 12GB ($80/month) plans. Noticeably absent is the all-you-can-eat option that has made Sprint users so happy. According to Sprint, these new plans "replace all previously available mobile broadband plans."
According to Mobiledia, analysts have indicated that these cuts were instigated by a noticeable slowdown on Sprint's network brought on by the flood of new iPhone users. Sprint has denied these claims are true. The company has previously eliminated unlimited data plans for netbooks, notebooks, and mobile hotspots, leaving smartphones as the [...]