Rumor: AT&T to sell Windows 8 tablets?

 

We've been wondering if any wireless phone carriers in the US would offer some cellular-based Windows 8 tablets for sale. Today, a new rumor claims that AT&T does indeed have plans to offer such products in its retail stores.

WPCentral.com reports, via unnamed sources, that AT&T will be training its retail employees on September 30th and October 16th to sell both Windows 8 tablets as well as Windows Phone 8-based smartphones. The report says that one of the tablets will be the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will have AT&T's LTE wireless antenna inside.

It was recently reported that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 would be priced at $799. However, it's possible that AT&T could sell that device for less with a two year wireless contract.

The same report also claims that AT&T is also considering selling Windows 8 tablets from Samsung and Acer, although it adds that may or may not happen. So far, AT&T's rivals at Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have yet to reveal any plans on selling Windows 8 tablets.

AT&T has already announced it will sell the HTC Windows Phone 8X smartphone sometime in early November. It is also expected to sell the Lumia 920 from Nokia, although that has yet to be confirmed by the wireless carrier.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via Lenovo

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At&t is by far the worst carrier to purchase your Windows Phones and tablets from people. Just as us current users who have not gotten any updates and fixes to our phones because At&t is sitting on them. We are almost coming up on a year since the release of our phones and are dealing with issues that Microsoft released a few updates to fix in Jan 2012. Till this day we have not seen any released by At&t. Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile been released them for their Windows Phone users.

Sounds good to me. Waiting to for the new Lumia to come out and this ThinkPad has been on my radar since they first announced it so getting it with an AT&T data plan at a discounted cost upfront makes the whole thing even sweeter.

Of course they are going to sell Windows 8 tablets. The Samsung development tablet from Build last year had an ATT radio in it. Here is the interesting part though. What if they subsidized the cost of the tablet with a new contract or adding it to the family plan... Suddenly that Surface RT at $199 with a 2 year contract looks reasonable doesn't it?

Drewidian said,
Of course they are going to sell Windows 8 tablets. The Samsung development tablet from Build last year had an ATT radio in it. Here is the interesting part though. What if they subsidized the cost of the tablet with a new contract or adding it to the family plan... Suddenly that Surface RT at $199 with a 2 year contract looks reasonable doesn't it?

RT only has wifi though so no contract for LTE.

blackjezuz said,

RT only has wifi though so no contract for LTE.

and you got this info where? There are Windows RT devices in the works with cellular radios in them... Heck ASUS has a WinRT device in the works that uses Nvidia's Icera 4G cellular radio to get LTE

neufuse said,

and you got this info where? There are Windows RT devices in the works with cellular radios in them... Heck ASUS has a WinRT device in the works that uses Nvidia's Icera 4G cellular radio to get LTE

He got it from the Surface Keynote in which they said the Surface RT and Surface Pro will initially ship as WiFi only.

If any tablet has support for AT&Ts network and since the UI looks so close with WP8 devices I see no reason why they wouldn't want to sell them.

The best scenario for AT&T would be to be able to sell you a phone first and then get you to bite on a tablet as well. Or they could offer them together in a packaged deal with the same data plan or something along those lines.