Verizon to sell Tab 7.7 Thursday for $500 over LTE

Data plan required, starting at $30 a month, with purchase of Android 2.3-based Samsung Galaxy tablet

Verizon Wireless Tuesday announced it will exclusively offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 starting Thursday, March 1, for $499.99 with a two-year agreement for the carrier's 4G LTE network.

The Android 2.3-based tablet has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and a 7.7-in. Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280 by 800 resolution.

A 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera are included, as well as 16 GB of on-board storage, with support for a 32 GB microSD card.

Verizon said the device is suited for workers since it comes with Mobile Device Management software, a Virtual Private Network, on-device encryption and push synchronization to email.

The device supports Microsoft Office. Hotspot connections to 10 Wi-Fi devices are possible.

Customers must subscribe to a 4G LTE broadband data package that starts at $30 a month for 2GB of data.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen , or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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