AT&T offers $100 credit towards Nexus 7, but it’s not worth it

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Normally I’m all about saving money, which is why my curiosity was piqued when I heard that AT&T is giving a $100 credit to anyone who buys an ASUS Nexus 7 and signs up for service with the carrier. Unfortunately, this is one of those deals that’s just not really worth your time.

First of all, the Nexus 7 is half a year old – in other words, in tech time, it’s about to sprout some grey hairs. That’s not to say it still isn’t a great tablet (and my favorite at this particular price point and screen size), but rumor has it Google will announce a new Nexus tablet at Google I/O, a mere four months away.

Second, you have to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T. Don’t get me wrong – AT&T’s HSPA+ coverage is decent, and speeds are great. But with a tablet as awesome as the Nexus 7, you’ll want at least 3GB/month of data, and that will cost you $30/month. So, you’ll still end up paying $300 for the 3G version of the tablet, you’ll get just over 3 months of free service from AT&T, and then you’ll be stuck paying $30/month for 21 more months – a grand total of $920, plus taxes and fees. If you choose to get a measly 250MB/month instead, you’ll still end up spending $560 total, plus you’ll always be hesitant to use 3G data due to the ever-present constant risk of inadvertent overages.

Honestly, you’re better off buying a WiFi version of the tablet, and taking advantage of free WiFi hotspots where ever you go. You could also tether the Nexus 7 to your phone, if you really need data away from home. Nice try, AT&T, but we know better.

[Google Play via Android Community]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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