Sometimes what we're looking for is hiding in plain sight, and that just might be the case with the on-contract cost of the "amazingly priced" Dell Streak 7. See update below.
On the upcoming 7-inch tablet's product page on the T-Mobile website, the fine print at the bottom contains an interesting note: "$82.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $82.50, required." There's no corresponding symbol on the page to put this footnote into any context, but a quick perusal of the carrier's other products suggests that this down payment plus 3 monthly payments business is the exact wording used for its Equipment Installment plan, which lets you "pay for your phone in four interest-free installments."
"Coming Soon" and an inactive "Add to cart" button are currently where the pricing information will be on the Streak 7's page. When the page is complete, however, it should look like this Galaxy Tab page, though obviously with different prices:
It's the Equipment Installment plan pricing. In this case, T-Mobile will let you have the Galaxy Tab for $349.99 after mail-in rebate if you pay in full or for "as low as $100/mo" if you qualify for the four monthly payments option.
If you click on the question mark next to the "as low as $100/mo," you get this:
Based on the Galaxy Tab's page, then, we can assume that 1) the Streak 7 will cost $329.99 with a two-year contract and 2) the amount can be paid for in full or in 4 monthly payments of $82.50.
Of course, there's always the possibility that the fine print on the Streak 7's page is just some leftover text from another page.
But considering that all of the trademark and copyright info shown above (click to enlarge) is actually accurate (Amazon, Kindle, Zinio, Qik, BrainPop, and Blockbuster were all named at Dell's press conference as being preloaded on the device), it seems perfectly reasonable to believe that the $82.50/month x 4 footnote is accurate too.
So what do you think? If it's true, is $329.99 for a Dell Streak 7 on contract "amazingly priced"? I wouldn't call it amazing, personally, but considering that the original Streak launched for $299.99 on contract, I'd say it's pretty good.
[T-Mobile] Thanks, ManwellC!