The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab has been priced on a 24 month plan, giving consumers a way to get around the $999 price tag. In the mean time, there’s also a new budget iPad beater to think about.

Announced today, Optus customers will be able to grab the recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab for $0 on a $59 plan over 24 months, a fair difference from the outright price. That price includes 10-20GB of data with an estimated data value of $800 per month. Social networking will come free with the packages, however, providing unmetered access to the Optus Zoo, Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook.

Meanwhile, Optus has also announced that a new budget tablet to compete with the Telstra T-Touch Tab will be available mid-December for $279. Much like the recently reviewed Telstra tablet, Optus plans to include up to 3GB of pre-paid data with the device when it’s released just before Christmas this year.

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While we’re not sure quite what model Optus will introduce as its MyTab device, we suspect it could be the ZTE V9 (above), a 7 inch tablet that includes WiFi, 3G, a front and rear camera, Android 2.1, and weighs just a smidgeon over 400 grams.