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T-Mobile Announces 200MB Free Tablet Data for Life, $0 Down on Tablet Purchases

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Yesterday, T-Mobile told us to mark our calendars for a big UnCarrier announcement involving tablets. This morning, they delivered that announcement, which involves 200MB of free tablet data for life, other affordable tablet plans, and $0 down on the purchases of new tablets. This is the latest move in this UnCarrier world that T-Mobile has attempted to create. 

So what exactly are we looking at? According to T-Mobile, anyone who owns a data-ready tablet that works on T-Mobile’s network can take advantage of free 200MB of 4G LTE data per month “for as long as they own their tablet.” And we’re not talking about current customers of T-Mobile, we’re talking about anyone with a tablet who can connect to their network. For example, if you bought an unlocked tablet like say the new Nexus 7 LTE, you could pick up a T-Mobile SIM and start enjoying 200MB of free data per month with “no strings attached.” T-Mobile claims that 200MB amounts to “800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or stream 200 minutes of music.”

If you want more data, T-Mobile now offers daily, weekly, and monthly data options. For voice customers, you can get unlimited data (500MB full 4G LTE speeds) at $10 per month. If you want to up that full speed data in 2GB increments, simply add on $10 per month. If you want to go the daily route, T-Mobile is offering 500MB of 4G LTE data for $5. Weekly passes run $10 for 1GB of 4G LTE data.

Should you like the sounds of these new plans, T-Mobile wants you to know that you can buy tablets from them at $0 down with monthly payments afterwards. Better yet, if you own a WiFi tablet, but want to take advantage of their new data plans, you can trade it in for a discount on a new tablet. T-Mobile currently plans to sell the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.


T-Mobile Revolutionizes How Customers Buy and Use Tablets 
with Free Data for Life 

T-Mobile is the only major national wireless provider offering customers free 4G LTE data every month for as long they own their device

All tablets start at incredible introductory price of $0 down

Revolutionary Simple Choice plan enables tablet customers to enjoy unlimited data worldwide – at no extra charge

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Oct. 23, 2013 – If you purchased one of the nearly 90 percent[i] of all tablets that only connect over Wi-Fi because you worried mobile connections would mean big monthly bills, listen up.
Just two weeks after upending the wireless industry with its Un-carrier 3.0 moves, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS), America’s new No. 1 choice in wireless[ii], is at it again. In its latest Un-carrier move, T-Mobile today announcedTablets Un-leashed, a revolutionary approach to make tablets just as mobile and connected as smartphones.

“Tablets are supposed to be un-tethered like smartphones, but it hasn’t worked out that way because people know carriers will charge them an arm-and-a-leg for mobile data,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Carriers figured out a long time ago that they could make money – a lot of money – by forcing customers into restrictive, overpriced data plans. We changed it for smartphones and we’re changing it for tablets.”

T-Mobile is the only major national wireless provider to make tablets affordable, connected and mobile right out of the box. There’s no bait and switch, no trial period and no strings attached. T-Mobile is the only national wireless provider to offer tablet owners up to 200 MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they own their tablet, even if they’re not yet a T-Mobile customer.[iii] It’s really as good as it sounds – 200 MB of free data on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network. That means each month customers can send approximately 800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or stream 200 minutes of music – all for free.

Customers wanting more data can choose from a range of simple, affordable and flexible options – with no annual service contracts, no data overages and a blazing-fast nationwide 4G LTE network. T-Mobile offers daily, weekly and monthly options for adding 4G LTE data. For T-Mobile voice customers, ‘always-on’ tablet plans start at just $10 a month for unlimited data including 500 MB of 4G LTE data each month. Customers can add even more 4G LTE data in 2 GB increments for just $10 more per month. For customers who would rather have the flexibility of on-demand data, T-Mobile offers daily and weekly passes. Daily passes include unlimited data with 500 MB of 4G LTE data starting at just $5. The weekly passes include unlimited data with 1 GB of 4G LTE data for $10. No caps. No overages. Just simple value.

Additionally, postpaid customers who add a monthly Simple Choice tablet plan automatically get unlimited data to include more than 100 countries worldwide, at no extra charge. This means that T-Mobile’s home data coverage area for tablets is now larger than AT&T’s and Verizon’s combined.

T-Mobile is driving unparalleled value for tablets across its entire line-up. New and existing customers will get affordable and hassle-free access to the latest 4G LTE tablets at the upfront price of $0 down with monthly device payments. With incredible upfront pricing and great value rate plans, T-Mobile has the lowest total cost of ownership among the top US carriers for tablets. In fact, compared to similar AT&T plans, consumers can save up to hundreds of dollars over two years with T-Mobile’s Tablets Un-leashed offer.

“By offering free data for life with incredible upfront pricing, T-Mobile is un-leashing customers to fully enjoy tablets as they were meant to be enjoyed – mobile and connected,” Legere said.

T-Mobile Announces Tablet Trade-In Program and New Device
T-Mobile today also announced plans to extend its existing smartphone trade-in program to tablets. Beginning Nov. 1, anyone with a qualifying tablet can bring it into a participating          T-Mobile store – even if it’s only Wi-Fi capable – and receive a discount on a new tablet.

Tablets in T-Mobile’s portfolio will include:

  • Google Nexus 7 (2013), Google’s flagship 7-inch LTE tablet, featuring a stunning 7-inch full HD display and virtual surround sound is built to deliver the best of Google in a slim, light and extremely portable tablet. T-Mobile today announced it will offer the Nexus 7 beginning Nov. 20 for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $16.[iv]
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 2 10.1, with its brilliant 10.1-inch display, lets customers take entertainment, like games, music, movies and social networking, on the go while taking advantage of T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is currently available for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $19.iv

About T-Mobile US, Inc.: 
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: “TMUS”) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences for customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It currently serves approximately 44 million wireless subscribers and provides products and services through 70,000 points of distribution. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

Via:  T-Mobile

  • Josh4ln

    After talking to T-mobile customer service rep, here is what I found. You first can buy a prepaid broadband sim card for your LTE tablet(if you already had one). After you got your sim card, you can activate it through Tmobile( either on there website/ phone call/ local store. However, in order to keep your account active, you will be charge $10 every 90days. It’s still a good deal but it’s not completely free.

    So here is my thought on this:
    1. They are trying to sell you the LTE tablets which cost lots more.
    2. 200lb might not be enough to do anything, so you will be eventually add additional service with additional cost.
    3. For those you use T-mobile know this. If you go over 200mb limit, there will be some sort of fine after the 200mb limit. They overcharges you sometimes too.

    At first, It seem to be a good deal but you will eventually go though lots of troubles as well. But it still worth a try though.

  • Ome_Twi

    Bring it to Canada and I’ll dump Rogers forever!

  • I have tried a product of T-Mobile, and I do not appreciate it. some time after the purchase, it becomes stiff, and touch sensitivity seems not at first

  • ανώνυμος

    Come on Nexus 5. Give me a reason to terminate my VZW contract early…

  • Neil Fujiwara

    I am curious to see how this affect sales of LTE tablets. For the longest time I never really considered the LTE tablet version, simply of the additional cost. I have tethered my 65 dollar Kindle Fire to my phone before for car rides for the niece, but I don’t really see using a tablet on the road, let alone go purchase a LTE tablet. Is anyone planning to purchase a LTE tablet just because of this news or is it mainly to lure people from Verizon/ATT to drop their tablet plans and eventually switch completely over to T-Mobile?

  • Maverick

    Bum deal. Anyone is better off using Wifi or tethering, smh.

    Who would blindly fall for this??????

  • David Van Cleef

    How about not ACTIVELY BLOCKING tablet IMEIs from using your pay by the day plan?

  • opustv

    Please please please run a story about this every day from now on so we can see more of Shakira…it totally makes my day. 🙂 Thanks!

  • rthvk

    Bye bye Flo…

    Hello Nexus 5, deb, and TMo! 🙂

  • droidrazredge

    As a customer, Verizon I’m looking at you! Step up your game! T-mobile is making a killing and attracting people by the herds with its offers and features. If you get rid of my unlimited data plan I know where I will be going. On a side note you need to one up this and give 500 MB – 1GB a month for free.

  • coolsilver

    I have Verizon with Unlimited data on my phone. I recently bought a new Nexus 7 with the T-Mobile sim. Oh I was thinking going with Verizon when I got it…Verizon screwed up by not having the device fully ready.

    I don’t have the best coverage at home (Edge) but at work I have 3G to LTE most the time. I’m in between carriers. The day my Unlimited dies with Verizon is the day I go with T-Mo completely.

    T-Mobile announced this at the right time because it will keep those like me on T-Mobile as Verizon finally certifies the tablet for use.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    They should have announced this when the new nexus 7 came out. I already got my wifi only model

    • rthvk

      Same situation here

  • Stone Cold

    They will make a killing on the refurbs too.

  • TMKvamme

    I am fairly certain the answer is no, but I just wanted to double check:
    Can my Verizon LTE Xoom work on t-mobile?

    (I have newer tablets and the Xoom doesn’t get used much anymore but it is the only LTE tablet I have.)

  • nickyb

    I really want to support t-mobile. If they had better service I would switch everything over to them.

  • Wilsonian

    Here’s my question: If I buy a Nexus 7 LTE right now, could I activate it on T-Mobile for free? Would I get 200mb of data for free?

  • nickyb

    Amazing! I will now go buy a tablet.

  • JMonkeYJ

    Does anyone know if the 200 MB of data will work overseas with their new international service initiative?

  • duke69111

    I wonder if you would have to pay taxes and fees?

    From T-mobile site:

    Limited time offers; subject to change. Taxes and fees additional. Free Starter Data: Avail. every 30 days as long as you have an active Mobile Internet account on eligible device. No roaming. Usage applied first to passes, next to Starter Data, then Mobile Internet allotment. Mobile Internet Service: Credit approval, deposit and $10 SIM starter kit may be required. Partial megabytes rounded up. Full speeds available up to monthly allotment; then slowed to up to 2G speeds for rest of billing cycle. Roaming and on-network data allotments differ; see your selected service for details. $10 Voice Discount: Requires one other line of post-paid phone service on the same account. Equipment Installment Plan: Availability and amount of EIP financing subject to credit approval. Down payment & unfinanced portion required at purchase. Balance paid in monthly installments. Must remain on qualifying service in good standing for duration of EIP agreement. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone/device becomes due. Taxes and late/non-payment fees may apply. Participating locations only. Not available in Wash., D.C.; see participating locations in MD or VA. Example(s) shown reflects the down payment & monthly payments of our most creditworthy customers; amounts for others will vary. Pricing applicable to single device purchase. Device and screen images simulated. Coverage not available in some areas.

  • Haskell Gray

    Could you just buy a few of the sim cards and swap them out as you reach you 200MB limit and never have to actually pay for data?

    • duke69111

      That would be a lot of work. They would probably limit it to one per person per account.

  • duke69111

    If there a LTE version of the new Nexus 7 that will work on all four carriers?

    • Nope. The LTE 2013 N7 works on AT&T and T-Mobile, and somewhat on Verizon. Let me explain:

      On AT&T and T-Mobile, it will work just like any device would. It’ll connect to LTE if you’re in coverage and if not, it’ll fall back to HSPA+, UMTS (3G) or EDGE (2G) depending on where you happen to be.

      On Verizon, the tablet is LTE only. If you leave Verizon LTE coverage, you will have no data whatsoever because it does not have CDMA2000 support, which would be required to get the tablet to fall back to EV-DO (3G) or 1XRR (2G).

      The N7 doesn’t work on Sprint at all because Sprint doesn’t use SIM cards for their LTE, therefore they still have an iron grip over what will and won’t connect to their network.

      • duke69111

        Thanks for the info. I just noticed on the play store site that there was a generic version (which I assumed worked on all carriers due to the bands) and then one listed for ATT and one listed for T-Mobile. I now think I remember seeing something about the Verizon version being LTE only.

  • Menger40

    Is there any reason this would only work with tablets? Could a T-Mobile Note 2 use the free 200mb of data?

  • schoat333

    wait.. data and free in the same sentence? T-mobile, please get proper coverage in my area. I would switch in a heartbeat if you did.

    • ssl48

      T-Mobile offers these deals because that’s all they have going for them, certainly not coverage and indoor building penetration. They can’t afford to upgrade their network. If they did, they’d be charging what the competitors charge. It really isn’t a great deal when their coverage is lacking.

      • Chrisdroid

        I have no problems with coverage, my data download its about 32 megs down and 12 up, I do understand that their network is not as big as Verizon and ATT but their attitude as a company is beyond great..So they might not be as big as their competitors but whatever they have coverage is way better and stronger than them!

      • asten77

        unless you live in a location where they have great coverage, then it’s fairly irrelevant what else they have. If you travel a lot, fine, but most people are in a fairly consistent area most of the time.

  • anon

    When can we sign up for this?

  • DiegoKokomo

    Well now I’m actually intrigued by a new Nexus 10…

  • Brian Walker

    I’m really curious what kinds of trade in discounts we’re looking at. I’ve got my 2012 Nexus 7 that I’d love to trade in for a 2013 LTE.

    • UniBroW

      Yeah, i didn’t think i’d trade up to the new one simply because I don’t use it for much but this is pretty tempting.

  • Sergio Bridgett

    everyday t-mobile makes me happier about my move. Awesome – Never thought I wanted a tablet but this is very tempting

  • Everyday i love Tmobile more and hate verizon and sprint even more!!!

  • DanSan

    so could i technically walking in with a nexus 7 LTE, ask for a sim card and get my free 200mb a month. Then walk out, throw it in a T-Mobile phone and just use free 200MB a month on that phone. not bad.

    • rthvk

      Nexus 5, anyone?

      After doing that I would go back in and ask for another SIM for the LTE N7.

  • rav

    If you only have a wifi tablet no worries, TMo has you covered. Go to Walmart and pick up a TMo wifi hotspot for $100 and start enjoying your cheap data. I used this and Google Voice to replace my iPhone after #$%^ AT&T sent me a throttle e-mail (for using 1.8GB). Last I checked it is important to buy the hotspot at Walmart so data will last 60 days instead of just 30 which makes the data plans cheaper…

  • elohel

    Mmm free data on a network that everyone I know subscribed to it never has a signal.

  • Guest

    thank you t-mobile. . thank you.

  • gokusimpson

    Definitely doing this. Going to use their free service to try out their new towers next to my house. If all goes well then leaving Verizon!

  • 200mb per month? So I can basically browse the front page of Droid life like two times. LOL

    • Considering how many ads they’re thrown up there lately, you have a point.

  • Bobby N

    Will you get 200mb of free 3g if you don’t have 4g?

    • sc4fpse

      Well, odds are with T-Mobile, you’ll be getting 200 MB of free EDGE. Which, might actually last awhile.

      • Bobby N

        Even 200mb of free edge would be better than nothing.

        • Until you actually tried to use it. In 2013, free is even too high a price for EDGE data. haha

          • JoshGroff

            I was browsing XDA on edge at a bar last night. I almost died. And to top it off, I was DD…

          • Yeah if you’re going to be browsing forums on EDGE, you’d be best off to use Tapatalk if the forum supports it. Any kind of web browsing on EDGE is enough to make one consider suicide. #firstworldproblems, perhaps, but it’s true!

          • epps720

            The issue there is not why edge is so slow, the issue is why are you browsing XDA at a BAR?!?

          • JoshGroff

            It seemed like a good way to pass the time while not drinking. #designateddriverproblems

  • Jason

    Reason #47 why I will be leaving Verizon for T-Mo when my contract ends.

    • Batman

      I didn’t wait for my contract to end…

      • JoshGroff

        Same $170 ETF, wasn’t that bad.

        • CharlesJorgenson

          tell them you are moving to europe, they dont require proof and will let you out of the ETF. Thats what i did 😀

          • blackjaguar25

            Did that honestly work? Details please.

          • CharlesJorgenson

            Totally worked, told them i was moving to london for work, and verizon has no coverage, let me out of the ETF.

          • JoshGroff

            That’s interesting. Will keep that in mind if I sign another contract for whatever reason. I do know they also have something where if you still have and return the phone you subsidized, they waive the ETF.

          • Aaron Clow

            Damn! Where were you when I paid over $300 to get out of my Verizon contract! (was worth every penny though). Awesome post!

    • Razball

      I broke 4 contracts for tmobile lol yes stupid but what they’re doing needs support and the plans are so low lol and I have lte everywhere in my city

      • I broke 3 contracts to go from VZW to T-Mobile. Between what I was spending and what I now spend, it took about 4 months to break even. But it was TOTALLY worth it!!

        • Razball

          Yea same tmobile to me is literally the only option I use like 5-8 gbs a month and Verizons lte and tmobile hspa are the same where I am and now with lte it’s not even a competition

    • meijin3

      Best decision I ever made.

  • Aaron Clow

    T-Mobile, I love you. I just wish your building penetration was better. I was with Verizon for 12 years and switched, only to have to jump to AT&T when I couldn’t get reception at my desk with T-Mo. Now I’m dealing with AT&T speeds which are generally 1/10 what I was getting from T-Mobile. If only no desk reception wasn’t a dealbreaker. T-Mo is doing all the right things and I wish I could come back.

    • Jared Denman

      WiFi calling (although not available on AOSP yet).

      • jonzey231

        Yeah this is a completely underrated feature. I live in Columbus, OH but I go back to my hometown Coshocton, OH pretty often (a little over an hour one way) and there is ZERO service there. Verizon is the only carrier in the area so I can’t even roam off someone else’s towers. I have a Nexus 4 so I can’t use WiFi calling but my girlfriend bought her S4 through T-Mobile and it works incredibly. Calls, SMS and even MMS all come into her phone number over WiFi. Very nice feature when we’re in an area with little to no service.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          Go Bucks!

      • Aaron Clow

        Yeah, I have a non T-Mobile Nexus 4. Looked into that. Hopefully some cool dev will port it to AOSP or something. It would solve my problem bigtime.

  • NeedName

    Now I’ve gotta pick me up a Nexus 7 LTE 😀

  • 200MB to get people hooked and make them see why LTE tablets wipe their @$$es with WiFi-only tablets is a genius business idea. Not gonna lie.

    Maybe now that the Sacred T-Mobile is pimping LTE tablets, all the Android geeks who have kept the undeserved T-Mobile fellatio party going since late March will finally stop ragging on LTE tablets. LTE tablets suck…until T-Mobile gets behind them! Now I needs to getz me an LTE Nexus 7, yo!

    • Blue Sun

      Sir, put the coffee cup down…

      • NO! 😉

        • Blue Sun

          Well, then. Have another! 🙂

    • moelsen8

      “Too bad this genius business idea came on a network that can’t seem to
      get even 3G coverage outside of metro areas, nevermind LTE. Whatever. I

      Wish they’d get some voice coverage outside of metro areas and major highways too.

  • T4rd

    I can’t comprehend how freaking awesome this is. I would have never imagined this from any major carrier. T-Mobile is showing that they’re truly here for the customers and I hope they never lose this mentality.

    • JoshGroff

      That is how you keep customers, Verizon should take notes. 😉

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Verizon is the Gordon Gekko of cell phone companies

        • JoshGroff

          I feel ashamed I had to Google that reference, but it’s totally right.

          • Jeremy Martin

            Don’t worry I now feel old as I immediately knew who he was. BTW…you should watch Wall Street sometime…good movie 🙂

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            If you haven’t seen the movie, you should. Douglas and Sheen are amazing

          • JoshGroff

            I saw the new one shortly after it came out but have yet to see the original. I guess I’ll watch it sometime this weekend, everyone seems to agree it’s good.

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    • Anthony

      Yeah it’s pretty sweet. Too bad T-Mobile has absolutely horrendus coverage in the Southeast. If they could focus more on improving their network and expanding their coverage, then they’d have my attention.

    • mustbepbs

      T-Mobile wants a slice of what Verizon has. Trust me, if T-Mobile was as large as Verizon, they wouldn’t do this sort of stuff. If they do get large, expect stuff like this to get thrown out as more “investors” get their hands on the company.

      • T4rd

        Oh, I believe it. That’s why it’s always good to go with the underdog; they have a lot more to prove.

        • mustbepbs

          And a lot less coverage :/

          Wish T-Mobile had a shred of coverage in my area (Central NH). I’d drop Verizon in a heart beat.

          • Big_EZ

            My big issue isn’t so much the coverage in my area, but coverage while traveling. I’m not leaving Verizon while I still have unlimited data, but if they force me off I’ll go to T-Mobile, and get a Verizon pre paid dumb phone for emergencies. That’ll still be cheaper than my current Verizon account, and much cheaper than if I didn’t have unlimited data. It would be a slight inconvenience, but it wouldn’t be worth paying double for that convenience.

          • Maverick

            Agreed, t mobiles coverage bites it when it comes to traveling outside the comfort zone. That’s why they offer non-trivial offers such as this, it doesn’t appeal to the mass just the people who really don’t have a real life and what I mean by that is people who don’t use on a monthly basis gigabytes off the network. 200mb is a joke granted a freebee but still a slap in the face. Might as well use wifi.

      • Pete

        Why complain about it, they are not verizon now are they?? Its not their fault you are paying alot for Verizon lol.

    • tammyturner89

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… bay35.com

    • lauraagee85

      The sooner
      you get behind in your work, the more time you have to catch up. Here you can
      make money be spending some hours on your laptop.,, goo.gl/ilBEU

  • I was just going to use my iPad 2 until it died, now I guess it looks like I’ll be trading it in…

  • Man, now I wish I had gotten the Nexus 7 LTE.

    • I was just about to say the exact same thing…maybe I’ll sell my wi-fi version while it’s still practically brand new and get the LTE version instead. I wonder how much of a “discount” they’re giving for a “trade in”. Probably not as much as we can get elsewhere…

      • decidedtochangename

        Or sell your WiFi model and buy the T-Mo N7 on their payment system. However the end cost will be $384 for the tablet.

      • Places that do trade-in’s probably won’t give very good rewards. Best bet to get the most for it is ebay. Might be able to sell it there for $199.

    • maratu

      Guess I’m getting the Nexus 10 LTE when it hits then.

      ……..It’s gonna hit, right?

    • coolsilver

      You still can!