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T-Mobile Unveils Operation Tablet Freedom, 1.2GB of Tablet Data Per Month for Free

Can T-Mobile become any more of an “un-carrier” than it already is? Apparently so. The wireless carrier today launched Operation Tablet Freedom, a program that discounts cellular-enabled tablets and allows customers with postpaid voice plans to add a tablet for free. 

Beginning April 12, customers who switch to T-Mobile and sign up for a 1GB or more data plan can pick up 4G LTE-enabled tablets for the same price as the Wi-Fi only models. That amounts to a discount of $130 on the 16GB LTE iPad Air, for example, or a $112 reduction on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

New and existing postpaid customers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s $10 off 1GB data plan through 2014, which effectively makes it free for a year. The carrier says that data, combined with T-Mobile’s 200MB “Free Data For Life” deal (for those who already own a 4G LTE tablet), amounts to 1.2GB of free wireless internet every month.

For customers on contract with other carriers, T-Mobile will, of course, pay the ETF.

John Legere had this to say about Operation Tablet Freedom:

“With this announcement, T-Mobile’s launching a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone. The Un-carrier is all about solving pain points, and today we’re eliminating every reason to be stuck on an unconnected Wi-Fi-only tablet. There’s no longer any need to limit the use of your tablet because you’re intimidated by Big Blue, Bad Red or Bumbling Yellow.”

Operation Tablet Freedom is the second of T-Mobile’s promised three UnCarrier initiatives. The first, T-Mobile’s Simple Starter Plan, was announced yesterday.

Via: T-Mobile
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    has decided that it will drop its ‘overage charges’ the extra fees collected
    from subscribers when they exceed their voice, text, or data limits as it
    views them as predatory, here are the details http://bit.ly/1hlKYtB

  • Tojen1981

    No discount for the Nexus7 lte it looks like. Pretty disappointing.

  • Travis Sorenson

    Love everyone still complaining about T-Mobile whether it be phone selection, coverage in their area, etc. I understand you may not have coverage but it is a good deal for those who live in an area with good coverage. We get it T-Mobile isn’t the best when it comes to coverage but in the last year they have grown leaps and bounds to what they used to be and continue to do so (Edge to LTE program this year). I for one have amazing LTE where ever I go. Instead of people complaining that they don’t have T-mobile coverage now, be happy that they continue to grow and offer what they have at those prices. They could possibly be a good option for you in the near future. Heck even if you don’t like T-Mobile they have pushed every single change your carrier has made this year in order to give you more for what you pay for. If not for T-Mobile, half of the promotions other carries did the last year wouldn’t have happened. T-Mobile is changing not only themselves but the rest of the cell world for the better. Sorry for my rant but I don’t see any other carrier forcing change this way.

    • Aaron C

      I agree 100%. Actually, 1000%. And given how aggressive T-Mo has been with most areas of their business, and given that they just bought all that 700Mhz spectrum from Verizon, you have to be sure that addressing the coverage complaints will be plan #1 in Q3/Q4 and through 2015. I was afraid to leave Verizon after 12 years, but T-Mo has far surpassed expectations, and has also far surpassed all the “reviews” that I heard from people that had ditched T-Mo service before Legere came onboard. It’s definitely a new T-Mobile, leaps and bounds from where they were even a couple years ago.

      • A2theC

        Ditto, completely agree as I came from Verizon after 10 years, my parents being with Verizon for 10 years prior, they jumped ship with me. Soon we’ll have LTE everywhere Au grata speeds still.

  • DavidFR

    Great offer to get rid of my iPad 2 with new one iPad Air….. great ********** telecomvibe(dot)com ********

  • JoshGroff

    This seals the deal, guess I am getting an LTE tablet. Phone plan dropping $10, AND an extra free GB for tablets, what more could I want?

  • Chris Batson

    Verizon has had atleast $100 off all 4G tablets for over a month now (and had $200 off promo run for most of March) and offers 1gb free for as long as you keep the tablet on your account. Adding the tablet is 10 a month on the new plans.

    • JoshGroff

      Which is good IF you have Verizon. Right now I’m dropping $50 for a single phone line though, soon to be $40, and with this I’ll have 1.5GB between phone and tablet and unltd talk/txt. With all that, I’ll still only pay $40+tax, but for 2 devices.

      With how little I use my devices away from home/work, the data cap really doesn’t mean much and the savings is massive.

      • Chris Batson

        Which is good if you live in an area that T-Mobile actually has service.

        • JoshGroff

          Yeah, that’s definitely true. They’ve improved quite a lot over the past 10 years though, been with them since high school. (Switched to Verizon for half a year, but where I live the coverage was about the same.)

        • A2theC

          Which is almost everywhere, 96% of Americans, compared to Verizon’s 98%. If you are referring to purely LTE coverage then the coverage isnt as broad since they also offer HSPA+ (fauxG). End of this year they’ll have 50% LTE coverage, complete coverage next year. Unlimited data for the price of 1GB isn’t bad either, but I still prefer fully unthrottled data, so I pay extra (about 4GB price). When are we ever away from wifi these days, wifi calling makes up for any coverage problems especially in regards to data coverage.

          • Chris Batson

            Good for you. T-Mobile isn’t for everyone. The company is dying a slow death Btw. It gets annoying when people back one company over and over.

  • I just switched to T-Mobile a few months ago, and I’m really impressed with their service (especially considering all the money I’m saving). But, with these types of announcements, I’m just waiting for their network to turn into Sprints……

    • The Narrator

      Nobody will ever be as bad as Sprint

    • Maxim∑

      You might be waiting for a life time

    • guest

      Downvoted for even mentioning the “S” word

  • jeff manning

    1 GB free through 2014, 200MB as long as you own the device

    • Lou M

      “after promotional period (12/31/2014) 1 GB option is $20/mo”

      • Travis Sorenson

        If you aren’t a voice customer it’s $20 but if you have T-mobile voice it’s $10.

        • BiggiePhat

          True but the $10 off is only till the end of the year. So you’ll still be paying $10/month starting 1/1/15

          • JoshGroff

            Or just pay 0 for on demand, unless they’re getting rid of it. The free data until the end of the year is still pretty nice though.

          • Pete

            Its $20 for the plan and if you have voice then it becomes $10 and add another $10 discount until the end of 2014 on top of that and it becomes totally free. Now after 2014 you will only get charged $10 coz the $10 voice discount will stay on their as long as you keep the tablet! I know this coz i work for the UN-CARRIER.

    • The Narrator

      About 8 months. 2014 pretty much just started.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Updated to make that clearer. Thanks!

      • michael arazan

        Can’t people on T-Mo just tether their device to their phone for free like we do on verizon with foxfi?

  • Droid Ronin

    I think this is great — the majority of tablet owners purchase the Wi-Fi only version because of the higher cost of the LTE version and the expensive carrier contracts.

  • Paul

    Just waiting for the right new phone and then I’m leaving Verizon (and my unlimited data) behind.

    • Fresh360

      Same boat, hoping the “OnePlus One” lives up to the hype and T-Mobile I am all yours…

    • Yasser Villalobos

      Hey paul cared to pass me the plan ill donate to you lol