T-Mobile Announces UnCarrier Phase 3 Part II, Tablets, Tablets And More Tablets

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As anticipated, T-Mobile is announcing free 200MB of data every month for life. With the announcement of the new iPad mini with Retina and iPad Air, the timing couldn’t be more intentional as T-Mobile finally joined the club of LTE-ready iPad cellular data partners. “We’ve been waiting for a while to get in this game and stop this silliness,”said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “People are afraid of crazily high costs involved in using them.”

I know what you’re thinking, 200MB isn’t a lot of data and T-Mobile recognizes this, but they also want you to know what you can do with that allotment: 60 pictures 2500 emails, 3400 tweets, 540 Facebook posts, 800 Instagram messages. The good news? Every customer will will receive the 200MB of data and existing customers don’t need to do anything, you’ll have it added to your account automatically.

Oh, you need more data? T-Mobile can help with that as their “always-on” iPad plans will start at $10 a month for unlimited data including 500MB of 4G LTE data. Customers can add even more LTE data in 2GB increments for just $10 more per month. If you want flexibility with your data package, that’s ok too as T-Mobile has an offer for you as well with Daily Passes. The daily passes will offer unlimited data with 500MB of LTE data at $5, and a weekly pass includes unlimited data with 1GB of 4G LTE data for $10. That’s it, no overages, just simple value and free 200MB of data every month for life.

“When you buy a product as amazing as iPad, you should be able to connect when and where you want, simply and affordably,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “By offering free data for life with incredible upfront pricing, T-Mobile is un-leashing customers to fully enjoy iPad as it was meant to be enjoyed – mobile and connected.”

Of course all of this is very nice but what’s the upfront and monthly cost of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina? Good question, here’s the official answer:

T-Mobile will offer iPad Air starting at an introductory price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $26.25* for the 16 GB model; iPad mini with Retina display starting at an introductory price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $22.08* for the 16 GB model; and iPad mini starting at an introductory price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $17.91* for the 16 GB model (plus taxes & fees). T-Mobile will also offer a program enabling customers to make their new iPad even more affordable by applying the trade-in value of an eligible tablet, even if that old tablet is Wi-Fi only.

T-Mobile will offer iPad Air at an introductory price of $99.99 down for the 32 GB model and $199.99 down for the 64 GB model, each with equal monthly payments of $26.25*. iPad mini with Retina display will be available at an introductory price of $99.99 down for the 32 GB model and $199.99 down for the 64 GB model, each with equal monthly payments of $22.08*. iPad Air and iPad mini will be available on Nov. 1, and iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November.

So there you have it, T-Mobile’s UnCarrier Phase 3 Part II as T-Mobile is shaking up the tablet game.


Full Press Release:

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

 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 announced Tablets 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



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  • hat026

    I was really hoping for unlimited mobile date with no throttle after my limit.but I guess they already do this is my plain is unlimited up to 9.67gb and I’ve used 19.10 GB this month. Any body else have any luck with them not throttling you.

    • thepanttherlady

      That would be 9 THOUSAND GB, not 9 GB. :)

      • JJCommonSense

        Lol I was wondering what was going on with those numbers lol

    • a5ehren

      How in the world are you using 19GB of data? Are you tethering all of your home use as well?

      • I use 25GB on average a month myself, and I don’t tether very much.

      • Chris

        I use 19+ GB a month as well. I don’t tether but I don’t use wi-fi at home either. We have so many devices at home connected to our router that my 30 Mbps LTE down is faster than connecting my phone through my wi-fi. I watch a lot of Netflix and stream HQ youtube vids everytime. on top of that, there’s photo/video auto upload to my g+ account for back up purposes. then you have your regular downloading games through play store/ updating apps.

    • drivethruboy168

      I can see that happening if you are on a very old unlimited data plan in which it was only up to X amount of high speed data and than throttled. With the new unlimited data feature, you don’t get throttled.

  • Johnny Walker Red

    It’s hard to get excited about these things because the T-Mobile network continues to be plagued with EDGE towers so a lot of us have no reason to buy this. I wish the execs would answer what’s happenign with EDGE so people can decide if it is worth sticking with T-Mobile.

    • MacRat

      I’m enjoying 40/20Mbs with my iPhone 5 on T-Mobile.

      • Johnny Walker Red

        Sure. I totally recognize some people get great network service on T-Mobile, but do you recognize there are people that get far from that? Just do a simple search on this page and you’ll find many complaints about no network coverage indoors, Edge towers outnumbering LTE towers, etc. When T-Mobile network is bad it is really bad.

        • JJCommonSense

          To them I say.. SWITCH…dang tmobile may not be for everybody, everywhere. . I wish folks would quit complaining

        • Johnny Walker Red

          How do things ever get better if people are not pointing out the problems? PhoenixPath I’m not a T-Mobile hater, but I do want the network and company to get better and succeed. Two of my least favorite companies I’ve ever done business with are AT&T / DirecTV, and I’m sure if I was ever a Verizon customer they’d be on the list too.
          However I think wishing us people with bad networks would just go away only ensures T-Mobile will always be #3 or #4. In order for them to really shake things up people like me need to be within the plan too.
          Hopefully the execs don’t work like the people on these boards do.

        • JJCommonSense

          Seriously dude.. I get it.. I understand… but coming on this blog and complaining day in and out doesnt change any of that. .. and im not speaking just of u.. but if this is a discussion about tablets, or uncarrier announcements, tthenthe repeated grips of being on Edge all the time just become a nuisance.. I want tmobile to work every too.. trust me I do… but if the $hit didnt work for me id have to take my business elsewhere. .. show tmobile u mean it by calling to cancel .. if ut affects their bottom line then theyll make the business decision to do what needs to b done to keep u… if it doesnt… then it is what it is…

        • Johnny Walker Red

          I have sent John and Mike emails. I’ve also worked with Executive Support. However John’s arrogance does run thin when he calls other networks crap all the time, just as I’m sure my complaints are running thin for you here. I doubt people all over the US are making up the fact that we all have bad Edge service at times, and unlike some people here I believe as the network improves these complains will go away.
          I also think it’s important as T-Mobile portrays themselves as this global entity that people take a moment and look through some of the BS. The network is marginal in a lot of the Country and if you travel a lot your 200MB of data could be hard to use depending on where you go.
          Also, I could be a bit of a tool and tell you to take your own advice – if you don’t like the comments GO AWAY. :) However, that’s not going to really help things either just making a point.

        • PhoenixPath

          “PhoenixPath I’m not a T-Mobile hater, but I do want the network and company to get better and succeed.”

          Sure. …and you paint it in the worst possible way you can to because you love ’em.

          “T-Mobile network continues to be plagued with EDGE towers”

          …is incredibly disingenuous and more than just a little bit emotionally charged. Their EDGE coverage remains even after LTE upgrades as a fallback. I’d hardly call it a plague.

        • samsavoy

          You really thought that was an emotionally charged comment? How else would you like to be presented with facts? 20-30% of T-Mobile’s network has been ignored for 10 years?

        • Chris

          Dude, T-mobile has been working on remedying the “issues” but somehow people missed an announcement earlier this year that they are refarming their network. Fixing all these is not going to happen overnight. It’s not magic. Chill! Like the guy above said, switch for now and wait until T-mobile’s coverage in your area gets better. Then at that time switch to t-mobile.

        • D_Wall__

          Then consider another network that may better suit your area. FL has great coverage so i am happy. VERY Happy.

        • kalel33

          You pay less per month but expect the network of the big boys? It doesn’t work that way. You get what you pay for and with T-mobile you get good coverage in metropolitans and very slow data and roaming outside of them. If your priority is saving money then stay with T-mobile. If your priority is the network then go to Verizon or AT&T and pay more.

      • PhoenixPath

        Some people won’t be happy until T-Mobile no longer exists*. The “EDGE” complaint will never go away, even if/when they shut it down. It’s the go-to whine of the T Mobile hater

        Why they frequent a T-Mobile forum is beyond me…

        *They won’t even be happy then, they’ll just find another outlet for their angst…

        • Johnny Walker Red

          Ignoring reality is not going to make the network better. If you are spending the majority of your day on high speed that’s awesome. I’m 40 miles north of a major city and I am on 4 bar Edge most of the day and every now and then 0-1 bar LTE comes in. So I either support a company with a subpar network but a leadership team that I believe in (which is why I’m with T-Mobile) or I have to go sign another 2 year contract. Unless you’ve never complained in your life about something that isn’t right I’m no more of a whiner than you. So you can insinuate what you want, but this point won’t change.

        • PhoenixPath

          “If you are spending the majority of your day on high speed that’s awesome. ”

          If yours sucks that, well..sucks.

          What you don’t seem to want to accept, judging by your haranguing of the person above (and mine) is that people are allowed to controvert your own personal experiences with theirs if *your* specific reality doesn’t mesh with ours.

          Just as you can say T-Mobile’s network sucks,w e can use our experiences to say, “uh no…it doesn’t. It just sucks where *you* are.”

        • kalel33

          To be fair, it sucks where most people are who are not in major metropolitans but you get what you pay for. I know I pay less and get an inferior network. If I cared about the network and not so much about price then I’d be a Verizon customer.

        • PhoenixPath

          …and you’d know this for a fact because you have access to their user-data, right?

          I live in a tiny town surrounded b farms and get LTE. I work in a suburb 30 minutes outside of the metro area and get LTE.

          To be fair, it sucks for some folks outside of major metropolitan areas….but not all of ’em…and I won’t comment on “most” because I do not have access to their data.

        • kalel33

          I know this because I worked as a rep for them for 3 years and had to look at the T-mobile coverage map that they don’t want the customers to see. The one where you can see 4G HSPA+, LTE, Edge, and GPRS coverage. Their coverage map for civilians only show strength of signal, not data speeds.

        • PhoenixPath

          So you had access to a map “civilians” don’t get?


          Ever tried this thing called OpenSignal? It tells folks what others are getting in their area regardless of the propaganda. The maps are downright specific.

          I bet it is even more up-to-date than your “non-civilian” maps…

        • kalel33

          I just went there and that OpenSignal site is a joke. The maps for T-mobile aren’t even correct for my city and it’s outskirts and the Verizon map is missing a few thousand cell sites in Colorado and Kansas. Funny how Verizon is showing very little LTE coverage in Kansas on that site but in actuality the state is almost completely covered in LTE.

        • PhoenixPath

          95% covered….

          I bet you think that means area, and not users….you’d be wrong.

          OS is crowd-sourced and real-time. We can see new sites go live before the carriers even announce it.

        • kalel33

          Looks like hardly anyone is doing any crowd sourcing for that site, except in populated areas. I know those area coverage maps of T-mobile and Verizon are wrong for Colorado and Kansas. I thought you said those maps would be better than the carrier maps. They aren’t…..not by a long shot. Crowd sourcing only works if you have a large enough population using it and they don’t. Like I said, it’s a joke.

          Also, when I stated that Kansas is almost covered in LTE, I did mean area, not population. Look at Verizon’s LTE map and see for yourself. Like I said, if I cared about coverage then I’d pay more for Verizon but I pay less and get a much inferior network in T-mobile, which is fine because I don’t need the best network.

        • PhoenixPath

          So you don’t understand heat maps. Good to know, thanks.

          I’ll let my neighbors know right away we qualify as a major metropolitan area though. They’ll get a good laugh as they hop up on their tractors and head to the local bar.

        • kalel33

          You stated they were more accurate than the carrier maps and I proved that to be very far from the truth but whatever.

        • PiCASSiMO

          Would Chicago qualify as a major metropolitan area?

        • samsavoy

          Responses like this make me resent the T-Mobile community. The company has a giant elephant in the room and ignoring it made people leave in droves.

        • jay_max

          But I think the fiction that is being maintained by critics is that TMO is not shrinking their 2G/Edge network. The HSPA/LTE footprint is growing. One need only look to eastern New Mexico and west Texas to see that upgrades are also occurring in rural areas.
          Keep checking their coverage maps for updates.

        • samsavoy

          Does MetroPCS serve those areas?

        • Johnny Walker Red

          Hey my original post here was asking executives to talk to this. That’s all I’m asking. John or Mike seem to always ignore answering questions about the Edge footprint and plans. It’s starting to look convenient to me. Are they above talking about their weaknesses? Should we (assuming we are all T-Mobile users) be above that?

        • CPPCrispy

          I agree. T-Mobile is slowly expanding HSPA/LTE. What we want to know is the timeline. If, for instance, they said that they would upgrade my area in 3-6 months, then I would probably stick around. But if they say 2-3 years, then I might consider signing a 2 year contract with Verizon or AT&T.

          All we want is the timeline so that we can make an educated decision.

        • PhoenixPath

          I’m not ignoring it, genius. I’m expressing my personal opinion informed by my own personal experiences with their network.

          It works for me. I refuse to be sorry about it, and I refuse to let people say “the network sucks” when in fact, it may suck for them…but it doesn’t suck.

    • lynyrd65

      Edge works fine for ebooks.

      unlimited edge for $10 a month is still a great deal. No other carrier offers unlimited anything for tablets at all.

      As for phones, I feel you. Im excited for the future announcements coming in 2014 (T-Mobile will announce expansion plans then per a fiercewireless article)

    • PiCASSiMO

      I’m with you. My neighbourhood just north of O’Hare airport is getting spotty EDGE or NO SERVICE still here in late 2013. I’m all for getting majority of my time with HSPA or 4G LTE service, but when my Spotify or Difm drops for a few minutes because I’m driving through a suburban black hole… shame on T-Mobile.

      Chicago is THIRD largest city in the United States. Don’t mess with Chicago by providing shady service. My colleagues at work decided to switch from AT&T to T-Mobile earlier this year… and they have so many regrets as their service is poor compared to what AT&T offer in Chicago’s suburban areas.

      Both of them want to go back to AT&T once they finish off paying their monthly installments on their phones.

  • jury_rigger

    What about Android tablets?

    • bluechrism

      And Windows 8 ones (yeah, i know).

      Hopefully TMobile has a good variety of platforms supported. Does this extend to BYOT?

      • D_Wall__

        Yeah the Surface or the Nokia or even the Galaxy Tab 3. I would like to see just as much variety in Tablets as Phones. Imagine how well that would do. I will be purchasing atleast one new tablet.

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      They are included in this…ALL tablets get the same love! It’s on their official Twitter and in the press release :)

  • nd

    with wifi hotspot on my tmobile phone included, i personally will only buy the wifi only versions.

    • ChristianMcC

      That’s what I do, but if I’m able to get a N7 2012 for cheap enough, I think I’ll bite…

  • Guest

    The iPad Air 16gb retails for $499. With payments, 24 months x $26.25/month = $630, quite the ripoff. Is it just $499 plus tax if I buy it outright?

    • John

      The addidtional $130 is because you’re getting the +cellular version of the iPad. The $499 is for the WiFi only version.

    • Brandyn Duncanson

      No, the cellar 16GB iPad Air is $630 on Apple’s website.

    • a5ehren

      The LTE 16GB version is $629. I assume that’s the one they’re selling.

    • D_Wall__

      The ipad Air Retails for $499 for WIFI Only. The LTE version is $630 whether you buy it from Apple, Tmo, Verizon or sprint. LTE Tablets ALWAYS cost more than WIFI only models.

      • Adrayven

        Correct. I had to think about that myself when doing math for a Mini.. Thats not 399, it’s 529 for a Mini w/LTE from Apple.. Same if you get it from T-mo

        Basically, take WiFi only price and add 130 for to get the built in LTE chip/ hardware.

    • Rolando

      Wi-Fi only model retails $499. LTE carrier versions retail for $629.99, so no, it’s not a ripoff.

  • Chris

    Wow this really makes me wish I would’ve got the LTE 2013 N7…oh well I have free tethering for that I guess.

  • Aaron Peromsik

    What about mifi devices and USB dongles? Any $5/day love there?

    • ChristianMcC

      Good question since those are data only devices, like tablets…

  • trife

    Just so I’m clear, there is no data plan contract attached to an iPad, right? If I decided to use an EIP, that would be all I’m required to pay every month if I didn’t necessarily need data month to month?

    I’ve had iPads in the past and have never had a need for a monthly data plan, as I was always around WiFi. But when I did need data for trips or whatever, I’d just pay for a month. I’m assuming that’s what the “weekly pass” thing is, correct?

    • Adrayven

      Good question. I would think you would need some type of account with them. They make you pay off EIP if you don’t.. I would think that would apply. This would be good for those with on-going phone/data accounts..

      Thinking EIP only is a no.

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      you are correct. If you get an iPad with the EIP, and just want the 200MB of free data, all you pay is the EIP.

      If you need more than 200MB data in a particular month, you can just purchase a Day or Weekly pass.

      from their website:

      Free Starter Data: Avail. every 30 days as long as you have an active Mobile Internet account on eligible device.

    • noc007

      You’ll need to have good credit and they will do a credit check. If you credit isn’t that good, there may be a down payment that will need to be paid, but the monthly installment will be less. The tax for the full amount of the device will be required up front. There may be a monthly tax as well, but can’t say for sure. Still a pretty good deal.

  • jury_rigger

    Here’s the fine print (http://www.t-mobile.com/landing/free-mobile-internet-data.html?cm_mmc_o=mBgbzk%204wpbzCjCPyzEpCjCacbffwyCjC2zF5zbTEjQByLfBcEj-EEBAEgwFwEfvjvinnnivN)

    “Device pricing for well-qualified customer: $0 down + 24 monthly payments of $16/mo. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. 0% APR, O.A.C.

    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.”

  • daphunk07

    I have a 4G 2012 Nexus. Can I still get the 200mb free?

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      yes. This offer is good for ALL tablets. Some asked that on their Twitter feed. :)

    • Shocktopface


  • jury_rigger

    Fine print says “$10 Voice Discount: Requires one other line of post-paid phone service on the same account.”

    Does that mean you get $10 off your monthly TMo wireless bill if you participate in this program?

    • It means that if you are on one of their current voice plans, the price of the data plan you pick will $10 less per month.

      • Shocktopface

        Yes, you are rewarded for being a voice customer. Go tmo

  • lynyrd65

    Let me get this straight, for $10 a month I get 700mb of LTE data, unlimited EDGE data and unlimited international EDGE data……Hell yes!

    I cant wait to get my 32gig tmo iPad!

    • alex

      You get unlimited messages too but with so many services like hangouts and whatsapp ,sms is really not that relevant )))

  • jury_rigger

    I wonder how much they’ll give me for a HP Touchpad…

    • ChitChatCat


    • Bklynman

      You would better off selling it on ebay.

  • Chris Boyd

    Wait a second – am I missing something here? Isn’t the unlimited 2G network on T-Mobile still sufficient to run the Google Voice features on the iPad Google Hangouts App? If so, if you are willing to look a little silly talking through an iPad Mini with earbuds or bluetooth accessories, can’t you use one with free Google Voice US & Canada calling for $32.08 a month (EIP of $22.08 + $10 minimum data plan?)

    • Alex

      To much of a latency for phone calls.

      • Chris Boyd

        Just 2G or 4G as well? I’m guessing not too much latency 4G, which means for some cost-cautious people, this could really reduce their bill.

        • alex

          4G depends on signal. LTE is low latency will work the best.

        • Gelacio Villalobos

          I don’t think they change the latency after throttling so it would be slow data with LTE latency.

    • Chris Boyd

      Ugh… fine print. It says “Voice” customers can add additional monthly data. But, still… getting an LTE enabled iPad for less than $30 a month with no interest. Also, if you have a family plan now, and are tech savy enough to do this, it could work.

  • alex

    Not sure about 200mb plan but 500mb plan does include unlimited domestic messages.

  • Mystery Man

    The iPad is nothing more than a giant phone. Therefore data prices should be the exact same as a phone.

    • D_Wall__

      except the whole picking it up to make phone calls thing right?

    • Bratty

      Yup – the pool is just a giant bathtub too.

      • Does that mean I could pee in it? :D

      • kalel33

        The better comparison would be a 27″ TV and a 55″ TV. Their both TVs and do the same thing but one is bigger than the other. A pool and a bathtub have very much different uses but the iphones and Ipads have the same use. The OP should have stated the Ipad is just a giant Ipod Touch and nothing more and it’d been correct.

    • ChitChatCat

      Well, pay for a voice line for your iPad and that would make perfect sense.

  • Tarik Husejinovic

    Is this for 4G LTE only?

    If it isn’t, what’s to keep me from getting a new SIM card and using my old Samsung Galaxy Nexus, combine it with Hangouts/Voice (once it releases on Android) and make up to 200/700 mb of free calling?

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      it’s not just for LTE. I am guessing you can try, but I don’t think you will get far because I am pretty sure the new plan has to be on a tablet. When your phone registers with the network it is checked in the database to see what device type it is. I am guessing you will just get a “this device is not compatible with your plan” message when you try to use data.

  • Jay

    Do we need to buy a new iPad, or can we buy the sim card from tmobile and use my existing iPad?

    • Joey

      I think you can use your current iPad. You’ll just get 3G data since it only has the 1900 band. The newer ones have the 1700 band.

      • osxster


        According to the Technical Specs on Apple’s site, the new iPad Air doesn’t support the 1700 band either, except for LTE. Thus you will have no better data coverage than the iPad 4 on TMobile and the same HSPA coverage as the iPad 1 and up.

        • conservative_motorcyclist

          The technical specs are wrong on Apple’s site…according to the Q&A earlier today, the new iPads have AWS support for DC-HSPA+

          @nbrownfield: @TMobile Is the iPad Air compatible with TMO’s HSPA+ network? Apple says it’s missing the 1700MHz band. #unleashthetablet

          @TMobile: Yes it is, it’s compatible. The new ones support all of our frequencies. These were built with @TMobile in mind.

        • osxster

          That answer doesn’t specifically answer the concern though. The Apple Technical Specs say:

          MTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

          CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)

          LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)

          Thus even if this is not an error on Apple’s site, the iPad Air does ‘support’ all of TMobile’s frequencies since it supports LTE band 4 which is AWS (1700/2100). Just not AWS over HSPA(+) according to the Apple site. Thus it would only provide HSPA(+) coverage in refarmed areas (unless it is a refarmed area with LTE) and Edge everywhere else. I think this needs to be clarified. Could there be two iPads, one which doesn’t support AWS over HSPA and the one TMobile sells does support AWS over HSPA? Or is AWS support only over LTE?

        • conservative_motorcyclist

          Apple’s site is definitely wrong…Now that the iPad air has been cleared by the FCC (BCG-A1475), the docs are up. In the testing doc “13U15555-7 A1475 FCC 2G & 3G Cellular_Report _Final_NoPhotos”, there is a section called “8.2.6 UMTS1700”. There are two sub-sections to it. “REL99 (AWS Band)”, and “HSDPA (AWS Band)”.
          Therefore, the hardware does support AWS 3G. If it didn’t, the wouldn’t have tested it.
          We really won’t know until the boxes show up in the stores, I suppose.

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      If you get a new iPad, you can take advantage of the built-in AWS support. YOu can just pick up a SIM card and use that in your existing iPad if you are in a refarmed area.

  • steveb944

    Highly tempted in getting Nexus 7 LTE now in order to take advantage of this.

    I’m also going in Nov 1st to try and trade in my tablet.

  • ChristianMcC

    The question I’m wondering is what happens when you hit the 200MB limit? Stopped by Tmo or throttled? And, is the $10 for an additional 500MB or 300MB 4G?

    • remister

      I think there will be an ad waiting for you to purchase more data. No throttles, just an ad to have you upgrade to a higher data capacity or unlimited amount of data for that day. Just my speculation, not sure if its a fact.

      • ChristianMcC

        What I was thinking, like when you hit the limit on hotspotting and you’ve not changed the UA.

  • nofunforus

    would be great but we have 5 lines already to include kids lines. So alas I am assuming we can’t get this deal because of cap on 5 lines

    • thepanttherlady

      You may want to check that. I can get 5 voice lines and 1 data line on my account.

    • clue

      Actually, you can have five voice lines and one mobile broadband on the same account. Having the MBB on the same account gives you $10 off of your monthly service. 2.5gb for $30, but adding to existing service would make it $20.

    • alex

      I have 5 voice lines and 2 data lines …

      • pbxtech

        I have 5 voice and 2 data as well.

        But in reality you could have more. CCR told me I could get 5 voice and 5 data. I asked him if it was only showing in his computer because sometimes those guys at the corporate store might have a different screen.

        The website though shows the default of 5 voice with 2 data.

        • eneka

          You can only have 5 voice lines per account, but you can have multiple accounts. I have 2 accounts and I total of 10 voice lines. Not sure about data tho.

        • pbxtech

          Voice lines has a limit of 5, if you need more than that, 6th/8th…/10th line will be another $50/$30/$10/$10/$10 on a separate account or probably a sub-account.

          I’m not sure if it’s tenure base, because yesterday I called Customer Care Rep. and on my particular account I could have up to 5 data lines which is different when from the website.


    Anyone know if I can bring in my 1st generation iPad + 3G and slap in a T-Mobile microSIM card, associate it with my normal account, and then get the 200MB when needed? I understand that my iPad is 1900/2100 3G, so it will work only on refarmed areas, or drop to 2G speeds when in rural areas.

    • kalel33

      Someone below stated that it would work. The only thing I’d worry about is that you have to pay the administrative fee and line taxes for that extra line, even though the monthly service is free

    • D_Wall__

      I would bring it in and trade it in. They are offering a trade in program.

  • romeo0119

    So let me get this straight, I can go into tmobile. Get an ipad air for $0 down, pay $26.26 a month for 24 months with no interest, plus I get 200mb of data a month. That would be $630 before tax, same price as a ipad air 16gig lte at apple. Anyone tell me why I wouldn’t want to do this deal? What are the cons?

    • Bryan

      If you have a voice plan you get $10 bucks discount. So it essentially becomes 16.26 per month.
      How long will the discount be for is the question

      • romeo0119

        Yea I’m not a Tmobile customer, I had tmobile and we switched to At&t a few year back. But essentially, doing the payment is the same as me going to apple and buy a 16gig wifi+lte ipad air. But with Tmobile I can do payment, free interest and 200mb free a month. This deal is sweet

        • Bryan

          yea im seriously considering picking up the new ipad as a gift to mom ichatting with her new grandson

      • alex

        U dont get discount on device ,you get on plan 500mb+!

        • Bryan

          from reading below you get the discount on the voiceplan which is essentially the same thing as getting 10 bucks off the device whichever way you slice it.

        • romeo0119

          Someone on another forum said that if you’re not currently Tmobile customer, you would have to pay $20 for the data plus the fee for the device monthly. Is this true?

        • Bryan

          As far as I know you can just keep the standard 200mb free and use that. Or get a higher data plan. I think the data plan above 200mb is optional
          You’d just have the monthly device fee.

        • conservative_motorcyclist

          whoever told you that is correct in the sense of if you tried to get one today. If you wait until after Nov 1st, when these new plans launch, it will be free.

  • JJ

    How do we know we get a $10 discount on a voice plan? Don’t you have to be on a Simple Choice plan?

  • aa1127

    Well, their Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) will be $384+$10 SIM starter kit= $394 plus tax if you do the math VS buying it off from google for $349+tax and you get the free SIM! I’ll get mine from the play store. However, when does the free 200MB start? Does it launch today or when they get the new iPads or when?

  • Dave

    This may not be as awesome as it first appeared. It would be a clever ploy to get non-customers to drop T-Mo sims in their tablets at no monthly cost in hopes that they would convert their phone service to T-Mo, but that’s not how it works. It’s only free if you have T-Mo voice service.

    From their site:
    “If you are a postpaid customer, you’ll need to have an On Demand data plan at minimum which is $0/mo. if you are a voice customer (after $10 line credit).
    If you are a prepaid customer, you’ll need to activate a prepaid account.”

    So, it would cost $10/mo. for 200mb of data if you don’t have T-Mo phone service (I think I’m reading that right if they offer On Demand data for non-voice-subscribers?).

    I’ve always thought monthly access fees for low usage devices was a crummy deal. I’m glad T-Mo has done something different, even if it is contingent on voice service.

    • Brandon Dean

      Seems like a pretty fair deal. Considering tethering is included in every data plan (different amounts depending on the plan), It doesn’t seem that bad. Considering most of the time my tablet is being used at home with wifi, 200mb is enough for casual browsing, and downloading a few things here and there when not at home.

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      You are reading it wrong…they haven’t updated their site yet. In order to get Free 200 MB data, you have to open a Mobile Internet account. To open a Mobile Internet Account is free. Once you use up your 200 MB data, you will get an upsell message about buying a day or weekly pass.
      If you are an existing T-Mobile customer, you add the device to a Mobile Internet account under your existing account and get the same 200MB for free. In addition to that, you can add their $10 500MB data package, which will result in 700MB of high speed data per month before throttling with no upsell message. As a perk for being a T-Mobile customer with at least one active line, you get a $10 monthly bill credit, so you get unlimited data with 700MB high speed.

      Hope that helps!

      • Dave

        There is no mention of free mobile Internet accounts on the 200mb promo page. All info reads as having to be a paying customer of some sort to qualify for both the free data and the $0 down, monthly payment deal.

  • KingCobra

    Tmobile is killing it right now. I have an iPad Mini on Verizon and was planning to keep it for the better coverage but T-Mobile is offering 200MB for free. I might sell it and get one for T-Mobile since I usually only use around 150MB per month on it anyway.

    • VG

      I am pretty certain that the T-Mobile Data SIM will work on the Verizon iPad, but you will only get 3G (no LTE). I have a Verizon iPad Mini, and their are tons of videos on the web showing them working with T-Mobile service. If you are content with 3G speeds, you may not need to get a new iPad.

      • kalel33

        Verizon Ipad uses CDMA for their US 3G, which is incompatible with T-mobile’s GSM technology. The SIM card in the Verizon Ipads are for LTE only in the US and is locked to 3G GSM only for use in other countries. I guess if you could figure out a way to unlock the SIM then it could work but Verizon will never do it for you.

  • FluX

    This means only 200MB of data, after that no throttling; you cannot use the web?

    • elite

      After that it slows down

      • kalel33

        Not really, the reports on here state that you have 200MB and then you’ll probably get the “buy a data plan” advertisement on the screen. It’s 200MB, not 200MB high speed and then throttled.

      • pbxtech

        It’s not throttled. I think you get an up-sell message to buy more data.

        If you read it carefully the UNLIMITED part is missing. At least the with the unlimited, when throttled,streaming audio still works.

        T-Mobile is banking on selling Daily, Weekend pass, or even the incremental 2GB – IF you need it.

        Hopefully T-Mobile will put this new plan under the MBB so you can use other devices besides tablet such as: a usb-stick or hotspot.

        One other interesting part is that – you don’t have to be customer? That’s interesting. Is it required that you become a postpaid customer eventually?

        Also, the MBB plan has SMS feature – that would be an added bonus.

        • pbxtech

          Update: “you don’t have to be customer?”

          If you’re not a customer now, either post-paid or prepaid, the requirement is to create a Mobile Internet account to get the free Starter Data.

  • Roman Goubin

    can someone please clarify. I am a t-mobile customer ,but am confused about the $10 discount. Is the whole reason why 200 MBPS of data is free is because of our voice service, or is the 200 data plan free regardless and as current voice customers we can have more data free and/ or international data???? thanks

    • REREAD

      Where does it say that? You making stuff up? Piece of advice don’t believe what other people comment. Read from T-Mobile as your source for discounts. I don’t see anywhere on the article above mentioning a discount…. smh

      • kalel33

        It’s always been that way, as far as I can remember when I was a rep. You get $10 off your total bill if you combine a data line with your voice line on the same account.

        • REREAD

          Hate to sound rude, but if you were currently a rep I wouldn’t believe you, and since your’e no longer a rep I believe you even less. This isn’t a data line or device it’s a tablet my good fellow. I believe t-mobile does provide a $10 discount for folks with voice service but that’s on a hot spot data only device. Do you really think T-Mobile would fail to mention the $10 discount in this press release? Do you want 200MB and a $10 discount? Greedy much?

        • kalel33

          Tablets on an account are data lines and a tablet is a device. That’s first day basic material covered but I’m glad someone who’s never worked for the industry is telling me what is not a device and what is not a data line.

          No, I do not think people will get a discount on the free 200MB but if they are on the $30 2.5GB plan then that should change to $20, because it’s coupled with a voice line. The $10 discount was part of mobile hotspots, usb sticks, netbooks, and tablets, with the first one being the Galaxy Tab 7″ long ago. I seen many many accounts that had the $10 discount with a tablet(data device line) coupled with a voice line.

    • chantie

      the 200mb is free with or without a voice line. if you have a voice line the additional 500mb is free instead of $10. so with a voice line you really get 700mb for free. I hope that helps :)

      • sparky

        I’m pretty sure that the 500MB is normally $20 per month, so the $10 discount brings it to $10, not free,

  • elite

    What happens if you have a voice line and you get the 200MB of data for free. Where do they take off the $10 discount from, the EIP?

    • chantie

      if you have a voice line the additional 500mb is free instead of $10 for the tablet.

      • MizInformed

        Re-read the article it states : “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.”

        • chantie

          correct the data plans start at $10 for 500mb however if you have a voice line you get a $10 discount on the data package of the tablet therefore the 500mb is “free”

        • Alex

          200mb is free next plan is 500mb for $20 and u can get $10 off If u have voice

        • Alex

          That’s 10 bucks after $10 discount

  • william43

    Where in the world are the Windows tablets?

    • Joseph

      At best buy with the rest of them

      • william43

        Nokia’s 4G tablet would have been nice to include. Who wants an overpriced IPAD.

        • I guess I do.

        • trife

          The majority of tablet users in the world, according to the numbers. *shrugs*

        • Baxter DeBerry

          I believe they will include those, Nokia said they will have theirs ready for T-Mobile next month.., bad thing about the nokia is its just that 4G.. no wifi!

  • OmeerRahman

    This is an ingenious marketing ploy by T-Mobile. They’re just trying to get as many T-Mobile SIM cards into devices as they can. If you buy a tablet from them they reward you by giving you 200MB of free data and for staying on their network. If you bring yor own tablet and buy a T-Mobile SIM card for it they still give you the 200MB free for staying on their network. This way Sooner or later people who need it will buy the extra data from T-Mobile and go to T-Mobile for their tablet needs. Whether people buy the extra data or not T-Mobiile will build their subscriber base. With the elimination of contracts there’s nothing but the EIP’s to keep customers from leaving. With the free 200MB hook this will discourage people to pay off their EIP’s sooner rather than later and continue to use T-Mobile. With the same hook they can get subscribers from other carriers who are paying premiums for the same 200MB data, people
    that are on the fence about getting a data plan for their tablet, people who want to give T-Mobile a trial run etc. Tis a win win situation for the customers and the carrier! Genius!

    • Baxter DeBerry

      yup the CEO is the best thing to ever happen to T-Mobile, Let’s see AT&T do it lol.. they wont, T-Mobile all the way!

    • Guest

      Its also going to steal voice lines if T-Mobile continues their current 10 dollar a month off offer for customers that bundle phones and tablets too! at&t should be on notice!

    • Jesse James

      EIPs are the new contracts!! you can leave at anytime, just pay off your balance instead of a ETF (Which could be cheaper, depending on your situation)

  • deng

    It seems dishonest to me. Most people are clueless as to their data usage and will sign on because they have been misled into thinking they are getting enough data to last each month. They will be angry when they get the up sell message on day two. I would expect many tablet returns from irate customers.
    Where are the Windows tablets?

    • philyew

      What’s dishonest? The announcement from TM spells out what average uses add up to 200 mb. The world is full of irate people who are too lazy to read the large print, let alone the small. Tough.

      • weezy34

        Seems more trouble to offer something FREE, because the whiners come out of their troll holes.

    • Rob

      It is dishonest to give away free data services with an option to upgrade to unlimited data at a reduced throughput for 10 a month and 20 for each 2GB of additional LTE with no overages? Are you kidding me? *rolls eyes* I can see so many at&t and Verizon customers tired of overage jumping all over this!

  • Mark
  • weezy34

    Sounds like a good marketing ad for TmobileUSA to finally promote their tablets. $10 a month for unlimited data sounds good to me. Yes I know only 500mb of that is 4G, but I am near WiFi most of the time anyway.

    • Guest

      Don’t forget that T-Mobile gives you $10 a month off the cost of your chosen data plan on your tablet if you bundle it with your voice line. Essentially you would get 700MB a month for free. I don’t see them changing the $10 discount as this would piss a lot of customers off. Not to mention it is a great additional bonus to steal customers from at&t. They can get a tablet AND pay less for more on their cell plan plus get free data on the tablet for doing it, its marketing genius and I hope T-Mobile milks it!

  • Roman Goubin

    I just talked to a rep this morning trying to get details on this…. He didn’t get briefed on this, But unknowingly he got me thinking of another idea . Apparently most new plans include tethering with our smartphones. Would it not be a better get a CC with 0 APR get Wifi only iPad and use data from smartphone instead of only 500-700mbps included with iPad plan…. I am probably missing something and would love to know what it is?… Food for thought…..

    • FluX

      Hmm… you got me thinking as well… that seems like a good idea! Although I am not sure if/when tethering throttling starts.

      • Rob

        Tethering drops to EDGE after 500MB unless you have the hotspot add-on. The good thing is that if you call T-Mobile and ask for it, they have a smartphone unlimited 4G/LTE with 2.5GB tethering plan for the same 20 bucks you pay for the unlimited 4G/LTE data bolt-on.

        • FluX

          Okay thanks. I thought that it is no more tethering after 500MB though.

    • shityo

      Good luck getting a credit card with 0% APR for 2 years. Other then that, yeah, it’s a good plan.

      • Roman Goubin

        Well I am a bit of a points/miles junkie so paying it off several months early won’t be a problem… I just want to extract the most value from this as possible, if i go for it

        • Guest

          Tethering drops to slower than EDGE speeds after 500MB unless you have the unlimited 4G plus 2.5GB hotspot add-on (if you call them and ask for it, you get unlimited 4G on your phone plus 2.5GB of tethering for the same 20 bucks you pay for the bolt-on on Simple Choice for 4G LTE, we have it on both of our lines).

  • Watch Verizon or AT&T try to copy this. Go tmobile

    • kalel33

      Verizon definitely won’t, because they charge $15 for 250MB and that’s only for 7 days.

  • Herm

    Apple is great but what about Windows tablets?

    • superg05

      please tell me your referring to a surface pro not RT

  • noc007

    So they’re offering this for any compatible tablet. I’m curious if this can be used with a cellphone and the voice be disabled. I’d figure they could identify the make and model based on the IMEI, but customer portal makes you manually select what that is.

    I need a backup internet connection for the house and 200mb is perfect even if it’s HSPA. I can compile the necessary drivers for my firewall to use an Android device for failover internet. Save me $10/mo would be even better.

  • Rob

    Well I guess our Nexus 7 that we just got that is WiFi only is going back to the store and we’re going to pick up the LTE version from T-Mobile. No reason not to!

    • noc007

      Get it directly from Google on the Play store. It’s cheaper than through T-Mobile.

  • Joe

    Too bad the new T-Mobile iPads don’t come with 1700/2100MHz AWS support for their faster and more reliable 4G DC-HSPA+ network. :/

    • Adrayven

      Eh? Where did you hear that? The new iPad Air and Mini Retina will both support 1700/2100 MHz AWS for HSPA+

  • William Burr Winans

    I would rather pay $30 for the 5 gigabytes of 4G and Unlimited 2G!

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