T-Mobile launches Project 10Million to help students get online for school

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Last year, T-Mobile announced three major initiatives tied to the completion of the Sprint merger. Since then we’ve seen T-Mobile Connect and Connecting Heroes launch, and now the third effort is officially live, too.

Project 10Million is now live and available to schools. This initiative has the goal of closing the homework gap and helping students get online at home. And with many schools opting for virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, T-Mo is upping Project 10Million to help students participate in their online schooling.

With Project 10Million, T-Mo is dedicated $10.7 billion to give students free wireless hotspots, access to at-cost tablets and laptops, and up to 100GB of free data per year.

And to address increased needs brought on by virtual learning and the pandemic, T-Mobile is allowing school districts that participate in Project 10Million to sign up for one of two new plans with more data.

With these new plan options, schools can take the $500 per student subsidy that would be applied for students’ 100GB of data per year and apply it to the plans that include 100GB per month or unlimited data. Those plans are priced at $12 per month and $15 per month, respectively.

Students will still get a free wireless hotspot even if their school opts to sign up for one of the larger data plans, and the data plans are still completely free to students, too.

The devices that are part of Project 10Million include a Franklin Wireless T9 hotspot that will be distributed free to students. Schools will also have access to at-cost tablets and laptops for students that include the Coolpad Tasker tablet, a Samsung Chromebook 4 laptop, as well as Lenovo 100e Chromebook and Lenovo 100e Windows PC options that will be available soon.

Now that Project 10Million is officially live, interested school administrators can apply for the program using this page. Eligibility is based on school or school district students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. Project 10Million is available to students grades K-12.

Sources: T-Mobile, Project 10Million

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  • jdubb2600

    This is by far the coolest thing T-mobile has done. My kids school district has opted-in for this.

    • Shaun Michalak

      But it makes me wonder.. Just how far will this actually go.. For regular use on the net, this can go pretty far.. But lets take into consideration the amount of time at school, in days.. about 50% of the year.. So lets just go high and say that you get 20 gigs a month.. Lets look at netflix.. on the low setting, they say about 1 gig per hour of use.. If you look at cell use that is throttled to a low setting, they say 300mb per hour, or 3 hours per gig.. Even looking at the lower cell use setting, that is equal to 60 hours of use per month.. That is something like 2 weeks of school on a full school week..

      If you can get multiple kids together to do this, then that can work out.. but if they have to stream everything.. well, it is a good gesture, and can help out a lot.. But I just wonder if this is going to be even close to enough to do what they need to get by?? Especially if the streaming is closer to the gig per hour..

      • WONDROUS5000

        Alex mentions that this was meant to be more for homework. There are some provisions being made for the fact that COVID is requiring a ton of streaming right now, but this is not meant to bridge that gap necessarily. 100GB would be fine if it weren’t for streaming video.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That was kind of my point.. I understand it was not supposed to be a fix all.. just homework I have no doubt that it will work fine with.. But with all the home schooling right now, and the video conferencing.. That is a different story.. I thought maybe someone with kids that did a lot of video from home might have an idea as to how much data that uses..

        • tony77

          Video conferencing with your laptop uses much less bandwidth than a 4K HDR Netflix stream to your TV, and if necessary can be throttled down to 480i without much loss of productivity. That’s what T-Mobile’s “Binge On” feature did, back when they offered unlimited media streaming of any app that granted the network permission to throttle the experience as needed. T-Mobile knows how to to this.

        • tony77

          I should have re-read the original comment before posting. Having done that, I agree: 100Gb per year spread across 180 school days is 0.56Gb per day, and probably not a solution to hours of daily class Teams meetings. It meets the more basic need of getting online in the first place to access resources, which for low-income districts is a genuine need.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yea, that is kind of what I was thinking.. It is great for just needing to get some home work done.. But with COVID, and soo many kids being home schooled, and schools relying on video to do the school day.. Even on a low setting, that is just going to give them a start as to what they need.. One positive thing is, at least they go by the “year” and not the month.. So say kids spend a good portion of the month in a building, but the next month, it is home schooled for some reason, this will allow them to use it when they need it, and not have to take a chance on losing access to that data if they do not use it all in that month.. This is especially true considering the summer months when they are not in school..