T-Mobile to give out 200MB of free monthly data for the life of your tablet

by: Andrew GrushOctober 23, 2013


Today T-Mobile took the wraps off “part 2” of the company’s Uncarrier 3.0 initiative. So what industry-changing move did the uncarrier give us this time? Now they are offering free tablet data for the life of your device!

Speaking via Twitter, T-Mobile’s John Legere unveiled that the upcoming iPads will offer 200MB of free data to tablet owners. That might not matter much to us in the Android world, but the good news is that T-Mobile further clarified that any tablet compatible with T-Mobile’s cellular network will be eligible for 200MB of free LTE monthly data for the life of the device.

Even better, you don’t have to be an existing (paid) mobile subscriber to qualify for this free data.

What happens when you run out of the 200MB of data? You will either be cut off for the rest of the month, or you can opt for a daily or weekly pass. A day pass will cost you $5 and give you 500MB data, while a weekly pass includes 1GB data.

[quote qtext=”You don’t have to be a customer of ours at all. You don’t have to have any kind of paying relationship with us at all. We’re just happy to give you 200MB of data for the life of that device as long as you own it.” qperson=”Mike Sievert ” qsource=”T-Mobile exec” qposition=”center”]

The new free data plans for tablets will be available starting November 1st. To help attract more tablet buyers, T-Mobile is also extending its trade-in program to tablets and is also offering every tablet in its lineup for $0 down with a qualifying monthly payment plan. For Nexus fans, that means the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model will cost you just $16 for 24 months with no down payment.

It’s unclear whether this $0 down promotion is a limited time offer or not, though we wouldn’t wait around too long if we were you. What do you think of T-Mobile’s new free tablet data offer, excited or not?

  • chuebner

    Is this only for LTE or do 3g devices work with this offer too?

    • Andrew Grush

      Good question. T-Mobile’s press release doesn’t specifically mention 3G. I’ll put in an email to T-Mobile asking for clarification and will update this post if/when I hear back. Thanks!

      • chuebner

        The reason I am asking is I have an old iPad 1 with 3g and it would be nice to be able to use that in a pinch. Thanks!

  • MasterMuffin

    I can’t understand how they can make profit out of this!

    • mobilemann

      i’m guessing they are going to use it to lure you?

      It’s working for me, i’m going to get one of their sim’s today!

      • MasterMuffin

        But I bet there are more people who are happy with their current plan and just use this as extra. They may be counting on gettings more good reputation, it helps always

        • NeedName

          You are probably right. I think one of T-Mo’s biggest problems is customer’s perception that their network isn’t as good as others nor has as good coverage, thus if they can demonstrate that it will work for said customers then they may be more likely to jump ship onto T-Mo’s network.

    • forenuser

      I can tell you.
      t-mobile uses the money taken from german customers…

      Don’t get me wrong, i am happy for US customers. But (at least) in there german home market they take money for almost everything.

  • RanRu

    Just enough data to get halfway through streaming a video. ;D

    Kidding, this is awesome. Good time for an early Christmas present.

  • Ibrahem

    Ok thats realy great but I’m not in USA, I live in UK what ever :(

  • John Locke

    I wish a UK network would do this.

    • Adrian Remus

      How are the data plans there? Here sucks…

      • John Locke

        They also suck. EE (which is name of Orange & T-Mobile after they merged) the biggest network – poor prices & shit customer service. O2, also suck because they have poor prices but good customer service. GiffGaff is owned by O2 but and are great but they don’t sell phones. Three the smallest network offer the best deals but coverage is limited and customer service is worst.

        I’m currently on EE but I’m moving to Three because they offer truly unlimited data and they are not going to charge for unlimited 4G!! The others all charge for 4G and they all are limited 4G.

        • Adrian Remus

          That offer from Three sounds good. By the way, Three has that big fat 3 logo, right? I hope they don’t make the phones uglier like they used to do in the past by putting its logo on them…

          • John Locke

            Sorry for the late reply, I was actually quite busy yesterday.

            And the offer from 3 is the best especially if you buy a new phone. But GoffGaff is slightly better if you buy a phone off contract.

            And 3 doesn’t use that logo on phones anymore but I remember Symbian phones with that logo.

          • Adrian Remus

            I remember some friends having some LGs with a big 3 on them. It was also displayed on splash screen when starting upthe phone…