T-Mobile will offer free LTE data for tablets starting in November

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Did you think that T-Mobile’s UNcarrier phase 3 was over? If you did, you’re wrong: T-Mobile just announced part 2 of phase 3, which include the ability to purchase tablets on T-Mobile’s equipment installment plans, along with 200MB of free data each month for free – for life.

T-Mobile’s new tablet offerings will go live in November, and will initially be available with Apple’s new iPads. Customers will be able to choose from:

  • The 16GB iPad Air for $0.00 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.25
  • The 32GB iPad Air for $99.99 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.25
  • The 64GB iPad Air for $199.99 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.25
  • The 16GB iPad mini for $0.00 down and 24 monthly payments of $17.91
  • The 16GB iPad mini with Retina for $0.00 down and 24 monthly payments of $22.08

Eventually other tablets, including the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7, will be eligible for these payment plans, as well.

All tablets, whether purchased through T-Mobile or not, will be eligible for 200MB of free data each month. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, free is better than nothing at all, and prices for more data are really reasonable for existing T-Moble customers:  $10/month will get you unlimited data with 500MB of high speed data, and customers can add more high speed data in 2GB increments for $10 more per month.

T-Mobile will also offer a daily tablet passes, which includes 500MB of data for $5; and a weekly pass, which includes unlimited data capped at 1GB of high speed data for $10. Of course, there will be no overages with any of these plans.

Quite honestly, these tablet plans are amazing and could prove to be quite disruptive to other carriers’ tablet business models. Free data, even at 200MB/month, might be just what I need to actually spend a bit more for the LTE model whenever I decide to buy another tablet – and T-Mobile includes tethering in all of its smartphone data plans for when I run out of my 200MB.

What do you think? Is T-Mobile’s announcement enough to get you to splurge on an LTE tablet?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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