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. This is highly YMMV, so don't hate if you can't get one. You will need to deal with AT&T customer loyalty department (retention)(might also work at other cell providers). If you have ever worked with customer retention you will know that you can't simply ask for a free iPad (maybe you can) but it did take me about 20 minutes of back and forth before the offer was made. I have been an AT&T customer for about 12 years and the representative mentioned she only offered me this deal since I was a long time customer.
A few days ago I received a mailer for a good cell phone deal with a competitor. I decided it was time to call AT&T customer retention. At the end of the call the representative offered me a free 2017 32GB 9.7" Apply iPad with no commitment (technically cost me $10.60, explained below). She mentioned a current promotion they were having with their DirecTv Now service. The specific deal she mentioned was a 3 month DirecTv Now plan at $10 a month (normally $35). She said that I could cancel my subscription after 1 month and keep the iPad with no commitment or cost (other than the 1 month DirecTv Now cost of $10.60). I still really don't know exactly which iPad it is (I think it might be the cellular one).
Oh, and the whole reason I called was to get my bill lowered, so she also upgraded my 20GB data plan to their unlimited choice plan and applied some promo codes so my bill was $15 lower a month (pretty slick by itself).
I have no idea if others will be able to replicate this offer. I also have a strong feeling that other providers (Verizon, etc.) might also offer this free iPad since it is the older version and the new 6th gen iPad just came out and they are probably trying to clear shelf. Good luck SlickDealers. Hopefully a few of you are able to snag a free iPad. She also made me a pretty sweet offer on new iPhone 8 at ($249.00 with no commitment).