Bring your own tablet [t-mobile.com]
Buy a tablet from T-Mobile cash or free financing for well qualified buyers [t-mobile.com]
iPad Air [t-mobile.com]
space gray or silver color. This is the new thin and lighter model announced 10/2013.
iPad Mini [t-mobile.com]
- 16GB $630.00, or $0 down and $26.25 for 24 months
- 32GB $729.99, or $99 down and $26.25 for 24 months
space gray or silver color. Last year's model, A5 non-Retina version. The new iPad Mini with A7 and Retina won't be available until Apple finishes manufacturing them.
Google Nexus 7 [t-mobile.com]Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 [t-mobile.com]
- 16GB $429.84, or $0 down and $17.91 for 24 months
- 16 GB $456 or $0 down and $19 for 24 months
- $10 SIM starter kit required. Not known yet if you can use a cell phone starter kit on a tablet.
All are "shipping soon" or "coming soon"
If you're planning to buy a new iPad from the Apple store or apple.com, select the T-Mobile version. It will come preinstalled with the correct T-Mobile sim. I bought one this way. Just turn off wifi, try to browse using Safari, and a simple T-Mobile signup process intervenes. It asks for basic stuff- name, address, email. I selected the free plan, and that was it- TMobile LTE access.
T-Mobile announcement [t-mobile.com]
Oct 23, 2013 press release [corporate-ir.net]
Oct 23, 2013 press release 2 [thomsonone.com]
TMobile FAQ for this program
credit to monkeybiz
TMobile UnCarrier 3.0 Initiative. Full launch November 1, 2013. So glad that the DeathStar wasn't able to grab TMobile; how's that for competition?
Fine print from tmobile.com webpage announcing this feature [t-mobile.com]
- 200MB free 4G LTE data every month for life
- No unlimited 2G data after free data allotment is used, data stops. A screen will be shown allowing a purchase for more data. (Reference 1)
- No contracts
- Mobile internet account required on eligible device. Do not need voice account or any other paying relationship. (Reference 4)
- No domestic roaming, no international roaming
- You can BYOD (bring your own eligible device). Do not have to buy the tablet from TMobile. Most popular tablets compatible with TMobile's network are eligible. (FAQ and Reference 2 below)
- iPad Air 16GB - $0 down, 24 payments of $26.25. Available Nov 1.
- iPad Mini 16GB with Retina - $0 down, 24 payments of $22.08. Available late November.
- Includes Android tablets Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1 (Reference 3 below)
- Existing TMobile Tablet paid plan customers get 200MB added to their paid allotment (Reference 5)
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. [OP note: the preceding unlimited 2G does not apply to free 200MB customers] 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.
Yes, I actually listened to the media concall for you peeps after dinner today!
Reference 1 - October 23, 2013 audio conference announcing feature with TMobile CEO Legere and CMO Sievert [media-server.com]
33:24 and 36:30. The TMobile executables were asked explicitly what happens for free customers when the 200MB runs out. They responded says that for free customers, after the 200MB allotment is used, data stops.
A webpage is thrown up to let you buy more at that point. For Simple Choice (paid) customers, they throttle down to 2G unlimited. But not
the free customers. Credit to alabbit for bringing this up.
Reference 2 - audio 5:55, 16:20.
Reference 3 - audio 2:54 mentions a list of Apple and android tablets, then mentions free data.
Reference 4 - audio 17:40 "do not need any paying relationship with TMobile at all"
Reference 5 - audio 20:30
I was about to get the new next gen iPad to use with my freedompop, but I'm going for this deal. So far, ATT and Verizon have had to respond to TMobile's disruptive moves. We'll see if they match this one as well.
Thumbnail of TMO, ATT, VZ, and Sprint (credit to Bad_Boy). Additional credit to buglerex and manekineko2.