T-Mobile Free LG G Pad 8.0 F with qualifying Mobile Internet Plan (Credit back on your monthly bill over 24 months)
This is a limited-time offer, here's how you get it:
• Purchase your LG G PAD on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) and we'll make your monthly payments
• Activate or maintain a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan—also valid with our Match Your Data plan. Call us at 877-677-5504 if you are interested in Match Your Data
• Each month, you'll see a $9.99 charge in the "Equipment section" of your bill as well as a $9.99 "LG Tablet Promotion 2015" bill credit in the "Credits and Adjustments" sections of your bill for each eligible device
• You will receive the $9.99 credit every month for 24 months as long as you keep your 1GB above tablet plan active and in good standing
• If you cancel your tablet plan, the $9.99 bill credit will stop, and you will need to pay the remaining EIP balance
Offer subject to change. Ltd. quantities avail. at this price. Taxes & fees additional; total device tax due at sale. Credit check and EIP agreement required. Credit may not appear on first bill cycle; must be active and in good standing when credit is applied. If you cancel wireless service, remaining tablet balance of up to $239.76 becomes due.
T-Mobile is explaining things badly because they want to call it "free". It's not free.
1) You borrow $240 from T-Mobile to buy the tablet. You pay the sales tax out of pocket. The monthly payment is $10 a month. No different than buying a phone. It's not a half bad tablet for $240, with LTE and all.
2) You put the tablet on a data line with a plan that costs you at least $10 a month. The best plan for most T-Mobile customers is the "Match your Phone" plan. It'll be at least 1GB of data, can go as high as 5GB, and rumor is that next month can go even higher, to 7GB. Once you reach the limit, the data just gets really slow. Same as phone data. With taxes and fees, it'll run your around $15/mo or so for service.
3) T-Mobile is offering a promo. If you get a data plan along with the tablet that will cost you at least $10 a month, they will credit you $10 a month to cover the tablets monthly payment. If you cut back data service under $10 a month, you'll have to make the payment on the tablet loan yourself. If you leave T-Mobile, you have to pay off the loan in full immediately. After 2 years, the loan is paid off. Same way the interest free loans for phones work, except the promo pays the monthly bill for you.
If you think the tablet is worth $240, you can just buy the thing outright. But if you aren't going to use it on cellular internet outside the house, there are better tablets for $240 or less out there. This is all about a tablet with LTE, which few have.
If you already pay for tablet or hotspot service, you can swap the tablet on to that plan, pay the same monthly fee, then just move the SIM into the gadget you originally had service for, and have a free tablet in 2 years.
Yes, you can use the tablet as a hotspot. Same as your phone. Home internet goes out, you can use the tablet on T-Mobile, or turn on the tablet's hotspot to get your laptop on T-Mobile.
Yes, you can make phone calls over the tablet with programs like Hangouts. Quality will vary depending on internet connections.
Yes, if you use up all the tablets data, you can connect it to your phones WiFi hotspot, and use that data too. The combined total can be quite large, 10GB, maybe 14GB next month. For $10+fees and taxes, that's unbeatable.
Yes, of course it will work on WiFi. Yours, or a public hotspot. CableWiFi and XFinity hotspots are becoming very common.
No, it's not an iPad. They cost lots more money. Accept it for what it is, good enough for most things.
Yes, it has GPS and will work great for Google Maps and Waze.
Yes, you can install Kindle and read books on it. Should work fine, if not as razor sharp as the alternatives.
Personally, I find my tablets are much more useful outside the house than in it. I won't buy another without cellular data. Gave my mom an iPad, she uses it all the time. A lot of Google Maps, and a lot of waiting room entertainment.
***IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A TABLET PLAN and are NOT financing a device for that line, you can pretty much walkout with a FREE tablet after paying taxes (it was less than $9 for me). If they give you a hard time, call Customer Service for them to note your account that you can do that. They'll just use your current tablet/data plan (the $10 match for me) and assign the LG G Pad to that line. I didn't even have to active the the new tablet. They key for this is that the rules say that you can either activate OR maintain an internet plan of 1gb+***
1. Do you need a new data plan to get the promo?
Not necessarily. You can activate a new data plan or use your current data plan - as long as you are not financing the equipment on that line - and "upgrade" to the LG G Pad F 8.0
2. Do you need to buy a sim card?
NO, the tablet comes with a sim card. You may have to pay for activation of a new data line though.
3. If they give you a $10/month credit, then you pay $0/month?
NO, you need to activate OR maintain a data plan of at least 1gb. So you will get the tablet for free, but you'll need to pay for a data plan.
4. Is the tablet any good?
YES! It is not a high end tablet, but it's pretty decent... and it's pretty much free!
5. How can the tablet be really free if you have to pay different fees and be in a 2 year contract?
If you are activating a new data line, there are fees... and uncle Sam wants his share too! That's just the way it is...if you go to a game show and win stuff, guess what? You have to pay taxes on it! So very few things are truly free. As far as the contract... they have clearly stated that you have to maintain a data plan in order to get the tablet... so instead of giving you the $240 up front, they give it to you monthly as long as you keep your end of the deal.
6. So, should I go for this deal?
It depends... if you're interested in a free tablet but not in a data plan where you have to make monthly payments, then no. However, if you want a data plan or already have one, this deal is a no brainer!
7. Are there any cases for this tablet?
Tmobile has some "universal" cases that they are going to try to sell to you in the store for $39. I'm not sure if they are even fully compatible with this tablet (as far as a hole for the speaker and camera and leaving access to the stylus)
Incipio has some official cases, but they are pricey. You can also find a couple of other compatible cases in Amazon, but they are not "in stock" yet... so you'll have to wait. Here are the links for the cases:
Incipio (1): http://www.amazon.com/Incipio-F8-...A4XAJ56HT0
Incipio (2): http://www.amazon.com/Incipio-Lex...A4XAJ56HT
Incipio (3): http://www.amazon.com/Incipio-F8-...A4XAJ56HT0