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Tablet Rentals Coming to a Major League Baseball Stadium Near You

If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t find a rousing game of baseball, copious amounts of beer and food, and the company of a few good friends enough to occupy over the course of nine innings, then T-Mobile has you covered. The carrier is launching a tablet rental program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Angels that will provide you with a T-Mobile G Slate or Samsung Galaxy Tab for your entertainment as you take in a game at Angel Stadium.

For $10 you will get use of the tablet throughout the game, a digital version of the game-day program optimized for tablets, free content sampling from Zinio’s magazine library including ESPN, and free access to T-Mobile TV for viewing any shows available as free or “Select” content. Not a bad deal, but I think I will stick with watching the game right in front of me.

T-Mobile Teams Up With Los Angeles Angels Offering Fans Unique Tablet Rental Program

Fan experience enhanced with customized content, game-day program, and access to America’s Largest 4G Network™

ANAHEIM, Calif. — July 22, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company has partnered with the Los Angeles Angels to provide fans with a unique tablet rental program, giving fans customized content designed to enhance their experience while watching their favorite team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

“T-Mobile’s Android tablets, combined with America’s Largest 4G Network™, give Angels fans customized content for an affordable price when they rent a tablet during Angels games,” said Darrin Silveria, vice president general manager, Southern California, T-Mobile USA. “We’re always excited to bring T-Mobile customers unique offerings that they can’t find elsewhere, and that’s exactly what we’re doing for Angels fans who rent a tablet.”

T-Mobile began partnering with the Angels near the beginning of the season, and has been fine tuning the company’s network inside Angel Stadium of Anaheim, running a beta program with fans providing feedback on their experience, and building partnerships with content providers, including Zinio and MobiTV, the provider of T-Mobile TV.

“There’s no question that baseball fans love stats, replays, MLB news and more,” said Angels chairman Dennis Kuhl. “We wanted to enhance the fan experience while viewing home games, and we’re excited to bring this partnership with T-Mobile to life. We see lots of possibilities and are really just at the beginning of this new offering for our fans.”

Fans who rent either a T-Mobile G-Slate™ or Samsung Galaxy Tab™ for $10 get the following unprecedented value:

Free game-day program, optimized for viewing on the tablet — an instant $3 added value.
Free content from the Zinio magazine app, with the ability to read from a sampling of magazines during the game, including ESPN and many other popular magazines, drawing from Zinio’s library of more than 4,500 magazine titles.

Free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), providing content from popular TV shows. All regular free content, plus the “Select” package, regularly $4.99, is available as part of the game-day tablet rental.

Access to T-Mobile’s blazing-fast network, powering fast video chat sessions with friends and family at home, and blazing downloads of rich media content.

“This is the kind of unique combination of hardware, fast mobile network speeds and rich content that has the potential to be transformative, not only for Angels fans, but for fans of all sports,” said Jeanniey Mullen, global executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Zinio. “We see great possibilities for the future and are looking forward to bringing even more unique offerings to Angels fans as we develop our partnership with T-Mobile over time.”

Angels fans can choose to rent either a Samsung Galaxy Tab or the 4G T-Mobile G-Slate. Rentals come equipped with a “quick start” guide and a simplified content experience as a result of T-Mobile’s partnership with Zinio and MobiTV.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the first quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+/HSPA+42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

    Wow! Sure hope they’re taking full price deposits. I foresee A LOT of broken tablets coming back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Henry/527496157 Matt Henry

    I would rent one to catch a foul ball.

  • KyleNC

    Given the prices for everything else at baseball games I am assuming the rental fee will be roughly 5 grand, oh and they will then ban you from bringing your own in from outside.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

      Says $10 in the article. Pretty amazing I thought it would have been high too.

  • gbenj

    Its a little ridiculous that one team does this while another (The Yankees) don’t allow you into the stadium with a tablet. (iPad, Kindle, Android) None are allowed into the stadium, you’ll get stopped by security.

    • monlosez

      Tell them it’s your 7 or 10 in phone.

  • Christopher Cross

    Not a rental here, but the Dbacks allow all tablets and they also provide a cool service that allows for replays and other information. Info here: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=wifi

  • ILikeStake

    Guy #1 (No tablet) Dude! Did you see that home run?

    Guy #2 (Tablet) Huh?…oh, uh..check out this porn real quick man..chick has huge tits.

    Guy #1: *Goes and rents tablet*