T-Mobile announces Tablet Freedom to make it easier and cheaper to add tablets to your lines



T-Mobile is continuing to count down the days until they implement their latest uncarrier moves. Yesterday, they revealed a new entry-level plan for $40 that gives folks unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $40 per month. Announcement 2 of 3 deals with tablets, and how sucky other carriers make it to add connected devices to their account.

They’re calling their latest moves “Tablet Freedom,” and here’s what it’ll bring:

  •  A T-Mobile 4G LTE + Wi-Fi tablet for zero down and pay no more than you’d pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model of the same tablet.
  • 1GB of free 4G LTE data each month combined with the 200MB of free data you already automatically get every month with T-Mobile’s previously announced “Free Data for Life” offer
  • Access to T-Mobile’s JUMP! program and Contract Freedom program, where T-Mobile will pay every penny of your ETFs from another carrier when you trade-in your existing tablet at T-Mobile, including Wi-Fi only tablets, and upgrade to your latest-generation tablet of choice at the new lower same-as-Wi-Fi prices.

No convoluted process to get a tablet line added to an account primarily meant for phones. No extra charges simply because it’s a bigger device. No more justifying a $300 premium over the price of the WiFi model simply because it has 4G radios. That’s the kind of stuff that all adds up to make T-Mobile one of the most compelling options in the game (even if their coverage isn’t up to snuff yet).

Like the Simple Starter plan, these changes will be available starting April 12th, and it wouldn’t be a bad guess to suggest whatever tomorrow’s announcement ends up being will be available that day, as well. Circle back for more news on that front as the week winds down.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Phew I was getting pissed over the fact that the addition of radios in tablets jacked the price up so much

  2. They’re obviously going after Verizon with this one.

  3. This move is pretty impressive! Even with the removal of employer discounts, I’m still saving at least $20/month over Verizon AND I actually, pleasantly surprisingly, and awesomely have much better overall 4G LTE service over Big Red.

    Granted, I’ve only played with this service in my native San Francisco Bay Area; however, from the other places I would go like Sacramento, Vegas, Anaheim/LA, and Orlando, service is expected to be pretty good!

    With these moves, they’ve definitely made a T-Mobile “advocate” out of me! Now if they will just get the LG G Pro 2 device…

    1. I was told that if you were getting the employer discount before you’re still getting it.

      1. Hmm… I was under the impression that we would not be grandfathered in. Now I hope you’re right and I’m very wrong!

        1. He’s 100% right.

  4. HOLY GRAIL OF THE HEAVENS!! I’ve been waiting for something like this. I always want to try out these different tablets, but that’s definitely not a good financial decision before.

    I’ve been blessed. Now I get to try out all these different tablets. I’m so happy.

    1. If you carry a phone with WiFi tethering (and a compatible data plan), then any WiFi device will already work.

  5. I just heard announcement 3 will be on Monday do to the s5 launch tomorrow but Legere is saying it will be big.

    1. For me this announcement is big because now I can get rid of my old iPad 2 …………… ******* telecomvibe(dot)com ********

  6. My data speeds are sick fast. LTE is over 35mb down and 15mb up. My HSPA+ data speeds are 15mb down and 5mb up. I shut my LTE radio off just to save battery. T-Mobile has never been better, thank you T-Mobile.

  7. What an ugly sweater.

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