A day after it announced cheaper plans with voice and data, T-Mobile is sharing more interesting news of upcoming promotions. Starting April 12th, T-Mobile will begin offering iPads and other tablets with LTE at the price normally offered by WiFi-only tablets. For instance, an iPad Air with only WiFi normally runs $499, while an iPad with WiFi and LTE for connecting to the Internet from anywhere normally runs $629. T-Mobile’s promotion will offer new iPads with LTE for the cost of a WiFi-only model for a limited time (saving you $130 in the iPad’s case).
T-Mobile is also offering customers a free 1GB of data use for the rest of the year. The carrier announced last fall that it already includes 200MB of data for tablet customers and today’s announcement adds to that free data offering. After the 2014 promotion, the 1GB of data usage for tablets will be $10 a month while the 200MB of data will remain free. T-Mobile also announced some news for people using tablets with mobile data from other carriers…
T-Mobile will be extending its offer to pay ETFs, or early termination fees, for customers switching to T-Mobile from other carriers that take advantage of the tablet offer. The tablet offer does require both voice and data plans from T-Mobile, so the switch would mean you move your smartphone plan to T-Mobile as well to take advantage of the tablet deal.
Existing T-Mobile customers can take advantage of the free data for 2014 through a $10 credit, the carrier says. T-Mobile also offers trade-ins for non-LTE tablets for customers interested in taking advantage of the free data offer.
As for how T-Mobile’s offer stacks up against its competitors, GTIG Research has presented the data:
Update: Verizon has responded with an extra 1GB of data of its own…