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Sprint to soon give away a free tablet with each new smartphone purchase?

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Sprint to soon give away a free tablet with each new smartphone purchase?
Is there a better price in the world than free? According to someone with inside knowledge of what Sprint has in mind, the nation's third largest carrier plans on offering a free tablet to those purchasing a new smartphone. A two-year contract must be signed for each device and any smartphone offered by Sprint can be purchased to receive the free tablet..

New smartphone buyers will allegedly soon get a free ZTE Optik with their purchase from Sprint

New smartphone buyers will allegedly soon get a free ZTE Optik with their purchase from Sprint

The tablet Sprint is allegedly giving away with a new smartphone purchase is the ZTE Optik, a device that has been under $100 in price since its launch. The tablet has a 7 inch screen with resolution of 1280 x 800 and pixel density of 218ppi. A dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 is under the hood while 1GB of RAM is on board and 16GB of native storage is included. That can be expanded with the use of the 32GB capacity microSD slot on the tablet. There is a 5MP camera on back that captures video, and a 2MP camera in front for self-portraits and video chat. A 4,000mAh battery keeps the lights on while Android Honeycomb 3.2 is installed. The ZTE Optik has 3G connectivity.

This seems like it could be a great deal for the back to school crowd and the dates that the promotion runs seems to confirm this. The free tablet is yours with a smartphone purchase at Sprint from August 12th through September 30th. And with Sprint cutting the price on the Apple iPhone 4S to $149.99, and offering free activation as well, getting a tablet at zero cost is more than the icing on the cake. It's the rainbow sprinkles on the icing on the cake.

source: TechnoBuffalo via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 10 Aug 2012, 23:07

1. insuusvenerati (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Sep 2010)


It actually starts Aug 19

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 23:09 2

2. insuusvenerati (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Sep 2010)


Actually I wasn't really paying attention in the meeting so it may be sooner : )

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 23:14 2

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Now thats how you make sales! lol samsung is good in this area i gotta say

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 00:54 4

4. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


wow to even pay for this tablet is not that bad of a deal.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 03:12 2

5. SkOne (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 May 2012)


this tab isn't even worth signing a 2 year contract for.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 14:25

16. lsutigers (Posts: 727; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Another dumb comment.

Have you ever used this tablet? One of my co-workers recently picked this up and it's actually really good for an entry level tablet. It's a stock Android experience but it's pretty fast with a nice screen and it's well built. SkOne, understand that there is a market for this as not everyone needs a $500+ tablet for basic web browsing / email / video chat use.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 15:59 1

18. SkOne (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Who ever said anything about $500.00? for that price im better off getting a nexus 7 or a galaxy tab 7.0. if my comment was so dumb then there should have been no reason for you to respond to it simple as that.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 05:43 3

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 11472; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's a good deal

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 06:11 7

7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


It would be cool if you got a free Nexus 7 with any 2 year contract Android phone purchase. The iPad would lose it's crown in less than a year and Android phones will command a larger lead. Maybe then Apple will get more aggressive in the lab or die.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 06:53 6

8. medicci37 (Posts: 628; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The specs seem 2 be good. But if the tablet has been selling 4 under 100$. It doesn't sound like a good deal to me. Would be much cheaper to go with tmobile & buy a Nexus tab.

posted on 12 Aug 2012, 15:13

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


meh....its free, so sounds good either way...

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 07:08 3

9. tehalley (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Cheap tablets are a waste

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 08:42 1

10. hawke9150 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


All this from a company that spent BILLIONS to get the iPhone. To me it looks like they are trying anything to either keep or get customers so they can pay off Apple.

I wonder if you can get the tablet with the purcase of an iPhone? It would be funny to see.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 09:53 1

11. wumberpeb (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


ANY smartphone genius...any smartphone

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 10:12 1

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You make it seem like them getting the iPhone was a bad idea. Yes they are doing bad right now but they are attracting new customers with the iphone and unlimited data.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 11:04 2

13. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


Sounds like the strategy of a company to attract more business and increase profit.. Which is the idea of of becoming a business in the first place? Did you think Sprint was a non-profit?

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 15:27

17. khanrehan99 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Yes, you can combine iphone with it. and its not funny though.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 12:25

14. DonkeySauce (Posts: 159; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


Actually, if you're a Corporate Liable business customer, its already free anyway.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 12:27

15. ripp747 (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Here is a decent 12 minute you yube review of tablet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI0-tmDnUwQ

posted on 12 Aug 2012, 03:26

19. Joshua9007 (Posts: 78; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I wonder how much they charge for a tablet data plan... as it is listed as a $350 off contract price, that means that they are going to make more than $350 off you over the course of the 2yr contract... meaning the nexus 7 is a far better deal as long as you have WiFi. They should just have a deal where you purchase a nexus 7 and agree to sign up for the mobile hotspot feature...

posted on 12 Aug 2012, 11:24

20. falconsndawgs (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Options of $19.99 / month for 2GB of data or $49.99 / month for 6GB of data.

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