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T-Mobile announces "Operation Tablet Freedom"

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T-Mobile has promised three days of new initiatives, with the first one announced on Wednesday when T-Mobile introduced its $40 "Simple Starter" plan. The deal offers users unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data. Today, T-Mobile has announced "Operation Tablet Freedom," which CEO John Legere says is "a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points imposed by the greedy carriers."

T-Mobile's new tablet plan offers 1GB of free data for tablets owned by T-Mobile's customers with a calling plan. That is added to the 200MB of free tablet data offered by the carrier to all tablets, bringing the total amount of free data to 1.2GB for T-Mobile's voice subscribers. In addition, T-Mobile will now sell LTE enabled tablets for the same price as the Wi-Fi only version of the same device. That means that a 16GB LTE enabled Apple iPad Air would cost $499 at T-Mobile, instead of $629. You can also trade in your Wi-Fi only tablet to buy one with LTE connectivity, for nothing down. Lastly, if you are stuck in a contract with a carrier, you can split for T-Mobile and with a trade-in, the carrier will pay your ETF.

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 launching tomorrow, Legere writes in his blog that the next initiative will be announced on Monday. He plans on tweeting out hints over the weekend. We will keep a close eye on what Legere has to say to see if we can figure out what T-Mobile will be announcing on Monday.

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:41 4

1. Augustine (Posts: 609; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Wow! Just, wow! Then again, it's only good through the end of the year.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 13:53

9. Augustine (Posts: 609; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


BTW, this is second consecutive article in Phone Arena covering T-mobile that fails to mention the limits of its new offerings. You can do better than this.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:16 1

12. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yep, like how when they "pay the ETF" it really means "pay the ETF using the trade-in value of qualifying devices". Has to be a trade-in for them to pay the ETF.

Plus, all this "full-on assault on greedy carriers" crap is silly, considering a ton of T-Mobile's network is borrowed, not owned and maintained by T-Mobile. They aren't spending 7 billion per year on network maintenance. Plus T-Mobile coverage is sparse. T-Mobile can keep doing their apples-to-oranges comparisons, but it looks like weak attacks.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 15:27 1

15. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)


You mean pay your etf and buy any phone you bring in so you can leave your current company offer? It really means Pay you for your ETF and if you bring in ANY phone they will buy it so you can get your waiver. Its not just one or the other it's both.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:53 1

2. jerrycutshaw (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


am I reading this correctly? If you have a tablet and a phone plan and the tablet data is free whether you bought the tablet from Tmobile or not? That rocks!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:57 1

3. mike2959 (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Would you guy's please fix your coverage! I have there own coverage map from 2 year's ago for Ohio, it's damn near identical. It's easy to say you cover 98% of the population with 2G...
Also awesome marketing to say that your company covers 98% of the population of New York, when more than half of that is just New York CITY! Sick of the TMO propaganda.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:05 3

4. Metalspy8 (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


if you have any complaints go to tmobile.com not here, whos paying you to be an ass.?

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:09 3

5. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Go to legere's twitter, that might achieve more than posting about it on a phone blog

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:32

7. bestmvno (Posts: 108; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


This is being aggressively worked on. By 2016 I believe, all of their 2g network will be fully converted to LTE.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:50

14. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


While Verizon will be moving on to LTE-Advanced, making LTE look like garbage.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 20:06 1

18. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


While T-Mobile's LTE towers are already LTE-A equipped. Software updates, phones that support it, and spectrum are the only barriers...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:27 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7359; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Waiting for the S5 tomorrow and what T-Mobile announces for the third incentive. :)

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 13:11

8. agentoj (Posts: 100; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


No complaints here. Been getting LTE everywhere I go. Sprint was supposed to LTE coverage everywhere I go but 3mbps down is not LTE. GOOD JOB TMOBILE

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:04 2

10. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)


What appeals to me the most is the being able to buy an LTE capable tablet for the same price as a WiFi only tablet, plus up to 1.2 GB of free LTE data for that tablet if you're a T-Mo phone subsriber. That's a pretty good deal.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 17:20 1

17. MrOCD (unregistered)


Got this like 40 minutes ago: " Free T-Mobile Msg: Starting 4/12, add a 4G LTE tablet at a Wi-Fi-only price and get an extra 1GB FREE data until 2015 (+tax&fees). More: *link* " (Apparently I can't add links because I have less than 30 posts -_- )

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:13

11. vishalbotre (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


just checked, still shows the old cost for tablets?? Any idea, since when they are changing the price??

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:22 1

13. Salazzi (Posts: 131; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I believe it's this saturday

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 15:30

16. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)


This person is correct.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 23:51 1

19. hurrycanger (Posts: 776; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Carp...
Just got a Kindle Fire HDX wifi... off craigslist. XD

If I didn't I would definitely go for the Nexus 7 4g.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:11

20. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Gotta give T Mo, Legere credit for just throwing all sorts of things out there to see what sticks....

This is the best news I have heard in awhile from a carrier...the last time it was also T Mo and their un carrier plans..

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