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

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..

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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Optik
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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21 Comments

1. insuusvenerati

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2010

It actually starts Aug 19

2. insuusvenerati

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2010

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

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

5. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

16. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

18. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 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.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a good deal

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

8. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

9. tehalley

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Cheap tablets are a waste

10. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

11. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

ANY smartphone genius...any smartphone

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

13. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 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?

17. khanrehan99

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

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

14. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

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

15. ripp747

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

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

19. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 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...

20. falconsndawgs

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

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

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