T-Mobile announces Un-Carrier plans for tablets, plus iPads at $0 down

T-Mobile announces Un-Carrier plans for tablets, plus iPads at $0 down
Yesterday, T-Mobile teased new tablet data plans and the arrival of the new iPads on its network, and promised to give out the details today on Twitter. Apple almost spoiled the surprise by posting the plans on its website along with the information on the new iPad Air and iPad mini 2. But, the pricing given on Apple's site was not correct (as we assumed), and there are some specifics that are now clear in the next move of T-Mobile's Un-Carrier plans.

The big tag line for T-Mobile's new tablet Un-Carrier plans is really just the standard equipment installment plan with no down-payment on a new tablet, including iPads. Of course, you still need to eventually pay the full retail price for the iPads, but it is better than having to drop a few hundred dollars up front. A new 16GB iPad Air will be $0 down and $26.25 per month for 24 months, which adds up to the standard $630 price for the device. The pricing works the same for the iPad mini and the higher capacity storage options on the iPads. 

The data plans are also getting a reduction in price, starting with T-Mobile offering 200MB of monthly data for free for life, which is very nice if you don't need too much data. After that, a 500MB monthly plan will cost $10, and each increase of 2GB after that will cost $10. That means 2.5GB for $20, and 4.5GB for $30, and this includes LTE data. This puts T-Mobile's plans solidly below the competition. For comparison, AT&T offers 3GB of data for $30, Verizon will give you just 2GB for $30, and even Sprint charges $35 for 3GB of data. 

source: T-Mobile

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25 Comments

1. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If only they had good coverage where I work.

7. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

welcome to why they have the best plans...b/c nothing else works right unless you live in a few select areas.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nope. Everywhere I've traveled to with T-Mo has constantly given be solid service with full bars of 4G about 95% of the places I've been to.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Maybe these people complaining should try T-Mobile for free with this 200MB of data and find out for themselves how much better T-Mobile coverage has gotten in the last year.

13. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

better doesn't necessarily mean good coverage...it just means it sucks a little less than before. t-mobile is horrible around here but ppl tolerate it for the cheap plans & unlimited data.

14. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

That sucks. I enjoy much faster data speeds than I did with Verizon where I am. Never had a coverage problem either. T-Mobile definitely has a heavy focus on the east coast. Hopefully they'll get better in your area too.

15. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

likewise here too full 4g and lte service and crystal clear calls.. LG G2

18. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

You must not go many places. Here in sacramento if you travel outside the city then there is no voice covereage and you are on EDGE.

20. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I went from Michigan to Georgia on a road trip over the summer and has full bars in almost all areas. T-Mobile is good around the whole east coast, but maybe not so much over in the west. Hope it gets better over there too.

24. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

that sucks for u i live in los angeles and gone from LA to san fransisco which is an 8 hour drive and tmobile had service all the way even on the way to vegas and arizona tmobile had hspa service 90 percent of the time. I travel alot and so far tmobile has been ok.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If there's anyone that I believe with signal strengths on carriers, it would be you. +1

2. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Every single time I tried to make tmobile my primary carrier - their coverage sucked big time. Out of town, out of network. You get what you paid for - damn it. I'm stuck with both ATT & Tmobile for now.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

looks like im getting an iPad. 200 mb free data, and when im done with that, i will just use my 2.5 gb of free tethering from my lumia 920. couldn't be happier i went to tmobile.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not bad. I like the whole 200mb free data thing, that is nice. However, Spritn does over 2gb for 20$ and their one up program allows you to do the monthly purchase on the tablet with no money down. So unless you just wanna do the 200mb free, T-mo's isnt exactly any better.

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Actually. It's a lot better. Sprint is $35 a month for 3GB. (I'm not sure where you got your numbers from) T-Mobile is now $20 for 2.5GB. And has tablets for $0 down. Not to mention the whole GSM unlocked advantage that T-Mobile has.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Actually its $15 for 2gb, not 20. You can view the offer on sprint.com. And one up does 0$ down too. T-mo does have the GSM advantage of course, not knocking it, just not amazed by it.

9. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

That's a limited time plan that must be new. Good call on your part. Not sure when they added it. That's not a bad deal at all. Too bad I'll never use CDMA again.

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

CDMA needs to go away and die.

10. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

Let me guess. tmobile will charge $10-$20 for a new sim if you bring your own device. I really hate when carriers charge for sim cards.

11. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

$9.99 and that includes the activation fee. They have $0.99 sim sales every other month tho. Just use the code OCTSIM.

23. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

I don't know why American Carriers are charging for SIM cards when SIM cards here in the Philippines just cost 11¢ to 23¢..

16. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I recently switched to T-Mobile. I used to be with AT&T. I can't say that it's "better" than AT&T as far as coverage, of course, but considering how much money I saved, it's a no-brainer. I went from paying $175 for a family with 3 phones, with only 1 line having an unlimited grandfathered data plan, to paying $110/month plan with all 3 phones having unlimited talk, text, and web.

19. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I would really LOVE to do this ... being in a rural area though ... I'm on AT&T ... others are on T-Mobile ... we are dead in the water with no signal ... while my wife is on Verizon and she is streaming videos from YouTube.

25. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Just can't have the perfect balance, can we? Verizon's service is really good, but just costs way too much. Sounds like you guys don't have much of a choice living in a rural area.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If they had the Lumia 2520, I would add.a tablet line to my account, especially since if I use the 200MB, I have free tethering/hotspot on my line.

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