T-Mobile Selling LTE iPads For Cost Of WiFi Models With 1GB Of Free Data

T-Mobile chief John Legere wants you to not hate your carrier for once.

T-Mobile chief John Legere wants you to not hate your carrier for once.

T-Mobile’s new deal on LTE iPads is a doozy. The ‘Uncarrier’ is shaking things up again by offering LTE iPads for the price of their WiFi-only counterparts. And on top of that, more free data is involved.

Apple sells WiFi + LTE versions of its iPads for $130 more than WiFi-only, but T-Mobile isn’t having that. For example, buying a 16GB iPad Air with LTE on T-Mobile only costs $499 instead of $630.

The deal, which starts on April 12th, applies to the iPad Air, first-gen iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.

If you already have a voice plan of some kind on T-Mobile, 1GB of data can be awarded to your account to use each month throughout the rest of 2014. New and existing customers get $10 off T-Mobile’s contract-free data plans for the rest of the year.

T-Mobile already offers 200MB for free with the purchase of a tablet, so that could potentially be 1.2GB of free data each month.

If you want to come over to T-Mobile, the carrier still offers to pay any early termination fees by offering credits for smartphones and tablets that are traded in.

Not to be outdone, Verizon also announced that it’s giving away 1GB of free data to anyone who activates a tablet on its “More Everything Plan.” Verizon’s base 1GB monthly plan for tablets still costs twice as much as T-Mobile’s.

  • zgercik

    joooo this is America …. Just look at what the pricing policy of t-mobile practiced in the Czech Republic, where the customer how to rob jde.Co venture in the Czech Republic about how the U.S. would not allow even think

  • Michael Black

    I don’t get this. This is obviously great for customers, but what exactly is TMobile’s strategy here in terms of turning the company around and making it profitable? How does this add to the profit? All this does is increase cost and make selling iPads as a loss leader, because I hardly doubt their wholesale price is less than $500 on the iPad.

    • Yeah Dave…

      A gigabyte of data is a pittance nowadays…

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