For $10 per month, T-Mobile will double your data when you add an iPad to your plan

Last year, T-Mobile’s free-data-for-life program debuted for connected iPads by serving up 200 MB of free LTE data per month for the life of their T-Mobile iPad. Now, the Un-carrier’s making it easier and more affordable than ever for customers to experience life with a connected iPad − with a new offer to double your data when you add an iPad to your Simple Choice smartphone plan on the fastest LTE network in the nation.

Starting September 3rd, adding an iPad to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan costs just $10 per month. And right on top of that, the Un-carrier will match your smartphone’s LTE data plan – up to 5 GB a month – reserved for use on your iPad. For example, a customer with a Simple Choice smartphone plan with 5 GB of LTE data can add an iPad with another 5 GB of data set aside for use on that iPad, for just $10 per month. That’s a total of up to 10 GB of LTE data. And that’s all on top of the 200 MB of free LTE data every single month for the life of your iPad.

“The old school carriers make you pay for the privilege of connecting your tablet to their network−just to tap into the same limited pool of data you already bought for your smartphone,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, in a statement. “With the Un-carrier, you can now get double the data on a network designed for data for one simple price. It couldn’t be simpler or more straightforward.”

Today at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, you can add a tablet to your account for a monthly $10 access fee that gets you exactly zero additional data. That $10 at the old guard carriers gives you nothing more than ‘access’ to your existing shared data pool.

At T-Mobile, if you have 1 GB of LTE data on your Simple Choice iPhone plan, you can get up to 1 GB of LTE data on your iPad. 3 GB on your iPhone? Get 3 GB on your iPad. 5 GB? Get 5 GB on your iPad – for just $80 per month. Pay nearly the same amount at Verizon, AT&T or Sprint and get less than half the value – or worse.

Example Simple Choice Plan with 5 GB LTE data
T-Mobile USA: Example Simple Choice Plan with 5 GB LTE data

“Our tablets are the most data-hungry devices we have, and yet most people live in fear of using their tablet outside of the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot because of those crazy overage fees the big telecoms hold over their customers’ heads,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile, in a statement. “T-Mobile customers live in a different reality. T-Mobile customers can use their tablets worry free – on a network designed data strong – without the fear of bill shock or those ridiculous overage fees.”

Visit T-Mobile.com for more information on how to double your data when you add a tablet here.

Source: T-Mobile US, Inc.

5 Comments

  1. While the prices don’t look much different, the fundamental difference with T-Mobile is that they have UNLIMITED data every month, hence there are NEVER any outages. If you go over your 4G data limit, they just throttle your traffic. You lose ability to Skype and Facetime with video (or stream YouTube / Vimeo videos), but you can still talk on Facetime (or Skype) and all other low-bandwidth usage works quite fine (and this includes maps, navigation, web, email, facebook/twitter, etc).

    One other recent addition to T-Mobile is that popular music streaming services (iHeartRadio, Pandora, iTunes Radio and some others) don’t count towards the 4G data limit, so you can stream music all day long even if you used up all your 4G allotment for the month.

    There is a lot to love with this carrier ever since Deutsche Telekom was blocked from selling it to AT&T and basically forced to figure out what they want to do with it. They apparently decided to make it a money maker, so they made a deal with Apple for the iPhone, and offered the most competitive plans out there. The only remaining thing now is building out network coverage. If you have good coverage where you need it, it is the least abusive carrier in America.

      1. Well, not quite. T-Mobile’s plans are all unlimited, even the cheapest one. You will NEVER get charged overages for extra data. Your bill will be exactly he same every month. The only thing that might incur overages is if you call/text to numbers overseas (or travel outside the US and go roaming).

        With most other carriers, usually only the most expensive plans are all-unlimited. Lower-tier plans have data caps, which are hard-limits and if you punch through those, you get charged per megabyte consumed, which can be quite a lot (and can be quite unpredictable).

        The pre-paid budget carriers (such as Cricket, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, etc) tend to have this concept of unlimited everything at rather low price, and several pricing tiers with different monthly 4G data limits (and data throttling when user goes over). While these carriers have somewhat spottier service (and greater variation in data speeds) than the big four, they seem to be quite popular with the less-than-affluent populations in America.

  2. The biggest problem with T-Mobile is coverage. I tried their Test Drive program with an iPhone 5S for a week. There were so many places where I had no signal, some in buildings where I work and get a reasonable signal from AT&T, that I just couldn’t live with it. I wanted it to work so badly, but the limited coverage was so bad that I had to stay where I am.

    1. Where are you? Every carrier has its weak spots, and some places in the world may never have super reliable wireless service. You always have to do your homework before you buy.

      In the US where coverage is adequate, T-Mobile easily offers the best value for voice + data. Interestingly, however, a visit to a T-Mobile store will present you with 2 iPhone models, 2 Windows phone models, and 2 dozen Android phone models. There is always some new and exciting Android model out there, in different sizes, with different hardware options across a wide price range. With frequent model updates, there are also sales offered on at least one Android phone at any given time. So it’s no wonder that the average consumer who doesn’t know any details about mobile phones would see the iPhone as being a poor value overpriced fashion item.. Apple should do better about getting the message out that they offer superior quality, security, and long-term value. That clear distinction just isn’t getting across anymore, especially with the 5C being plastic.

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