T-Mobile takes step back from free data plan for tablets bought with no money down

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Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices.

Existing customers of T-Mobile with a phone plan can take advantage of the 200MB of free data for tablets without any additional requirements as well as new customers who pay full price for their tablet or bring their own tablet to T-Mobile.

Prior to this latest mis-step, T-Mobile also had a problem with a legacy policy that was incorrectly forcing new customers to sign up for a $10 per month plan. T-Mobile executive Andrew Sherrard has admitted “things have been a little bumpy” for T-Mobile as they launch their attempt to break into the tablet market. Despite the problems, Sherrard says demand has been strong during the initial few days of availability.

source: CNET

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • davy917

    Don’t get the fuss or confusion about this. People actually thought they could finance a device at 0% interest with no money down AND get free data from a carrier?

    In case ppl were wondering, TMO is not a non profit organization.

    They initially did state that ppl opting for no money down would need to sign up for $20 plan, but it seems that many misunderstood this as being the tablet payment not a data plan. Cmon use common sense.