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T-Mobile offers free data, zero down on tablets. Is it worth it?

T-Mobile said today that it would extend its 'un-carrier' program to tablets such as the Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 7. 

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Members of the media look at the new iPad Air during an Apple event in San Francisco, Calif., this week. The iPad Air will be one of the tablets covered under T-Mobile's new tablet data plan.

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T-Mobile, the fourth-most popular wireless carrier in the US, has unveiled another plank in its so-called "Un-carrier" initiative. 

In a press release this week, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary said it would begin offering all tablets for $0 down, allowing approved customers to pay off their new device in monthly chunks. In addition, the company said that it would offer tablet owners 200MB of free cellular data every month – for life.

"Tablets are supposed to be un-tethered like smart phones, but it hasn't worked out that way because people know carriers will charge them an arm-and-a-leg for mobile data," John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, said in the statement. "Carriers figured out a long time ago that they could make money – a lot of money – by forcing customers into restrictive, overpriced data plans. We changed it for smart phones and we're changing it for tablets."

 
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