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.
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."