T-Mobile offers 200MB a month of free data for all tablets, with no contract

It’s fair to say that the majority of tablet buyers purchase a WiFi-only version of their device. Many would no doubt prefer to get the 3G/4G-enabled model instead – particularly to enjoy the freedom of using their mobile devices on the move – but struggle to justify the added cost of taking out a separate plan for the tablet.

T-Mobile claims that the proportion of tablet buyers who get the WiFi-only model is 90%, a figure that it wants to work on. So, in the latest of its ‘UnCarrier’ initiatives, designed to shake-up the market and distance the company from the other big network operators, T-Mobile has announced that it is ‘unleashing the tablet’ from next week. 

From November 1, the company is giving 200MB of free data to everyone with a tablet – whether you are a current T-Mobile customer or not. You will not be required to sign up to a contract, nor will you be committed to a minimum term – you will just get 200MB of no-strings-attached 4G data.

That means that you can bring your own tablet to the network, but T-Mobile would much rather sell you a new one, of course. The company hopes to convince more tablet buyers to purchase their devices from T-Mobile, and is also offering no-money-down deals on some of its tablets, including the new Apple iPad Air, which would cost $26.25 a month on a two-year handset payment plan, with $0 up-front.

While the 200MB of free data comes with no commitments, you’ll still be required to pay off your device before you can walk away from T-Mobile, if you do purchase a tablet from them. But if you don't buy a tablet from them, T-Mobile says that you can still just take the 200MB without charge and without obligation: "You don't have to have any paying relationship with us at all. We are separating devices from rate plans."

T-Mo says that 200MB is good for “roughly 2500 emails, 800 Instagrams, 200 Vines, 200 minutes of streaming”. For casual users, this will likely be enough to get them through a month of occasional usage on the move. But for heavy users who require a more substantial data package, add-ons are available from $10 a month, as mentioned in this colourfully worded tweet: 

What do you think of T-Mobile’s new free data plans for tablets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: T-Mobile via Twitter @TMobile

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i wonder if this applies to hotspot devices as i have one that i does not have service right now. I would not mind signing it up for free 200mb service for emergencies.

"whether you are a current T-Mobile customer or not. You will not be required to sign up to a contract, nor will you be committed to a minimum term - you will just get 200MB of no-strings-attached 4G data."

"That means that you can bring your own tablet to the network, but T-Mobile would much rather sell you a new one, of course. The company hopes to convince more tablet buyers to purchase their devices from T-Mobile, and is also offering no-money-down deals on some of its tablets"

What you are quoting is assuming that you take a tablet with $0.00 down, what your paying monthly is the device itself on a monthly payment plan, but you can also bring your own GSM tablet and just pop in a sim for the 200MB free plan, sounds like a great deal to me.

not everyone downloads like crazy. I have giffgaff which offers unlimited texts, 250 mins and 250mb data for £7.50. And I never even get through more than 190mb a month.

You don't need to be a heavy downloader to be able to blow through an amount as little as 200MB without trying to. Especially if the "4g" is reasonably fast.

Yeah but it's free! To me 200MB of free data is more than enough for a device that will normally spend it's time connected to WiFi.

It's enough when you spend the vast majority of time on wifi but I would like to have something there as a backup or when I am not on wifi and this would serve that purpose perfectly. My phone is the same way, I only use a few hundred megabytes of data each month because I only need it when I am not at work or home. Better than paying $20-30 for a gig or two I would never use.

I am now going to wait for a surface pro 2 with lte just because of this feature.

I don't even use 200MB on my phone. I download apps, check FB, emails, browse the web mostly. YouTube here and there.

I'd say it's plenty given that it's free...

yeah you forget this is a selling point for people that just would like to be able to check email or facebook or browse a website while out an about. Like my friend went on a train trip and with att is almost 30 bucks after taxes just for 200mb on a tablet. Instead we just modded his phone as a hotspot but he would have used the tmobile had this been around. Hell I might get it for my tablet just for when i happen to be out and not on wifi. I download what i need for a trip on my wifi though I HAVE downloaded some crap before i realized i was no on wifi before. Now I have it set to warn me anytime it uses an app that requires net that im not on wifi anymore.