By Stephen Schenck | October 23, 2013 3:05 PM
Unless you’re very lucky, if you use a mobile device to get online in the United States, you’re probably paying too much for data. Sure, there are some good deals out there, but especially when you look at just what you’re paying per gigabyte (assuming you even get that much) with the major carriers, it’s easy to feel like you’re being taken advantage of. But are you to do? We’re so used to ubiquitous connectivity at this point, that some of us see even excessive data pricing as a necessary burden – just the times we live in. Well, T-Mobile is not content to just go with the flow, and is attempting to shake-up how we get our tablets online, announcing plans to offer such devices free data.
What’s the catch, right? The big limitation is you’ll only get 200MB a month – no throttling thereafter, no overages, but just no more data. If you want, you can always upgrade to a beefier plan – and even then, you’ll get an extra 200MB a month – or buy a one-time use data pass, but there’s no obligation to pay a dime.
This isn’t even limited to new tablets bought through the carrier. The carrier’s quite clear on this, explaining to questioning voices on Twitter, “every person who brings their tablet to T-Mobile gets the 200MB!”
Still, we wonder if there are limitations the carrier’s dancing around. It keeps talking about this free data coming from its “4G LTE network,” which may imply that data is only available where the carrier has LTE deployed, and wouldn’t just fall back to HSPA+ in other areas – we’re unclear on that at the moment. There could also be something we’re totally missing here, but on face value, it sounds pretty good: bring a tablet supporting T-Mobile LTE into one of the company’s stores, and get hooked-up with some free data. If we learn anything that changes our understanding of this, we’ll post an update.