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T-Mobile Kills Free Data for Life Tablet Program

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Back in 2013, T-Mobile made headlines for launching its Free Data for Life program under Un-carrier 3.0. This program gave everyone (including those who weren't their customers) to enjoy 200 MB of free data on their tablet every month. Sadly, T-Mobile is putting an end to this program after almost four years.

TmoNews was the first to reveal the sad news disclosing that the program will no longer be available on new activations starting May 7th. As for those who signed up on or before May 6th, Free Data for Life is still available as long as they own the tablet they signed up for it.

Currently, there's no word on why T-Mobile put a stop to this program. TmoNews has also reached out to the carrier for more information but they have not yet responded to the request. The company, however, has mentioned that customers can still enjoy 2 GB of LTE data on their tablet for $20 a month with autopay.

Truthfully, 200 MB of data is barely enough; especially with the way we browse websites and interact on social media today. But if anything, that free data would have been a big help for emergency situations. If you're among those who enrolled early or are still enrolled in the program, nothing changes with your Free Data for Life arrangement.


Source: PhoneDog


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  1. We've had a tablet on that program since it started and the 200MB has been a pretty soft cap. We've exceeded it on a number of occasions and nothing happened. I think we might have gotten an email, once, inquiring if we might consider signing up for a plan that offered more data.

    With the right apps you can make 200MB last for two or more days of frequent internet use, if you don't watch any videos.

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    1. *heh*

      You can make 200MB last a month if you don't watch any videos. It just depends on how addicted you are to staring at a little screen all day.

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  2. The Beancounters must be dancing in the streets to celebrate

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  3. Well that was a shaft. I bought a mobile data 3-1 sim while waiting for the TAC on the K-88 to go through. Now to go through the difficulty of trying to return the SIM. If you've followed the T-Mo FDFL thread on their forum you will see the calamity getting the TAC to go through. With this new information, it sure looks like they were stalling because the end for FDFL was near. I messaged tmo_darren about it. Lets see what happens.

    Dale

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    1. No idea what you just said.

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    2. Sorry to hear that.

      T-Mobile refunded my BYOD 3-1 mobile data Sim card purchase. I would have rather they had not mislead those waiting for the K88 tablet's TAC to be added to Free Data For Life and kept up their end of the offer.

      Dale

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  4. We have two iPad Mini 2 on the free 200MB accounts, and will keep them until they break. We don't use the accounts for mobile video, and the only time they shut one off was when we used WiFi Assist to boost weak WiFi.

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  5. Quote "Currently, there's no word on why T-Mobile put a stop to this program. "

    That is easy to guess. The free data was suppose to entice people to pay for full T-Mobile service. Apparently, not enough people were converting over from free to paid service.

    200MB per month was a little too generous! One can do a lot with that much. Waste not, want not!

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  6. Time to copy another article from Tmo News: the new Tmobile cellphone:
    http://www.tmonews.com/2017/05/t-mobile-revvl-t1-leak-image-specs-own-brand-phone/

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    1. Overpriced, overbloated, and underspecced.

      Just like their own-brand plan offerings.

      It may not be clear now, because obfuscity begets stupidity.

      But any naysayers will eat their feet once Tmo's $450+/4GB phone with 32GB of storage comes out.

      Meanwhile, I'll be cozying up to my unbloated $240 G5 with double the ROM thanks to glorious price matching, while deal hunters snag $200 G4P's for general usage.

      To be honest, I wouldn't even be surprised if T-mobile exluded other networks' bands and locked the bootloader just to further screw over anyone dumb enough to take the bait.

      The only way I'd be wrong is if Tmo went against all of their own interests for the sake of prospective consumers, which is as likely as Pajeet suddenly deciding that the FCC should break up cable/cellular monopolies a la the European model.

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    2. Yeah very unlikely, as there are no cable/cellular monopolies to break up in the US.

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  7. Tablet Sales Decline for 10th Consecutive Quarter - "The driver for this was the increased dependency on smartphones, along with rather minimal technology and form factor progression." - Source: investopedia

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    1. It doesn't make sense to have yet another WAN radio / service plan on a secondary "consumer device" when you can use a cellphone as a general purpose hotspot. The only downside is battery drain, but $20 / month keeps you well supplied with both a 1kW gasoline generator and an array of Ampere-hour external battery packs.

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    2. 2 and a half years of declining sales is a matter of course.

      Laptops were always the bread and butter of power users.

      Meanwhile, smartphones were good for light app-based tasks, gaming and communication.

      Tablets were the almost useless in-between, with most lacking in both productivity and mobile communication.

      Sure, they were still more useful than a tiny 4 inch phone when it came to certain services like video chat, or quickly sharing documents while you did your real work on a PC.

      Regardless, tablets were still just a companion to your actual daily drivers.

      Now that phones have progressed to larger screen sizes and more powerful processors (from around 2015 onward), they've cannibalized all the tablet market's potential growth.

      After all, nobody really needs two Android devices that do the exact same thing.

      At this point, the only thing left is for larger tablets (11 to 17 inch) to cannibalize the laptop and netbook market, which they can only do by dropping Android, adopting Windows or Linux, shipping with keyboards and mice, and marketing themselves as laptop alternatives for semi-casual users.

      It's pretty much the only niche left to fill.



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  8. Tmo hotspot and tablet plans include unlimited data, roaming in Canada and Mexico, and unlimited music streaming. But the "unlimited LTE data" mentioned in the post is throttled after the amount of full speed data you purchased is used up, unless you also have Tmobile One and AutoPay. Then you can have unlimited LTE high speed data on the tablet for $20/month.

    EG, $20/month buys 2GB of full speed data, then unlimited slow data.

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    1. $20 / month is a lot to pay to keep a tertiary (at best) computing device connected.

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    2. So it's no un-limited after all, given that throttles actively limit the amount of data you can use.

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    3. "So it's no un-limited after all, given that throttles actively limit the amount of data you can use."
      Stating the obvious. The number of seconds in any month is limited, so there are no unlimited plans of any kind or speed, using your 'logic.' Plus your brain is the real limiter, not the plan.

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  9. "unlimited LTE data on their tablet for $20 a month with autopay"

    If only phone plans were that competitive.

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    1. This incomplete information struck a nerve with me as well. If I can get a standalone unlimited full speed LTE tablet for this price please provide a link. Otherwise correct this TMO propaganda because this change is not good news.

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    2. The post has been corrected. T-Mobile's $20 prepaid mobile broadband plan includes 2 GB of LTE data, not unlimited as was originally stated.

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  10. 200mb is enough if you use the text version of websites without ads, photos or videos loading. On tablets if you go to the cnn website ads with videos start playing and if you allow those videos to play your 200 mb is used up

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    1. Android doesn't even have desktop quality ad blockers, which makes it that much harder to avoid background content depleting your data.

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    2. With iOS, turn on Safari Do Not Track, allow cookies only from sites you visit and get Crystal content blocker.

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    3. Android has Firefox... Firefox comes with add-ons like Adblock Plus... Just like on the desktop. However, Ublock Origin is much lighter-weight and very nearly as robust. Plus Firefox has the option to load images ONLY when on WiFi, so your cellular browsing goes much faster, using a fraction as much data, if you know how to read without looking at pictures.
      My preference is RSS. I can download all the news, viral pictures, articles, podcasts, etc, you could possibly read, once a day on wifi then have all my content ready super fast, anywhere I am, with a far better UI.

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    4. RSS is something I simply don't understand. IF I want to read a web page, I load it.

      I tried a dozen or so apps. and got lots of crashes and errors.

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  11. More power to Freedompop LTE starts at 200 mb up to 700 mb with friends & family plans and sims are moveable tablet to tablet

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    1. Busy/lazy/people with no FreedomPop friends can buy their FP SIM on eBay pre-activated with the extra 500 MB/month for less than $10. They provide the account info to you.
      BTW, the LTE service is about twice as fast with 200ms less ping time than the Global SIM, as tested in my area. Voice sounds much better with less latency.

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  12. Not everyone want to use unlimited plan.. So far T-Mobile get rid of data plans 😡😡

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