T-Mobile Offers Its Customers an LTE Tablet for the Price of a WiFi One

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The only real drawback to LTE-enabled tablets is they cost more than WiFi-only ones. T-Mobile is going to erase this difference for its subscribers.

Google Nexus 7 (2013) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0A device with 4G LTE can connect to the Internet when the user is away from WiFi hotspots, giving the user nearly ubiquitous access to their email, apps, and the Web. But the additional components required for this drive up the cost. For example, Apple iPads with LTE are $130 more than ones without.

The carrier’s “Operation Tablet Freedom” will allow its customers to buy LTE tablets for the same price as WiFi-only ones. This means the Apple iPad Air 16GB LTE will be $500.

To sweeten the deal, T-Mobile is throwing in 1GB of LTE data each month for the rest of 2014. This is in addition to the 200MB of free data the telecom already offers tablet users (Learn more).

There is a caveat: getting this deal will require the customer be a T-Mobile subscriber who has a post-paid voice contract that includes at least 1GB of data.

This wireless carrier doesn’t offer a wide variety of tablets. In addition to the iPad Air, it also has the iPad mini with Retina display, the Google Nexus 7 (2013), and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

T-Mobile says Operation Tablet Freedom will go into effect on Saturday, April 12.


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