TribLIVE

| Business

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

T-Mobile to offer free data service for tablets

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones.

The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month — enough to upload about 800 Instagram photos or listen to more than three hours of streaming music, the company said.

T-Mobile US Inc. said the free service includes no obligations, but the company expects people will want to buy plans for additional data once they grow accustomed to having it.

People typically buy tablet computers that access the Internet using Wi-Fi only. Models with 4G LTE cellular access typically cost $100 to $130 more, but T-Mobile marketing chief Mike Sievert said many people are reluctant to purchase cellular-enabled tablets for fear they would be stuck with monthly data service costs.

By guaranteeing free data service, he said, T-Mobile is hoping to encourage people to buy LTE tablets.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. NexTier Bank buys Oakland’s Eureka to increase coverage in Western Pennsylvania
  2. Robust jobs report could force Federal Reserve to raise interest rates
  3. Indian SUV maker Mahindra to debut electric scooter in U.S.
  4. Alcoa putting $60M into Upper Burrell tech center expansion
  5. Stocks end roller-coaster day higher
  6. U.S. adds 173,000 jobs in August, dropping unemployment rate to 5.1 percent
  7. Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections
  8. A handful of tech startups plan big changes to the auto industry
  9. Fifth Third Bank selling Pittsburgh branches to First National
  10. PPG’s new CEO to push organic growth with existing clients
  11. Macy’s prepares outlet stores