T-Mobile USA's unlimited plans won't extend to the Android tablets that the operator sells.
Light Reading Mobile checked the status of tablets after T-Mobile revealed Tuesday morning that it's bringing back unlimited data plans Sept. 5. (See T-Mobile Tosses Data Caps & Speed Limits.)
"No, T-Mobile's Unlimited Nationwide 4G data plan is offered for smartphones," a spokesman for the operator tells us.
T-Mobile has this in common with the other major carrier offering unlimited in the U.S., Sprint Nextel Corp.. Both offer the plans for smartphones but still impose caps for tablets, which tend to consume more data on a network than smartphones do. (See Sprint's Move to Advance Its Network Vision and Sprint: Still Unlimited on 4G LTE Smartphones.)
T-Mobile does, however, still sell subsidized tablets with a two year contract, unlike AT&T Inc. or Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile currently offers four Android tablets with a variety of capped rate plans, including weekly passes at $15 for 300 megabytes of data. (See Is AT&T Killing Tablet Subsidies? and Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All.)
â€” Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile