T-Mobile's Unlimited: Tablets Not Included
T-Mobile US Inc. '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 Corp. (NYSE: S). 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. (NYSE: T) 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.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile