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T-Mobile's Unlimited: Tablets Not Included

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
8/23/2012
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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

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