Earlier today T-Mobile announced “Operation Tablet Freedom,” promising to sell LTE-enabled tablets at the lower prices usually reserved for Wi-Fi models. The carrier also offered free data for new tablets through the end of 2014. It didn’t take long for Verizon to chime in with a deal of its own.
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) April 10, 2014
Like T-Mobile, Verizon will offer 1GB of free data, but you’ll still have to pay for a tablet data plan to get it. The company announced on Twitter that it will offer an extra 1GB of “bonus data” when you sign up for a More Everything Plan with at least 1GB of data. That means you’ll still be paying for your tablet plan with Verizon, while T-Mobile claims to be offering 1GB of data totally free with no strings attached.
We all know there’s really no such thing as a free data plan, and the offers from T-Mobile and Verizon are likely more gimmick than anything else. Even so, competition between carriers can only be good for the rest of us, and even if you’re not actually getting any free data you’ll probably be able to get a pretty good deal thanks to this ongoing rivalry.