Buy a netbook from T-Mobile, get free data… seriously

If there’s one thing that drives me crazy, it’s the insistence of cellular companies and cable monopolies that data is like oil, or cupcakes, or beer: Something that must be lovingly manufactured and carefully protected lest we run out of it.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile


While there are technical reasons to be concerned about data use, this is all about being cheap and squeezing you for as much money as possible. Unless, apparently, you’re T-Mobile.

T-Mobile has a new program called 4G Connect. Buy a product such as a tablet or a netbook from T-Mobile, and you get 4G data completely free.

So the products are marked up, right? Nope. I did some checking and while you’re not going to get a crazy deal, the prices are roughly the same as picking up the items in other stores.

The catch is really that it’s basic data service: You will not be streaming Netflix. But if you need a computer for light websurfing and checking email, it’ll do, and of course you can pick up more data if you want it.

It may not be much, but hey, it’s a start.

T-Mobile Changes The Rules With 4G Connect [T-Mobile]