T-Mobile has positioned itself as a self-proclaimed “uncarrier” over the last few months by ridding itself of traditional phone contracts, slashing international text and data fees, and starting an early upgrade plan, and today it’s looking to bring that attitude to how it sells tablets.
First, the magenta carrier has confirmed that it will indeed sell the new iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini, marking the first time it has carried Apple’s popular slates. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that T-Mobile gained iPhone support earlier this year, but it does mark a major gain for the company. The iPad Air will start at $100 down with monthly payments of $26.25 until the device is paid off, while the Retina iPad Mini will start at $100 down with monthly payments of $22.08.
Alternatively, T-Mobile will let you split the cost of the LTE-enabled tablets over two years and buy them each for $0 down. The same monthly payment rates will apply for each one, but they’ll be spread out over 24 months. That\’s for the 32GB iPad Air and the 16GB iPad Mini, by the way–you\’ll have to make a down payment of $200 if you want the versions with more storage. As a reminder, the iPad Air launches on November 1, while the Retina iPad Mini hits later that month.
Perhaps more significantly, T-Mobile also announced today that it will offer 200MB of monthly 4G LTE data to any tablet owner whose device is compatible with the company’s network–new iPads included–for free, for the life of the device. That’s not a ton of data, but it’s not insignificant either–T-Mobile says that 200MB can get you 2,500 emails or 200 minutes of streaming music, among other things, on its own. There’ll be monthly ($10 for 500MB, $20 for 2GB) and daily ($5 for 500MB, $10 for 1GB) passes for those who need extra LTE data as well.