When most consumers are given the chance to choose between an Android tablet with Wi-Fi only or one with an extra 4G LTE connectivity they will often choose the former over the latter. This is because tablets that come with 4G LTE are usually expensive and are often tied to a contract with a US-based carrier. T-Mobile aims to change this by offering consumers affordable data-enabled tablets with the help of Walmart.
According to Doug Chartier, senior vice president at T-Mobile, “The vast majority of tablet owners today are trapped in the Wi-Fi zone. First there’s the extra cost of a cellular-enabled tablet. Then there’s the added cost of the big three carriers’ expensive data plans and the danger of overages. It doesn’t have to be this way. With these great connected tablets, you get free 4G data for the life of your tablet on the blazing fast T-Mobile network – and the freedom to live your life beyond the Wi-Fi zone – at an unheard of price.”
This new offer of T-Mobile not only gives its customers an affordable tablet but also free 4G data of 200MB per month for life. This may not seem large but it’s already good enough to check emails, update social networks, and read about the latest news. Customers who need more than 200MB of data can simply avail of any of the affordable plans that the carrier is offering.
The first tablet being offered and is currently available is the Apollo Brands Trio AXS Quad Core which sells for $179 at Walmart. This is a 4G-powered tablet that comes with a 7.85-inch display and uses a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It’s got decent specs and should be able to easily handle light to moderate tasks.
- Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
- 1.2GHz MediaTek MTK 8389 Quad Cortex processor
- 1GB DDR of system memory
- 7.85″ touchscreen, 1024 x 768 resolution
- Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0
- Back 5MP webcam and front 0.3MP webcam with microphone, auto-focus and digital zoom
- microUSB 2.0 port
- 16GB onboard storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
- 2 rear speakers
- GPS, accelerator
- Up to 6 hours of run time on a full charge
This coming June a second tablet will be added to the lineup which is going to be the HP Slate 7 HD. This tablet costs a little bit higher than the first one at $229. This tablet comes with a 7-inch display, comes with Google Play access, and uses a dual core processor.
- Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean)
- 1.2GHz Marvell SOC PXA986 Dual-Core processor
- 1GB DDR3L of system memory
- 7.0″ touchscreen, 1280 x 800 resolution
- Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v3.0 + HS
- Back 5MP webcam and front 2MP HD webcam with auto-focus
- microUSB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphone jack
- 16GB on-board storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
- Integrated speakers
- GPS, e-Compass, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyro, proximity sensor
- Up to 7 hours of run time on a full charge
- Weighs 0.72 lbs; 7.9″ x 0.4″ x 4.7″ dimensions
According to Kevin Pate, vice president of electronics for Walmart U.S., “We know many of our customers want to be constantly connected but often end up purchasing tablets with just Wi-Fi due to the cost. The new T-Mobile tablets with Free Data for Life will not only provide our customers with the technology and cellular access they want but also an unmatched value.”
Customers who get these tablets from Walmart will be able to get exclusive access to T-Mobile’s high speed data passes which consists of the $35 for 3.5GB of high-speed data or $50 for 5GB of high-speed data.