Following yesterday's announcement that T-Mobile would begin selling the iPad, the company today debuted introductory plans to offer customers 16 GB cellular versions of the Retina iPad mini and the iPad Air with no downpayment.

Like other T-Mobile "UnCarrier" offerings, the tablets will require a monthly hardware fee, which starts at $26.25 per month for the entry level 16 GB iPad Air and $22.08 for the 16 GB iPad mini with Retina Display. At 24 monthly payments of $26.25, the 16 GB cellular iPad Air ends up costing $630, which is ultimately the same price Apple and other carriers sell the iPad for.

Payments for the 32 and 64 GB versions of both iPads will increase with storage capacity, as will the downpayment. For the 32 GB Air and mini, customers will need to pay $99 up front, and $199 up front for the 64 GB versions. The first-generation iPad mini will also be available from T-Mobile, at zero downpayment and $17.91 per month.

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Downpayment comparison chart

T-Mobile plans to provide customers with an entry level data package of 200 MB at no cost, with additional data, up to 4.5 GB, available for an extra fee. T-Mobile also offers daily and weekly data passes for the iPad Air and the iPad minis, charging $5 for 500 MB of daily data or $10 for a week of unlimited data with 1 GB available at LTE speeds.

"When you buy a product as amazing as iPad, you should be able to connect when and where you want, simply and affordably," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "By offering free data for life with incredible upfront pricing, T-Mobile is un-leashing customers to fully enjoy iPad as it was meant to be enjoyed - mobile and connected."

Apple's iPad Air will be available for purchase on November 1, while the iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November.

Top Rated Comments

romeo0119 Avatar
112 months ago
So I can buy this, no interest and it comes out to the same price that I would be paying at Apple? Plus I get 200mb for free each month? That's awesome, might go down this route
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrzyP Avatar
112 months ago
Isn't it too good? I mean I hope it is but how does TMob. makes money out of this deal? Device + free 200mb in 24 payments. And the cost is the same as you would buy from Apple store in 1 payment and no data included.

If Apple was doing the deal it would make more sense to me. I hope that's true with no catch and TMob still makes money..
I think it is a bridge for customers to sign up for phone services and tablet data plans. Kind of the same way the iPhone was a bridge to the Mac for a lot of users. It's just a way to expose more people to the T-Mobile brand as the iPhone exposed people to Apple.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CEmajr Avatar
112 months ago
The question is - is it unlocked?

They're all unlocked
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iAppl3Fan Avatar
112 months ago
T-Mobile CEO rocks!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
112 months ago
T-Mobile needs to sell Mac Pro's.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justgeig Avatar
112 months ago
This in combination with the free 200MB/month for life is really impressive. I so desperately wish T-Mobile had service in the areas I live and work.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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