|[January 08, 2013]
T-Mobile Changes the Rules with 4G Connect, a Breakthrough Program Designed to Make 4G Connectivity Easier Than Ever
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES (News - Alert)), T-Mobile USA, Inc.
announced 4G Connect, an innovative program that breaks away from
the wireless industry and provides customers with value and choice on
more devices than ever before. 4G Connect is a breakthrough
program designed to make 4G connectivity a standard, integrated and free
feature on select notebooks, tablets and Ultrabooks™. Through 4G
Connect, consumers who purchase these devices will be able to easily
access the Internet out-of-the box, through a high-speed connection via
T-Mobile's fast and dependable nationwide 4G network - all with no extra
equipment, annual contracts or commitments.
"At T-Mobile, we continue to bring game-changing programs to market and
believe that 4G connectivity should be a standard, simple solution on
any mobile computing device, including notebooks. Our goal is to make
sure customers have a 'walk out working' experience and not be
constrained to Wi-Fi to have a data connection," said John Legere,
president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. "The revolutionary 4G Connect program
is an innovative, industry-first experience that makes it easier than
ever for customers to get that data access solution right out-of-the-box
at no extra cost, and in retail environments where they already shop for
these devices: national retail stores and online."
Wireless data usage is on the rise, and more people are turning to
4G-connected devices when Wi-Fi is not available. Often, consumers have
had to invest in additional equipment and service plans, on top of
device costs, to access data, which can be cumbersome and costly. With 4G
Connect, T-Mobile is bringing consumers an easy and valuable
connected experience and business model: a free 4G solution that's
easier than Wi-Fi.
The 4G Connect program is also a great way to introduce new
customers to T-Mobile's nationwide 4G network, which is available in 229
markets, reaching well over 220 million people. In addition, with the
always-on connectivity features of Windows 8, only T-Mobile is providing
customers with a free nationwide 4G opton for a fantastic Windows
The first devices supporting 4G Connect include select Windows 8
notebooks and Ultrabooks from Dell (News - Alert) and HP, including the HP Pavilion dm1
and Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. The HP Pavilion dm1 is currently
available at HP.com and Target. The Dell Inspiron 14z is available at
Dell.com. Qualcomm (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. is a leading technology provider
helping deliver the 4G Connect service and experience. Look for
more Qualcomm Gobi-enabled devices as well as Windows RT devices powered
by Qualcomm Snapdragon being added to the 4G Connect program in
Device pricing varies; all-in costs for a device with the free
connectivity begin at less than $500. Depending on which device is
selected, customers can take advantage of up to 200 MB of free data per
month for up to two years. Users who require additional data capacity
can take advantage of T-Mobile's flexible no annual contract passes,
which start as low as $10 per GB and can be purchased whenever consumers
need additional data. Customers can also purchase monthly or annual
contracts if they want larger amounts of data for longer periods of time.
4G Connect is for any customer who purchases a supported device,
not just T-Mobile customers, and will introduce all to T-Mobile's
nationwide 4G network. In addition, with the always-on connectivity
features of Windows 8, only T-Mobile is providing customers with a free
nationwide 4G option for an always-connected Windows experience.
"By enabling the HP Pavilion dm1 with two years of service through
T-Mobile's 4G Connect program, we're making sure that our
customers enjoy a simple, easy computing experience. We're working with
T-Mobile to make 4G connectivity an integral part of our ultramobile
products," said Todd Achilles, vice president of mobility at HP.
"Qualcomm is pleased to be working with T-Mobile and supporting its
innovative 4G Connect program to ensure that consumers using
mobile devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and Qualcomm Gobi
modems have access to T-Mobile's 4G network virtually wherever they
are," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management,
Qualcomm. "This will uphold our objective to bring great performance and
battery life to T-Mobile's Windows RT devices."
T-Mobile will continue to grow the program, working with additional OEMs
and retail outlets to provide 4G Connect on a broader range of
devices to consumers in 2013.
Registration required for service. Service starts on date of customer
registration and is not available everywhere. 4G connection speeds will
vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
Available in the United States only.
About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless
operation of Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert) AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third
quarter of 2012, approximately 131 million mobile customers were served
by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group -
33.3 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform
based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA's
innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect
to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue
to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout
the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality.
For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com.
T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG (News - Alert). For
further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.
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