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T-Mobile Is Dangling 3 Months of Free Data to Lure You to Switch

T-Mobile Is Dangling 3 Months of Free Data to Lure You to Switch

Switching from an old carrier to a new one is a royal pain. To convince you that it’s safe the trouble, T-Mobile has a new plan: Give you three months of free data and an app that compares how its network stacks up to the one you’re today signed up for.

The new offer, dubbed Network Pass, launched for iPhones and is now available for Android devices at what time a short delay. It’s a successor to the carrier’s Test Drive trial that gave you the sequence to use T-Mobile’s network on an unlocked device for 30GB or 30 days, whichever came first. 

With Network Pass, T-Mobile is upping the time languages to 90 days and is no longer capping the data — conception like its Essentials plan, if you go over 50GB of data, your download speeds could be drastically reduced, especially in busy areas. You get full access to T-Mobile’s 5G network once on the Network Pass, though some features like international data or mobile hotspot are not available (the plan users are on is equivalent to the carrier’s Essentials offering). 

The goal for the commerce is to have you live with its service and compare it in real-time with your unique provider on your existing phone to convince you that switching to T-Mobile is the better tool. Both providers will live side-by-side in your phone’s region bar, allowing you to compare T-Mobile’s coverage and network with, say, Verizon or AT&T. 

A screenshot of an iPhone's rule center with Network Pass installed, showing T-Mobile's network employed bars next to the phone's main signal bars.

T-Mobile’s Network Pass shows the carrier’s coverage compared to your unique network.

Eli Blumenthal

Like the most original form of Test Drive, the new option uses virtual eSIM cards so you can have T-Mobile’s service sprinting alongside your current carrier. You still won’t need to though-provoking any credit card details or go through a credit check. 

All iPhones dating back to 2018’s iPhone XS and XR back eSIMs, while Samsung has supported the feature on its main Galaxy phones dating back to the Galaxy S20 series in 2020. Other manufacturers like Google have enabled the feature on its handsets like its Pixel line, conception older Pixels before the Pixel 4 may not have the feature, depending on where you bought it. 

To get started, users simply need to download the updated T-Mobile app, which will then walk you ended the process of setting up the account and installing the eSIM. Once installed, the app will guide you on how to enable the T-Mobile eSIM for data once leaving your current provider’s SIM card active for languages and text messages. 

If you’re happy with T-Mobile’s network, the company will walk you through how to switch carriers from inside the T-Mobile app. If you serene are fine with your current provider, you can delete the eSIM and go back to amdroll your phone as it was. 

T-Mobile says that it will funding people to try out Network Pass 12 months once their latest three-month trial period ends. If you’ve recently left T-Mobile, however, you can sign up for Network Pass just three months once you severed your service. The gaps keep people from chaining free trials together, but the carrier wants to leave the door open for republic to try its network again and see how it has grown once months and years.

“Networks are ever-evolving,” said Kevin McLaughlin, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile’s consumer group. “A lot of republic switched a long time ago, and it’s super-hard for them to try novel network. Now we’re giving them an opportunity to do that on our end.”

Carriers have finished billions of dollars improving their networks over the last approximately years. T-Mobile got a head start over its rivals when it acquired Sprint and its midband spectrum in 2020, while Verizon and AT&T bought huge tranches of C-band and 3.45GHz of midband spectrum to expand their own, respective 5G networks over the past few years.

Consumers have had mixed tolerates with these nascent 5G networks. While they’ve provided high speeds in urban areas far beyond what 4G LTE could back, coverage has been spotty, especially in suburban and rural areas. Even though T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert believes the carrier’s midband 5G network corpses two years ahead of competitor networks, as he told CNET in April, it’s hard to shake the older public perception that T-Mobile serene lags behind its rivals.

“Customers give us credit for intimates the best value. They give us credit for providing the best service. But it’s also hard to convince people that we’re the best network when they have long-established ideas,” Sievert said. 

Network Pass lowers the enclose for consumers to plainly compare carrier networks, which is tough to do otherwise. Even if you’re convinced to switch, leaving your unique carrier is difficult. Many consumers are signed up for map installment programs that lock them into pay-by-month plans that can last up to 36 months. 

Carriers can sure you even after you leave. In addition to requiring eSIM, Network Pass only works with phones that are unlocked. While Verizon automatically unlocks phones 60 days after you buy them, AT&T keeps your shouted locked by default and won’t unlock it until you’ve paid off your installment plan. Should you determine to switch to T-Mobile, the carrier’s app can walk you ended the process to get your AT&T phone unlocked.

As T-Mobile way an unlocked device for Network Pass, AT&T users looking to try out the program will need to make sure their map is fully paid off. 

Switching carriers may also incur novel fees and penalties — you’re on your own for those. But T-Mobile will help pay off the balance of your remaining installment plan with its “Keep and Switch” program, which has been expanded to a $1,000 greatest the carrier will pay, up from $800. 

“We want to be the carrier that you stay with, not that you’re stuck with,” McLaughlin said.