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T-Mobile join the free laptop with mobile broadband bundles
Thursday 21 August 2008 15:09:55 by John Hunt

T-Mobile is the latest to join the 'free laptop with mobile broadband' clan with a new 24 month plan that gets you a laptop, free USB mobile broadband modem, 200 texts per month and unlimited mobile Internet access for £30/month. Also included is access to T-Mobile WiFi hotspots. The laptop is an Acer TravelMate 5320 worth £350.

Users now have to choose between the offers available. Orange announced a laptop deal earlier this week that costs £25 per month and comes with an Asus Eee PC 900. Three also started mobile broadband with a laptop this month which also starts at £30 for one of three HP laptops. Vodafone are expected to follow suit soon.

One thing that may tempt users towards T-Mobile is the included hot spot access which allows users access to T-Mobile WiFi hotspots to supplement the mobile broadband service. Although marketed as unlimited, users should be sure to check the small print as the laptop bundle has a fair usage policy of 3GB (gigabytes) per month. T-Mobile won't charge you more if you go over, but may restrict your usage. Orange also bundle 3GB but charge 1.46p per MB (megabyte) if you go over the 3GB cap (and up to £6.46 per MB if roaming). Three include a 5GB monthly allowance and charge 10p per MB when exceeding the usage.


Posted by NetGuy over 8 years ago
Gee... the per-MB fees could really rack up if someone happens to use the laptop for streaming audio (eg a radio station) etc.

As with 'home' BB (ADSL/cable), I'd like OFCOM to rule on anything which implies 'unlimited' but then doesn't make clear that there are fixed limits, charges on top, etc.

As for T-mobile, anyone know what 'restrictions' they place on someone going over?
Posted by herdwick over 8 years ago
I'm pleased to see T-mobile maintaining their unlimited charging approach rather than the inclusive GB with overage charges - much better to have a defined expenditure.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Is there an over supply of laptops on planet earth or something??? Is anyone with even a tiny bit of sense stupid enough to go to any of these free laptop ISPs (some of which have far from a glowing rep.)??

I guess the country must be full of stupid Homer Simpson like people, sitting there thinking with their eyes rather than brain going mmmm Free Laptop Good.
Posted by rian over 8 years ago
The T-mobile and Three's offer seems to be better. They provide better machine. The EPC is a bit plastic. T-mobile's network is also better than Orange.
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
herdwick they should call it unmetered or fixed fee, a 3 gig FUP isnt unlimited.
Posted by chrizhaynes over 8 years ago
i've just got that 24 month contract with the free laptop and its 10gb download a month not 3gb, 3gb is on the 12 month without laptop for 20 a month which was my last contract.
i recommend it as broadband has one of the best download speeds around.
Posted by dragon1945 over 8 years ago
I would be more impressed if anyone could actually use a mobile phone here. I can receive and send text messages, but answering or making a phone call is not possible unless you walk uphill about 1/4 of a mile. I have tried 6 suppliers over the years. None of the phones worked here. My daughter couldn't use her "free" laptop here. We seriously need a transmitter locally, but we arent going to get one.
Posted by MHMertens over 8 years ago
@ chrizhaynes: It is 3 GB, not 10 GB
QUOTE: *This plan comes with a fair use policy of 3GB a month. We'll monitor how much you send and receive each month so that we can protect our network [...].
If you use more than your fair use policy amount, we won't charge you any more, but we may restrict how you can use your plan, depending on how often you go over your amount and by how much. UNQUOTE.

Also: ACER themselves sell this very model under £300. The CARPET should BURN because everybody runs away from offers like this very fast. They are just not worth it.
Posted by chrizhaynes over 8 years ago
its a good offer because 12 months ago i was paying £30 a month just for the dongle so a year later for the same price*A FREE LAPTOP* car'nt be all that bad. after taking off £300 for the laptop it works out at £17 a month because not everyone can afford £300 just like that,so its just a easy way of getting a laptop with a payment plan. dont tell me that everyone who get's credit are homer simpson's because then most of britian are..
Posted by therioman over 8 years ago
"As for T-mobile, anyone know what 'restrictions' they place on someone going over"

Yep, 64kbps for 1 month. A friend of mine just went over the "fair usage" amount.
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