No you didn’t misread that headline. In a move clearly meant to deflect some attention away from the massive amounts of Verizon iPhone press, T-Mobile announced today that it will offer all of its phones for free on February 11 and 12 — with a new two-year contract, of course.
And when T-Mobile says all of its phones will be free, it’s not kidding. The offer includes current high-end Android phones like the Samsung Vibrant, HTC HD 7, and even 4G phones like the MyTouch 4g and G2.
So if you need a new phone and don’t mind being on T-Mobile’s network, you’re going to want to line up early on Friday at your nearest participating T-Mobile store. It’s unclear how the discounts will be handled — judging from the carrier’s press release, some will require a mail-in rebate.
The move is just the latest in many that puts T-Mobile in a good light. In October, the carrier announced that it would offer the cheapest tethering option — the ability to connect wireless devices to your phone’s mobile Internet connection — in the country at only $14.99. T-Mobile vowed at CES not to charge anything extra for users to take advantage of its 4G network, while other carriers like Sprint charge extra, and Verizon and AT&T are believed to follow. The company also said that it will be doubling its 4G network to 42 Mbps speeds by the end of this year, which is roughly double that of Verizon’s 4G network.
The free phone deal will cost T-Mobile quite a bit when it comes to hardware, but it may be worth the expense if it can convince consumers to opt for its network instead of going for a Verizon iPhone, or waiting for the iPhone 5. And of course, consumers will always appreciate a carrier that gives away free phones.