T-Mobile G Slate 

Baseball fans in Anaheim will like this news for sure. T-Mobile and the Los Angeles Angels have just announced a partnership that will allow fans to rent either a Samsung Galaxy Tab or T-Mobile G Slate during Los Angeles Angels games, The tablets, when rented will come pre-loaded with some goodies:

  • Free game-day program, optimized for viewing on the tablet — an instant $3 added value.
  • Free content from the Zinio magazine app, with the ability to read from a sampling of magazines during the game, including ESPN and many other popular magazines, drawing from Zinio’s library of more than 4,500 magazine titles.
  • Free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), providing content from popular TV shows. All regular free content, plus the “Select” package, regularly $4.99, is available as part of the game-day tablet rental.

Pretty awesome! Hopefully, T-Mobile will be able to expand the program in the long run and bring it to many other venues. Just don't go rooting the tablets should you decide to go ahead and rent one during a game.

T-Mobile Teams Up With Los Angeles Angels Offering Fans Unique Tablet Rental Program

Fan experience enhanced with customized content, game-day program, and access to America’s Largest 4G Network™

ANAHEIM, Calif. — July 22, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company has partnered with the Los Angeles Angels to provide fans with a unique tablet rental program, giving fans customized content designed to enhance their experience while watching their favorite team at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

“T-Mobile’s Android tablets, combined with America’s Largest 4G Network™, give Angels fans customized content for an affordable price when they rent a tablet during Angels games,” said Darrin Silveria, vice president general manager, Southern California, T-Mobile USA. “We’re always excited to bring T-Mobile customers unique offerings that they can’t find elsewhere, and that’s exactly what we’re doing for Angels fans who rent a tablet.”

T-Mobile began partnering with the Angels near the beginning of the season, and has been fine tuning the company’s network inside Angel Stadium of Anaheim, running a beta program with fans providing feedback on their experience, and building partnerships with content providers, including Zinio and MobiTV, the provider of T-Mobile TV.

“There’s no question that baseball fans love stats, replays, MLB news and more,” said Angels chairman Dennis Kuhl. “We wanted to enhance the fan experience while viewing home games, and we’re excited to bring this partnership with T-Mobile to life. We see lots of possibilities and are really just at the beginning of this new offering for our fans.”

Fans who rent either a T-Mobile G-Slate™ or Samsung Galaxy Tab™ for $10 get the following unprecedented value:

Free game-day program, optimized for viewing on the tablet — an instant $3 added value.
Free content from the Zinio magazine app, with the ability to read from a sampling of magazines during the game, including ESPN and many other popular magazines, drawing from Zinio’s library of more than 4,500 magazine titles.

Free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), providing content from popular TV shows. All regular free content, plus the “Select” package, regularly $4.99, is available as part of the game-day tablet rental.

Access to T-Mobile’s blazing-fast network, powering fast video chat sessions with friends and family at home, and blazing downloads of rich media content.
 
“This is the kind of unique combination of hardware, fast mobile network speeds and rich content that has the potential to be transformative, not only for Angels fans, but for fans of all sports,” said Jeanniey Mullen, global executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Zinio. “We see great possibilities for the future and are looking forward to bringing even more unique offerings to Angels fans as we develop our partnership with T-Mobile over time.”

Angels fans can choose to rent either a Samsung Galaxy Tab or the 4G T-Mobile G-Slate. Rentals come equipped with a “quick start” guide and a simplified content experience as a result of T-Mobile’s partnership with Zinio and MobiTV.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.


Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the first quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+/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. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

 
There are 23 comments

dacp283 says:

I just don't get why....most people are there to watch a game, not play on a tablet.

icebike says:

I'm with you there.

If you know baseball at all, there is so much going on on the field that you would have no time to mess with a tablet. There are games within games within games all happening at once.

If you don't know baseball stay home or go to a soccer game. If you hear anyone say baseball is boring its only because they have very little understanding about what is going on in the game.

ScottJ says:

I agree. Why would anyone who doesn't like baseball in the first place click on this article, much less comment on it? Baseball isn't for everyone, just like reading Chaucer and Kant isn't for everyone.

Personally, I don't care if there are soccer apps on Android or if the Seattle Sounders are using Android tablets for stats and soccer is surely the most boring major sport.

crxssi says:

To me, baseball is so boring and uninteresting, the idea of having a tablet is great.

Of course, then, why would I be there in the first place?? I can't imagine this will work out to be profitable for them considering the damage they will take.

ScottJ says:

"Of course, then, why would I be there in the first place??"

Exactly. Please don't go. We won't miss you.

Gekko says:

who wants to carry and hold a tablet for an entire baseball game? how do you hold your beers? beer is the only way i can get through watching such an excruciatingly long, boring, painful, and slow game like baseball. 160 games in the season? brutal.

edbbates11 says:

The tablet will double as a coaster/ tray for the beer's (a value that's priceless)

El Cantante says:

Perhaps this is the only at to get through an Angels game

icebike says:

Huh?

Try being a Mariners fan. The issue 22 caliber single shot pistols at the gate so you can put yourself out of your misery.

ScottJ says:

Cubs fans have it the worst at the moment. It used to be Red Sox until they broke the curse. Unfortunately, Seattle can't blame a curse. The year after they lost A-Rod, their last marquee homegrown prospect, they won 116 games.

Magellan says:

I must not pay attention to baseball. When did they become LA Angels?

rufflez says:

They are (or when they changed from anaheim angels) the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim... no joke. They may have shortened it this year to just LA Angels because of how dumb that name was.

orlanka says:

Neat idea but hate my ex team after their punk name change. Anaheim is not in LA AArrghh! How do I curse them to never win again?

icebike says:

Change their name to Mariners.

ScottJ says:

Seattle had a good run earlier this year. I don't know what's happened in the last month. When I went to a game last month they were a half game out.

fillossofer says:

Insurance against foul ball breakage? Beer spillage? Sore loser slingage? Theft?

I'm betting this program doesn't last long.

pDoG says:

I guess this is cool. Man sports suck right now. I can't stand baseball snf anytime you turn on sportscenter its just talking about what guys are saying on twitter. Smh

rexdeaz says:

I was offered this job a few months back, here's how it's supposed to work: Fans in suites, I.e. the ones behind the big glass windows, rent a tab that a Samsung or LG rep will help you use. It's a luxury item, for high rollers to feel special. There are no tabs in traditional foul ground, T-Mo has more sense than that.

icebike says:

Bandwidth in a ball park is a joke. Lots of bars, but just a dribble of data. Even on wifi only, the likelihood of the results being anything close to usable are slim to none.

Besides, Game Day is so full of lag its ridiculous.

This is going to give T-Mobile and Samsung a black eye, without being hit by a ball.

ScottJ says:

How do you know they won't use Wi-Fi hotspots? The Mariners used to have special software you could download on your Nintendo DS right at the park. It had multi-player games and an actual live feed of the game so you could see all the television replay angles you may be missing from your seat. This all ran of over a local Wi-Fi based network.

ScottJ says:

Oh yeah. I forgot the coolest thing. You could order food and drink using your DS and they'd deliver it to you!

rumski says:

I wonder what the rental cost will be. If a 20oz Coca Cola is $6 then I don't want to imagine how much this will be.

ryguymoeller says:

This is probably the only time my Angels will be on AndroidCentral Go ANGELS!!!