Ahh, it's that time again here in the states. The leaves start changing colors, the sweatshirts come out of storage, and moms and dads everywhere are rejoicing as they pack their kids' lunches and send them back to the classrooms. Though, this also means kids need to be picked up from school too. With all the after school activities and practices going on these days, it's hard to keep up with them. The easy thing to do would be to get them a cell phone to stay in touch. Unless, that is, if you strike up a deal with the overnight custodians to keep your kids until the next morning. Wait, bad idea, that's probably illegal, right? So instead, why don't you add a line to your family plan for free with T-Mobile? Now there's a novel idea.

T-Mobile has announced their Kids Are Free promotion allows "new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012." Wouldn't that be nice if little Sally could have the new Samsung Vibrant, or better yet, the newly announced G2. Heck, with one of the latest Android phones from T-Mobile, she might even end up being the most popular girl in her class. And you might land parent of the year award -- well, from little Sally that is. Unfortunately, there is no word on how old the little one has to be to qualify; we're assuming they need to be 17 and under. For more family friendly promotions and full press, be sure to make the jump. [Business Wire]

T-Mobile’s Kids Are Free Promotion Will Keep Families Connected More Affordably

T-Mobile Makes It Easier Than Ever to Stay Connected With Free Add-a-Line Service on New Family Plans

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Continuing its efforts to give families the freedom to stay connected on their terms, T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new promotional offer called Kids Are Free to make family communication easy and more budget friendly. With Kids Are Free, new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012.1

Families are busier than ever. Between soccer practice, school, time with friends and work, families are always on the go, and mobile phones provide a vital line of communication for them. According to a study published in April 2010 by the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of children ages 12 to 17 now have a cell phone.2 That said, it can be a struggle for parents to balance the family budget in order to keep the whole family in touch while on the go.

“Not only is T-Mobile offering the most flexible and affordable family plans among national carriers today, we are also making it more affordable than ever for families to add their kids or other family members by eliminating the associated monthly service fee until 2012,” said Ashley White, marketing director of value offers at T-Mobile USA. “The up-front cost of purchasing new phones and dealing with monthly service fees for an entire family can add up quickly, so this promotion is designed to make it easier for families.”

The Kids are Free promotion is the latest effort from T-Mobile to ensure families are united with compelling and affordable mobile services. Additional family-friendly offers this fall include the following:

  • Special deals on the latest devices. Starting today customers who purchase a Samsung Vibrant receive a second Samsung Vibrant for free after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Also, T-Mobile’s new line of messaging phones are all under $75 after a mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Adding unlimited texting for the whole family is just $20 per month.
  • T-Mobile’s Even More® and no annual contract Even More Plus® family plans offer customers affordable options for their family’s wireless communication. T-Mobile’s Even More family plans start at $59.99 per month and T-Mobile’s Even More Plus family plans start at just $49.99 per month.
  • T-Mobile’s Family Allowances™ service lets parents set up-front monthly allowances for their family’s phone usage — minutes, messages, and downloads.

More information about T-Mobile’s Kids Are Free offer is available at http://www.t-mobile.com.

1 Offer expires Nov. 2, 2010; applies to voice and messaging on up to three lines added to qualifying two-line family plans. Taxes, fees (including $1.41 regulatory programs fee, $35 activation fee, and up to $200 early termination fee for two-year contracts) and other services additional. After Dec. 31, 2011, regular pricing applies.

2 Pew Research Center: Teens and Mobile Phones, United States; by Amanda Lenhart, Rich Ling, Scott Campbell, Kristen Purcell; April 2010.

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 second quarter of 2010, more than 130 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, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. 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 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.

 

Reader comments

T-Mobile starts the school year off with Kids Are Free promotion

6 Comments

Now if some company will just start the "Buy You Out Of Your Existing Contract" promotion. Then you'd see some real competition.

I think they are legally unable to do it. They could offer like a $300 rebate or something to compensate for ETF. If they did this though people would abuse the hell out of the cell companies, but hey paybacks a bitch!

There is no age requirement at all. I switched my plan, and my 3rd and 4th line are free and everyone is over the age of 21. They don't even ask.

Also, right in the press release: "we are also making it more affordable than ever for families to add their kids or other family members by eliminating the associated monthly service fee until 2012"

Honestly I don't think anyone under the age of 16 maybe even 18 needs a smart-phone. Kids these days are over stimulated as it is and it's bad enough they sit in school and text one another on regular phones. It's one thing for a teacher to take away a game boy or PSP but now that it's their phone and how their parents get in touch with them the issue is more complicated. No kids will learn memorization anymore either as they'll just have to sneak a peak at their phone. I don't really like the fact that kids are allowed on facebook either. Call me old fashion but I think parents should be more directly involved in their kids lives and less by cell phone.

Excuse me, you are assuming all children are too young to learn about smart phones and still be in school, I am a freshman in High-school I have perfect grades and I have the Vibrant rooted. Also, texting in school, not every child does this, I don't do it, its a decision, as like many other decisions, there are consequences. About Facebook, agreed... xD

Great deal! Too bad its tmobile!!! Their coverage sucks! Yes hspa+ is fast but work on regilar phone coverage first! I am sure for some tmobile works, but ineed a phone to work where i am! Ill stick with my droid x! In my eyes you get what you pay for!