T-Mobile Giving Free Data to Pokémon Go Players
July 18, 2016 Leave a comment
Pokémon Go just became a lot cheaper for T-Mobile users. On July 19, the cell phone provider will be giving customers free data to play Pokémon Go for an entire year as part of their T-Mobile Tuesday promotion (a weekly offering of rotating deals and free products). It’s also giving away $100 in PokéCoins to 250 people and a Pokémon Go hunting trip-for-two (good anywhere in the U.S.) to five lucky winners.
CEO John Legere Tweeted some very impressive numbers, saying that in one week T-Mobile’s number of active users doubled and the amount of data usage on its network quadrupled. Legere said this is the reason his company decided to give its customers a break.
“With the carriers’ shared data schemes, players could easily burn up the family’s data bucket – and then, hello, overages!” exclaimed Legere. “At T-Mobile, we’re unleashing Pokémon Go so our customers can play free for a year. It’s gonna be a fantastic T-Mobile Tuesday!”
T-Mobile has been the go-to carrier for many who don’t want to pay exorbitant costs for cell phone coverage, and with Pokémon Go hitting ubiquitous status in just one week, it’s not that shocking to see a company take advantage of a good thing. But not everyone thinks the free data is worth switching to T-Mobile, even for Pokémon enthusiasts.
Many news outlets are reporting that Pokémon Go is making up less than one percent of network traffic, or 5 to 10 megabytes per hour. A spokesman for Verizon says that you would have to be playing 40 hours a week for it to hit 2 gigabytes, the standard data plan for individual users. So unless multiple people are sharing a minimal amount of data, there is no real reason for hard core players to worry about going over their allotted data.
T-Mobile Tuesday is also offering free Lyft rides to new PokéStops, free Wendy’s frosties, and 50 percent off select accessories – mainly portable chargers – so you won’t have any interruptions to your game.