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T-Mobile to discount iPhone-iPad combo for Back to School

updated 08:07 pm EDT, Mon July 7, 2014

Buying both devices brings $100 prepaid Mastercard as mail-in rebate

Among other offers the carrier is set to announce when it kicks off its own Back-to-School promotion on Wednesday, July 9 is a combination rebate when buyers purchase both an iPhone and iPad from the carrier. Customers who get both and are either already on a Simple Choice postpaid plan or activate/upgrade a new line will receive a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card as a mail in rebate. The iPhone and iPad have to be purchased at the same time, according to reports.

The news comes on the heels of reports that the latest beta of iOS 8, expected to launch this fall, has activated Wi-Fi calling compatibility with US T-Mobile iPhones. The feature allows callers to use Wi-Fi where available to make and received phone calls, offering better voice quality and not counting against minutes in plans that have time limitations, of if Wi-Fi is available but local cellular service is poor or unavailable.

T-Mobile says that more than 17 million of its customers have access to the feature, with some five million customers using it at least once within a given month. Caller ID and other features work exactly as though the phone was on cellular, but the feature avoids roaming or long-distance charges, and recent-model smartphones (such as the iPhone 5 family) automatically switch over to Wi-Fi if available or if the cellular signal drops, without interrupting the call. Sprint has also announced intentions to be compatible with Wi-Fi calling, though AT&T and Verizon have remained mum on the subject.

Currently, T-Mobile is also offering a promotion that lets users of other carriers "test drive" a free T-Mobile iPhone 5s on the T-Mobile network for a week. Interested customers can order the iPhone 5s trial by mail, but must return the device (if they don't decide to switch to T-Mobile and keep the iPhone) in person to a T-Mobile store.

The Back-to-School iPhone-iPad promotion is set to run until September 2, according to a report from TMONews.

by MacNN Staff



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