I got this working and now have free 200mb/mo on my iPad generation 1. However, it is only 3G speed for me due to my old iPad and coverage area so it is slow. The browser is too slow to use but email is fast enough so I can use it for that. Supposedly, you get free 200mb of 4G if there is 4G coverage in your area and you have a 4G tablet. Check their coverage map (http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html
). In Madison I see pockets of 4g areas: downtown, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, far North East side, far South West side, etc. If you want to set up the free 200mb here is how.
1) First, you have to a tablet that is 3G or 4G capable and has a SIM card slot. Here is a list of suitable tablets. Pay attention to the model number because wifi only tablets won't work. I think any GSM tablet with a sim slot will work but I'm not sure:
Free Data for Life details http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-9700
2) Second, you need a SIM card that can be activated for T-mobile. Some tablets use micro-sim or nano-sim cards so make your have the right card. You can buy unactivated SIM cards from this Tmobile website for $10 normally, but sometimes they offer them for only $1, which they are doing now. They offer phone SIMs and Tablet or Hotspot SIMs. I don't know the difference and think either one will work with a tablet, but I would get a Tablet or Hotspot SIM to be safe:http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/sim- ... prepaidSIM
Or you can buy SIM cards from this amazon seller. He is a Tmobile rep in NY. I got my micro-SIM card from him for $6:http://amzn.to/1bKmYjW
3) Lastly, you need to call Tmobile support (1-800-866-2453) and ask them to activate your SIM card for the free 200mb. They will need the number on your SIM card and the MEI number of your tablet.
Here are some videos but I didn't find them very useful. My iPad settings weren't the same as described in the first video, maybe because I have an older model:
How to Get Free Wireless Data on Your iPadhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O8I9oAM ... re=mh_lolz
How to get T-Mobile on any cellular iPad Air or Minihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B16wxlCuOw