The giveaways keep on coming at T-Mobile, whose latest promotion is aimed primarily at Sprint subscribers.
Starting next week, existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customers can refer a friend from any carrier, and both subscribers will get one year of unlimited data at 4G LTE speeds. T-Mobile customers who already have unlimited data will instead get a $10 credit every month.
The promotion applies to new subscribers coming from any major carrier, but T-Mobile's marketing calls out Sprint in particular. Earlier this week, Sprint overhauled its family plans to be more like those of AT&T and Verizon, with customers paying for a single bucket of data plus a per-line monthly access fee. A limited-time promotion waives the per-line fee, but it's only available to new subscribers.
"Sprint’s customers have suffered much. They’ve endured the Framily. They’ve endured America’s slowest nationwide LTE network. And now again, the (ironically named) carrier has forsaken its loyal customers, offering its latest, 'best deals' to everyone but its own current customers," T-Mobile's announcement says. "It’s hard to watch."
This isn't T-Mobile's only recent response to other carriers' special offers. In July, T-Mobile added a limited-time promotion for families of four, providing 2.5 GB of data per line for $160 per month. At the time, CEO John Legere said the deal was in response to AT&T advertising its "Best-Ever Pricing for Families."
But not all of T-Mobile's moves have been warmly received. In June, the carrier began offering unlimited music streaming from certain services, regardless of what data plan customers have. While that move has been applauded by some, it raises net neutrality concerns by letting T-Mobile pick winners and losers in the streaming music business.
T-Mobile also took some heat last week, when an alleged company memo showed that the carrier would start throttling unlimited data speeds for users of peer-to-peer and torrenting services. (The memo noted that It would warn customers before slowing them down.)
With the new unlimited data promotion, keep in mind that it's a limited-time offer, though T-Mobile hasn't said for how long. However, if you're in the middle of a contract with another carrier, a spokesman confirmed that T-Mobile will pay your early termination fees, and you still have a friend refer you for the unlimited data.