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T-Mobile Delivers Simplicity to the Internet of Things


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Bellevue, Washington — January 3, 2017

 

Since the launch of Un-carrier T-Mobile’s tackled and solved some of the worst pain points for consumers and businesses, and now, the Un-carrier’s bringing the same approach to the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Today, T-Mobile unveiled two new simple, straightforward, low-cost IoT Access packs with wireless data – and a Category 1 (Cat1) module on us – to help accelerate IoT innovation and eliminate the pain of piecing together wireless IoT solutions.

 

“Like everything they do, the carriers over-complicate the Internet of Things, and that leads to more hassle and cost for customers,” said Doug Chartier, Senior Vice President, T-Mobile. “The wireless industry needs sipler options for IoT to take off, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.”

 

In today’s market, if a device maker wants to create an IoT solution, they must buy a wireless module from one vendor then negotiate to purchase an overpriced data plan from a carrier – all before bringing their solution to market. That doesn’t encourage IoT development. It only helps line the carriers’ pockets, while stifling innovation and slowing time to market.

 

With T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, new and existing customers can get everything they need – including modules and data – to develop the next great IoT solution. For applications that use a little data, customers can get up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device in the first year and just $6 per year per device afterwards. For unlimited data at 64kbps, it’s just $25 per year per device, and for a limited time, these customers get $5 off the first year for each device. With both T-Mobile IoT Access packs, T-Mobile will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module, via a bill credit from T-Mobile, up to $16 per module.

 

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/iot-access-packs.htm

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Sweet. I see GPS trackers as a perfect fit for the 64kbps unlimited data for $25/year...

 

Also, drone telemetry...

Wondering if the HAI C3 would work or just internet?

 

EDIT: 01/07/17

 

Before Gary posted this I saw this:

 

https://connectedwor...w-to-2g-sunset/

 

So today I did some digging and made a call to T-Mobile after seeing on their website saying showing $3 a month for 30 mins of talk talk or 30 messages and that 2G would still be available with them until at least 2020.

 

https://prepaid-phon...m/pay-as-you-go

 

So it cost me only $3.99 for the Sim card, $10 for minutes and $3 for the first month. $16 TOTAL, no activation fees, no credit checks, no contracts, NO BS. Once I get the sim card and test Ill report back, but don't expect any issues. This will allow me to keep my current working hardware (HAI/Leviton C3) and not have to do anything and my monthly fee going from $9.99 to $3 a month. One day I will have to do something but procrastinating is working! What will come first hardware will die or 2G options? Time will tell. LOL  :mrgreen:

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Bellevue, Washington — January 3, 2017

 

Since the launch of Un-carrier T-Mobile’s tackled and solved some of the worst pain points for consumers and businesses, and now, the Un-carrier’s bringing the same approach to the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Today, T-Mobile unveiled two new simple, straightforward, low-cost IoT Access packs with wireless data – and a Category 1 (Cat1) module on us – to help accelerate IoT innovation and eliminate the pain of piecing together wireless IoT solutions.

 

“Like everything they do, the carriers over-complicate the Internet of Things, and that leads to more hassle and cost for customers,” said Doug Chartier, Senior Vice President, T-Mobile. “The wireless industry needs sipler options for IoT to take off, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.”

 

In today’s market, if a device maker wants to create an IoT solution, they must buy a wireless module from one vendor then negotiate to purchase an overpriced data plan from a carrier – all before bringing their solution to market. That doesn’t encourage IoT development. It only helps line the carriers’ pockets, while stifling innovation and slowing time to market.

 

With T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, new and existing customers can get everything they need – including modules and data – to develop the next great IoT solution. For applications that use a little data, customers can get up to 5MB of data per month for $20 per year per device in the first year and just $6 per year per device afterwards. For unlimited data at 64kbps, it’s just $25 per year per device, and for a limited time, these customers get $5 off the first year for each device. With both T-Mobile IoT Access packs, T-Mobile will cover the cost of a Sequans Cat1 module, via a bill credit from T-Mobile, up to $16 per module.

 

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/iot-access-packs.htm

 

 

Since I read this article I have been trying to sign up for this IOT service on iot.t-mobile.com by submitting their contact-us form. However, they have not responded yet.

It makes me wonder if T-Mobile is really providing such service or it was a  joke.

I have 27 industrial devices that need to 2G service since ATT killed 2G service mid-January.

Please advise how to contact this department of T-Mobile.

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