Mobile launches Connecting Heroes, offering free service to first responders

Joanna Estrada
May 24, 2020

First responders can head online or to a Sprint or T-Mobile store this weekend to exchange an existing phone for an iPhone SE on with bill credits, or $500 off another flagship SuperPhone via trade-in credit & rebate (at T-Mobile) or bill credits (at Sprint). Now we know what it is.

T-Mobile first announced this project last fall as it prepared to debut its nationwide 5G network, and while some cynically suggested that it was simply a move on the part of T-Mobile executives to placate the US states that were oppositing the Sprint merger - especially since it was conditional on the merger successfully closing - it doesn't change the fact that the "Uncarrier" now stands to save government emergency services agencies billions of dollars by offering free connectivity.

This is a massive "thank you" to everyone in that field.

People who save lives shouldn't have to choose between life-saving equipment and wireless service. "This is the kind of difference we can make". This free mobile services includes unlimited talk, text, and smartphone data, including free 5G access.

Any responders wishing to upgrade their plan can do so for $15/month. "The more information that we can get to them, the better they're going to be able to serve the public".

For the purposes of the deal, that includes state, local, or private police and sheriff, fire, and emergency medical services that support one of the following: cities, counties, states, districts or municipalities, and tribal land.

T-Mobile is now offering first responders the opportunity to get free mobile service from the carrier for the next 10 years. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.

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