(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Starting today, T-Mobile is rolling out is new Test Drive program, offering users the chance to test out its 4G LTE network for free.
Users who sign up for the program will be able to try out T-Mobile’s service for a week with an Apple iPhone 5S, though it must be returned after the 7 day trial has ended.
Though Test Drive is 100% free, users will be required to give a credit or debit card, which will have a $699.99 hold until the device is returned.
“T-Mobile Test Drive is free with no obligation to buy, but if the iPhone 5s comes back with a cracked screen, damaged screen display, water damage, active Find My iPhone feature, or can’t be powered on we have to charge a $100 damage fee,” says T-Mobile’s website.
If the iPhone is not returned at all, users will be charged $699.99 plus taxes.
“The way this industry forces Americans to buy wireless is completely, utterly broken. I’m here to tell you there’s a better way,” said CEO John Legere. “While the carriers ask you to buy blind, the Uncarrier gives you transparency. Our network kicks ass, and now people can experience for themselves what a data-strong network can do with T-Mobile Test Drive.”
Last week the mobile carrier continued its aggressive promotions by announcing that customers could stream unlimited music without it counting against their data.
“Streaming music is a showcase of what makes our network different,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer. “We can handle it.”