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Now that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is off, it looks like the race is on for the definitive third place spot in the ranks of US carriers. Sprint fired the first shot with its new ‘Family Share Pack’ plan, and today, T-Mobile responded.

The magenta carrier announced today a new promotion that will benefit both current and new customers. Starting next week, the company will start giving away one free year of unlimited LTE data for referrals and switchers…

Here’s more from the press release:

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. It’s hard to watch.

But now T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) is stepping forward to help. Today, the Un-carrier announced a new program encouraging T-Mobile customers to save their friends and colleagues still with Sprint.

Starting next week, whenever a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer throws a lifeline to a Sprint (or AT&T or Verizon) customer and brings them to the Un-carrier, both receive unlimited LTE data for a full year on T-Mobile’s blazing-fast LTE network, at no additional charge. T-Mobile Simple Choice customers who already have unlimited LTE data receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months.

“It continues to amaze me to see the old carriers failing to listen to their customers−or reward them for their loyalty,” said T-Mobile’s brazen CEO John Legere. “That arrogance has defined the U.S. wireless industry for too long.”

The new promo kicks off August 29th. To qualify for it, T-Mobile customers just need to report their referrals here. Once approved, unlimited LTE data service (or $10 per month credit) will begin for both parties within 30 days.

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Hey Cody, wanna help me out? This will be a great deal for both of us!

    • nazcorp

      Lol. I thought this would be the first comment.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      haha if only cody was on TMO

    • Antzboogie

      I Love this and I’m happy T-Mobile is keeping their word about being truly unlimited and this deal is amazing for real.

  • I don’t see a single price in this whole article…

    • Their simple choice plans are on their website (tmobile com) and start at $50/month for unlimited everything, but you only get 1GB of LTE data with that base price…which IMO is more than enough for me; I’ve been managing 3G speeds on my 3Gs/4/4s for years now…

  • Snailpo

    I don’t have T-Mobile, but these guys are doing a great job! More power to them! Bring back Unlimited !

  • James Gunaca

    Can a new customer just get this? Or do I have to find a T-Mobile customer to refer me?

    • Antzboogie

      Get someone to refer you.

      • James Gunaca

        If I decide to make the switch I’ll hunt down a T-mobile customer.

  • MacGuru17

    My grandparents have T-Mobile, and once I get it I’ll probably be helping my friend switch too. Woot! 😀

    Does that mean I’d get two years of free data, or..?

  • Jacob S

    Even if tmo gives full year service for free (not just data) I don’t want it 🙂 what I need is real coverage, not a fake pink coverage map lol

    • Antzboogie

      Yeah right in NYC I get at home internet speeds. My coverage is way better than Sprint . I’m in New York City and T-Mobile is awesome. it even beats my home internet sometimes.

  • Dmaez

    I will say in Arizona at least I switched from verizon to T-mobile while they are WAY cheaper Verizon’s coverage was much better than T-Mobiles I miss that now and wish I would have stayed.