T-Mobile pledges 10 years of free 5G to first responder agencies

May 21 2020, 1:12 pm

In a time where quick communication is crucial, T-Mobile has launched Connecting Heroes, part of their first Un-Carrier Move: #5GforGood.

The Washington-based company announced Thursday morning that they’ll be committing 10 years of free service and 5G access to first responder agencies, including all public and non-profit state and local fire, police, and EMS departments.

“When we’re at our most vulnerable, first responders are there for us … and they are under more pressure today than ever before. Connecting Heroes is one way we’re saying ‘thank you’ in this critical time,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, in a press release.

“People who save lives shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving equipment and wireless service. And with Connecting Heroes, they won’t have to. We’re not limiting this program to a few months or a year … first responders can get free service including 5G access, for a full decade. THIS is the kind of impact the new T-Mobile can have in the world. THIS is the kind of difference we can make.”

This service is estimated to save first responder agencies up to $7.7 billion and will ensure that every first responder agency will receive the same free unlimited talk, text, and smartphone data.

Interested first responder agencies can check their eligibility and sign up online.

While the free calling, text, and data are solely for the first responder agencies, those working within the agencies are able to trade in their existing eligible devices for a free iPhone SE or get half off a flagship SuperPhone — owing nothing besides the tax.

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).