Mobile carrier announces unlimited data, freebies for Pokémon Go users

Mobile carrier announces unlimited data, freebies for Pokémon Go users

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By now, you're probably either a player of Pokémon Go or you've at least heard of it. The mobile game was released just days ago on July 6, and there's no denying, it's a national sensation.

Hoards of people are getting off their sofas and taking to the streets, smartphone in hand, as they hunt for various Pokémon in the new, augmented reality game. But what's all that phone use doing to everyone's data plans?

It's apparently taking a toll, and T-Mobile on Thursday announced a promotion to help with that. The wireless company is offering free, unlimited data on Pokémon Go through August 2017.

"With the carriers' shared data schemes, players could easily burn up the family's data bucket – and then, hello, overages! At T-Mobile, we're unleashing Pokémon Go so our customers can play free for a year," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile in a news release.
New and existing T-Mobile customers can claim the perk starting Tuesday, July 19, on the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, which can be downloaded in your phone's app store.

In addition to other freebies, 250 people will each win $100 in PokéCoins, and five people will win a Pokémon Go hunting trip for two anywhere in the U.S.
After only a week on the market, Pokémon Go has amassed a record 21 million daily users in the U.S., quickly becoming the biggest mobile game in history.

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