Feb. 12, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA: Detailed view of the bullpen phone in the Los Angeles Angels dugout during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier this year, you probably hard about the cheese-ball decision from Major League Baseball where they’d replace the traditional dugout phones with T-Mobile sponsored cellphones. It was capitalism at its finest and many MLB fans didn’t exactly care for decision, though thankfully the league gave teams the individual choice if they wanted to opt-in.
The technology created by T-Mobile makes the bullpen calls secure, something teams, uh, apparently felt wasn’t the case before?
"T-Mobile built the new On-Field Communication System, which is encrypted and won’t be compromised by the in-stadium wireless used by fans. The communication system uses geofencing, meaning the network won’t operate if the phones are taken into seats or the clubhouse."
Anyway, even though the more traditional version of phones have been used since the 1930’s – there is some good news to come out of this for the fans. Freebies!
T-Mobile, trying to get the word out, has offered their subscribers (and apparently it works on the prepaid/Monthly 4G plans) the normally $19.99 MLB At-Bat app for free.
All you need to do is get on your T-Mobile internet enabled device, be it a phone, tablet, whatever and download the app using your T-Mobile data (don’t use Wi-Fi). When you run the app for the first time, a big “redeem” button will show up. Click it and ta-da, you now have MLB At-Bat for the rest of the season.
Great for those outside of the Bay Area who can’t always watch or listen to the Giants. You’ll also get the game of the day video for free along with video highlights, etc. The promotion will end June 30th.