The tablet plans are nice, but they force you to buy $600 of world-destroying Apple junk.
Then you look at the SIM plans, and you get the same price, without Apple crap AND without TV streaming.
The terms are identical, since the 24 month tablet plan is only on the device.
The value of the tablet is easily calculated at $20=25 per month. The value of the free TV streaming is harder to figure, but is worth a lot.
People who don't want to pollute the planet are being penalized a huge amount.
Yeah it is one of those bizaro econimics examples (Like when you go to a service station and are told 2.75 lt of Coke is less than the 500ml bottle.)
Always annoyed me that (historically) SIM only plans cast the same as Handset Plans. And for example if you were on a handset plan and finished the contract changing to a SIM only plan saved you nothing. These days its a little better (handsets and tablets have a price in the plan that you can eventually save.)
It's like they pay nothing for the tablet/phone, and it's all a plot to sell $0 devices that would have cost 1800 in local currency to produce.
But these SIM plans also lack TV, which shows something is wrong, even if phones are a gift from aliens.
Definitely a lot of cross subsidisation going on behind the scenes.
Economics 101 for these big companies is try to make like for like comparison as hard as possible. Exemptions, bonuses, complex formulas and yes even just being completely nonsensical makes it hard for anyone to figure out what is the best move.