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T-Mobile Unveils Doubled Data Plans, Free Video Streaming at Un-Carrier X Event

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-Carrier X event, where he announced T-Mobile's latest offering, free video streaming. Going forward, T-Mobile customers who watch streaming video will not have the video data count towards their monthly data usage.

That means services like Netflix and Hulu will no longer eat up data, making T-Mobile's data plans go further. T-Mobile's lowest-priced plan costs $50 per month and includes just 2GB of data, but T-Mobile is now the only company that excludes video streaming data from data usage. T-Mobile also allows for free streaming music, a perk introduced at an earlier event.

With the new Binge-On free video streaming service, there are 24 current partners, and the program is open to any video streaming product that wants to participate. Binge-On uses a proprietary data compression algorithm to stream 480p "DVD quality" video that uses a smaller amount of data to a T-Mobile device. For those who don't want to use the compression service, it can be toggled off. Binge-On is available to customers with a 3GB plan or higher.

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Binge-On partners at launch include Netflix, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, WatchESPN, Showtime, Starz Play, Encore Play, Vevo, MLB.tv, NBC Sports, Movieplex Play, Vessel, Sling TV, Sling Box, T-Mobile TV, Go90, DirecTV, Univision Sports, Crackle, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Go, Vudu, and Ustream.

T-Mobile has also doubled the amount of data available to its Simple Choice customers. Rather than offering data in 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB increments, T-Mobile is now offering 2GB, 6GB, 10GB, and unlimited plans.

Customer plans are being doubled at no cost and a new Family Match promotion doubles the amount of data available to each family member. A family of four can now get 6GB of data each for a total of $120 per month using Family Match. Family Match includes a free fourth line for all customers as part of a limited time promotion.

Over the course of the last two years, T-Mobile has aimed to disrupt traditional mobile service with its 10 "Un-carrier" initiatives. The company began with uncoupling device costs from service costs in 2013, and then went on to offer several additional incentives to encourage customers to switch to the carrier, including paying early termination fees, offering a JUMP! upgrade plan, unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries, free streaming music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio, and Pandora, one week free trials to test the T-Mobile service, Wi-Fi calling, data rollovers, and low-cost plans for businesses.

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12 months ago
Bye At&t.... nice knowing you
Rating: 42 Votes
12 months ago
TMobile is doing big things and shaking up the industry!!!
Rating: 30 Votes
12 months ago

What am I missing? I get 20GB of data for $145 with AT&T.

what your missing is that you're getting ripped off by AT&T.
Rating: 18 Votes
12 months ago

While on one hand, I appreciate T-Mo trying to not count the biggest offender of mobile data usage... on the other, this sure is starting to sound like the Satellite/Cable TV packages. "And for only 5 bucks more a month, such-and-such different streaming service also doesn't count against your data usage."

Yuck.


There is no upsell here. They just took existing plans and made them better.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago
Uhhhh, well this is totally awesome.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago

I hope AT&T and Verizon are watching...


They are actually in the audience right now. John already pointed them out. He sent them invites
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago
This is absolutely insane. No data usage for videos AND music? All thats left is data for apps like Instagram and Facebook. Seems like a no brainer. Hopefully other companies follow suit
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago

In every thread, whenever T-Mobile does something like this, there are people that post stuff like this. Good luck!



What people fail to realize is, THEY HAVE to do stuff like this to get customers. T-Mobile service is terrible anywhere that matters, for the most part. I doubt T-Mobil will ever have a network that could go head to head with the big 2.



They're watching T-Mobile and laughing because of what they have to do in order to get more customers. Verizon and AT&T have nothing to worry about and won't change anything because of this. It sucks but that's how it works when your one of the two largest, best networks in the US.


Keep throwing your money at Verizon and AT&T. Maybe they will be your friend!
Rating: 12 Votes
12 months ago

What am I missing? I get 20GB of data for $145 with AT&T.

T-Mobile sells unlimited for $80. Quite a difference.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
I remember the days when T-mobile was thought to be the crappiest wireless company.
Rating: 11 Votes

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