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T-Mobile's Uncarrier X Event Heralds Free Video Streaming

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Nov 10, 2015, 2:48 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Nov 10, 2015, 3:44 PM

T-Mobile today announced free wireless data streaming at an event in Los Angeles. The Uncarrier program mirrors that of T-Mobile's Music Freedom, which lets customers stream music over its network without impacting data allotments. The free streaming video program is called Binge On and works in much the same way. The service is compatible with 24 video services at launch, such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go/Now, Showtime, Vevo, and others. T-Mobile said video will be optimized via proprietary technology to reduce how much data it consumes as it transits the network. T-Mobile said the service is open to any video service that meets its technical requirements. Video is streamed at DVD quality, which means 480p, not 720p or 1080p high definition. Customers can toggle between free 480p video or data-consuming HD at any time. T-Mobile also "doubled the data" available in each of its data buckets for families and businesses at no additional cost. The data plans available are 2GB, 6GB, and 10GB. The base Simple Choice plan costs $50 per month and now includes 2GB of data. The second line costs $30 and each additional line after that is $10. Customers who subscribe to T-Mobile's unlimited LTE 4G plan now have access to 14GB of mobile hotspot data. The new plans will be available Sunday, Nov. 15. New customers will have early access to Binge On beginning that day. The rest of T-Mobile's customers will have access to Binge On starting Nov. 22.

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Nov 11, 2015, 9:29 AM

Let me get this right

You are allowing unlimited access to certain services and keeping a limit on others? Sounds like net neutrality all over again.
No. Only if you flip a switch and go with the downgraded video quality. If you don't, there is no difference. Just like certain streaming services (music as well) allow you to choose a lower quality bitrate to save on your data.
Methinks you misunderstood net neutrality twice.

First you misunderstood in that net neutrality is a good thing, not a bad thing. Net neutrality is the principle that say that providers cannot discriminate about traffic in regards to the speed you'...

Nov 10, 2015, 3:22 PM

My only worry....

is "free video streaming" plus "free music streaming" = a slow network. As more and more people switch to T-mobile, it doesn't matter how much of an improved network a company has. This will surely test the quality of ones network. I wish them the best because I have a feeling at some point soon they will end up just like Sprint did when Verizon and AT&T started canning the unlimited data.
Keep in mind that this will be at 1/3 the data rate. So it could be a net savings on data depending on how many people decide to stream.

Nov 10, 2015, 3:00 PM


UNCARRIER X FTW! Unlimited Free Video Streaming! YOu can now enjoy "Netflix and Chill" without worrying about consuming all your data bucket!
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