Un-carrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

Uncarrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

T-Mobile is announcing music freedom as part of its Uncarrier 6 announcement today. With 67 percent of music streamers listening to music on their mobile devices, T-Mobile's un-CEO John Legere says that he doesn't want users to limit their streaming due to fears of overages. As such, streaming from all the major music streaming services won't count against your data limit as part of Uncarrier 6.

So, if you stream from the following services, data consumed from the following services won't count against your data plan, no matter how much you stream:

  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • iTunes Radio
  • Rhapsody
  • Spotify
  • Slacker
  • Milk
  • Beatport

Additionally, even when you exhaust your high speed data bucket, your music will still stream at high speeds!

Customers can tell T-Mobile which services they want. The carrier will crowdsource customer opinions and add more services in the future.

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Un-carrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

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It's not on there list for ore approved services you can vote to add, and there is no room for write-ins.

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This is nice for customers, but it makes me a little nervous. It seems similar to AT&Ts sponsored data. I realize it's TMoblie and not the content providers footing the bill but it's getting people used to treating some bits differently than others. It seems like a well-intentioned act that could erode net neutrality.

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When it "benefits" us, no one seems to mind. But if it'll end up making us pay more to access content, we'll complain. You are right that this sets a precedent for a slippery slope.

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But it's not prioritizing data just excluding it from charge. Now if they slowed down other music services that would be something to worry about

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Sounds awesome to me! I only stream music in wifi and I was considering moving to tmobile, this is one more reason.

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Nope it doesn't, according to John he said that there not linked to or paying the streaming services. There whitelisting those 6 or 7 services. He also said you think someone is gonna complain about a free service.

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So when it benefits us, it's okay, but if it doesn't benefit us (like with video streaming, that ISPs wanting to charge more for access to such sites), it's not okay, right? I see hypocrisy there.

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Yes it does. It is a clear violation of net neutrality whether you want to believe it is or not.

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does nothing for me cause i don't stream but even so i'd rather stream my own content from say, google play. That said my data is too flaky to rely on something other than local files. It's common for me to try and stream internet radio and get to my destination before the station loads. then lose connection when i enter the store.

That's a really good deal. Wish t-mobile Germany would offer this... And not only spotify for extra money!

This service is free, right?

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The main reason my wife and I are considering switching to an unlimited carrier for our iPhones is to be able to stream Pandora or iTunes Radio while in the car. So now we don't have to do any of their unlimited plans (saving us money) and we will still get what we want? Where do I sign up?

What I need to know is, does this apply to my tablet with the 200mb free plan. If I can get totally free streaming without paying anything, that would be fantastic!

Will this work with mobile hotspot plans? If so, and they add streaming TV/Netflix/Hulu etc. (wishful thinking), count me in ASAP!!!

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