T-Mobile Now Lets You Stream Video Without It Counting Toward Your Data


T-Mobile Now Lets You Stream Video Without It Counting Toward Your Data

T-Mobile’s whole “uncarrier” thing, an occasional series of events where CEO John Legere gets on a stage and puts down his cellular competition, has been going on for a few years now. But for its tenth event, T-Mo went big. Say goodbye to video streaming nomming away your data.

We had a feeling this was coming, and Legere just confirmed things during an event in LA, describing the move as “disrupting the scam” that is cellular data. It works a lot like Music Freedom, which T-Mobile introduced in June last year. It works with 24 different services including Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Sling TV, Watch ESPN, Vevo, and all kinds of others. T-Mobile calls the service Binge On. It’s all free.

T-Mobile Now Lets You Stream Video Without It Counting Toward Your Data


Obviously, the biggest missing link is YouTube, but T-Mobile says they’re working with Google on getting YouTube in the program. Legere clarified that they currently didn’t mean the tech specs to be included just yet.

Of course like Music Freedom, you could also say that this move falls under Net Neutrality scrutiny, since T-Mobile users would most likely be more inclined to use services tied up in T-Mobile’s free streaming plan rather than a smaller service (or more importantly) some future Netflix trying to enter the video streaming game. But Legere says it won’t be a problem and allows for any service to join the program (that meets their technical specifications) and will allow customers to offer input for future services.

Another announcement that’s a bit on the smaller scale (but not much) is that T-Mobile is bumping all Simple Choice data plans by double. So the original 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB tiers are now 2GB, 6GB, and 10GB for no extra cash (unlimited is still unlimited, obviously). Unlimited users can also use 14GB of data for mobile hotspots instead of just 7GB, and as a small bonus, a free rental per month from Vudu.


Binge On is available starting November 15 for existing customers and November 19 for new plans, and if you can get Sling TV 30 percent of now if you’re on T-Mobile. If that’s a thing you want to do.

With free music streaming and video streaming, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll even be spending data on anymore, so cool!



Nine Years and Counting


Conversation Agent turns nine today. It’s been quite a journey — 2787 posts since that very first one. From the beginning it has been about choosing what to read and think about. It has also been the place to experiment, understand, and accelerate learning.

With social networks siphoning most of the attention and time, we comment and interact less, much less. Most of my interactions are still by email, so social network activity is just the tip of the iceberg.

Newsletters are good because they are self-contained. Many of the newsletters that make the rounds are by a handful people, and I figured I was reading pretty much off a similar list. I added and pared down a few since publishing. The idea is to keep what intrigues — no need to collect more content to read later.

So I started a newsletter to share more of what I read and think about in the process of learning from more diverse sources. In a futuristic post titled Web 3.0 Artificial Intelligence Agents will be Conversation Agents (November 2007), I said pull technology would replace push completely. It kind of does since all the link sharing involves very little story reading, mostly reactions to clever titles.

Other things I said involve the intersection of technology, business, and media, and how we make do in several areas, including on security. I talked about:

1. Dealing with data

2. Growth of networks

3. End of selling as pitches and the beginning of the true era of conversation

4. Opt-in email

5. Dealing with bandwidth

*encryption and security

All topics that are still current and top of mind. If you’re curious, go read the post.

This summer I took time to reflect on themes that are important to make sense of what is now-to-next — the art and science of decision-making, how curiosity leads to a bigger life, and connecting power and purpose. This is the direction of my body of work, and I intend to keep building.  Amy Hoy says it better:

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”


[image via Pixabay CC0 Public Domain]

Conversation Agent – Valeria Maltoni