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T-Mobile Adds Free Video Streaming At #UncarrierX Event

The company's new streaming option lets subscribers watch video without using up their data plans.
Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 10, 2015

Well, the rumors were true. T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced Tuesday that the company is letting subscribers stream video on their mobile devices without using up their data plans. (Video via T-Mobile)

Which makes the streaming free — to a certain extent. And that's exciting, especially considering all of the big carriers that offer unlimited data actually cap or throttle plans around 20 GB. (Video via T-Mobile)

"We've optimized the video stream. ... This is DVD quality or better, but optimized not to use useless amounts of data," Legere said at the Uncarrier X Event.

By the way, DVD quality is 640 by 480 pixels. Most videos you watch on a television are 1,280 by 720 pixels. 

The option to watch freely is called Binge On, and right now there are 24 streaming services participating. Legere said he'll accept every service that wants to hop on board — as long as they can meet the technical requirements. Whatever that means. (Video via T-Mobile)

Binge On is available to all current and new Simple Choice customers who pay for qualifying plans. (Video via T-Mobile)

Another bonus for T-Mobile subscribers, Legere said Simple Choice data plans are now double what they used to be. So if you paid for 1 GB a month, now you'll get 2 GB, and so on. (Video via T-Mobile)

This video includes an image by Geoffrey Fairchild / CC BY 2.0.