There is a bit more to Uncarrier 5.0 than the new Test Drive iPhone loaner program T-Mobile(s tmus) announced earlier this evening. CEO John Legere said that T-Mobile is allowing unlimited music streaming on its Simple Choice data plans — regardless of whether you subscribe to an all-you-can-eat plan or one with a monthly data bucket.
T-Mobile is basically giving audio streaming services like Pandora(s p), iTunes Radio(s aapl) and Spotify a free pass on its network as long as you to subscribe to a $50 or higher plan (it’s not available on Simple Starter plans). Any data used won’t count against your monthly allotment. That’s good news if you subscribe to one of T-Mobile’s 1GB, 3GB or 5GB plans, but not that noteworthy if you pay the $80-a-month plan, which already supports unlimited data of any sort.
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T-Mobile pulled something of a “One More Thing!” this evening, with a bit of a surprise announcement tacked onto the end of their Uncarrier 5.0 event.
T-Mobile will no longer count data used on the “top music streaming services” (including Pandora, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify, Samsung’s Milk service, and Rhapsody) against your data cap.
As it stands, most of T-Mobile’s plans give you an allotment of data (1GB, 3GB, or 5GB) which will work at full speed. Go past that allotment, and your download/stream speeds tank down to 3G speeds.
With this change, any data used on one of the aforementioned “top music streaming services” won’t count toward your cap. And if you’re already past your cap for the month? Data pulled from these services will continue to come down at the higher speed anyway.
It’s certainly a good thing for any T-Mobile customers who might find themselves…
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