What you need to know
- T-Mobile ONE is being rebranded to Magenta.
- Netflix on Us now includes the Basic plan instead of the Standard one.
- You now get 3GB of LTE hotspot access before being slowed down to 3G.
Nothing's more fun than when carriers change their wireless plans, and on May 23, T-Mobile announced (opens in new tab) some pretty significant changes for its T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan.
First thing's first, the name "T-Mobile ONE" is out. Starting June 2, it'll be replaced by "Magenta." Magenta is mostly the same as T-Mobile ONE, offering unlimited talk, text, LTE data, free international texting + 2G data, access to T-Mobile Tuesdays, and one hour of free in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled planes.
That's all fine and dandy, but as part of this change, T-Mobile's adjusting its Netflix on Us promo and making it a little less enticing. Before this change, T-Mobile ONE plans with two lines or more included a free Netflix Standard plan — allowing you to stream on up to two devices at once in HD with the ability to download titles to two phones/tablets. However, as a result of Netflix's price increase back in January, Magenta now comes with the Basic plan. This limits you to streaming on just one screen at a time in SD and only being able to download content on one of your devices.
T-Mobile ONE subscribers will keep their Standard subscription, but starting in July, will be charged an additional $2/month on their bill. To avoid that extra fee, you can migrate your plan to a Magenta one and get downgraded to Netflix Basic.
Thankfully, it's not all bad news. Where T-Mobile ONE plans only came with unlimited 3G hotspot access, Magenta now includes 3GB of LTE data before being slowed down to 3G speeds. T-Mobile says this is an added value of $3/month per line, and while I'm still annoyed with the Netflix changes, this is a nice peace offering of sorts.
T-Mobile will start selling its Magenta plans on June 2 with the same pricing we had with T-Mobile ONE, including one line for $70/month and two lines for $120/month.
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"Uncarrier" and it will only get worse once the merger happens.
Well, unless hotspot appeals to you, One still better if you still get standard and just $2 increase. Netflix new prices are Basic $8.99 and Standard $12.99. That is $4 difference. If I go to Magenta then I have to pay $4 more if I want standard. I am doing premium anyway and that is $15.99
I'm sticking with my One Plan and One Plus and free line promo. Netflix isn't worth giving up the promos.
Bundling is annoying.
Good deal. I'm sticking with this plan
Really not too bad all things considered. Netflix raised its prices. T-Mobile has no control over that. You can keep the existing plan pricing for a downgrade in Netflix and an upgrade in tethering or pay an extra $2. At least T-Mobile gave us a choice as opposed to just ramming a take it or leave it price hit through like most other carriers do.
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