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Virgin Mobile introduces data-free music streaming from Pandora, Slacker and iHeartRadio

Virgin Mobile has introduced a new data-free music streaming option that will allow you to stream from select services without using up your data allotment. The new service is available from the carrier beginning Friday October 9, and will be included at no additional cost. Virgin Mobile recently added additional data allotment to its plans at no additional cost, and now the carrier is removing streaming from using that data up.

Currently, only Pandora, Slacker Radio and iHearRadio are supported by the service, though Virgin Mobile has plans to add additional services in the future. This move is very similar to T-Mobile's Music Freedom offering, which also lets customers stream without using up their mobile data.

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Source: Virgin Mobile

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  • Isn't this a huge violation of net neutrality principles? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The average person doesn't really support Net Neutrality. When someone picks up a phone and dials 911 they expect that traffic to be prioritized Posted via the Android Central App
  • I disagree. Any reasonable person couldn't possibly expect their emergency call to take priority over someone else's emergency call. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Of course not, but bringing up a singular case (not to mention, ignoring the question posed) is no more witty. The idea that all data should be treated equally does more good than harm. Would you like the last chance to speak to a dying loved one to be preempted by someone calling 911 to get their cat out of a tree? The point is the minute you draw distinctions between data more harm and abuse will come of it than good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I believe you misunderstood that last comment. The example of the dying loved one was to prove that specific singular examples like the one provided can be easily countered by another example. Let's put this in the context of the article, to stay on topic and to at least prevent further morbidity. Virgin Mobile not counting music streaming services towards their data limits sounds generally like a good idea. Many users who avoid those services can now use those services without fear of overages. The problem is that your still setting a precedence of discrimination. Why are streaming music services okay but audio podcast downloads not? Both are audio services. Not to mention we don't know the requirements to become "partners" in this program. Now if this meant that all data would eventually not count towards data limits eventually then this is the start of something good for the consumer. My original content was not denying this but outlining the dangers this policy can present. Where one music service doesn't count but another music does unless some arbitrary amount is paid (either by specific companies or more likely the consumer) . This policy can be used as tool to discriminate against anybody for any reason. Only time will tell if this will actually be the case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You just said two ridiculous things and you should feel bad about it.
  • +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Net neutrality was created to control content by the government and gives the government the ability to tax the hell out of it. What it was sold to the US consumer and what it actually like everything else the government says -a big fat lie Posted via the Android Central App
  • Correcto Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pirate are, you agree with me ? Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Data consumption, the #1 reason I don't use any streaming music services.
    Good job Virgin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I tried all of the listed music streamers when I had T-Mobile.
    They, and others, we're awful. Posted via the Android Central App