Last week, T-Mobile announced new unlimited data family plans would get a free subscription to Netflix. Now, their competitor AT&T is following suit. But instead of Netflix, they are offering a free HBO subscription to all its wireless customers through its unlimited plans. AT&T initiated this back in April with its premium tier wireless plan, the Unlimited Plus. However, AT&T have also made the move to offer HBO for free to those who are subscribed to the Unlimited Choice plan. Both new and existing subscribers have access to the option starting this past Friday, September 15.
The AT&T Unlimited Choice plan currently offers unlimited data, talk, and text for $60 per month. If subscribed to a group or family plan for four, each line costs under $40. An additional $10 would merit the user access to 25,000 on-demand titles as well as 60 channels for a live stream. The online video package comes with DirecTV Now’s ‘Live a Little’ video package. These features usually retail for $35 and under the AT&T offer, the offer is definitely a good deal. In addition, the customers still get a $25 credit per month toward AT&T video services, which can now be used with U-verse TV and DirecTV. This feature used to be available only for Plus customers who exclusively used DirecTV Now.
These bonus subscriptions come at a time when the wireless market is proving to be extremely competitive. There are more and more carriers competing to please each other’s customers by snagging deals on Apple’s latest phones. … Read the rest
AT&T has done it again. In an attempt to win over more customers, they are offering a pretty sweet deal. Today, they announced a new package for it’s unlimited Choice customers, which will give you access to over 60 DirecTV channels for only $10 a month more. But not only that, they’re also offering you unlimited data as part of this deal. The regular bundle only costs $60 a month, which means you are getting an incredible deal for a relatively low price. This bundle was previously being offered for $100 in recent months. So why did they drop the price? My guess is they are having a hard time competing with the numerous live streaming options that are available
I am a big fan of cutting the cord, and I don’t care what anyone says, but it’s just not worth it to have cable or satellite. I have written some articles on this, and to be honest, it’s a fine line. You could make the argument either way, but I don’t think that it’s worth it. Why? Because there are so many options to stream online. So many options! And typically at a lower cost than a cable or satellite package.
I was listening to a podcast the other day, and one of the hosts is absolutely against cord cutting. Which I think is a generational thing. I don’t mean to sound trite, but there are people of a certain age who are set in their ways. … Read the rest
Pretty much everyone knew that AT&T buying DirecTV was a bad idea for net-neutrality. However regulators gave them the benefit of the doubt. So much for that. The FCC has tried to have the best interest of the American people in mind. In to that end they have been pushed net-neutrality hard. One of the key pillars of net neutrality is that all data should be treated equally. Some companies like T-Mobile have worked around it while still being fair to customers. Others like AT&T have blatantly said F*ck it. The newest indicator of that is the DirecTV Now plan. The $35 TV plan gives AT&T customers unlimited mobile streaming. No other service gets this perk. The FCC sent a letter letting AT&T know that it’s “zero rating” policy violates the principle of net neutrality. You might be wondering how is this different from T-Mobile’s “Binge On” policy? While T-Mobile does allow users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. T-Mobile makes the plan is free for content providers as long as that data is optimized for mobile streaming.
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“We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day,” the FCC wrote.