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Apr 12, 2001

T-Mobile has announced that its free unlimited video streaming program Binge On now supports over five additional video services, including Azubu, Dailymotion Games, Eyegroove, PBS, PBS Kids, and more. Binge On now supports nearly 90 video services in the United States.

Binge On enables customers on a qualifying Simple Choice plan to stream unlimited 480p video from dozens of partnered services, led by Netflix, HBO NOW, Hulu, and YouTube, without any of the data consumed counting towards their monthly data bucket.

T-Mobile expanded Binge On to thirteen additional video services in May, including NBC and video content from existing Music Freedom partners Google Play Music, Radio Disney, Spotify, and TIDAL, after adding 16 new Binge On and Music Freedom partners in April. YouTube, Google Play Movies, and others were added in March.

Article Link: T-Mobile Expands 'Binge On' Free Video Streaming to PBS and More


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
Atleast 720p shl'd be the resolution, in this age of ultra-hd.

You can get higher resolution if you want. It just counts towards your data plan.

Or you could go with any other carrier. They'll let you get any resolution you want, and they'll charge no matter which you pick.

At some point I should contact AT&T and talk about getting my prices lowered... if only I weren't so lazy. Why can't talking with AT&T be as easy as posting on a forum?


macrumors 603
Mar 30, 2004
Atleast 720p shl'd be the resolution, in this age of Ultra-HD.
On iPhone 6S Plus, I find its 1.5 Mbps stream to be surprisingly high quality. I've turned off Binge Off to compare it to 1080p and while it lacks that extra level of sharpness and details, I didn't feel I was missing all that much on 5.5" screen.

Anyway, with Music Unlimited, Binge On Free Streaming, and App Store downloads not counting toward data consumed, I find 6 GB plan to be practically unlimited for my usage (averages about 3 GB per month).


macrumors 68000
Oct 13, 2011
Brooklyn NY
60 million people watching 720p videos on LTE would cripple the entire network (assuming all at once).
Not if they use the right codec encode. You can have 720p video at a high bitrate using a crappy encode that looks bad or one with a efficient codec at a lower bitrate that looks good.


macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
Want a way to possibly get more data from Verizon? Read on.

Verizon called me last week to lower my bill $5. They switched me to the Verizon plan so my bill would drop an additional $20 or so when I'm off contract in September. They said they were doing it to try to retain customers. I told them that makes a lot of sense as T-Mobile is really turning up the pressure in the industry. I mentioned that I've considered switching to T-Mobile in the autumn because I wanted to be able to stream more video from my devices.

Fast forward a few days later and I had a freak incident with my iCloud syncing getting stuck and using a bunch of data (that's a first in all my years of using an iPhone since the Mobile Me days). I asked them if they could help, they said they could switch me temporarily to a 12GB plan and credit me the difference, which is only a $16/mo increase over my 6GB plan when considering my work discount. So I have them add it, and the guy asks "Do you have Verizon FiOS?" And I said "Nope!" Then he says "Weird, someone put a promotion on your account for 12GB of data for free if you're on a 12GB plan. I don't know why you have that. Do you want to use it?" Me: "Hell yeah!"

So that's the story of how I got an extra 18GB of data for only an additional $16/mo, bringing my total to 24GB per month. Now I don't have to worry about running out any more as that would cover many videos per month with room to spare. My bill, come September, will only be $104/mo plus tax for 24GB shared between two lines. T-Mobile would be about $10 less with my discount for only 6GB per line. For that small of a difference, I'd rather go with the best network and customer service I've ever had in a cell phone. I know T-Mobile has really been improving their network, but for now I'm content. It just seems much more reasonable than before, where I was looking at 6GB shared for $113/mo. I'm so glad that T-Mobile/AT&T merger never went through! Competition works and this is proof.

TL;DR: If Verizon gives you a service call (or you're calling them for some other reason), bring up that you want to switch to T-Mobile and cite this "Binge On" thing and it's possible their retention team might add that to your account if you call back a week later.


macrumors 68040
Sep 27, 2005
My spare phone (LG G2 Flex) has t-mobile, and while I'm not complaining, it does seem that whenever I need to use it for the free video data, I'm somewhere that has zero TMobile service! Most places (home, work, clients, in-town) has WIFI, so no data needed. The times I need it is when we are traveling, and then TM just doesn't have the reach of ATT or Verizon (my iPhone and iPad, respectively). Neither of those have such a great deal.
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