Carrier T-mobile giving unlimited free data for Pokemon?

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  1. Surf Donkey Suspended

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    https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/free-pokemon.htm

    “This is what T-Mobile Tuesday is all about – thanking customers with hot, new, totally free gifts every week, and right now, nothing is hotter than Pokémon Go!” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “With the carriers’ shared data schemes, players could easily burn up the family’s data bucket – and then, hello, overages! At T-Mobile, we’re unleashing Pokémon Go so our customers can play free for a year. It’s gonna be a fantastic T-Mobile Tuesday!”

    I won't remain neutral here, major red flag. John Legere always comes across as a sleazeball used car salesman in pink. And this is a very disturbing precedent to set with preferential data for one particular app. I am totally against Binge On, but at least you can argue that "anyone" can opt into the service. This promotion is just one app whose data is being treated different from any other app data. I first suspected they might be paid by Nintendo for this, but turns out Pokemon only uses about 10MB per hour. So really this is just a salesman piggy-backing on a crazy fad to get some press.

    I just hope people understand that just because John Legere is wrapping something in a pretty little Pokemon package, it doesn't mean it can't go the other way. This is why the FCC has set a precedent. One that Tmobile is basically just ******** on right in the open. And I am sure customers will eat it up, because hey, its free.
     
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    Supposedly with binge on tmo was compressing Netflix, Sirius et al. Tmo said no, but I think they were caught. Net neutrality and that. Vzw isn't different but they have the service coverage.
     
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    Yes, Verizon is even worse than binge on in that they zero rate their own video service go90. How much are they paying the FCC to get away with this?
     
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    It's only for a limited time anyway. Meh. And yes it is a little kick to net neutrality, at least in my concept of it.
     
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