T-Mobile Excludes Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, and More from Monthly Data Limits…

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Should music streaming services be exempt from data caps?

T-Mobile has announced that streaming services will no longer count against customer’s monthly data limits. To start with, the following services are included: Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, and  Samsung Milk.

Many are upset that T-Mobile isn’t including all services, but these are just the ones T-Mobile is starting with. They plan on adding more over time, and users can let T-Mobile know which service they would like to see. Eventually, T-Mobile wants to include all streaming services.

As far as net neutrality, this announcement could be bad news. T-Mobile is giving a select number of businesses a free pass, giving them an advantage over other services, apps, and companies. This will set a precedent in the industry. If it works out for T-Mobile then other services might adopt similar practices.

However, as a T-Mobile customer I couldn’t be happier. Most of my data goes to streaming music. If I’m happy about this, other -Mobile customers that don’t care about net neutrality must be ecstatic.

Nevertheless, deals like this need to be addressed by the FCC.

4 Responses

  1. vistor

    so AT&T will allow unlimited streaming of BEATS on IPHONES but not SPOTIFY on ANDROID…

  2. Casey

    It really doesn’t impact net neutrality, as net neutrality never existed on mobile networks in the first place outside of some spectrum restrictions which are still in place.

  3. Anonymous

    This isn’t really true, if you use Pandora you still use data, not for the streaming but for the pictures and ads that pop up. I used it the other day and ended up burning 262mb, I thought the no data was for using the streaming service but when I called T Mobile they told me it uses your data for the ads and any other function that you phone uses. @ 262 MB of my 4g an hour of music is not worth it.