T-Mobile is making some changes to its two main unlimited postpaid plans on June 2. In addition to rebranding the plans themselves, the plans also change how the carrier offers its free subscription to Netflix. Unfortunately, it’s not for the better.
In January, Netflix announced it was raising its prices on all of its streaming plans, including Netflix Standard. It offers two concurrent streams per account and video resolutions of up to 1080p. The price for that plan went up from $10.99 a month to $12.99 a month. At the time the price hikes were announced, T-Mobile said it would reevaluate its Netflix On Us offer for its unlimited plan users and make a decision in May.
Now that decision has been revealed. Starting on June 2, T-Mobile will rename its T-Mobile ONE unlimited plan to Magenta (in a nod to the carrier’s favorite color), and its T-Mobile One Plus plan to Magenta Plus for new customers. Along with the name change, users who have the Magenta plan will now get the Netflix Basic plan for free. This normally costs $8.99 a month with the recent price increase, but it limits account users to just one concurrent stream at a time and cuts down the video resolution to 480p.
Current T-Mobile ONE users that have signed up for the Netflix Standard subscription plan will see an increase of $2 in their bill starting in July. Those customers can avoid that increase by switching to Magenta, or by discontinuing their Netflix On Us offer completely. If you upgrade to Magenta Plus, you will be able to get the Netflix Standard plan for free, as current T-Mobile ONE Plus customers have.
Besides the rebranding and the Netflix free plan changes, the only other alteration in T-Mobile’s unlimited plans is the decision to add 3GB of free high-speed mobile hotspot data per month, per line, for Magenta customers. Previously under the T-Mobile ONE plan, those customers could only get mobile hotspot downloads at 3G speeds.
The new T-Mobile Magenta and Magenta One plans
All of the other features under the T-Mobile One and T-Mobile One Plus plans will remain when the carrier makes the transition to the new Magenta and Magenta Plus plans. Here’s a quick look at what they will offer:
The basic T-Mobile Magenta unlimited plan still charges $70 a month for one line, $50 a month each for two lines, $37 a month each for three lines, $40 a month each for four lines, and $25 a month for each additional line. It offers unlimited talk and text in the U.S., and unlimited talk, texting and data while you are in Canada and Mexico. As stated previously, T-Mobile Magenta now offers customers 3GB of high-speed LTE mobile hotspot data per month, per line, with unlimited 3G speeds after that.
If you are traveling on a plane with Gogo internet service, T-Mobile Magenta offers unlimited texting and one hour of free Wi-Fi data on those flights. It also offers the Netflix Basic streaming subscription service for free. If you want to stream video from other sources like YouTube, T-Mobile Magenta offers unlimited streaming, but just at 480p resolution.
T-Mobile Magenta Plus
If you want some extras, you can sign up for the T-Mobile Magenta Plus plan. It costs $80 a month for a single line, $60 a month each for two lines, $47 a month each for three lines, $50 a month each for four lines, and $35 a month for each additional line. In addition to all the benefits of T-Mobile Magenta, the Plus plan offers the Netflix Standard service for free and boosts video streaming for other services up to HD resolutions. You’ll also get free unlimited Wi-Fi access via Gogo when flying. Finally, mobile hotspot data is boosted to 4G LTE speeds for the first 10GB on your billing cycle, before going back to 3G speeds.
Again, these changes go into effect on June 2.
T-Mobile will now also match corporate and other discounts from rival carriers
T-Mobile is also offering another incentive for customers from other carriers to switch over. Many wireless customers get a discount from other carriers from their business, along with discounts for seniors and military personnel. T-Mobile says that those customers can come into any T-Mobile store and bring their current wireless bill, showing their eligible corporate, affiliate, military or senior service discount. T-Mobile will then not only switch those folks over to a new Magenta plan, but will also match the discount they have, up to $15 a month for one line, and up to $30 a month for two lines.