In T-Mobile’s quest to change what mobile service providers look like, the company has raised a few eyebrows with the introduction of Music Freedom and its new Binge On feature. If you have T-Mobile service, streaming music and video from specific services does not count against your data allotment, allowing you to watch as many videos or stream as much music as you want. On the surface, the services are a huge benefit to consumers since many will be able to purchase cheaper plans that include lower data caps, but many have voiced their concerns, pointing out the new features could be detrimental to the services that provide streaming music or video if they are not bundled into T-Mobile’s Music Freedom and Binge On service. T-Mobile already includes most major streaming services and is working to add more to the list. That being said, consumers may opt to stop using lesser known streaming services that have not yet made T-Mobile’s list in an effort to reduce their data usage.
Fortunately for T-Mobile, the FCC’s Chairman doesn’t agree with the concerns that have been raised so far. After the latest FCC meeting, Tom Wheeler mentioned that the FCC is “pro competition and pro innovation,” adding that T-Mobile’s new Binge On feature is “highly innovative and highly competitive.” There’s a good chance that Binge On could negatively impact smaller video streaming services, but that’s not T-Mobile’s intention.
What’s your take on T-Mobile’s Music Freedom and Binge On? Do you think these features which give priority to specific content providers will hurt consumers in the long run?