Un-carrier 6: T-Mobile frees music from your data limits

T-Mobile is announcing music freedom as part of its Uncarrier 6 announcement today. With 67 percent of music streamers listening to music on their mobile devices, T-Mobile's un-CEO John Legere says that he doesn't want users to limit their streaming due to fears of overages. As such, streaming from all the major music streaming services won't count against your data limit as part of Uncarrier 6.

So, if you stream from the following services, data consumed from the following services won't count against your data plan, no matter how much you stream:

  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • iTunes Radio
  • Rhapsody
  • Spotify
  • Slacker
  • Milk
  • Beatport

Additionally, even when you exhaust your high speed data bucket, your music will still stream at high speeds!

Customers can tell T-Mobile which services they want. The carrier will crowdsource customer opinions and add more services in the future.

Chuong's passion for gadgets began with the humble PDA. Since then, he has covered a range of consumer and enterprise devices, raning from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktops and everything in between for publications like Pocketnow, Digital Trends, Wareable, Paste Magazine, and TechRadar in the past before joining the awesome team at Windows Central. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, when not working, he likes exploring the diverse and eclectic food scene, taking short jaunts to wine country, soaking in the sun along California's coast, consuming news, and finding new hiking trails. 

163 Comments
  • Rdio?
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  • Wish Xbox music was on that list...
  • Then go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html   and scroll down to where it says "vote now" , then vote for Xbox Music
  • Thanks for the link. I placed my vote.
  • just voted for XBM!
  • I placed my vote now! Wpcentral should make it a separate article with link and everything so everybody can vote for Xbox music!!!
  • vote for soundcloud too guys its a great service and theres a nice third party for wp too
  • What app do you use for soundcloud?
  • Audiocloud
  • Cloudoh is where its at
  • This!
  • AAAAANNNNNDDDDD.... My vote for Xbox Music has been placed! Thank for the link!
  • I'll vote even though I don't use the big t.
  • When does it start
  • The press release said its immediate. So I got all excited and started using Pandora. Well it put me over my data limit and it seems the streaming is definitely throttled now. I have a suspicion that this might not be implemented for windows phone yet somehow.
  • It looks like their website says it starts on the 23rd. I was digging through it to find the Rhapsody UnRadio app (which is NOT available for Windows Phone) and it won't be available until the unlimited data streaming plan begins on Monday.
  • damn...Pandora right now takes up most of my data, this is awesome!
  • How does this become WP news? Not cool...
  • are you dense? there are people with WP devices on T-Mobile who this applies to, or people who are looking to switch from their current carrier
  • Raises hand. That would be me.
  • What's the definition of cool?
  • Hey I'm on T-Mobile. This it's great.
  • Well if you're in the U.S. it's Big. Granted Tmobile has the crappiest selection of W8phones. They still have the most W8phone users.
  • Yes I agree but we do have the best looking one albeit with half the substance(16gb) in the 925. That is all supposed to change this fall though. Can't wait!
  • What is happening this fall?
  • One word, Mclaren
  • Nokia Music isn't listed....oh well, I use offline music in Nokia Music anyway. (Currently an AT&T Customer/Ex-Tmobile Customer for 7 years)
  • +1. I would have expected that to be on the A list. But then again, Nokia phones are an orphan at T-Mobile.
  • if xbox music was on this list this would be great. sont get wrong xbox music is awful at the moment but us WPfans like to be all MS. but i do like what Tmo is doing.
  • Then vote for it http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html
  • Where's rdio???? Dang that would help me so much
  • Doesnt rdio offer offline aswell?
  • No Xbox music.... Well guess I'm going T be sending an email to TMOBILE to ask them to add it... Also tweet John Legere
  • Or, read the entire article...
  • Go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html and vote then!
  • We all need to team up and let T-Mobile know that we want unlimited xbox music streaming
  • Go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html and vote!
  • Will everyone stop complaining about xbox music and go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html scroll to vote now and click on xbox music
  • this guy knows how to read. props
  • I'm a proud T-Mobile customer. Everything they've been doing is great! They just need better support for Windows Phone. Hopefully this "McLaren" device, which is supposedly not going to be a carrier exclusive in the US (finally!), will change things.
  • McLaren
  • +McLaren
  • No Xbox music, so not *my* music. My music would still be stuck behind T-Mobile's net neutrality violations. Thank you very much.
  • Vote for them to add Xbox Music!
  • Go stick with your precious Cricket. You don't care about T-Mobile, remember? Everyone else certainly does. -_-
  • I support net neutrality. This unequal treatment of data sets a bad precedent we will all rue someday.
  • I agree with you. Data is data. This really only creates complexity and confusion.
  • Go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html and place your vote
  • Define net neutrality?
    1.Tmo is not slowing or speeding other services.
    2.The service is flowing equally.
    The only thing Tmobile is doing is not charging for service that flows from select IP addresses.
    Tmobile's new plan is NET NEUTRAL.
  • Treating one form of data differently than another. In a way that gives preference to certain services over others. Which this certainly does, apologists and all.
  • FALSE!!!! Grow up and quit hating on Tmobile. There is No Preferential treatment and everything is flowing at the same speed. When you got facts then you should speak. You making yourself look like a Troll
  • When you go over your data limit, all data is no longer treated equally.
  • And that's not all of it. Even having a limit where some data counts against it but other data doesn't isn't being data neutral. Anyone who claims otherwise is just trying to excuse T-Mobile.
  • That's an incentive!
  • Maybe I'll skip the Icon and see if T-Mobile picks up the 930.
  • the lumia icon is the U.S. version of the Lumia 930 so you're hoping the icon comes to t-mobile lol
  • Maybe a 935 variant.
  • xbox music isn't doing to bad in the rankings.
  • Go to http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html Scroll to the bottom.
  • Awesomeness, the uncarrier making another move to shake up the market. Lets see how the other carriers respond
  • If only T-Mobile's service was up to par I'd switch back.
    Then again, when big T makes a move, Att and Verizon usually follow suit with something similar so I guess we wait. Lol
  • One of the most recent performance test has T-MO besting ATT and Verizon; Sprint was a DNS.
  • Seemingly not where I live, work, or vacation.
  • I travel alot. I hit dead zone after dead zone when I was on tmoble. Not so much now on att. Real world use lead me to switch. T-Mobile has great plans but crappy service..
  • Is wpcentral at the uncarrier 5.0 event? If so where's the WP questions!!!????????
  • Why am I not surprised that Nokia MixRadio is not on the list? Eh, well, I usually play my offline mixes anyway.
  • I hope VZW follows suit with something similiar and adds Nokia Mix.
  • As cool as this is tmobile should be spending their money buying and upgrading towers. I had them for two years and it was terrible, and I live right outside of a major city. I could never go back to them no matter how good their prices or services are with that shotty coverage. And their customer service sucks, or did a year and a half ago before thus uncarrier stuff.
  • + the 1020 I am using with Crickets better coverage and cheaper plans :)
  • Yup jumped from go phone to Cricket they day they switched to GSM and couldn't be happier
  • Did you miss the article before this one?
  • The question now is, will all these improvements get rolled back if Sprint buys them?
  • Nope, LeGeree is taped to head combined company and DT retaining 15% of combined co. Son is ready to make a super maverick.
  • There's no way this gets passed.
  • Too late t-mobile, I just talked to Verizon today. My contract with T-Mobile ends in two weeks and I will be going to big red!! I played with the ativ se and I am sold!!! Going to pop a 128gb card in there and I'll be set for two years!!!
  • You could buy a Rogers ATIV S and do the same on Tmobile for a lot cheaper.
  • But there is a marked difference in the quality of the coverage
  • Why is soundcloud not listed?
  • Why is anything not listed? Net neutrality abuse at its finest.
  • "So this is how net neutrality dies, with thunderous applause from people saying "free? I like free...!""
  • YES. Excellent use of that quote.
  • Haha, thanks! I think it is the only quote that I can remember from the Star Wars episodes 1, 2, and 3. Aside from [read with idiotic and annoying voice] "Annie? Annie!"  8-P
  • You obviously don't know what net neutrality is dude.
  • It is obvious you don't. Or you are such a cheerleader for T-Mobile that you refuse to see this for what it is without the spin.
  • Preferential treatment and altering of speeds. Which Tmobile is doing neither here. This is 100% Net Neutral and you my friend are 100% Hating on Tmobile.
  • But wouldn't this be preferential treatment? Say a regular client uses two services: Xbox Music for albums and Nokia Mixradio for discovering music. With this in motion, the user would basically choose one of the services over the other since it is cheaper for her/him to use the one and more convenient to use only one in case T-Mobile allows us to change the service. I have T-Mobile, I recommend it to everyone and love what they have been doing so far in the industry (hell I have been putting up with their shitty signal in NYC just cause I like how they are doing things), but this has caused me to raise an eyebrow.   
  • The preferential treatment is based on customers, not T-Mobile. If it weren't net neutral, T-Mobile would be profiting off of the use of those popular music services as well as sabotaging the speed of competing services not on the list.
  • T-Mobile is doing both. You are 100% wrong.
  • People love to use buzz words without fully understanding what they mean. Net neutrality's death will not come from free stuff, but from ignorance even from those who are in support of it. Humans are disappointing
  • Wow that's awesome! I am never leaving tmobile.
    I always drain my data with Pandora and tune in radio!
  • Keep that attitude, and in a few years you won't be able to leave them even if YOU want, hehe :-]
  • The beginning of the end for open internet. :(
  • That was Comcast.
    This is just T-Mobile wanting to be more Comcast like.
  • YOU CAN STREAM FROM BEATPORT SINCE WHEN???
  • As cool as this is, it totally flies in the face of net neutrality. These are clearly fast lanes and are giving preferential treatment to select apps.
  • Show me where it said that? List the link. All Tmobile is doing is not charging for data that comes from a few IP's
  • Like in India some carriers don't charge for facebook twitter and WhatsApp data... What's the net neutrality fuss... Its not like tmobile said give me $5 and you will not be charged for these music services... If it was like that then you could say they are killing net neutrality... But from all I read they are freeing up streaming in the current plans...
  • Awww no Vevo?
  • Maybe AT&T can give us unlimited Nokia MixRadio?
  • Xbox Music when
  • Nice... Add Xbox music and we are set.
  • This is terrible news. At first it is like "cool, free data for me!". But NOTHING is really for free, so probably T.mobile has made a deal with these music providers, that of course will pass onto users the fee in some way, sooner or later. But that is just really a small thing, the really bad thing is how this destroys net neutrality. Any company streaming music that for any reason (economic, legal, geographic...) cannot achieve (or T mobile refues to do) a deal with T-mobile is effectively dead in the water. In other words: goodbye innovation from startups and smaller players. They say "We set the music free", but actually they are puting music in a small closed garden and killing anyone trying to enter it. Do you still think that T-Mobile did such a great favor to consumers? Think again. :-]    
  • Yep. Glad to see some people see this for what it is.
  • T-Mobile has certainly never done me any favors. I wouldn't have expected them to start now.
  • Haters gonna hate.... Before you make accusations have some facts. There hasn't been one shred of evidence that shows preferential treatment. The only facts we've seen is Tmobile haters bit#@ing
  • Everything about this says preferential treatment. Are you so blind?
  • You should be asking yourself that question. Everything about this screams marketing tactic. They are number 4, they can't support as much data at full speeds as the other carriers because they aren't as large, so the next best thing they can offer is to provide a feature that won't kill them. It's not unlike some small store offering a sale on milk or something to try to pull customers to their store from WalMart
  • If it truely wouldn't kill them why no just change the throttled speed from their current 60kbps to a more streaming friendly 260kbps and call it good?
  • That's headed in the right direction with T-Mo.  AT&T has a nice deal if you use Beats, but its not free and it should be.  Especially since Beats Music is on the suck side.
  • Yes, the right direction for THEM, not for the users. Don't be dazzled by the shiny "free" word.
  • Ok, what about INCLUDED in the price of your plan?  Same difference.  The services themselves isn't free. Why pay twice?
  • Soundcloud!
  • Nobody will try to start another service. Thanks Obama... I mean Legere. The net neutrality decision has been made. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Yup.
  • I thought everyone had the unlimited plan on T-Mobile anyway. :)
    Of course, in the long term this may be a curse anyway. Once they start treating the bits differently based on content... Well, the content YOU want may cost more. Just like would be the case with Xbox music currently (yes I know about the vote). Like, google.com will be excluded from the data count, but Bing.com won't... Not too happy about this, to be honest.
  • This is awesome!!!
  • Can they include Nokia MixRadio? I have both online and offline tracks
  • You'll have to switch to one of the included services. That's the point of this, of course.
  • You didn't read the article at all.....
  • Sorry, but Tmobile cares about profit and control, not about what you want or need. That's the point of this new service. They choose for you the services you should use.
  • Right, its not like they have a page where they let you vote for the service that you want included, then they add it. Oh wait....
  • It doesn't matter they have a deal with 10 or 20 or 100 services. They are still making a arbitrary list of who is IN and who is OUT. Otherwise, why make a list at all? Just say "Any streaming music service will be included. Any single one of them. If you are a new company and by mistake are not yet included please let us know and we will fix that ASAP" But they are NOT going to say that. They let you vote a closed list of already relatively well known services. And after they get the votes, THEY will decide which services they try to strike a deal with, according to THEIR needs and plans. Votes are just some statistic data for them. Come on, do you believe T-Mobile strategy is decided by customers votes???.  
  • The list is to add the IP address so you want be charged for data that flows at the same speed with no preferential treatment. In other words this is
    100% Net Neutral
  • During the QA Ledger was asked about this, some one then asked if they could decide what their streaming choices would be. Ledger responded that he would have no issues allowing customer to put in their own streaming apps as part on the deal, and the three of them seemed to have a "we should do that... " moment.   So he seems to have no issue with customers choosing whatever music streaming app they want.   So while it does give music streaming a "preferred" status, it seems like they are open to let the customer choose. plus if you are on the unlimited plan anyways this does nothing for you, and so long as they offer such a plan, I feel there is little here to worry about.  If they didn't have an unlimited plan, well that is a different story then...
  • Yes, because this is extortion. The included services likely entered into some kind of revenue sharing agreement for subscribers that use T-Mobile. Their voting page is little more than leverage to claim to the winning provider that T-Mobile customers show they want the service as part of the negotiations.
  • This is exactly how espn3.com started out. At first it was free for everyone, then it became for certain ISPs only... And then they started a top tier of ISPs that can get full ESPN streaming, but only if you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. Wonder why ISPs are jacking up prices? Because of s*** like this.
  • Go to Tmobile website. You can email them to add Nokia Mixradio. Xbox music is already on the list.
  • Please read my comment above. :)
  • Too bad tmobile don't work in my area
  • That is an amazing and customer pleasing offer. Verizon? Verizon? Hello? Anyone? Buehler?
  • Though the point some have made about killing innovation seems to be a valid one...
  • Just voted for XBM. Go and vote, XBM needs more votes.  
  • Thanks for the tip. Just voted...
  • Even though tmobile offers unlimited(, kind of, speeds are halted after certain limit except on truly unlimited plan) I would like to see rolover data. So I have 3gb of high speed and only use 1.5gb, I will have 4.5gb next month. I love what tmobile is doing but service is still bad. Basically everywhere I go on constant basis is in there 2g network while other 3 carriers have lte or at least 3g. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Well the brightside to that is that they should have all the 2g converted into lte or 3g by the end of next year
  • T-MO is much improved. Coverage, speed, CS, etc. Pleased customer two+ years after 18 years with ATT.
  • Voted! awesome
  • I love ❤ T-Mobile. This just proves that they shouldn't be bought out by sprint. They are changing the industry.
  • That's pretty awesome.
  • DI.FM and Sky.FM.
  • To bad mixradio is not on the vote list & the sites not rendering properly
  • Wow. That is awesome.
  • Not good XBM is loosing on the voting. Come on guys go on t mobile and vote.
  • Great idea! Hopefully this will become universal
  • Voted on XBM even thou I'm no TMo user, or even US user. Wish this was something the Swedish providers would do as well. But they promote higher data for those that want to stream music.
  • everyone vote for xbm.  google music and soundclouds winning.
  • I just wish that I could stream music between cities... 2G is not conductive no matter what music app I'm using. 
  • This is awesome! Still glad I am with T-Mobile even though we do not yet have a new flagship WP device.
  • Nokia mixradio please
  • Will all of this change if sprint buys t-mobile?
  • First off, the prevaling wisdom is that a sprint/t-mobile merger would either be blocked by the regulators, or would at least take a long time. Thats why you dont see T-Mobile just standing still as if its a done deal. But secodnly, even if a merger does happen, I doubt Sprint would start removing perks that T-Mobile customers have becom acustomed to.  I know people are going to tell me corporations are evil and stupid, but I have to think that if Sprint is spending the massive billions of dollars to acquire T-Mobile, that they actually have a plan and ambition to compete with AT&T and Verizon.  And pissing off their newly acquired customers would be a bad first step.
  • So many people have such fundamental misconceptions about what net neutrality means. I'm actually rather surprised no one has made a Nazi comparison yet, the histrionics are so extreme. "You know who else didn't whitelist soundcloud from day one?"
  • My mom lol
  • I don't care if this is related to "net neutrality" or not. It's irrelevant to me.
    What is plainly obvious to anyone with a brain is that this will lead t-mobile customers to choose services that cost them less. If a music service isn't included, or if a service is video based, like YouTube, people will choose not to use it, even if it's superior and they would otherwise do so, because they would have to pay more for it. This is a bad idea. This sets a bad precedent.
    Simple as that.
    And don't give me "you can vote for Xbox music". Yeah, what if it doesn't win (I'm not even sure what that means... I just assume the poll is informal and something T-Mobile brings to the company and says "Look how many of your customers want you to pay us to be included")? Or any of the other services that are not included?
    Once you start giving some services preferential treatment, you're going down the road of screwing your customers over. There is no such thing as a free lunch...
  • Xbox Music?!?! Mix Radio?!?!
  • T-Mobile is doing just about everything it can to get users to switch carriers and I'm totally down with that!
  • TMO has DROPPED ANOTHER NUKE!!!!! :) #GOTMo!!!!!
  • heheh can we add youtube to that? :3
  • Ugh....damn you T-Mobile! Stop it! LOL
  • As long as they don't throttle speeds or mess with data transferring it's ok. They simply decided not to charge for it, so don't be mad that your carrier hasn't done this, sorry.