T-Mobile started off the night with Uncarrier 5.0, an event that included announcements for their new Test Drive plan and new VoLTE and Wideband LTE markets. If you thought they were done there, you were wrong. They kicked off Uncarrier 6.0 before the show ended, a new “Music Freedom” movement that focuses on the music streaming you do from your phone. In short, they are making streaming from some of the biggest services not count against your data plan. Stream all you want, folks.
The services that are a part of “Music Freedom” are Pandora, iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, and Milk Music. You will notice that Google Play Music is missing.
If you don’t like those services, T-Mobile is letting customers vote on additional services that could make the cut down the road. You can vote here.
“Music Freedom” is available to T-Mobile Simple Choice customers.
If you can believe it, there is more. Along with “Music Freedom,” T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio in partnership with Rhapsody. The service is free for Simple Choice members and runs $4 per month for other T-Mobile customers.
Edit: To clarify on unRadio pricing, here is a direct quote from T-Mobile’s website -
For T-Mobile customers on our newest Simple Choice plan with unlimited 4G LTE data, Rhapsody unRadio will be included at no extra charge. All other Simple Choice customers, including those on grandfathered unlimited 4G LTE plans, will get Rhapsody unRadio at a special discounted price of $4 per month.
The service features ad-free listening, unlimited skips, streaming of the songs you want, stations, live radio, and song ID match from a song playing around you. Rhapsody unRadio will be available on iOS, Android, and the web on June 23.