T-Mobile has introduced Binge On a few weeks back which gives you free bandwidth to stream videos from popular sites like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Sling, YouTube, etc…etc…
Now, this comes at a price, you can only watch at 480P quality. While this may benefit many users on limited bandwidth plans, this makes absolutely no sense for those of us with unlimited data on T-Mobile like myself.
Last week, I had the chance to experience the downsides of having Binge On at CES 2016. I could not play any YouTube videos back in 1080P that I am used to. In fact, I could not replay back any YouTube videos unless I set the quality to 480P.
While many people have learned of this new feature early and turned it off there are literally million others like myself who did not know and got stuck streaming videos in 480P.
What T-Mobile should have done is to have the Binge On as an option for everyone who wants it but instead, they forced everyone to use it by turning it on by default.
So, how to fix this?
If you do not care for 480P quality or you have unlimited plan, you can go into your Profile->Media Settings and turn off Binge On at t-mobile.com.
I feel like T-Mobile has really done a sneaky thing here. What seems like free isn’t free at all and benefits T-Mobile by throttling all their unlimited customers. Hey, if you are going to keep this up, I am leaving T-Mobile. Please fix it John Legere. I only signed up with T-Mobile because of your transparency and good value but this is a stab in the back for customers like myself who have been with T-Mobile for many years.
EFF is going after T-Mobile, you can read more about that here.
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