T-Mobile has kicked the week off by giving its MetroPCS prepaid brand a handful of new features. Much like it does for its tier-one services, the MetroPCS arm will give customers the ability to stream music without impacting the data plans.
Starting Thursday, November 19, the Music Unlimited feature will let subscribers stream all the music like from any of 33 music streaming services without touching the data pool. Among the services are Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio and Apple Music.
Moreover, the Data Maximizer options lets users watch considerably more video (up to three times as much) without worrying about data. Similar to the recently announced BingeOn stuff for T-Mobile, this is a proprietary system that optimizes video to run at 480p (DVD quality).
In addition to gaining new goodies, the MetroPCS rate plans are getting a shakeup, too. Family plans of two or more lines will have the following options:
- $25 / month – Unlimited talk, text & data with 1GB of 4G LTE data for each line, with Data Maximizer
- $35 / month – Unlimited talk, text & data with 3GB of 4G LTE data for each line (up from 2GB), now with Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer
- $45 / month – Unlimited talk, text & data with 5GB of 4G LTE data for each line (up from 4GB), now with Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer
- $55 / month – Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data on your smartphone + 8GB of Mobile Hotspot tethering for each line (up from 6GB), now with Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer
Single line plans will be nearly identical to the above, however they’ll run $5 more per month.