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T-mobile Try Before You Buy and Unlimited Streaming Music
T-mobile had plenty to say today with it's latest UnCarrier announcement. If you've always wanted to try a new carrier but had doubts as to if you'd really like it, T-mobile has just made it easy for you. They are now letting you try their service free of charge for one week. Also worth nothing is they'll loan you a shiny iPhone 5S to use during that trial period, all for free. Of course if you "forget" to return it you'll be charged a hefty $700.
The other big announcement today was that T-mobile will now allow you to stream music unlimited from several content providers including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes radio to name a few. In this case, unlimited means unlimited. Streaming music will NOT count against your data cap as long as you are on a Simple Choice Plan! This sounds like it could potentially offer some competition to Sirius satellite radio.
Last of the announcements today was that T-mobile has partnered with Rhapsody to offer "Rhapsody Unradio," a service similar to a premium Pandora account accept you'll get it for free with a Simple Choice Plan. Rhapsody Unradio offers 20 million songs with unlimited skips, offline options, and no ads. Those on a plan other than Simple Choice such as myself will have to pay $4 a month for the service, and if you don't have T-mobile you'll pay $4.99 monthly.
No word yet on if any of these services will trickle down to the T-Mobile MVNO's, but I'd have to guess yes to at least one. It would seem these new features are pretty much in line with what ROK mobile plans to offer starting next month.