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September 7, 2017

T-Mobile’s family plans now come with free Netflix (Yep, you heard us)

by John_A

Why it matters to you

Just in time for Stranger Things’ return, T-Mobile is handing out free Netflix subscriptions to its subscribers — and who doesn’t love free stuff?

T-Mobile has given its customers some strange and noteworthy perks over the years — discounts on gas, movies, and, of course, free pizza. But its latest giveaway might be its best yet: free Netflix. The carrier just announced that qualifying customers of its T-Mobile One unlimited plan will be able to redeem a monthly subscription starting September 12.

For those who have Netflix — which at this point might be more-or-less equal to the percentage of T-Mobile users who don’t — the network will issue you back the cost of the streaming service on your bill. Over the course of the year, that means you’ll save $120, simply by being an existing Netflix customer.

The only catch as far as we can tell is that you’ll need two lines on the plan. So if you’re flying solo with T-Mobile One, you won’t be able to get in on the deal.

Free Netflix would be enough to hype up most customers — but this is T-Mobile, a company that has a flair for the dramatic. In addition to the promotion, the company is kicking off a “Netflix Meme-a-thon” starting at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday, September 7. Fans are encouraged to chime in throughout the day with memes, GIFs, quotes, and any manner of Netflix-based enthusiasm, and every hour on the hour, T-Mobile will hand out swag, gadgets, and phones. Follow the T-Mobile Twitter account and use the hashtags #NetflixOnUs and #contest, and you’ll also be in the running to attend the premier of season 2 of Stranger Things.

Fortunately, the Netflix deal doesn’t exclude customers who may have joined T-Mobile through its recent free line promotion. Under the carrier’s current pricing structure, one line costs $70, two cost $60 each, three cost $47 each, and four cost $40 each. That includes taxes and fees. Though if you’re excited at the Netflix offer, you might be dismayed to know that the standard One plan only allows for 480p streaming quality.

To allow HD streaming, you’ll have to spring for One Plus, which adds an extra $10 to each line, per month. Prior to the summer, Plus only ran an extra $5, and for a short time, T-Mobile allowed non-Plus customers to stream in full quality.

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