T-Mobile offering one year of DirecTV Now for free to AT&T switchers

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When AT&T launched its DirecTV Now streaming service last month, John Legere took some shots at AT&T for its new service. Now Legere and T-Mobile are taking things a step further.

Starting tomorrow, December 16, T-Mobile will offer one year of DirecTV Now for free to AT&T customers that switch to T-Mo. To qualify, AT&T customers will need to switch from AT&T and add two lines to a T-Mobile One.

After switching, T-Mobile will give former AT&T customers a $35 bill credit for 12 months. Normally that’d be good for the base DirecTV Now offering that includes around 60 channels, thought DirecTV Now is offering a limited time promo that’ll get you the 100 channel package for $35 per month, too.

In the fine print of the offer, T-Mobile does note that this offer isn’t combinable with some of its other offers, like Carrier Freedom.

T-Mobile also points out that for Simple Choice customers, DirecTV Now has been added to Binge On. So while Simple Choice subscribers aren’t getting free DirecTV Now, they can stream the service without touching their high-speed data.

For any AT&T customers that are interested in jumping ship, this looks like a pretty nice deal. The service streams free on T-Mobile One like it does on AT&T, and they can get one year of it for free by making the jump to T-Mo. There’s no word on exactly how long this offer will last, though, so AT&T customers thinking about taking advantage may want to act soon.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Man, if I were on AT&T and wanted a Pixel, T-Mobile would be INCREDIBLY attractive right now!

  • Luis Espinal

    Did i read correctly that 2 lines need to b added to tmobile 1? So this is a promo meant for families, i presume.

    • Andrew Singleton

      2 new lines, of which 1 must be ported from ATT.

    • AJ2

      Theres so much discrimination against single people making their own way and not relying on mom and pops

  • Captain Insano

    I’m on at&t and this is funny. I love it. Get it pinky. Petty level 99. If only they had great service outside of the city. I would think of switching.

    • Acdc1a

      Pretty sure you might want to check the map.

      • Francisco Peña

        Maps can be fudged. My house is in a strong LTE area and the speeds are slow. I can’t really use cell data inside my house, have to use Wifi to get any sort of signal. Plus, even here in the suburbs that are strong LTE on the map, I’d be lucky to pull 1-2mbps down speeds.

        • JMccovery

          Just because either a tower is overloaded, or has pathetic backhaul doesn’t mean that the map was fudged; if you get a LTE signal, whether or not it’s fast enough, that area is covered with LTE.

        • Acdc1a

          I regularly have a full signal and only pull 1-2 down. It’s called band 12 and it’s better than the single bar fail that was there prior to deployment.

      • Captain Insano

        No man. Not at all. I was a loyal pinky customer for 7 years. That map is not true. I don’t come on here to fanboy big blue or anything. I’m glad T-Mobile is doing what they are doing. But facts are facts and by me T-Mobile is ok at best by me. Maybe when 5g is out things will be more even and big red evil and big blue will have to match prices. Everytime pinky does something different the others normally follow. I love it.

        • Andrew Singleton

          If you left T-Mobile over a year ago, you were on a completely different network. Fact.

        • Captain Insano

          Honestly my close friends are on pinky and we go on road trips. It’s not even on the same playing field. They roam alot on pinky and drop to 2g. Again I’m not a fanboy of big blue. When I lived in the city only it was amazing. That map they have is a lie. I root for them every day. I hate big evil and sprint is a joke. To me it’s only the two GSM networks.

        • Acdc1a

          You said one thing that gave yourself away. There are virtually no 2G areas that remain. FACT.

          I travel the country for work and pleasure and while I do go into roaming more than I’d care to, it’s a lot less than it used to be. More importantly, the dreaded GPRS and EDGE areas have been replaced with LTE.

        • Captain Insano

          Dude there are areas around me that still have searching in 2016. Now who’s trolling.

        • Richard Roma

          That’s straight up BS. Enter a building in any metro area and lte will go bye bye. It drops to 2g or no service. I soon as I take secondary roads outside the D.C. area, I’m on 2g or no service.

        • Acdc1a

          No service maybe…

        • bamma

          There is 2G in Alabama, and a whole lotta no service. B12 will help some, but they will have to build sites in the south to catch up to Verizon or AT&T.

        • Brandon

          Which phone do u have?

        • Richard Roma

          S7

        • Brandon

          I live in the DMV area, and I hardly ever experience problems with Tmobile

      • Captain Insano

        It’s funny I’ve been reading your post to other people that are giving their opinion about T-Mobile and you call them a troll. You have commented on everything that wasn’t kissing or worshipping T-MOBILEs butt. I see that alot. I made a truthful statement about coverage in MY area that I know for a fact is not good with T-MOBILE and you ask me to check the map. Calm down T-MOBILE or any other carrier isn’t great everywhere. They all have flaws. Maybe where you go it’s great and I hope it is and works for you but it’s not great everywhere and that map is misleading. Do your research sir.

  • Roger Sales

    Wish I was on AT&T/Needed a TV provider. Amazing bargain.

    • AJ2

      except it says 2 lines. Tmobile isn’t even making you get directv now – they’re just giving you a $35 credit for 12 months.

      • Andrew Singleton

        the credit won’t appear without the feature.

  • Richard Roma

    I have directtv now and it’s pretty good.

    • AJ2

      except for the nightly outages, the tons of error messages, the missing on demand programming , the lack of a dvr etc. They should just offer it as get an Apple TV for only $105

      • vikings football

        im have DTVN since opening day…yes there were glitches, but wow, after a couple of days, it became stable on my windows 10 pc, on my android smartphone and tablet…i have tested my streams on my pc by letting it live stream overnite, and boy oh boy, when i wake up in the morning, its still streaming, coming in nice and clear…i have not seen any pixelation at all, unlike sling, pixelates all the time…maybe im just lucky.

    • Same here. I’m very satisfied. I was watching Xfinity grow increasingly worse, and when they’re eliminated screencasting, that was the last straw. With DirecTV Now, I’m optimistic that the quality of service will only get better, and at a $35 promo lock-in price, that was an easy decision. It’s not like this is some random startup. The kinks will get worked out.

  • matt

    direct tv now seems better for streaming over cellular then sling tv. sling tv is barely usable over cellular.

    • Acdc1a

      According to the article they are not throttling DirecTV Now. Sling they are.

  • Mark

    Why can’t we get Comcast binge on yet.

    • eanfoso

      Not enough demand besides with the current services it’s like it’s unlimited

      • Mark

        If they can easily do it with a company that isn’t participating with them in detecting it. It should be easily done detecting the XFINITY app.

  • CJ

    I think I need to go to Verizon or ATT for a couple years then come back been with T-Mobile since 2004 and I feel dumb now. I had Verizon before that since 1998 and I feel Verizon was better, had to get married and have no contract on Verizon lol :)

    • FILA

      T-Mobile is really good, and fast LTE Speeds. I never loose connection. Of course all carriers range in different areas of the states

      • CJ

        Don’t get me wrong when I am in Chicago, T-Mobile is awesome but whenever I travel outside of Chicago or a smaller city my connection is terrible. I have been left with No connection at all for a week if I travel to certain places. Even on the expressway I lose connection sometimes! I guess that’s my problem, I just have the unlimited plan so it is worth it at times.

        • Walt

          Be patient. Low band frequency is coming soon to Chicago

    • Jason Caprio

      After being with T-Mobile for nearly 3 years, I switched back to Verizon for a variety of reasons. I had inconsistent data speeds depending on what tower I was on. I could get blazing fast speeds in one area, and nearly unusable speeds in another. Coverage/speeds outside metro areas is extremely unreliable. I had a Galaxy Note 5 with Band 12 support. I complained to customer support multiple times for the issues I was having in terms of inconsistent data speeds depending on my area, which were repeatable for certain areas around Trenton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA and for a year I kept getting false promises these issues would be resolved. I took a road trip around Vermont, New Hamshire, and Maine which was the breaking point for me because T-Mobile was nearly useless in those areas.

      I’ve been on Verizon for nearly 2 months and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t believe I have conditioned myself on T-Mobile to accept such mediocre performance, but then again, you get what you pay for. While I really liked T-Mobile’s perks, they just didn’t make up for their inconsistent performance.

      With Verizon, my phone just WORKS all the time anywhere and everywhere I go. Yes there are a few exceptions if I am deep in certain buildings, but T-Mobile had that issue in many more places than Verizon does.

      If T-Mobile gets their act together, I would be happy to switch back.

      • Acdc1a

        And since you’ve left you’ve become the T-Mobile troll. You don’t see me trolling Verizon fan sites…probably because there aren’t any. Why aren’t there any? Because you and 2 other customers are Verizon fans. Everyone else hates them.

        • Jason Caprio

          I am no “Fan” of Verizon or T-Mobile. I am actually still rooting for T-Mobile to catch up and surpass Verizon’s reliability. Trust me and believe me, I will switch back to T-Mobile in a heartbeat if and when they get their act together!

        • Acdc1a

          They have their act together. I want you to take your Verizon phone to Detroit and Southeast Florida from Miami on North and report back to me.

        • Jason Caprio

          Fair enough. Take your phone all around Central PA, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Report back to me then. I had my T-Mobile phone in the Orlando area a year ago. Universal Studios it might as well have been in airplane mode. Network was so congested in the park, nothing would load. A friend’s house in Clermont, FL with a decent signal, unusable speeds. I got sick of it.

        • Acdc1a

          You know which network works best in the theme park? No network. WiFi calling is about it. It’ so overloaded they can’t possibly put up enough equipment to handle it all.

        • Jason Caprio

          That is a very fair statement. Based on how crowded the park was, I doubt any cell network could handle the load. My main issues were being OUTSIDE in not so super crowded places with a full signal and having data speeds less than 0.5MBit/sec, when in those cases I had to switch to HSPA+ in order to achieve usable speeds.

        • Critic4U

          Personally when I used to be a agent on sprint calling center, I would just tell people get what whichever company works best, don’t settle unless you’re willing to put up with the network flaws and every company has them. Their all not perfect that all have their blind spots.

          There is realistically only two ways to solve this, either go with the best company that works for you at this current time or get a dual sim phone and get both carrier cards, then get a Google Voice number and tell everyone you got a new number and to use that one from now on, then put both numbers into the forwarding section, so when and if you’re connected to either one, you’re always guaranteed to get your calls whether the phone switches to either network when it can’t reach the other weaker network at that time. Just my two cents on it.

          I’m a T-Mobile customer also and my coverage at home does suck and I have to be connected to wifi calling all the time at home. But We are moving to another city next year and coverage there is perfect if you’re a T-Mobile customer. So that’s why we deal with it at home and it doesn’t bother me that bad; however, it is annoying in a power outage because we get a single bar of LTE if we are lucky and it’s really a rarity if the power goes out.

          I have had T-Mobile for six years even through my employment with Sprint of a year and half till they closed all the US based call centers, now they only have call centers in Brazil and the Philippines. Kind of funny how Trump is endorsing a company that sent all its customer care departments to foreign countries.

        • Josh Warfel

          I have T-Mobile and live in Central PA. I previously had Verizon. I have great service 95% of the places that I had coverage with Verizon. There is some give and take.. I have perfect coverage with T-Mobile in places that had almost no coverage with Verizon (Montgomery, PA), and no coverage in places that I previously had with Verizon (deep within some larger buildings, etc.). Luckily, wi-fi calling with T-Mobile makes up for those shortcomings. Plus, Band 12 coverage is coming soon, so even that issue should be resolved.

        • CJ

          Major Cities Yes, Medium and Small Cities very inconsistent. There are times were I cant even get a signal. At least T-Mobile gives us WiFI calling and I call through that but still not a easy solution

        • FryChickenIsha

          Verizon and T-Mobile both perform very good in the Detroit area. Wtf you talking about?

        • Acdc1a

          Verizon is so overloaded in Detroit that you’re lucky to pull down 5Mbps. You don’t drop calls, that’s one thing I’ll give you.

          T-Mobile is very fortunate in the Detroit market. Not only do they have the Voicestream/Omnipoint legacy spectrum but they’ve also acquired the old AT&T Wireless spectrum via their MetroPCS merger and they’ve filled in the gaps with band 12.

          If the Detroit market is where you spend most of your time, anything other than T-Mobile is just lighting money on fire.

        • Richard Roma

          I want you to take your aws service into any big box store. Gotta love the 2g or no service.

        • Spanky

          The post was constructive criticism – there’s absolutely zero trolling in it. Why is it that any time anyone dares to criticize T-Mobile on this site, they are automatically labeled a troll?

        • Acdc1a

          ” I can’t believe I have conditioned myself on T-Mobile to accept such mediocre performance, but then again, you get what you pay for.”

          TROLLING!

        • Spanky

          OK, I can see how that specific part can be construed as trolling (although it’d still be a very long stretch to call it that), but he’s not wrong. If T-Mobile’s coverage and reliability matched the big two, do you really think they’d be charging lower rates? They are a for-profit enterprise that answers to its shareholders, not a benevolent entity.

        • Richard Roma

          Yeah ok fanboy

      • Walt

        Why not switch to cricket? They use Att towers that is comparable to verizon coverage

        • Jason Caprio

          Cricket is definitely a great deal, but I rather not have the high latency and capped data speeds that come along with it. Not to mention I am pretty sure cricket users are placed at a lower priority than an AT&T customer while on the same towers.