T-Mobile’s Netflix On Us will cover the cost of Netflix price increase


Netflix today confirmed that it’s raising prices on all of its streaming plans for U.S. subscribers, but T-Mobile says that nothing is changing for its customers right now.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says that despite the Netflix price hike, T-Mo’s Netflix On Us feature won’t change “for now”. Legere adds that T-Mobile is working with Netflix to “determine what impact, if any, this may have down the road.” More info should be available by May 1.

I contacted T-Mobile to ask about the Netflix On Us Premium add-on, which lets customers pay $3 per month to get the premium Netflix plan rather than the standard plan. T-Mo reiterated to me that nothing is changing for now.

The Netflix price increase affects all three of the service’s streaming plans in the U.S. The standard plan, which offers HD streaming and support for streaming on two devices at the same time, is growing from $11 per month to $13. The base plan offers SD streaming for one device and is increasing from $8 per month to $9. Finally, the premium plan offers UHD streaming when available and streaming on up to four devices at the same time, and its price is growing from $14 per month to $16.

These price increases will take effect immediately for new Netflix subscribers and will roll out to existing customers over the next three months.

Netflix On Us originally launched in September 2017. With it, customers with two or more lines on a T-Mobile One tax inclusive voice plan can get a free Netflix standard subscription. T-Mo covered the higher pricing the last time that Netflix hiked prices, and it looks like that’ll be the case again with this latest price increase.

Source: John Legere (Twitter)

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  • JStatt

    This article is a bit deceptive to say we shouldn’t worry about it. John Legere did NOT say they would “cover” the price increase. He said that nothing would change until 5/1, and that’s true for all existing Netflix customers as the company announced that everyone currently subscribed will be grandfathered in over the next 3 mos.

    Reading the statement more carefully, it sounds like what T-Mobile is really saying is we need to contact Netflix to determine whether we can get an exemption to the price increases after the 3 month period is over and they will not make any further decisions until they can determine the outcome of that. I would not be surprised if changes are made after 5/1.

    Update: Nvm, I see you fixed the article wording.

    • riverhorse

      NVM me 2, thought u was TRRROLLLINNN.. .. .. .. (just kidding)

  • Eric

    If they intend to drop Netflix on 5/1 then give me Amazon Prime instead, you already have the agreement in place with Metro, and I’d rather have that anyway.

    • Acdc1a

      I would prefer it.

    • riverhorse

      Me 3

    • JG

      Don’t forget the Google One account to.

    • Charmed79

      We’d rather have the prime as well, Netflix sucks lately anyway, sure as hell do not want to pay more for it.

  • pda96

    Enjoy it while it lasts. TMO won’t be able to bear the added expense for long.

    • Lit

      It’ll reach a point where they will just cap it, and then charge you the additional fees. Better than nothing. I’ll take that any day!

      • JStatt

        It is better than nothing, sure, but from a T-Mobile marketing standpoint going from “free Netflix!” To “$11 off Netflix!” is not very attractive.

    • If Netflix keeps increasing its prices like it does, while discontinuing historically popular devices like the Wii, then I expect T-Mobile to eventually cover just the base plan. If people want HD or multiple devices, they should pay more. I rarely use Netflix, but my family has an account that I check just a few times per month.

  • I don’t like Netflix on Us because you can’t use carrier billing with google play with Netflix on Us.

    • James Vangel

      Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. That’s you