Wait, what? Isn’t DirecTV Now owned by AT&T, not T-Mobile? So what is going on here? Well, John Legere, the ever outspoken chief executive officer of T-Mobile, has said through an official statement that both DirecTV Now and the DirecTV apps stream free on T-Mobile, with Legere further adding that the streaming is done on a network that is more advanced and fast, and one that provides coverage for almost every mobile user based in the United States. Specifically, the newest special offer from T-Mobile is directed to customers who choose to switch from AT&T to a T-Mobile One wireless plan. Those who activate a couple of lines of service and port their phone number to a T-Mobile One plan will get to receive a $35 credit every month for a whole year, provided that their line is kept active for that entire period.
To AT&T’s credit, the number 2 mobile operator in America was rather sport about the whole thing. Instead of flying off the handle, the carrier handled things pretty well by expressing its delight that one of its wireless competitors are joining the legions that are already showing their appreciation for the DirecTV Now service, regardless of which carrier they are subscribed to.
In other T-Mobile news, there are reports that the company is planning to showcase Google’s current flagship devices, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, in some of its retail outlets. But wait -- aren’t the Pixel devices exclusive only to Verizon Wireless? Here’s the thing -- T-Mobile will not be necessarily selling the devices to customers, well at least not directly.
For those not familiar with the availability details pertaining to the Pixel devices, the Big Red has an exclusive deal to sell them (at least for now), although mobile users are free to purchase the handsets directly from Google itself. So what exactly is T-Mobile planning to do? According to a report published by Android Police, T-Mobile is simply displaying the smartphones in its retail locations and if somebody expresses a willingness to buy them, the carrier proceeds to directing those buyers to Google’s online store or Best Buy stores, and then have them activate their Pixel device on T-Mobile’s network.
While it is true that Verizon Wireless has an exclusive deal to sell the Pixel devices, the smartphones themselves are not exclusively tied to the Big Red’s network. As a matter of fact, the handsets can work on any other network, including T-Mobile’s. Not all consumers realize this though, but with its latest move, T-Mobile may have just helped clarify things up.
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