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T-Mobile adds Amazon Music to its data-free song-streaming

The carrier now offers more than 100 video and music providers that customers can use without chewing up their data plan.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere touts the latest additions to the carrier's Music Freedom and Binge On services.
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T-Mobile subscribers can now listen to more music and watch more videos without eating into their mobile data.

The company's outspoken CEO, John Legere, announced the expansion of the carrier's Music Freedom and Binge On programs in a video posted Tuesday. Music Freedom adds support for Amazon Prime Music, ESPN Radio and four other music providers, while Binge On tacks on Nickelodeon, Dailymotion, EPIX, Spike, TV Land and five other video providers. A full list of all supported providers is on each program's website.

Rolled out last November, Binge On lets you watch different online video-streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, without using up your monthly data allowance. Launched in June 2014, Music Freedom offers the same benefit for streaming-music listeners, supporting such services as Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify. So you can watch all you want via a cellular connection.

Binge On and Music Freedom are the latest aggressive moves by T-Mobile to shake up the wireless business. The competition is taking notice. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all launched a variety of offers to entice consumers, most notably incentive programs that pay you to switch from a rival carrier.

T-Mobile's CEO took the opportunity to bash AT&T and Verizon, which he referred to as the duopoly that causes customers to "burn through data like crazy."

Legere also chimed in on the recent revelation that Netflix has been quietly compressing video to a lower quality for AT&T and Verizon customers as a way of protecting consumers from exceeding mobile data caps. But instead of blaming Netflix, Legere took aim at the two carriers for remaining silent about this over the years. T-Mobile's Binge On video is also compressed to a lower quality, but Legere has said the quality is still good enough for a smartphone screen.