Best streaming service deals from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile
At a time of, , , , and , there seem to be more streaming services than days in a month. Rising prices (looking at you, and ) means the cost of subscribing to multiple services can quickly rival an old cable bill.
Depending on your cell phone service, however, there might be ways to get discounts on one or more of these options. Some T-Mobile plans may get you a free subscription to Netflix and a free year of Paramount Plus and Apple TV Plus. Verizon offers the Disney Bundle (Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu) and a free year of Discovery Plus with select plans, while AT&T includes ad-free HBO Max with its most expensive Unlimited Elite plan.
Let’s break down the best streaming service deals currently available from each carrier.
While T-Mobile has Netflix and AT&T has HBO Max, the nation’s largest carrier has Disney.
On its recent wireless plans, Verizon includes the Disney Bundle — subscriptions to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus that cost $14 a month combined — with its 5G Play More, 5G Do More, and 5G Get More unlimited plans, as well as for customers with non-5G Get More or Play More plans since August 2020. Other plans, such as its most affordable Start and Do More plans, include six months of Disney Plus, but not the bundle.
Verizon allows unlimited plans to be mixed and matched, so as long as a line in your account has a Play More or Get More plan, you’ll be able to get the benefit. Note that this is only one Disney subscription per Verizon account, not per individual line.
The deal works for both new and existing Disney Plus subscribers, so if you already have a subscription, you can cancel or, if you have the six-month trial, have the Verizon subscription run first, then continue. your regular subscription afterwards.
Those with a non-5G Play More Unlimited or Get More Unlimited plan before August 2020 were able to get Disney Plus for a year, but if you haven’t activated it yet, you’ll only get six months of Disney Plus. If you upgrade to the updated version of either plan, you will be able to get the Disney Bundle.
Discovery’s streaming service costs $5 per month for its ad-supported option and $7 for the ad-free plan. As with Disney Plus, the best way to get it for free is through Verizon.
The telecommunications giant is offering a free year of ad-free tier of Discovery Plus with select unlimited wireless plans for new and existing customers.
Wireless users will need to have a Play More or Get More plan to get the offer, while other unlimited plans, including its Verizon Unlimited plan, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Above Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, and Start Unlimited, can get a free plan. six months. Full details can be found on Verizon’s website.
T-Mobile, through its Netflix on Us benefit, has long offered free Netflix on some of its unlimited plans, including Magenta, Magenta Plus, and its new Magenta Max option. Older plans, called One and One Plus, also include Netflix, although the exact version of Netflix varies.
Higher-end options like Magenta Plus, Max, and One Plus likely include Netflix Standard (the most popular version of Netflix that runs $15.49 per month and streams in HD), as long as you have multiple lines. If you have a line of Max or the Magenta Basic plan, you’ll get Netflix Basic included (that’s the $10-per-month non-HD version of Netflix). Full details, including what you’ll need to pay if you want to upgrade to a higher plan like 4K-enabled Netflix Premium, can be found on T-Mobile’s website.
Note: This is a Netflix subscription per T-Mobile account, not per individual line.
In addition to offering Netflix for free, T-Mobile has added a new perk for some of its plans: a free 12-month subscription to Apple TV Plus. Normally $5 per month, the offer will be available to new and existing T-Mobile customers who have one of several plans.
This includes the company’s best-known Magenta and Magenta Max offerings as well as some specialty plans such as Magenta 55 Plus, Magenta Military, Magenta First Responders, and small businesses with T-Mobile for Business accounts. Those with a Sprint Unlimited Plus or Sprint Premium plan can also get a free year of Apple’s streaming service.
The offer is available until July 31.
T-Mobile is offering new and existing customers — including those with older T-Mobile or Sprint or T-Mobile Home Internet plans — a free year of Paramount Plus Essentials on the carrier. Normally $5 a month (or $50 if paid annually), this version of the streaming service includes access to live NFL and Champions League games as well as “tens of thousands of episodes and of movies”.
It’s worth noting that the Essentials plan contains ads when watching on-demand content. It also lacks the ability to watch your local CBS station live, or the ability to download shows and movies to watch offline.
Are you a baseball fan? MLB.TV costs $140 per year, but customers with T-Mobile, Sprint, or Metro by T-Mobile can receive a free one-year subscription to stream Major League Baseball games and events. Opening day is April 7, so the deal comes days before the start of the 2022 season.
From April 5 through April 12, customers can redeem the limited-time offer through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to broadcast live games in your local market with MLB TV, including those on local regional sports networks or games broadcast on national platforms like ESPN or TBS.
AT&T, owner of HBO Max, bundles the ad-free version of the WarnerMedia streaming service with a number of its wireless, TV and home internet plans. Today, that means you can get a free HBO Max subscription with its Unlimited Elite wireless plan.
Beyond its existing offerings, the telecom giant also includes HBO Max along with some legacy wireless offerings. Older plans with HBO Max included include Unlimited Choice, Unlimited Enhanced Choice, Unlimited Plus, Unlimited Plus Enhanced, and Unlimited & More. Full details on activating HBO Max can be found on AT&T’s website.
Note: This is an HBO Max subscription per AT&T account, not per individual line.
If you don’t have AT&T, you can save $30 by prepaying for a year of HBO Max. This will make the ad-free option $150 for the year or the ad-supported option $100.
Subway by T-Mobile
Metro by T-Mobile includes a subscription to Amazon Prime with its $60 per month unlimited plan. Along with free two-day shipping, that also means you’ll get access to Prime Video, to stream everything from The Boys and Upload to Thursday Night NFL games this fall.
In addition to Prime, the plan also includes 100 GB of Google One storage and 15 GB of mobile hotspot. As the name suggests, Metro by T-Mobile is owned by T-Mobile and operates on its network.
Cricket Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, added a deal that will bundle a subscription to the ad-supported version of HBO Max with the carrier’s $60 per month unlimited plan.
Although this release contains ads and lacks 4K, offline downloads, and the ability to stream new Warner Bros. releases. when they hit theaters, you get access to all HBO content plus Max originals like Gossip Girl, Titans, and The Flight Attendant.
Note: This is an HBO Max subscription per Cricket account, not per individual line.