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AT&T Prepaid customers are getting free data to use, but only when watching content with certain apps. And currently, all those apps are owned by AT&T.
Tap once with Android Pay, get 1GB. Tap three times? Get another gig! Pretty simple for a Verizon perk, right? Well, it is kinda slightly complicated.
Verizon go90 streaming video is now included in the carrier's zero-rated FreeBee Data scheme - so how's that work with net neutrality?
Verizon joins the growing ranks of carriers offering users free-to-consume sponsored data with its own Verizon FreeBee Data program.
T-Mobile, AT&T and Comcast have had their time with the FCC to explain their zero-rated data programs. The FCC called those meetings "productive."
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile’s new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk “highly innovative and highly competitive.” The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access “Stream TV” program that is described as “a cable service that only works in the customer’s home.”
In reality, data is really, really cheap to move. But if you’re an internet service provider, add infrastructure, maintenance, repair and expansion costs and you have yourself a bill or two to pay off. So, why not make someone other than your customers foot that bill? AT&T’s been doing Data Perks — surveys done on behalf of third parties for up to an extra gigabyte of data a month.
But Verizon will likely beat out Big Orange to reach what looks to be a high bar for “sponsored data” implementation as it begins testing on free data on selective content. [...]