Saving dollars with T-mobile

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It’s amazing what they don’t tell you, but if you are a T-mobile customer some promotions that can save you money. The best way to do this is to periodically troll through the billing menus:

  1. Quibi is free for a year. You have to go to one line and it activates for all. And yes, I have no idea if I even want Quibi. But it’s basically a series of short videos.
  2. They add an additional 20GB of hot spot for each line, again you have to go to each line to enable it. You have to go to each line and the Manage Data and Add-ons page
  3. As an aside, if you are home, hopefully you are signed up the data Kickback plan, this rebates you when you use less than 2GB of data
  4. And they offer free Netflix, if you haven’t done that you can save quite a bit that way. $13/month basically.
  5. Finally, you might want to suspend your Apple watch and other things if you are not going out much.
  6. If you really don’t use much data, they have a $15/month plan with 2GB of data. About half what it used to be.

Then there are some promotions:

  1. Amex is rebating you $20 a month for free. The way to do this is to prepay your plan every month for the next six months. It is like getting $120 back in your pocket.
  2. Finally, they are doing the same thing for streaming. You can use this with Amazon Prime video or Apple TV apparently but I need to figure out how. The problem with Apple Music is that it is all tied to a single payment system. So you lose a little in rewards if you say have the iCloud plan too.

The way to do this is to set a monthly tickler to do a prepayment of your phone bill for $20, then your regular card does the rest. If you have for instance a Chase Ink, you get 5x points for the remainder, so it doesn’t make sense to pay the whole thing with Amex.

Actually using it is a little complicated. This is the current streaming list. We don’t use most of these, but Apple Music is $15 a month, but how do you bill it separately from the rest of Apple

  • Amazon Music Unlimited
  • Apple Music
  • Apple TV+
  • AT&T TV Now
  • Audible
  • CBS All Access
  • Disney+
  • ESPN+
  • Fubo TV
  • HBO Max
  • HBO Now
  • Hulu
  • iHeartRadio
  • Kindle Unlimited
  • Luminary
  • MLB.TV
  • NBA League Pass
  • Netflix
  • NHL.TV
  • Pandora
  • Peacock
  • Prime Video
  • Showtime
  • Sling TV
  • SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • YouTube Music Premium
  • YouTube Premium
  • YouTube TV

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