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Update: Confirmed, MetroPCS is Now Charging $10/month for HD Video on Newly Activated Lines

Yesterday, T-Mobile's MetroPCS unveiled a family plan promotion that lets you add additional lines to any plan for $25 per line. That's a good deal, especially when combined with Metro's $50 or $60 unlimited LTE data plans.

But as carriers are wont to do, MetroPCS threw in a negative change to go along with the positive one. It looks like there is now a charge for disabling the Data Maximizer video "optimization" feature.

Data Maximizer, which is enabled by default on all MetroPCS plans, throttles video streams to 1.5 mbps. T-Mobile says the throttling makes your data last up to three times longer. But it also reduces video quality to 480p. For customers on the $30 2 GB and $40 6 GB plans, Data Maximizer can be useful to keep from using up all the plan's data. That's less of an issue with MetroPCS' unlimited LTE plans which include at least 32 GB of high speed data per month. After 32 GB data on unlimited plans is subject to de-prioritization when the network is busy but users in some markets say they don't experience any slowdown after 32 GB. 

Up to now, customers on the T-Mobile $30, $40 and $60 plans who wanted high quality video could disable Data Maximizer for free, but it looks like that's changed. The MetroPCS Terms and Conditions - Network Disclosure page has new wording indicating that there is now a charge for turning off Data Maximizer. It reads;

All current MetroPCS plans include video optimization features that are always enabled, which, when connected to the cellular network, deliver a DVD quality (typically 480p or better) video experience at up to 1.5 Mbps with minimal buffering while streaming ("Data Maximizer").  Customers may, for an additional charge, add on a native resolution video feature, disabling optimization for their device. 

The Terms and Conditions page is the only place on the MetroPCS site that I've found that mentions this new charge for disabling Data Maximizer. I'm not sure if this change has gone live yet, and if it has, how much the charge for disabling Data Maximizer is. There's a post on HowardForums that says the charge is $10/month but I haven't been able to confirm that. I've reached out to MetroPCS for more information and will update this post when I know more.

Update 8/14: A MetroPCS representative confirmed to me that for all lines activated since August 8, 2017, there is a $10/month charge to enable unthrottled video streaming. Customers with lines that were activated before Aug 8 are grandfathered and can still toggle Data Maximizer off and on at no charge.

Source: MetroPCS 

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  1. If they brought the price of unlimited high-speed data down to $40/month for one line I wouldn't care about HD video.

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  2. Ooooh-- oooh!!!

    Can I say it, first?

    "RIP MetroPCS."

    (Pretend that I said that very authoritatively from a room in my mother's basement.)

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    1. "Worst MVNO eulogy EVER!"

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  3. Saw this coming...they already do it with T-Mobile One/One Plus.

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  4. Still better than Cricket that throttles and compresses everything. I like options.

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  5. This shouldn't apply to the 60.00 plan because we are already paying more to have data maximizer disabled.

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  6. Wow! Sure enough, even the 60.00 plan is impacted. I only held onto the 60.00 plan for that reason. I don't need tethering. I guess I'll downgrade to the 50.00 plan and save 10.00 a month. So much for the Uncarrier but I never completely believed it anyway.

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  7. smh. Getting cocky and approaching Verizon prices, for T-Mobile coverage, lack thereof, and instances of 0Mbps to add insult to injury.

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    1. It's ridiculous! Just look at how they're planning to kill the JoD program for postpaid.

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  8. Another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. T-Mobile seems to be full of them.

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    1. This has nothing to do with net neutrality. Binge On? Now that blatantly violated Net Neutrality law, as it was a policy to fine you for watching video from any source other than a few Legere approved of.

      With these HD/etc video tampering schemes such as this one, you can still watch anything you want from any source, no fines or censorship. It just might look fuzzier from different sources. You won't have the Binge On problem of Legere robbing your wallet for watching video he'd rather you not see.

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  9. @Dennis
    MetroPCS has updated their site. The shop plans page now says video streams at 480p on all plans.

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