T-Mobile Catches Pokémon Go Players with Free Unlimited Data

T-Mobile Catches Pokémon Go Players with Free Unlimited Data is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The extremely popular mobile game Pokémon Go has taken over the world, being played by millions, and draining smartphone owners battery and carrier data plans at an alarming rate. However, we have good news. T-Mobile just announced that they plan to catch more subscribers by giving all Pokémon Go players free unlimited data to enjoy the mobile gaming phenomenon.

Earlier this year T-Mobile announced a new program called “T-Mobile Tuesdays” which is their way of saying thanks for being a subscriber, by giving free goods out to millions of users. Ahead of the upcoming T-Mobile Tuesday on July 19th the carrier just made a major announcement.

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T-Mobile Tuesdays has been all about free movie tickets, snacks at Wendy’s, fast food, pizza and more but now they announced something even better. Taking advantage of the Pokémon Go craze T-Mobile is now the best carrier to choose for players. Read on for all the details about what’s coming in the next T-Mobile Tuesday.

Free stuff for Pokemon Players

Free stuff for Pokemon Players

Starting Tuesday July 19th T-Mobile will start giving almost all subscribers unlimited free data to play the popular game. As you all know, Pokémon requires players to go outside, walk around, travel, and it uses copious amounts of data on our smartphones. As a result we’ve been seeing complaints about users running through a 2-3GB monthly data plan very quickly.

Next week those on T-Mobile who are enjoying Pokémon Go won’t use any of their data plan while playing the game. It simply won’t count against your data cap, essentially giving everyone unlimited data for gameplay. It’s worth noting that this is only free for 1-year, and T-Mobile reserves the rights to end the promotion at any time. That being said, here’s what else is coming on July 19th as a part of T-Mobile Tuesday. Much of it will be welcomed additions for Pokémon players.

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  • Free, unlimited data on Pokémon Go, so it won’t touch your high-speed data—for a full year!
  • Free Lyft rides up to $15 to get to a new PokéStop or Gym
  • Free Wendy’s Frosty to fuel up for your hunting trip
  • 50% off select accessories – including portable power packs and chargers at T-Mobile stores – so you can keep on playing for hours

T-Mobile has been giving out gifts similar to what we see above for the past couple of weeks since T-Mobile Tuesdays began, but now it’s aimed right at the hit mobile game. Users can play all they want, get free rides to play safely (rather than play while driving) not to mention a free Frosty from Wendy’s, and then 50% off accessories. Tuesday would be a good time to buy a portable battery pack to make sure your phone lasts all day while catching critters.

Read: 11 Pokemon Go Tips for Beginners

To make things even better 250 customers will get $100 in PokéCoins, and five people will win a Pokémon Go hunting trip anywhere in the U.S. for themselves and a guest.

At the end of the day this is essentially the same thing T-Mobile has been doing with popular services like YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, by simply allowing all of those services to be used as much as customers would like. They’ve just added Pokémon Go to the list of apps that don’t use any data while being enjoyed.

Pokémon Go has officially taken over the world. This is only the beginning, so stay tuned right here for more details.

T-Mobile Catches Pokémon Go Players with Free Unlimited Data is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Stop Instagram Auto Play Videos

How to Stop Instagram Auto Play Videos is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to Instagram automatically playing videos we can’t stop it, but users can at least take a few steps to prevent it from using their mobile data. If you’re one of the many smartphone users that is constantly concerned about data usage, auto playing videos on Facebook and Instagram can be a nightmare.

These days both social networks are filled with videos that pre-load, and play on their own. This drains your data plan provided by your carrier of choice. We can’t turn it off on Instagram, and they’ve even changed the original option to set it for WiFi only. Below are some instructions to fix this.

Read: How to Stop Facebook Auto Play Videos on Android

Instead of just automatically playing videos as you scroll down your Instagram, the app actually pre-loads them so they’re ready as you scroll. It’s a nice feature, but one that can quickly use up a 1 or 2GB data plan for consumers. With that in mind, read on to learn how to disable Instagram from loading videos when you’re on a mobile connection to save your data.

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In the early days of Instagram adding video back in 2013 there was an option to disable the videos from automatically playing, but then they introduced advertisements into our feeds. This came along with less settings in the app, and they took away the ability for users to disable these videos. They want as many views as possible, so there’s now no way to stop them completely like Facebook offers.

The same options are available on Android and iOS, which we’ll explain below. In early 2015 a new settings menu appeared where we could choose for video to only pre-load and auto-play on WiFi, but that too, has now been removed. As a result there is only one confusing setting to stop videos from loading on their own, and below is how to enable it.

Instructions

More details can be found from Instagram themselves, but just follow the few steps outlines below and you’ll be all set. Users will simply need to open the Instagram app and tap the Portrait button on the bottom left, this takes you to “Your Profile”. From here you’ll go into settings and change how videos act on your device. First is Android, then iOS instructions.

On Android head into your Instagram profile and tap the 3 dots at the top right, this is the menu button. Once in settings or options scroll down to “Cellular Data Use” and select this. It used to be “Videos” but that option has been removed.

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Instagram doesn’t give users too many settings or choices. Under the Cellular Data Use tab select “Use Less Data” instead of it being set to “Default”. This will make Instagram only load videos while you’re on WiFi, and when on a cellular connection you’ll have to tap first. This saves your data a little, but won’t stop the videos completely. It also may cause photos to load a bit slower, because they won’t pre-load when you open the app.

Select "Use Less Data"

Select “Use Less Data”

That’s the only option, and all that is required to stop videos from downloading on their own. Sadly there’s no additional options for iOS users either. They have the same few options and won’t be able to prevent auto-playing videos on Instagram.

While you’re digging around in the Instagram settings you can also head into the camera options under “Upload Quality” and make sure it’s using High-Quality or “normal” image processing for improved photos.

In the end this won’t completely save your data from videos on Instagram, it will however stop them from pre-loading and using your data when on a regular cellular connection and not home WiFi.

How to Stop Instagram Auto Play Videos is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Boost Mobile launches free music streaming for five services

Data usage and, in particular, the effect of streaming on data usage, is a hot topic with carriers these days. T-Mobile kicked off the game with Music Freedom, which allowed music streaming without impacting your data allotment through a number of different services, the list of which has continued to grow. Other carriers have begun to experiment with their own versions of this concept, and the latest to join the party is Boost Mobile.

As a value carrier, Boost Mobile is always looking for ways to offer a better deal to its customers. The carrier is now offering data-free music streaming on five different services: Pandora, Slacker Radio, 8tracks, iHeart Radio and Samsung Milk Music. While the list isn’t large and doesn’t contain some of the major players like Spotify and Google Play Music, it still adds a nice perk for Boost Mobile customers, who will likely be pleased with the extra value they’re getting.

Boost Mobile has said that it will continue to add more partners in the future, so it shouldn’t be long before we start to see services like Spotify added. It should be noted that this feature is included as part of Boost Mobile’s growing data plans, which rewards customers with free allotments of extra data if they make their payments on time.

Big Move From T-Mobile Could Decimate Your Data Usage

Big Move From T-Mobile Could Decimate Your Data Usage is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Never afraid to try something new, it seems America’s third-largest carrier will attempt to lure customers to its network with even more data savings. A year after it made it so that users could stream as much music as they want without having it effect their data, T-Mobile is preparing to launch a new Uncarrier perk that’ll eliminate streaming Netflix and more from data charges.

To be clear, T-Mobile hasn’t revealed the new perk yet, nor has it sent out invites for an Uncarrier press event. Leaker Evan Blass posted a short line about the alleged upgrade for users accounts on social network Twitter. Blass, better known as Evleaks, has consistently leaked the plans of the tech industry for years. T-Mobile started the Uncarrier initiative a few years ago to get the word out about its fledging LTE network and the elimination of contracts. Since then, Uncarrier events have brought news of free data for tablets, free international roaming and iPhone trials.

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“T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 10 to offer unlimited high speed data for watching select streaming video services like Netflix, HBO etc,” Blass says in the tweet sent out this morning. Blass doesn’t reveal when the upgrade is coming or any other details about the perk’s rollout, unfortunately.

Today, T-Mobile offers everyone unlimited data, but deceases their speed when they go beyond the high-speed data amount included in their plan. The carrier also offers a completely unlimited high-speed data plan with unlimited messaging. Excluding video services from the amount of data that it counts against their high-speed data bucket could have huge implications. Streaming movies and television shows already comes at the cost of huge chunks of data. Every major video streaming service able to users has high-definition content, which eats up even more high-speed data than standard definition streaming.

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There’s no way to confirm whether if what Blass is saying is true, but it sounds like something T-Mobile would do. The company is trying to get the word out about its “Data Strong” LTE network with a similar idea already. Music Unlimited lets T-Mobile users stream as much music as they want without it counting towards their bucket of high-speed data. Some report seeing their data usage fall by a third thanks to Music Unlimited. Using less data for music and video makes it possible to lower the amount you’re paying for data in the first place.

T-Mobile has spent millions in wireless spectrum and infrastructure to build out its wireless network. The build-up is in response to a very real problem the network has: most people don’t think its network is as robust and reliable as AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

With Music Unlimited, T-Mobile started with a core group of popular services, then let its members and potential customers vote on which services should be added next. For example, Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio were a part of Music Unlimited from the first day. Microsoft’s Xbox Music was added later. Presumably, a potential Video Unlimited service will start out with Netflix and HBO Go. It would then trickle down to smaller services that aren’t as popular.

Besides listening to music, streaming video has to be one of the biggest drains on a data plan. Certainly, users switching from other carriers would see a dramatic drop in their data usage if this Video Unlimited Uncarrier update actually happens. T-Mobile would only be monitoring data for less intense things like browsing websites or sending pictures and video.

With previous Uncarrier moves, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have responded with moves of their own designed to convince their subscribers to stay put and slow the amount of users switching to T-Mobile. None of them introduced something similar to Music Unlimited. It seems unlikely that they’d attempt to counteract unlimited video streaming on their networks.

Big Move From T-Mobile Could Decimate Your Data Usage is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to set a mobile data limit on your Android phone

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Smartphones are evolving at a rapid rate and as they do, we’re consuming a lot more internet based content on the move. While carriers have aimed to increase inclusive mobile data limits, some people still have low data allowances, so how can your stop your phone from going over and ending up with a large bill?

Most Android smartphones come with a data usage section that also allows you to specify a limit to the amount of mobile data your smartphone can use. While the exact location of this in the settings menu will vary according to which phone you’re using, the option should be present on most smartphones running Android 4.4.2 KitKat or later.

Here’s how to set a mobile data limit on your Android phone:

For the guide below, you’ll need to know how much data your plan comes with each month and what day your allowance refreshes each month. It’s worth noting that your carrier may measure data usage differently and the information displayed on your phone should be used as a guide only.

  1. Navigate to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Toggle the Set Mobile Data Limit
    • If the date listed beneath this is different to the day your allowance refreshes, tap on this and select Change Cycle.
    • Then set the correct day your allowances refresh.
  3. On the graph, you’ll now have two lines; one that specifies a limit to your data and the other, which lets you set a warning.
    • Drag the top line (the limit) up or down until you reach your data limit. Although you can set a limit equal to your allowance, we’d recommend setting it slightly lower, in case your carrier measures data usage differently.
    • You can also drag the lower of the two lines (the warning) up or down to set a limit and we’d recommend putting at around 75% percent of your data allowance. E.g. if you have 4GB data each month, the warning should be 3GB. This is a really useful tool to help ensure you don’t go over.

There you have it, a quick and easy way to set a mobile data limit on any Android phone. If you’ve got other tips, let us know in the comments below!