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T-Mobile is taking its relationship with Google to the next level. The carrier on Monday announced plans to replace its own services and devices with Google-branded alternatives.
That includes Messages by Google as the default texting platform, Google One as the preferred backup and storage solution, and YouTube TV to replace T-Mobile’s short-lived TVision.
“This is a win for Android users and an even greater win for the Android ecosystem,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of platforms at Google, said in a statement. “We’re taking what has already been a long and very successful relationship, and building on it to bring Android customers even more features and services.”
Google’s Messages will come standard on all T-Mobile Android devices—current and future—with the promise of better quality photos and videos, communication over Wi-Fi and mobile networks, read receipts, reactions, and “more dynamic and engaging group chats.” Google is currently beta testing end-to-end encryption for one-on-one RCS (rich communication services) conversations between Messages users.
“As messaging becomes a platform for everything from commerce to search to customer support, Google and T-Mobile also plan to build a messaging business together,” according to a joint press release. “The companies will be able to empower businesses to engage their customers in new ways with Messages, conduct commerce, support, and communicate more easily.”
The Un-carrier in October unveiled a handful of streaming services for people who love TV but hate TV providers. TVision Live, Vibe, and Channels offered everything from local stations and on-demand programs to the best of comedy, lifestyle, and drama to an a-la-carte option for picky audiences. Less than six months later, T-Mobile is ditching its branded vehicles in favor of Google-owned YouTube TV. Live, Live+ and Live Zone will wind down by the end of April; TVision HUB, meanwhile, remains intact as the new home for YouTube TV.
In an effort to smooth the transition, T-Mobile is giving subscribers a gratis month of YouTube TV, followed by a $10 discount off the monthly price. That gets you 85-plus channels, unlimited DVR space, three simultaneous streams, and six accounts per household. The company is also handing out three months of ad-free, cost-free YouTube Premium (normally $11.99 per month).
Log into your T-Mobile account for a unique code, redeemable through June 30. Other wireless and home internet customers can sign up for YouTube TV with T-Mobile for $10 off per month starting April 6.
“We’re building on our decade-long relationship with Google to give customers an even better experience with the world’s very best products and services offered by Android, Pixel, and YouTube,” T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said. “It’s the best of Google, combined with the nation’s largest and fastest 5G network on T-Mobile.”
Moving forward, the firm will expand its lineup of Pixel and other Android devices, and recommend Google One for secure backup and storage of data, memories, and files.
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