Bellevue-based T-Mobile on Monday announced plans to expand its collaboration with Google, including adding YouTube TV as T-Mobile’s premium TV solution.
YouTube TV is becoming T-Mobile’s live TV solution, with Live, Live + and Live Zone services winding down on April 29, T-Mobile said in a news release.
T-Mobile’s TVision initiative was announced last October to give customers new choices and help cut the cord, while expanding appeal for the company’s forthcoming wireless home internet service. T-Mobile is now building on that initiative with YouTube.
Under the YouTube deal, TVision LIVE subscribers will get the first month of YouTube TV free. After that, T-Mobile customers can get $10 off the regular price. T-Mobile will continue to offer the TVision HUB, where YouTube TV will now be featured.
With YouTube TV, T-Mobile customers get 85-plus channels of entertainment, news, live sports, and more. Customers also get a DVR with unlimited storage space, three simultaneous streams, and six accounts per household included, the release said.
Current TVision customers can get this deal through June 30 by logging in to their T-Mobile account or calling T-Mobile care for a unique offer redemption link. Other T-Mobile wireless and Home Internet customers can sign up for YouTube TV with T-Mobile for $10 off per month starting April 6.
Other T-Mobile moves with Google include establishing Messages by Google as the default messaging solution for T-Mobile customers with Android smartphones; promoting Pixel and Android devices and the experiences they can deliver on T-Mobile’s 5G network; and harnessing Google One as the preferred phone backup and cloud storage solution, T-Mobile said.
Google and T-Mobile also plan to build a messaging business together, the release said. It added that the companies will help businesses to engage their customers in new ways with Messages, conduct commerce, and more.
“This is a win for Android users and an even greater win for the Android ecosystem,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems at Google, said in the release. “T-Mobile and Google have been working together to champion Android since the very beginning with the launch of the T-Mobile G1 in 2008. 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.”
T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said, “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.”