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T-Mobile offers streaming incentives for wireless Internet service

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T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will offer customers of its wireless home Internet service access to two streaming television services — one for free, and the other at a deep discount.

As part of the company’s latest “Uncarrier” initiative, T-Mobile executives said wireless customers who sign up for the company’s 5G home Internet service will be eligible for free access to the ad-supported version of Paramount Plus for one year.

The ad-supported version of Paramount Plus normally costs $5 a month and offers on-demand access to hundreds of TV shows and movies from the Paramount Global library of content, which includes programs that are or have aired on CBS, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, the Smithsonian Channel, Comedy Central and BET.

The version of Paramount Plus being offered by T-Mobile doesn’t include streaming access to a customer’s local CBS station, but T-Mobile has a solution for that, too: Eligible wireless customers with a line of service on T-Mobile’s Magenta Max plan can score a YouTube TV subscription at a 50 percent discount, bringing the cost of YouTube TV down to around $33 a month for more than 80 live broadcast and cable channels.

Magenta Max costs $85 a month for one line of service or $140 for three lines and comes bundled with a complementary subscription to Netflix, among other perks.

In addition to the streaming offers, T-Mobile says its wireless home Internet customers who also subscribe to a voice plan will be eligible for a $50 discount on a streaming television device. The promotion will be offered next Tuesday as part of the company’s “T-Mobile Tuesdays” rewards program.