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T-Mobile quietly added a porn provider to Binge On

By Shawn Knight
Mar 18, 2016
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  1. T-Mobile announced yesterday that it had added a handful of new video streaming services to its controversial Binge On program. The nation's third largest wireless provider mentioned several of the newcomers in its press release, the largest of course being YouTube.

    As it turns out, T-Mobile strategically omitted one of its new Binge On partners from the announcement but did add it to the master list of partners. The partner in question is called MiKandi, an adult entertainment provider. So in other words, T-Mobile subscribers can now consume as much porn as they want over the company's cellular network without dipping into their monthly data allotment.

    T-Mobile has said from the beginning that anyone is welcome to join the program free of charge so long as they adhere to its policies. The big question now is whether or not T-Mobile will make good on its promise and continue to allow MiKandi (and other porn providers that will no doubt sign up ASAP) to participate or if it'll make adjustments to its policies and ban adult entertainment.

    Given CEO John Legere's brash personality, the latter seems unlikely. After all, it's not exactly breaking news that pornography is readily available online to anyone that seeks its out.

    Then again, one has to wonder how shareholders and other executives feel about partnering with porn providers. Will this tarnish T-Mobile's public image? Will it drive more customers to / from the company? Will the competition go as far as to use it against T-Mobile in advertising? Perhaps more importantly, how did we not see this coming?

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,421

    Haven't Trump liberated pornography in the USA yet? It seems something he would do.
     
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  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 735   +241

    This is actually a brilliant idea that should be applauded and will end up being financially rewarded.
     
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  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    "So in other words, T-Mobile subscribers can now consume as much porn as they want over the company's cellular network without dipping into their monthly data allotment."

    Holy hell that could potentially be a lot of porn, porn addicts everywhere will be switching to T-Mobil, perhaps the real reason for this happening. Will this not create a huge strain on the network? It certainly will be a strain for the addicts out there.

    "Will the competition go as far as to use it against T-Mobile in advertising?"

    If they do attempt this, they will not pose much of a competition, the only way to compete is to also have a porn supplier, because even if people claim to not watch porn and be anti pornography, they usually still do, I really don't understand the big deal.
     
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  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 816   +231

    Any company who goes against this have not learned from the past, entire formats have gone down (no pun intended I swear) because of porn. Porn was a big reason why HD-DVD and Betamax did not become mainstream formats (not the only but a big reason).
     
  6. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +353

    If they can make money, it will happen. If it ends up costing them money, it will go. End of story
     
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  7. noc81

    noc81 TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +29

    Actually, although the porn industry was on VHS's side vs Betamax, they were overwhelmingly in support of HD-DVD over Bluray. The real reason for Bluray's win in the HD wars was the PS3, where the HD disc capability came standard instead of as an add-on. Just as the PS2 received a lot of early adoption due to being a progressive dvd player with the added bonus of being a gaming system for $299, Sony knew they could lock down the market if they had Bluray ready for the PS3.
     
  8. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 816   +231

    Actually at first HD-DVD was easier to make so porn was backing it since Sony just didn't care but eventually Sony started making porn on BluRay easier and that is when it really took off. The PS3 really did help but porn still played a big part when Vivid started making all their videos on BluRay and others followed.
     
  9. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 135   +51

    Porn without data consumption? its honestly brilliant if the porn is any good. tmobile already has the "unlimitied music streaming" thing through metropcs. if tmobile adds that deal to their main arsenal along with this porn thing they could have something big lol. they need a better network though. according to their coverage map I'm only covered by their "partner provider" whatever tf that means.
     
  10. kanehi

    kanehi TS Rookie Posts: 41   +6

    Wow free unlimited porn! TMobile is a progressive company after all. I bet lots of new subscribers are going to join because of this.
     
  11. noc81

    noc81 TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +29

    I personally doubt that porn had any deciding role in either of the format wars, especially now in the day and age of porn on the web. Even my 79yr old father uses pornhub.. I wish that was a joke, and yes, I have talked with him about using protection.
     

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