Telekom reacts to the “StreamOn” ban with a new tariff model

Telekom reacts to the “StreamOn” ban with a new tariff model

Bonn (dpa) – With new mobile phone tariffs, Deutsche Telekom is reacting to the Federal Network Agency’s ban on remarketing its “StreamOn” tariffs. The new tariff model applies from July 1, as announced by Deutsche Telekom. It provides for higher data volumes.

Regardless of the selected tariff, cheaper additional cards with the same data volume can be booked for family members or friends. The company assumes that the new tariffs will ensure an increase in sales.

Zero-tariff options violate net neutrality

The Federal Network Agency had prohibited Deutsche Telekom and its competitor Vodafone from marketing their mobile phone tariffs “Telekom StreamOn” and “Vodafone Pass”. From July they may no longer be sold. Existing contracts must be completed by the end of March 2023. According to the authority, the so-called zero-rating tariffs or zero-tariff options violate net neutrality. With them, certain services and applications – such as video or music streaming – are not counted towards the monthly data volume.

Deutsche Telekom emphasizes that 3.3 million existing customers with 5G mobile phone contracts will automatically receive the increased data volume at no extra charge from July 1st. “StreamOn” services for existing customers should remain available until the end of March 2023.

Vodafone has already responded

Vodafone had already adjusted its tariffs on June 1st. The data volume was increased while the prices remained the same. The “Vodafone Pass” has not been offered since then. Existing Vodafone passes will remain valid for the time being.

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