AT&T Giving Away $10 Version of HBO Max to Its Cricket Customers
(Bloomberg) -- The wireless company giveaways continue as AT&T Inc. introduces a plan to offer its ad-supported version of HBO Max free to its Cricket Wireless customers who sign on for $60-a-month unlimited service plans.
Starting Friday, Cricket pay-as-you-go customers who opt for the top-tier plan will get the $10-a-month HBO Max streaming service at no additional charge.
AT&T, which led the industry in new subscriber growth in the second quarter thanks in part to phone giveaways, now wants to reach into the subprime, prepaid market to extend its streak in customer gains.
Competition for prepaid customers is about to heat up, as the carriers try to lock in young and low-credit customers who, over time, may become more lucrative postpaid subscribers.
Dangling streaming services to lure customers into higher-priced plans has become standard practice in mobile. AT&T, which owns HBO Max and TV shows like “The White Lotus” and “Game of Thrones,” already gives the $15 premium service at no cost to its Elite unlimited plan subscribers. Verizon gives its best customers free Disney+ for a year and T-Mobile US Inc. includes Netflix at no extra cost for subscribers on Magenta plans.
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