Music lovers will be thrilled to hear that for the next couple of months they will get 6 months free access to Google’s streaming music service when they sign up for a new phone with Telus.
The offer is available from now until the end of July and is available for new and recontracting customers who sign up for a phone plan.
It doesn’t matter which phone you choose, so long as you agree to a 24 month plan.
There are few things to keep in mind, though. Firstly, the offer isn’t available for anyone who currently has a Google Play trial offer active on their Google account, or for anyone who has had a trial in the last 12 months. This is a pretty strange restriction, and it is a shame that Telus can’t just credit your Google account somehow.
Also, as this is trial subscription, it will auto-renew after the 6-months and you will be billed $9.99 per month until you manually halt the payments.
Perhaps most importantly, this offer is for access to Google Play Music, but it doesn’t cover the data you need to use the service. When you consider that a high-quality music stream can use between 2- 3MB of data per minute, you will need to be mindful of how much you use it when you’re out and about.
Google Play Music does have a couple of data-saving options though. You can set the streaming quality to a lower bitrate and save a bunch of data, and you can save music to listen to offline — meaning you can create playlists on a WiFi connection, and listen to them data-free when you are away from your broadband connection.