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AT&T and Google struck a deal and created a new bundle for their subscribers. On June 7, Google's Stadia video game service was expanded to Google TV and Android TV, and now Google made another bold move.

On June 8, Google announced a new partnership that will offer six months of Google's Stadia Pro for free to Fiber users and AT&T wireless users.

AT&T Stadia Bundle

Stadia is Google's video game streaming service set to compete with Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox.

While the regular Stadia service is free for those with a Gmail address, the Stadia Pro subscription costs $10 a month, and it includes new free games every month and discounts when buying certain titles, and it allows for games to stream in 4K HDR. The free version comes in 1080p.

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Beyond the newly announced expansion to Google TV and Android TV devices, Stadia is playable on Android phones and through the Chrome browser as well as an iOS and iPadOS through a Safari web app, according to CNET.

The new promotion from AT&T will be available to all new home internet users who will sign up for the company's 300Mbps, 500Mbps or 1 Gig plans.

The new wireless users will be able to take advantage of the deal when signing up for an unlimited plan and getting a new 5G device.

For all existing AT&T users, you will need to upgrade to a 5G phone and be on an eligible unlimited plan, according to Engadget.

Compatible plans include the recent options like Extra, Elite, and Unlimited Starter, as well as the older legacy unlimited plans such as Unlimited Choice, Unlimited Choice II, AT&T's Unlimited Enhanced Choice, the Unlimited Plus plan, Unlimited Enhanced Plus plan, and Unlimited & More plan.

The existing AT&T internet users will need to upgrade to one of the company's 300Mbps, 500Mbps, or 1 Gig plans to be able to get the promotion.

Even though Stadia can be played with a variety of controllers, as part of this promotion, those who upgrade their plans and their devices will be able to buy a bundle including a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra for $20, which is an $80 saving from the regular price of the bundle which is $100.

Wireless Carriers Gaming Expansion

The AT&T and Google partnership is the latest move from a carrier to expand into gaming to encourage subscribers to update their home internet plans or wireless plans.

In May, Verizon announced that it would be offering 12-month subscriptions to Apple's Arcade for iOS and Google's Pass for Android for free. This subscription is for those willing to switch to Verizon's higher-tiered Play More and Get More plans.

Verizon is giving away six months of either service for free to those on some of its other or older, unlimited plans.

In 2020, Verizon teamed up with Google's Stadia to offer three free months of Stadia Pro, a Chromecast Ultra, and a controller to new users who signed up for its Fios Gigabit home internet pans or its 5G Home service, according to The Verge.

The entire gaming kit usually costs $130; when the three free months expired, users were charged with Stadia's normal $10 a month subscription.

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