Netflix is testing a cheaper mobile-only plan in some countries

Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscription plans

According to a report from Malaysian news outlet The Star, Netflix has quietly rolled out a mobile-only tier in the country that commands just RM17, or $4 per month (that's roughly half the price of the previously cheapest plan).

With that being said, Netflix may never come around to changing their pricing plan in North America, but the foreign testing does speak levels about its commitment to take over the Globe, one polling station at a time.


Even if the beta-testing doesn't amount to reforms in the North American subscription plan, the mobile-only version of the service should do well overseas, where 79 million of Netflix's entire customer-base now resides.

"We are just getting started in India". A "Basic" plan is also offered at RM33 that bridges the gap, also being limited to standard definition but with support for non-mobile devices. That should be enough to turn most people off trying to hook up a TV, but it could also prove to be a limit too far for consumers who expect HD content on their HD resolution phone displays. To that end, Netflix confirmed to TechCrunch that similar plans that are mobile-only are being tested in "a few countries". While not a complete halving of the cost, the new plan will clearly save customers some money on an annual basis. Bringing a mobile plan to the United States and Europe seems unlikely, especially with that standard definition limit in place, but that could change if mobile streaming continues to grow in popularity. If you want to watch on a laptop or TV, you'll have to upgrade to at least the Basic plan, and if you want HD video, you'll need the Standard or Premium plan.

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