Netflix is one of the most popular subscription-based services available, and for good reason. They have a huge library of movies and TV shows that you can stream directly to any compatible device. The number of devices that support Netflix is also quite large, and includes options such as computers, Rokus, Apple TVs, smart TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, iPhones and more.
But Netflix is not a free service, so you may be wondering how much it would cost you to be able to stream Netflix videos to your iPhone. Fortunately use of the Netflix service on your iPhone is included with your Netflix streaming subscription, which means that the $7.99 monthly fee (the cost at the time this article was written on February 3, 2015) that you pay for the service will make it available to you on your iPhone. You simply need to download and install the app, sign in with your Netflix email address and password, then you are all set to stream on your iPhone. You can read here to learn how to get the Netflix app on your iPhone.
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Depending upon how you use Netflix, however, you might incur some additional charges. The data that you use on your iPhone is not free, and streaming through Netflix while you are connected to a cellular network can use up your data very quickly. If you go over your monthly data allotment, then your cellular provider will likely charge you overage fees. So while this is not a cost that is directly attributable to Netflix, it is something to be aware of. One easy way to avoid this, however, is to only stream Netflix when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Streaming over Wi-Fi is free, and data usage on Wi-Fi does not count against your cellular data allotment. You can read this article to learn how to tell if you are connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network, or you can read here to learn how to restrict Netflix to Wi-Fi.
The basic Netflix subscription can stream to one device at a time in standard definition. You can upgrade to the $8.99 plan to stream to two devices simultaneously in high definition. If you want to be able to stream to up to four devices simultaneously, then you will need to upgrade your plan to the option that costs $11.99 per month. Additionally, if you also want to have physical discs mailed to your home, then that requires an additional fee as well.
So, to summarize, the minimum cost for streaming Netflix to your iPhone is:
$7.99 – basic monthly Netflix subscription that allows for one streaming device at a time in standard definition. The streaming-only plan does not include any mailed discs.
variable – overage charges caused by excessive cellular streaming (can be avoided by only using Netflix on Wi-Fi networks, or by restricting Netflix to Wi-Fi networks)
Netflix is a terrific service, and is one of the best monthly entertainment costs that I incur. It can also be used on so many other devices that you may find you use it with a compatible device connected to your television more than you use it on your iPhone. One such device is the Amazon Fire TV stick (click to view on Amazon), which costs under 40 dollars and will let you stream Netflix directly to your television.
You can visit the Netflix website here to sign up for a free trial, or to sign up for a subscription.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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