T-Mobile confirms free tethering on pre-paid plans

T-Mobile confirms free tethering on pre-paid plans
Just the other day, we told you how some of T-Mobile's pre-paid customers were noticing on their T-Mobile My Account app, that they were receiving free tethering for up to 5 devices at one time. These customers were surprised because the carrier had been charging $15 a month for the service. Was this a glitch that would be gone in the blink of an eye, or was T-Mobile about to introduce another innovation?

As it turns out, it is the latter. A published report on Friday said that T-Mobile is now offering pre-paid customers free mobile HotSpot service. Those signing up for the $70 per month unlimited 4G data plan will receive 2.5GB of free HotSpot data for the month. That plan includes unlimited talk and text along with 50MB of domestic data roaming.

The $60 monthly plan offers unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB of 4G data. Once you surpass the cap, your data speed is throttled. This plan comes with 2.5GB of free mobile HotSpot data and 50MB of domestic data roaming. The $50 monthly plan comes with unlimited talk and text and 500MB of data. Use up your data for the month and you will find your data speed throttled. You also get 500MB of free mobile HotSpot data and 10MB of free domestic data roaming.

This week, T-Mobile continued its recent string of announcing new innovations by offering T-Mobile account holders 200MB of free data a month for a tablet with cellular connectivity. Next month, the carrier will also start moving grandfathered customers off of legacy plans. In a statement, T-Mobile said that it wants to keep things simple. "Simple is better, which is why we're reducing the number of older plans in our systems."


source: T-Mobile via FierceWireless

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12 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Who cares about the hot spot stuff, that's easily worked around. They just announced data roaming, and that much more valuable to me. There are plenty times you'll be roaming on Att or other networks and can make voice calls, but can't use their data. Finally that is changed.

3. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

How is the hot spot stuff "easily worked around"? I've been looking at XDA forums and stuff regarding my T-MO Note 2 and unlocking its hotspot capabilities, but so far, no go (with T-Mobile's page coming up on the connected devices). Maybe I haven't looked hard enough or misread something. I'm still interested on your workaround, though.

6. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

any phone that is inventoried by T-Mobile can't be worked around..

10. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

EastTether worked on my S4.

2. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

The hotspot on prepaid has been ongoing for a while.. I'm surprised this is posted as a 'new's now.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The new part is roaming AND hotspot on the $70 plan, which now includes 2.5 GB.

5. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

What about on the $30 plan (100 minutes unlimited text, 5GB of web)?

9. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

According to a reader on prepaidphonenews.com, the person got 100 MB for the hotspot on the Walmart plan.

7. B33R4NG

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

This is such a pointless thread to comment. Please invest in Foxfi, downloadable app from the play store, ClockworkMod Tether, also another non root wireless tether free of charge! There are so many options out there, including rooting to tether out your existing carrier's data allotment it isn't even funny! Go on, tell your friends, so threads like this don't need to be commented on in ignorance!

8. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The one thing Verizon and AT&T will take from this is moving grandfathered customers to new plans for "simplicity".

11. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

I noticed this about a month or so ago when I used my phone for a mobile hotspot for my netbook at work. I watched my account and I was never charged the $15.

12. cdwjustin

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Just joined tmobile... with the note 3 thought it was a great deal at first 4g is everywhere around here... get my phone im on edge network with a download of 3.6kbs completly usless unless im on my wifi

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