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T-Mobile confirms free tethering on pre-paid plans

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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."

"Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity. Simple is better, which is why we're reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We're giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price."-T-Mobile

source: T-Mobile via FierceWireless

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posted on 25 Oct 2013, 20:54

1. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 22:33 1

3. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 00:10

6. tatail (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 13:03

10. av911 (Posts: 201; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

EastTether worked on my S4.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 21:00

2. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 22:51 1

4. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 23:43

5. Sharky (Posts: 244; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 11:09 1

9. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 09:08

7. B33R4NG (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 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!

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 09:28 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 16:03

11. JadeMoon (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Aug 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.

posted on 27 Oct 2013, 00:21

12. cdwjustin (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Sep 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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