T-Mobile G2 Will Not Support Tethering At Launch

Update 1: T-Mobile has provided an official statement regarding the tethering option:

“T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan.  Though tethering and Wi-Fi sharing will not be initially supported on the T-Mobile G2, we know that consumers are interested in these features and we are working to develop a solution to support them in the future.”

We’ve trying to confirm this one either way since the announcement of the pre-order and, fortunately, we received a few of the same screen shots showing that the T-Mobile G2 will NOT support tethering at launch.  We know that stock Android 2.2 does indeed support it however it seems that carriers will (as usual) have final say in what features actually make it into the handsets.  The upside, T-Mobile says acknowledges that users are requesting the feature so we can hope down the road this is something that can be offered via a software update.  Otherwise, you’ll have to find yourself hacking your brand new G2!

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  • alex

    Was this the android 2.2 pic you said you were going to post on twiter? I was hoping for mytouch 3g slide froyo news :(

    • David, Managing Editor

      I think I was pretty specific about it being for the G2, sorry!! I’m trying to get more Android update news!

  • alex

    No it’s ok atleast you get news for us :D anyways thanks for the post :)

  • Testament

    Whatever happed to leaving Android to be Android? If the G2 is gonna have stock 2.2, don’t strip features out of it. Please T-mobile; LEAVE IT AS IT IS!

  • michael

    how about the mytouch hd, any word if it will be able to tether (wired or wireless). how come they allow it on the hd 2 but not the latest and greatest of the hunch? I know xda will take care of business but why wouldn’t a carrier just include it in the first place a it certainly makes the product more attractive.

  • Danny

    lets root the g2 if tmobile don’t give us tethering

    • Brandon

      Let’s face it, tmo kicked the tethering feature because they don’t want to cannibalize their webstick (mobile broadband) sales. It’s usually about money.

  • alex

    Do you think t-mobile is being too quite on the froyo update for the mytouch 3g slide, and other phones? Maybe that should be a poll :)

    • davidohio

      What does the froyo update have to do with this article??

  • Robert

    So this is really French Vanilla 2.2?

  • alex

    Foreal guys we should get atleast wifi-hotspot, the other day I walked into my locak sprint store, and played with the epic 4g I was like wth why dose’nt the vibrant have it? Anyways I just really want wifi-hotspot on the mytouch 3g slide or the mytouch hd(hopefully it has it) I have high hopes for the mytouch hd since the lg optimus has it, but if the mytouch hd dose’nt have wifi-hotspot I’m still buying it, it’s a high-end smartphone, and it’s a mytouch phone :D

    • remister

      But it isn’t as good as HTC Desire HD

  • vinnyj

    Without tethering its not Froyo. Leave it alone or you will get many returns. 1 step forward 2 steps back.

    • J-Hop2o6

      there’s always root to get tethering back.

  • Josh

    I miss android when it was what it was and everybody left it alone, carriers and manufacturers. I really hope tmo puts it back in, I’m already unhappy for other reasons and they just keep adding to my list of grievances. Ugh tmo I love you but really?

  • Serg

    Tmobile has done it once again, screwing its own customers. Are they trying to loose customers instead of keepin them or getting new ones? If a feature is available why wouldn’t they offer it. I’m sure that update will never come, just like their “no phone left behind” promise it’s all bs. Sprint here I come!!!!

    • Sapphire

      You are going to be mailman’s lover. You two will make a perfect couple.

      • Mohammad

        LMAO!

      • Sapphire

        If you are leaving T-Mobile, then just do it. No one one this blog really cares. T-Mobile subscribers come here to get news on upcoming products and services. Customer loyalty at T-Mobile is who you should be expressing your dissatisfaction with or just not saying anything and port your number already.

    • Eddie Android

      Bye

      • Serg

        Mailman’s lover with a better phone, better network, REAL FROYO. That’s a lot better than a loser with Magenta, waiting for $#!t that will never come. Good luck with your hopes and dreams with this crappy company that will ALWAYS be 6 months behind on everything.

      • somebody

        HEY were more like 4 months behind

        best recognize !

      • Acacia Strain

        Hey Serg…who was the first company to have an Android phone?

    • ohheelno

      Good luck with that. So many people complain about T-Mobile and go to sprint, and a lot of them come running back when their network isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and their customer service is god awful. But I do wish you the best.

    • remister

      I guess you never heard of Android cheating on you to go root and elope.

  • D

    I hoping Mobile HotSpot is NOT omitted at launch. That would mean that T-Mobile’s had it omitted.

    • Sapphire

      This article is about tethering which includes mobile hotspots not being included at launch. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • Josh

    And why don’t they want to show off their new network? I knw they don’t want it to get overloaded but having customers is more important.

    • davidohio

      With tethering so many would cause it and bog down the network resulting in lower data speeds for everyone else, yourself included. Then you and many more customers will be complaining about how slow the network is, like what happened to At&t customers. Downloading movies and streaming video uses a lot of bandwidth. We all want to have our cake and eat it too.

  • Jason

    Wow With hspa+ I wanted to tether and drop comcast….guess not

    • mikeyo

      Your the reason they stripped the feature.

      • IHateWhiners

        Agree Mike!

      • davidohio

        Yep. My point exactly. Bandwidth hogs slowing down data speeds for everyone else. Use a laptop and get wifi.

      • Testament

        I may be crazy, but I thought the reason for LTE, Wimax, and HSUPA+ was to bring MORE competition to the market? I see Jason’s point. (he’s paying twice for Internet access) Why should we limit what WE paying for?

  • Sapphire

    Sorry, people, but if you are complaining about a device that has restrictions implemented by a network operator you all have the option to buy a Nexus One after you have registered as an Android Developer. No one is stopping you. I got my Nexus when it was still available to consumers. If tethering is such a big deal to you and you do not want to root, the Nexus One is your best bet.

    • Frigadroid

      You can tether with the vibrant out of the box (no root required) anyone who didn’t know you can learn how on the forum to use the samsung kies mode.

  • Foxeh

    When stock Android, isn’t. This is really quite unfortunate. I’ll be disappointed to say the least. Considering T-Mobile has bandwidth soft-caps, it’s a shame they stripped this out anyway.

  • SurgioArmani

    I just don’t understand why T-Mo’s flagship device wouldn’t support the high demand features like tethering and UMA when other, inferior devices are doing both on Magenta’s network.

    http://bit.ly/cBUbsW

    • ohheelno

      The G2 isn’t T-Mobile’s flagship device. The MyTouch line is the phone that T-Mobile considers their flagship device, and hopefully the MyTouch HD will include some of the features that you’re speaking of.

  • jordanjay29

    I was planning to root it anyway. Cyanogen’s actually becoming a staple for my phone, his ROMs have kept my G1 living past the Donut days.

    Besides, how else can you get a better-looking music player, music controls on the lockscreen, specific volume levels for notifications/ringtones/alarms (so alarms can ALWAYS be loud, notifications soft, etc), different colors for email/sms/calendar/market/missed call/etc LED notifications and the ability to tether and use the hotspot without carrier restrictions?

    T-Mobile didn’t change anything for me.

  • mingkee

    Sorry, G2 is done even it’s not launched yet.
    I can stay with nexus one’s mobile hotspot and get BB 9700 instead.

  • InFeXIoUs

    What about PDAnet??? worked flawlessly on the g1 without hacking…..

    • SurgioArmani

      Supposedly PDAnet doesn’t let you view secured websites without paying $24 for the access.

  • Eddie Android

    No problem, ill just root and flash the Nexus one rom or the Desire Z rom until Gingerbread comes out.

    • Mario

      Where do you download roms from? I’ve always wanted to root an android phone but don’t know where to download roms from.

  • kershon

    No tethering=FAIL. I guess I will keep my blackberry. I thought T-Mobile would have learned their lesson by now. (the migration continues)

    • mikeyo

      screw tethering leave the data access to the phones where it belongs.

  • mingkee

    I will never get it because it failed.

  • Acacia Strain

    So we all are complaining about a feature that may cost Tmobile millions of dollars a year, that only like 3 other phones in existence have ever done, and you want it for free.

    Your expectations are way way way too high. I imagined if the G2 actually had hotspot but Tmobile charged $10 for it, LIKE EVERY OTHER COMPANY DOES, everyone would complain.

    • Brandon

      Thank you. Youre the only person talking sense. Its funny how people are complaining about not having it but I wonder if any of them would pay for it if was given as an option. Im not surprised but the decision by Tmobile. It says “at launch” also but people are choosing to ignore that part. I love this website but i cant stand reading the comments here.

      • davidohio

        I agree with Brandon 100 percent! To all the complainers and cry babies…..boo Hoo! Cry me a river.

    • Sapphire

      Agreed.

    • Sb

      Tethering is a part of the stock google experience. The G2 is advertised as having the stock google experience. The G2 does not have tethering.

      That’s what we’re all complaining about. Make sense now?

      • Frigadroid

        You can’t explain anything to a few on here they think they know everything. Also they don’t want you to use your phone to the fullest abilities for some reason. I can’t understand maybe they are still stuck on 1.6 and want us to share their misery. As much as I love tmobile I have to admit this is a fail.

      • Acacia Strain

        The Evo and the Droid are not stock Android but can do tethering and hot spot.

        So people want stock android if they can get tethering and hotspotting, but if not then they’ll settle for Motoblur/HTC sense.

        If tomorrow they came out and said the Vibrant will have tethering/hotspot I bet no one will be complaining about Touchwiz.

        The G2 is the closest phone to stock android. Plain and simple. If you expect your wireless carrier to forfeit potentially millions and millions of dollars because of one aspect of a phone then you honestly don’t understand the idea of a business.

    • DQuestic

      My Blackberry tethers out of the box for no extra charge, why can’t I do it with the G2 then? Is it any more of a cost?

    • Marc

      Hpefully you are not one of the people complaining about AT&T, VZ, and Sprint not doing this.

  • Cmon

    While all valid points above, I do believe in some of the possible reasoning in leaving out tethering. IE Att (ridiculous tiered data) and very expensive. Verizon launching the same thing within 6 months. Sprint watching closely and if network is impacted implementing*or if not wanting to increase revenue. Its a positive for now that Tmo still has truly unlimited data with throttling for excessive use. NO Overage charge. I prefer to take the wait and see approach. See how HSPA+ handles increasing traffic then make necessary adjustments. This device still is looking sharp considering recent benchmarks. http://www.phonedog.com/2010/09/25/t-mobile-g2-benchmarked-on-video-bests-most-other-android-handsets/. I would love to see UMA in some form. But this phone is well build and feels solid in the hand. And will be a nice addition to the Fall lineup. There should be something for almost everyone.

  • Yyevo

    I’ve never used tethering as it is. Much like the FFC, it’s overrated.

  • olypdd

    Well well….this is news to me. I have been enjoying this feature on my Nexus One and figured that I would enjoy it on the G2 since it has Froyo. If this is true when I receive my G2, I’ll send it back like the last device I upgraded to and then returned. What’s the point of building a feature filled device if customers are going to be deprived of all of those features? No, I do not want to root the device.

  • sino8r

    Really guys, no big deal. If tmobile officially endorsed tethering/mobile hotspot, our data plans would go up in price. Plus our speeds would suffer. Just root your phone. It takes 30-1hr including loading a new rom. Plus you can get way more features like overclocking the cpu, wireless/wired tethering, screenshots, ability to load future android updates way faster than tmobile’s releases, countless andvanced apps require root access anyways. Well worth the hour… trust me! http://www.xda-developers.com

    • 30014

      T-mobile may not officially support tethering but when I had my blackberry a cs rep walked me through step by step on setting up my bb to my laptop. I can understand tmo’s view though. They don’t want some dumb ass running xbox live through their network. But at the same time if we don’t go over our cap they shouldn’t impose restrictions on how we use our allocated data.

    • olypdd

      If you root your phone and use this feature, won’t our speeds still suffer?

  • INeedHotSpot

    The major reason I was going to get this phone(hotspot), which is no longer on it.

  • mtnman

    It’s the old “Why pay for the milk when you can get the cow for free” deal. People don’t care if it cost the company money as long as they get it for free. So if they way it for free, that’s okay go to XDA and get there. I’m sure they’ll have this ting hacked in no time flat.

  • JoshL

    sadness. hopefully they realize that people actually want this really bad, and they will allow it to be added in a future update. like really soon.

  • mingkee

    T-Mobile has “tetherphobia”.
    Seriously, I’d go to sprint if I was fired just for routine tethering.
    I can use free wifi in the college campus, but it’s unreliable and the signin process takes at least 5 minutes, so tethering will save my day.

  • SOLOMIND

    LOL I WILL STAY WITH MY NEXUS ONE UNTIL THEY ROOT THIS PHONE AND WHEN IS FROYO COMING TO THE MYTOUCH SLIDE I THINK TMOBILE SHOULD FOCUS ON THEIR PHONES THEY HAVE OUT LOOK AT THE CLIQ

    • drew

      … and don’t forget about us sad, sad behold 2 owners…

  • olypdd

    I could just use my Nexus One for this as needed. Then I don’t need to worry about voiding warranty, etc.

  • TMOprophet

    So much for Stock Android, if they disable this feature then they mine as well just slap some custom UI on top of as well.

    You know its one thing to put a custom UI on a device, but it’s a whole different ball game to disable fundamental features of the phones OS.

    This is all part of the whole Net Neutrality thing..and while TMO definitely isn’t as bad as Verizon..yet, they are still copying all the early moves of a carrier headed down the wrong path. You can all argue all you want but the point is this:

    You should be able to buy any device, use it on any network you choose, have access to any web content you want..and have access to any applications want.

    That’s the bottom line..I don’t care if it makes it harder for carriers..these are our fundamental freedoms and rights..these phones are our property.

    And for this reason alone, I will not buy this phone..I don’t care if you can root in 3 seconds and bypass it..its the principle of the thing.

    End rant

    • IHateWhiners

      You can. Spend full price for an unlocked phone. If not, pay a discounted price and play by their rules.

      • remister

        Even if you buy the phone retail price, it’s still carrier locked, even buying from manufacturers now, its carrier lock.

      • IHateWhiners

        I didn’t say to buy this phone at full price. I said to buy an unlocked, unbranded phone.

      • TMOprophet

        This would also require the phone to have the hardware requirements
        Mainly a dual mode radio CDMA/HSPA

        Qualcomm has made some of these chips, but you dont see them in products very often ..if ever here in the US..for obvious reasons

    • IHateWhiners

      So you’re not buying this phone because you can’t use it on Verizon or Sprint? You’re a joke man.

      • TMOprophet

        No it’s people like you that are the joke, you all let the carriers do whatever they want, never say nothing, just defend the controlling behaviors of the carriers…

        And I never said that I wouldn’t get it because I couldn’t use it on Verizon or Sprint as you claim, I am not getting it because it violates the principles of what is supposed to be Open Source.

      • IHateWhiners

        Man you’re laughable. I’ll quote you three times.

        “You should be able to buy any device, use it on any network you choose, have access to any web content you want..and have access to any applications
        want.”

        “This would also require the phone to have the hardware requirements Mainly a dual mode radio CDMA/HSPA”

        “And for this reason alone, I will not buy this phone..I don’t care if you can root in 3 seconds and bypass it..its the principle of the thing.”

        You’re whole original post was about your “freedoms” as a wireless user. Like I said in my first reply buy an unlocked/unbranded phone and quit your complaining. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

        And no, it’s people like you who are the JOKE. You’re so unsatisfied with your service yet you still pay T-Mobile $$$ every single month. I know what you can do!! Go to on an unaffiliated website and cry til the cows come home. That’ll show’em!

  • Michael

    I don’t mind too much and I can understand why they did it. I plan on rooting mine was there is a way available anyway and I can tether then if I ever need too. And anyway why go to sprint don’t they charge you like 30 extra dollars to tether?

    • olypdd

      Sprint and Vz both charge to tether, and now I’m glad I purchased a Nexus One. I prefer going unlocked, and I really want a keyboard.

  • olypdd

    I am thinking that T Mobile wants you to buy their other (non phone) products for web access in the field. If they enable this feature on the G2, then the G2 competes against those other products in their lineup.

    • mingkee

      I also have unlimited webconnect and Even More plus 3 in 1 plan.
      Now I may get BB 9700 and deploy nexus one on webconnect to create mobile UMA. In addition, you can add joikuspot on forthcoming C6-01, C7, E7, N8, so we don’t really need G2 if we want mobile hotspot (don’t forget they’re unlocked and no carrier’s branding at all).

  • t1 connect

    I’m gonna hack the living daylights out this thing

  • t1 connect

    BTW loving the mobile site.

  • somebody

    the only reason why i was going to get this phone and now its gone….

    i guess im going to wait for something better…..

  • orge

    I have a feeling that tmobile will charge us $10 or something for tethering like ATT and Verizon are doing….
    what about PdaNet…will it still work wirelessly?? god damn it….T-MOBILE….please do not ruin your reputation on this one!!!!

  • dell can still suck it

    The carriers used to have total control with proprietary feature phones and last gen smart phones. Android and Iphone are inherently multiuser unix kernel driven systems. It is arrogant for any mobile phone operator to believe that they are in control of vanilla implementations of Android and inherently multi-user os on a hand held device ./ root and add any thing you like soon to see hacked kernels/ roms that enhance battery life or video performance. Mean hardware, open application structure and free source like free beer and crippled operator drama. Freaking Typical. IMAHO DT.

  • trife

    Meh. I’ve literally never had a need to use this feature in the past so this isn’t a dealbreaker to me.

    Then again, I can see how one would be kinda miffed if they did rely on this feature a lot, considering this is somewhat standard, no?

    Either way, it isn’t like there aren’t ways around it.

  • abel2fresh4u

    i wonder if all of you’s really use that feature?

    Tethering or not. im hoping to buy this phone. as soon as posible.

    and yea go to the other carriers where they charge for it. go pay for a feature u dont usually use.

    • olypdd

      I use the wi fi hotspot feature at work when the internet is down. At home for the same reason, and so occasionally. It’s proven to be an important backup for me.

  • InFeXIoUs

    Since when did pdanet start charging that…? i use it all the time to goto any website just fine? Even still if they were charging 24 dollars thats not that big of a deal considering its one time and bam you have tethering once again… kind of a quick east fix if you ask me…

  • InFeXIoUs

    Just went to pdanets website, http://www.junefabrics.com and yea i see the expiration for the trial for secure sites only and the price for it is 23.95 one time license but for a limited time only its 15.95 one time only.

  • mtnman

    Well we were all excited to get this phone and then once again T-Mobile decided to take stuff out of it. I had a feeling they would, after all they always do. So when you see the specs of the new MyTouchHD, you’ll just have to wonder what has Tmo taken out. Of course, if it’s the European version then it’ll have everything in it. So don’t get too overly excited when you see new phones coming out (at least for the American Market) they’ll be stripped like all the others in order for Tmo to keep the cost low. I can understand T-Mobile wanting to keep cost low in this economy, but you have to spend money to make money.

    I have to admit that I’m all excited about the new MyTouchHD, but then again when I see the specs on it, I’ll have to wonder what’s been taken out of it for the American Market and when T-Mobile deem’s is not nessasary.

  • Chris

    download easytether for a $9.99 one-time fee from the market, problem solved.

  • jwicks82

    It’s not that big of a deal. There is usually a wifi spot somewhere near you at all times. Take me for example…….stealing my neighbors internet through wifi for almost two years now.

    • INeedHotSpot

      Not where I live, its dead here. Maybe its because I’m in the hood.

      • Mr.Barrow

        That’s right. We never seen a laptop or pc in the projects. Just fast cars and dope and big screens.

  • LeezinToMez

    Keep in mind that when T-Mobile says it doesn’t support it, doesn’t mean that it will not be there.

    For example: If you call in to Care and ask about tethering a blackberry, generally they will tell you they dont support it. Meaning: they wont tell you how to do it.
    But you’re still able to do it, aren’t you?

    Despite this internal doc saying its not “supported” we will ultimately know for sure when we get display devices in our stores sometime next week or so.

  • Wunako

    Would b great if in future they roll that out but. I can not wait to get this phone sadly i have to wait a whole month more since november is wen i can upgrade

    • redman12

      Call them up, they usually let you upgrade when your close.

    • jack

      DUDE BY NOVEMBER YOU CAN PURCHASE THE MYTOUCH HD WAY BETTER THAN THE G2

      • Randy

        Caps lock is Cruise control for cool.

        p.s. The G2 is superior merely because of vanilla android and keyboard which the mytouch HD will not have

      • Vibrant Addict

        We actually don’t know if indeed it’s superior until we have more information on the myTouch HD. Jack may prefer having a FFC so the better option would be the myTouch HD since the G2 is lacking that feature. Also, personally I take a touchscreen swype keyboard any day compared to an actual qwerty, I like the slimmer size hence why I’m actually thinking of getting rid of the Vibrant for the myTouch HD. Only time will tell.

    • Bulge

      Just got off the phone with Tmob cust support: After checking with the Android Tech support team the answer was that, “the phone does not support tethering. However, you can go to the android app store and there is an app that will allow you to tether”.
      Sounds like you can with the app from the app store.
      Feel free to call them now that the phone is out.

  • Kyle

    You all have to look at it as a business stand point. Theyre going to throw in hspa+ for no charge.. You can’t expect them to let you tether on that network for free also. It would make them lose money and in turn raise prices for data.. And then you will continue crying about that. Take what you can get.. Especially with tmobiles great pricing.

    • somebody

      dont they cap the speeds after a certain amounts of usage? ??

      why do they care how i use that amount of data? ? ?

      • remister

        T-Mobile doesnt have tiered data pricing, yet. I hope to keep it that way. I hear Verizon is next on the list to be tiered data.

      • David Thomas

        remister: No, they don’t have tiered data pricing. What they do is slow down your speeds greatly after you use quite a bit of data.

      • Usman

        Yes… I think it’s something like 10gb in a month and they throttle you to Edge.

      • Foxeh

        That’s the rule according to the fine print.

        Magenta never minded rooted handsets and still covered anybody who had one. Last time I was in a retail store, a T-Mo rep actually suggested the idea that people will be getting their internet from their phones rather than the other way around and used that as a pitch to get people to upgrade to smartphones. He’s not going to look too good if those customers are told that they can’t do that.

        As for no tethering or Wifi hotspots, keep in mind that this doesn’t say T-Mobile will charge extra for them, it says that this carrier will not have them AT ALL no matter how much you’re willing to pay, at least in the short term. A lot of comments seem to overlook that.

        Of course for all we know the hot spot feature could actually be there and they just don’t “support” its use, but I wont hold my breath.

      • Dale Murphy

        i can confirm it is 10 gb, then the speeds are throttled. it has happened to me twice. you still get 3g calling but will be unable to stream videos on your phone nor can you stream videos on your computer via tether or hotspot, etc. until your next billing cycle. Nexus One.

  • Alex

    I agree with tmobile on this. It would be to great a loss monetarily wise if they allowed tethering.

    • Tito!

      Yeah but it would be a great “monetarily-wise” to not allow.
      Tethering can be done alone through an app. I don’t care.
      I’m speaking of the hotspot feature here. Mobile hotspot is an increasing and requested feature, on my behalf. To not include it, is ludicrous.
      Your speak of losing money allowing it, well, I speak of them losing money for not allowing it. Lack of features, leads to other resources. Customers will go, and I quote will, go to another carrier for simple things like this.
      Time is buisness. And it’s time T-Mobile step it up, and ease it’s conservative ways. They need to come around, and come around fast.
      Exclude a stock Android service, is baad!

      • davidohio

        Wrong article. The hot spot/ wifi post is the newest one after this tethering post.

      • Dbo

        Tito, I have to disagree with you on almost every point you are attempting to make…..I sound like one of those customers who wants a whole gallon of milk but only want to pay the half gallon price for it. if everything is free, there is going to be a price increase most likely in your rate plan….yet something else for you to cry about. Of course you have other resources, but that too, will come at a price for you. You will either pay more per month for your service and still not get everything you want, or you will take great pleasure in knowing you are still saving money with T-Mobile. You most likely are not even using half the capability of your phone anyway, just wasn’t everything you can get. Remember, you can have that whole gallon of milk, just pay for the whole gallon…..

  • INeedHotSpot

    I second that “Somebody” I need hotspot. Hopefully the mytouch hd has it.

  • ihatefanboys

    dont need it, prob wont ever use it even if i did have it. but why would we need tethering when theyre including mobile hotspot. unless that was just a rumor.

    • INeedHotSpot

      From my understanding the tethering is the mobile hotspot, that doesn’t come with the phone.

      • Foxeh

        “Tethering,” either by USB or Bluetooth, lets you connect to one device directly to provide internet access to that single device.

        “Mobile hotspot” will let any Wifi devices within range collect internet access.

        Both are mentioned in this article.

  • Tony

    T-Mobile knows that “phone geeks” like us can root and tether with ease, and quite frankly, I don’t think they care, since we are maybe 0.05% of the user base.

    What they don’t want is for an average Joe to leave wi-fi tether on all the time, allowing his entire neighborhood a free HSPA+ connection, and then have him calling in about poor battery life.

    If you like tethering, do it, but don’t complain too much. Would you be okay if it was offered as an extra $20/month “feature” like the other carriers?

  • Tony

    They also said that the G1 did not have the hardware for tethering, and that it was technically impossible on that device.

  • going_home

    I dont care about tethering but it better have the wifi hotspot feature or they will get the phone back again, and I’ll keep using the Nexus.

    :(

    • Usman

      Then don’t bother buying the phone… it ain’t got it.

  • Amanda

    I am getting the g2 no matter what because I don’t ever use tethering, BUT the entire reason my mom was going to buy this phone was for that feature. She only needs it an hour a day on her lunch break so that she can look up her school information because she is not allowed to at her work. Can we still use the tethering apps, or will those not work because the device does not support tethering?

    • Foxeh

      If she only needs to hook up a notebook computer or something, she may want to look into PDAnet.

    • Vibrant Addict

      It only means it won’t tether/mobile hotspot out of the box, otherwise there’s an app for that. PDAnet won’t require you to root the device, but I think there’s only a small price to pay to use it. There are other apps that require you to root the phone.

      Nearly all smartphone devices support wired tether. That could work for her since she’s just going to be using 1 device. I myself can use my Vibrant to tether through USB, and I don’t have to root it because I use the Samsung Kies software that is free for it.

  • bob

    Tehtering wont be supported until tmobile comes out with a feature or system back end to charge for it. Straight from HTC etc.

    • Phace

      But the HTC HD2 supports it fully! ALL HTC winmo phones support it out the box, go figure!

  • remixfa

    guys dont worry. this is a base vanilla android phone. It will probably be rooted before launch. All you need is root to get WiFi tethering to work. No biggie. Most of them dont “support” tethering out of the box. 5 minutes of work later, they do :)

  • Tom

    It would be nice if they unlocked it, and didn’t charge extra. For me I really don’t use tethering. Sometimes I may, it’ll be really nice with my iPad. Since they throttle data The just shouldn’t charge. I mean, I was able to tether my BB9700 no problem through USB or bluetooth.

  • alex

    GUYS READ!!!! it says that initially it wont be supported but tmo knows people want this feature, and they are working for a solution in the future

    • I was at a T-mobile store and asked if and what phones would tether, they told me touch slide, hd2 and the galaxy s… If they don’t, why must lie… cuz doesn’t rooting your phone good warranty, or can rooting be reversed?

      • *void warranty

      • Kickstar13

        You can unroot your handset and then return it to T-Mobile. Just remember to unroot before sending the phone back to T-Mobile.

      • Vibrant Addict

        As far as I know, since I own it, I tether through USB on my Vibrant using the Samsung Kies software, no rooting required.

  • ac

    I guess i will not be purchasing this phone after all because it’ll not offer tethering. It was too good to be true.

  • I pre-sale ordered and am patiently waiting it’s arrival, it’ll be the first thing I check for (wifi tether), I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t have the hotspot option; but really wishing it does.

  • Robot

    The reason tethering is not offered is that other products are sold for that purpose. My problem is the device I want to use is an iPad and I can’t use the product they sell for internet as I don’t have a USB port.

    • Vibrant Addict

      Should’ve gotten an Android tablet instead.

  • david

    I just use easytether. I dont understand why people are not getting this phone becuase of this when a simple app fixes it. You dont even have to root.

    • Amanda

      Thanks! That is all I needed to know. As long as I can get an app to tether than that is perfectly fine with me!

    • mikeybot

      Likewise.

  • Thats a crock. “We’re working to develop them”. Theyre already developed as a stock element of Android. There’s a built in tethering feature included in every windows mobile phone that theyve never bothered to surpress (even on the HD2). Im not spending $500 on the phone just for t mobile to limit the OS’ native features. BIG fail t mobile. Thankfully Cyanogen is already committed to developing for the G2. Ill definitely be rooting mine thank you very much.

  • I guess that means we’re headed towards having to pay for tethering like everyone else…or hacking.

  • mingkee

    Mobile hotspot isn’t just for internet access for other devices, but it also convert 3G to mobile UMA to provide more stable signal for calling where receptionbis not good enough and no wifi available but 3G reception is available.
    Locate the mobile hotspot by the window and let it convert to UMA for other phones.
    About tethering solution, T-Mobile simply offer it for free with internet more than $20 like total internet in the past.
    T-Mobile already impremented soft cap on internet, so overuse/abusing is no longer a problem.

  • Jay

    Currently T-Mobile doesn’t support tethering on any of the devices that they carry. The key word here is SUPPORT. There are tons of users like myself that use a blackberry or similar device to tether currently. The fact that T-Mobile doesn’t support it simply means that if you cannot figure it out yourself, T-Mobile will not help you get hooked up.

    I believe that there are a few apps in the android market such as PDAnet that allow you to tether. (I cannot confirm they work well as I’ve never used them personally) So I don’t believe it will be an issue. Personally I believe this is simply a statement from T-Mobile to discourage tethering. I do not believe that this feature will actually be restricted on the phone itself.

    -J

    • mingkee

      Samsung Behold II and Vibrant can tether over USB out of the box after you have Kies and ADB drivers installed.
      ALL WM 6.X phones can tether through internet sharing and it works 100%, plus blackberry phones.

  • alex

    if you know we want it why not just leave it ;)

  • k

    PDA net by junefabrics will allow you to tether. Tethering is one thing I do enjoy about my N1.

  • Josh

    Anybody want to try and start a twitter petition? @TMobile and #G2TetherPetition
    Lets make them regret it!

    • G2ftw

      They just said theyre working on it. Givem a break

      • J

        Working on what? Something that already exists?

  • Carlos

    all these #CryBabies LMFAO!! stop crying, grab a tissue then install “PDAnet” from the market and get over yourselfs… we all know tmo doesnt have tethering plans, that should have came as no shock. if tmo was to jack up data plans to a extra $30 then everyone would be pissed including me, so chill out and get you tether on through a 3rd party source

    • mingkee

      T-Mobile should offer free tethering with $20 or higher internet options. If they charge for tethering like other carriers, I’ll leave along with 5+1 lines to Sprint and Virgin.

      • Deaconclgi

        Why? To go to the other carriers and pay their tethering fees?

  • Guy

    I work for t-mobile and regret that this device will not have a mobile hotspot. many customers are looking for this, and as stated, will go elsewhere to fit their needs.

  • AB

    I have a quick, only semi-related question that someone here might be able to answer. It pretty much boils down to: do you reccommend upgrading your phone over the phone, or in person?

    I was thinking of popping into a T-Mobile store today to pick up a new phone for my husband and switch our rate plan to the Even More Plus (since once he gets his new phone, we’ll both be using unlimited texting, data, etc). But if I do that, do they have the authority to apply the charges to my bill? Because I’d really prefer that. Also, are in-store reps able to do things like waive the upgrade fee?

    • olypdd

      I ordered mine over the phone and they waived the upgrade fee.

    • JD

      When I went to upgrade in person, they said they could not apply the charges to my bill — I had to pay right there. Over the phone and online, I could have it applied to my bill. You might want to call the store first to check.

  • Bao-Long

    Very disappointing! I will wait till the phone is rooted to to get full tethering capabilities before upgrading from my N1.

    • Vibrant Addict

      I’m guessing it will already be rooted before it even comes out. lol. It’s Vanilla Android so that should be rooted within the first week at the latest.

      • Scott

        Um, vanilla android has nothing to do with how easy a phone is to root. In fact, it’s probably even a little harder to root because its attack surface is smaller. What do you bet htcsense and motoblur have a few buffer overflows of their own?

      • Vibrant Addict

        That’s true, I forgot that the less it has the fewer attack options there are. I have no knowledge in developing root access for a phone, but knowing the Android community they should have it ready fairly quickly.

  • jazzmanmonty

    nothing xdadevelopers cant fix. there are apps for tethering, and i’m sure with how much this phone is so highly anticipated, a rooting method will be found very quickly. no worries people.

  • LSxChevelle

    This was a huge item for me. My understanding with PDA Net is that it cannot transfer on devices…am I wrong? That kept me from purchasing since in the last 6 months I have had the G1, Slide and Vibrant. I got a MT3G and put CM6 to tether.

    I understand the why but it is the ‘stock Android experience’ that makes me wonder why they say that and remove the feature. The early G2’s had it I heard from someone who had hands on time with it.

  • Going_home

    Ok I guess I will cancel my preoder then. I already have wifi hotspot with my Nexus and I’m not giving that up.

    • k-mack

      it’s really funny to hear anyone complain about not getting something for free that every other carrier charges for!!! Like some of the leaders here are saying, the phone will easily be rooted and we can run anything we want to run on the phone. don’t worry, people!

    • Dale Murphy

      @going_home. Exactly!

  • dquestic

    The main reason for my purchase was for the hotspot functionality. If it won’t have it, then I no longer need or want this device. Just cancelled my pre-order. Seems I might, sadly, actually have to go to Sprint after all.

  • some internet dude

    Great T-mobile crippling phone now too, no thanks. Nexus One still rocks, and now with FM radio. Thanks XDA devs.

  • the hammer

    I have an n1 and have used the hotspot feature one time and was only to see how it worked.

  • VeggieBurgerGuy

    I use pdanet now on my Mytouch 3G. It’s not the greatest, but it’s sufficient.

    I seriously looked forward to tethering on the G2. If not even PDAnet will work, then no thanks, I’ll stick with what I’ve got. Not really concerned with rooting.

    If they offer the feature in the future, then I’ll consider the phone, if I have not migrated to Sprint by then.

    • Vibrant Addict

      I’m 99% sure PDAnet will work for you. Don’t worry.

  • Carlos

    yall crazy if you think tmo would let us have free hotspots…just great! so our network can get bogged down and then people complain about data speeds…screw the hotspots… pls go else wear less bogg down for us :) oh yes i cant wait to have this baby!

  • just wait for the root- install Barnacle- and be happy

  • funkmasterC

    meh- so what. My G1 is rooted and I found a honey spot in my house where I can download 3-4MBps from 3g. That is good enough for me. Regardless how hard the developers try, they always seem to break something when they root.

    Don’t get me wrong, it would be nice, but wireless tethering is a battery hog – usb would be nice, but that doesn’t always play well with Macs. I’ll keep my G1 as my wireless access point and strip it of all of the other apps. I’ll just switch out the sims when I am in a pinch and leave the G2 alone for now.

    Maybe they will come out with something. T-mo hasn’t really frowned on it in the past. I tethered my dash regularly and used the wmwifi tether software when needed.

    Hope they change their minds though.

    • olypdd

      Hotspotting with my Mac has worked great using the N1. It is a battery hog so I plug into a charger. Great feature.

  • Acacia Strain

    Seriously…

    If hotspotting is that big of a need then cancel your plan and go spend $50 more for a plan and then $10-$20 more for hotspotting a month. It’s not that big of a deal.

    • mingkee

      Isn’t it better T-Mobile fires customers who does tethering? Then T-Mobile will lose a massive amount of customers.

      • David, Managing Editor

        Lose a massive amount of customers, I don’t think that many people outside of the technophiles are that interested in tethering. For us this is a disappointment, but for the general buyer, they’d never be the wiser.

      • Sapphire

        I agree with David. I know people who work in a T-Mobile Tech care call center and they get around 3 or so calls on this particular issue on all devices to be tethered out of the 100 calls they take per week.

  • Barry

    Ok so is wifi hotspot feature is something that allows you to turn your phone into a wireless router ? Because I have a rooted mt3g and I can make the phone a router or modem. I’m not exactly sure what this feature is. But is it that surprising this was omitted ? I would just root it, but that’s me. Pretty sure it won’t take long for devs to do that.

    • olypdd

      Yes to the former and no to the latter.

  • David

    Hey just off topic guys sorry but wanted to know which is better Stock Android Froyo or HTC Sense?

    • olypdd

      leaner meaner is stock and it also means you get the OS updates from Google right away. If you use Sense or another UI, while they are cool, they have to be updated to work with Google OS updates first, so it means having to wait for HTC first. I prefer to have Stock, but to each their own I say.

  • tmoled

    There is an app for tethering called wireless tether,not sure if it’s in the market, but i found it in xda forums. It is simple and works great! As far as tmobile saying that it will be available in the near future……forget about it! I would not count on it, they always promise updates around launch date and then go and hide and you never hear about it again. Just look at gps fix for Vibrant. I wouldn’t let this influence your decision, if you’re gonna wait for tmobile to come good on their promise, buy a different phone, but you can download an app that will take care of it and you don’t have to worry about what tmobile decides to do.

  • tmoled

    I don’t understand how people can say that most people don’t care about tethering. THanks to Verizon and Sprint advertising tethering, everyone knows what it is and it’s a great feature. Until wi-fi is available everywhere for free, tethering is going to be a big deal. I need to go online for school and thousands of students need to do the same. I don[t get wi-fi at work, so when i need to check something for school or submit an assignment, i use my phone to tether, it saves my life a few times a week and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  • ManSquito

    Worst case scenario I will have to carry around a USB cable wherever I go. No biggie. Geeks always have one in their car. Tell me I’m not alone here people.

  • highdrake

    For those of you planning on tethering via an app, will this be effencient enough to use as your home internet connection? I am paying 44.95 a month for a 10 gb connection at the house from my cable company and if I can tether using my existing t-mobile data plan I’d do that. Will this be plausable?

    • mingkee

      You should sign up virgin.
      $40 for unlimited.

      • 2FR35H

        yeah but their speeds are crap.

  • highdrake

    Let me clarify: Will I be able to enjoy gaming online using tethering?

    • JM77

      No the connection probably won’t be fast enough or consistent enough, and you will quickly pass the soft cap and be throttled down in speed to edge. Bad idea.

      • None

        One word: Latency.

  • This is a really good start by T-Mo to finally get the wheels turning on Wi-Fi calling, although limited it’s still a start. I do have to say no tethering is a downer, this will make those N1 folks out there (I was one of them) stay in their N1’s a little longer. Not allowing the tethering feature on a “vanilla Android 2.2? goes against something right?

  • Haj

    Tethering is against T-Mobile’s terms of conditions right? At least the current TOS. You shouldn’t be tethering at all since you aren’t officially allowed to do so. You can’t complain about a missing a feature that you’re not supposed to have in the first place.

  • RTFTOS…

    “Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging, and similar activities on your device and not on any other equipment. Unless explicitly permitted by your Data Plan, other uses, including for example, tethering your device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted.”

    “To provide a good experience for the majority of our customers and minimize capacity issues and degradation in network performance, we may take measures including temporarily reducing data throughput for a subset of customers who use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth; if your total usage exceeds 5GB (amount is subject to change; please periodically check T-Mobile.com for updates) during a billing cycle, we may reduce your data speed for the remainder of that billing cycle. We may also suspend, terminate, or restrict your data session, Plan, or service if you use your Data Plan in a manner that interferes with other customers’ service, our ability to allocate network capacity among customers, or that otherwise may degrade service quality for other customers.”

    From a moderator’s post in the official T-Mobile forums:
    “What current Data Plan do I need to use my device as a modem (this list does not include data plans that are no longer available)? These plans must be active on the account in order to use your device as a modem.

    For BlackBerry Devices: Unlimited BlackBerry Web, BlackBerry Unlimited Web (BES Only), BlackBerry Unlimited Web (BIS and BES)

    For Windows Mobile Devices: Smartphone Unlimited Web Only

    For Andoid Devices (minus the myTouch 3G): Android Unlimited Web Only

    For myTouch 3G: myTouch Unlimited Web

    Also, T-Mobile Customer Care is unable to assist with troubleshooting issues related to using your device as a modem provided the phone is able to connect to the internet while disconnected from a computer. If further assistance is needed, please feel free to post questions and issues to this forum, or refer to the documentation for your PC.”

  • remixfa

    ******************************************************************************

    GUYS GUYS GUYS..
    You guys are freaking out over nothing.. lol

    All this simply means is the phone does not come with the TETHERING APP preinstalled. NONE of the phones do. There are FREE tethering apps on the market.. no root required. If you want wireless tethering, simply root the phone and download google wireless tether from the net.
    Tmobile does not charge extra for tethering. They are the only carrier that doesnt. There is no foul play going on. It is just a generic official statement.
    quit worrying!

    ***********************************************************************

  • rickb928

    So long as the G2 supports root, I’m in.

    If you can’t root it, you don’t own it.

  • David Betz

    Upgrade your ROM manually. I have both USB tethering and wireless portable hotspot “tethering” on my Nexus One. If anyone took that away from me, I’d move to AT&T immediately. T-Mobile is as anti-tethering as Steve Jobs is anti-Flash and neither will recant no matter what the pressure is because they would be too shamed to do so. IT would be embarrassing for them.

    T-Mobile wants you to buy their lame USB device… right… like that helps my iPad. My tethering on my Nexus One is PERFECT for my iPad. I watch Netflix in my car. I do hope T-Mobile realizes their mistake and fires the man who made the decision for anti-tethering (that’s the only political way to save face).

  • Jeesh

    Working on it.. all they have to do is flip the switch on the software. They’re just looking for more profit.

  • tmoled

    YOu don’t need to root to tether, there are apps that work without being rooted, rooting is not a requirement, don’t know where people are getting this. I don’t recommend getting rid of your current home connection, your phone will not replace this. Not only do you have a usage cap, but Tmo 3g is not fast enough to satisfy 90% of people.

    • Brian

      You need root to enable something like a hot spot as the tethering without root only connect to the phone via USB or BlueTooth and require a client for that specific device. Meaning that pretty much you only can tether 1 Windows computer or Mac computer. You can’t tether your iPad, iPod, or any other devices like that.

  • mingkee

    This is pretty unfortunate today.
    The wifi in the college is totally dead, so tethering actually saves my day.

  • badbob001

    I’m sure they will have a tethering pricing plan to go with that update.

  • Bulge

    Per my phone conversation with Tmob cust support: After checking with the Android Tech support team the answer was that, “the phone does not support tethering. However, you can go to the android app store and there is an app that will allow you to tether”.
    Sounds like you can with the app from the app store.
    Feel free to call them now that the phone is out.

  • aj

    Tethering your phone to a computer for internet access is against T-Mobile’s terms. I hope T-Mobile starts cracking down on all these people who tether. I hate it when some data hog is taking up my tower’s resources. If people don’t tether they’re more likely to use less data.

    • mingkee

      You’re wrong, totally wrong.
      If T-Mobile starts to crack down on tethering, they’ll surely get a rough awakening.

      • aj

        Read the TOS or at least the quote in this article.

        “T-Mobile does not currently support handset tethering or offer a tethering rate plan.”

        They officially don’t allow tethering. They are just currently taking a blind eye to it.

      • I believe taking the tethering option out of the G2 would be them cracking down on tethering.

        Maybe I’m wrong….

      • helter

        I hope they’re cracking down on tethering. I hate it when some guy is hogging up all the bandwidth streaming Youtube or using it as their sole internet service. T-Mobile’s network isn’t all that great in the first place but while they’re adding capacity they should stop tethering or force people to pay. Then you also get people talking about how they never get throttled and have downloaded over 30 GB.

        It sucks when sometimes it takes a long time to check my email on my smart phone then wait a few hours and it’s quick again.

    • First of all, tethering is not forbidden by the TOS if you have the requisite (smartphone) plan.

      Second, if anyone is to blame for poor throughput, it’s the carriers. Their whole business model is based on concept that not everyone who uses their service will use it at once. Look what’s happened for years during a regional emergency (let alone a national one): cell service crumbles for hours. And, historically, that was just voice calls on rare occasions.

      Unfortunately, there’s no awards for conserving mobile service…

      • mingkee

        The logic from AJ is wrong and unfair.
        We all remember the network disaster on ATT after iphone 3g was released, did the disaster caused by tethering? Of course not!
        Other than very, very few, most of tetherers are considerate. They need this function for conveience.

    • Drew

      FALSE!!! T-Mobile has NEVER cracked down on tethering and in fact are one of the very few carriers I know who supported tethering to the standpoint of having a website instructing you HOW to tether your device. This is surprising as T-Mo has been in the past, and currently a “forward thinking” carrier. First to introduce Android, no hard cap on data (10GB soft cap) where they won’t shut you off, just throttle you after 10Gigs, one of the first to support (and still do) UMA. No tiered data plans…and NO tethering plan like AT&T, so this comes as bit of a surprise. Not sure if this was HTC’s idea or this was done as a request from T-Mobile.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Back in the days of the BlackBerry Pearl (2006) we all have tethered our phones with third party programs.

    Back then you could even call T-Mobile tech support and they would walk you through using the Pearl as a modem (as tethering was called back then).

    However, the important distinction to make in all this is that T-Mobile has never officially offered tethering nor supported it.

    AFAIK this is because T-Mobile has always wanted to keep its options open on limiting or canceling a customer’s account who, in T-Mobile’s opinion, abused his or her data plan.

    Back then there were T-Mobile users (on the BlackBerry forums) who reported being in a geographic region where dial-up, satellite, or cable modem service was unavailable. So they were using their Pearls as modems to get a 24/7 EDGE connection, which at 100K+ was better than no connection at all.

    Those people reported that T-Mobile never contacted them to warn that they were abusing their data plans. Obviously this was because a few thousand people tethering was not a big deal since they did not tax the system at all.

    Now with “4G” coming about and tech changing to where people may have only a wireless connection in the house for EVERYTHING that happens in the house (meaning people won’t be using land line modems nor cable modem) this will all change.

    I fully expect that carriers will soon offer “4G” speed tethering plans as an alternative to one paying separate charges to AT&T or Comcast cable for a home “net connection.” At that point tethering will no longer be free at T-Mobile.

    And unlike 2006, in 2011-12 T-Mobile will monitor your account usage. If they see evidence of abusive tethering, it will 1) throttle your account; 2) cancel your account; or 3) impose monthly tethering charges.

    Sure, we will always be able to hack our phones and install a third party tethering program. But T-Mobile, like other carriers, will look at that as circumvention of one’s plan limitations, and the terms and conditions. At that point the user will have to decide which way he wants to go.

    I don’t care any which way. I look forward to using my T-Mobile handset for all my “Net connection needs” at home. As I predicted two years ago, by 2012 we will walk into our homes, place our handsets into a dock, and that will connect the entire home’s computers to the Net.

    And the connection will be fast enough that you will be able to even stream movies without lag.

    Eventually, carriers will offer a flat price for unlimited everything, tethering at home or on a notebook included. And if there’s another carrier war, we can expect to pay $50 to $80 for unlimited plans, without GB limits, etc.

    By the way, home DSL and broadband providers are freaking out. There’s a lot of money to be made providing home internet connections. These “hard wire” providers can see the writing on the wall, a land line or cable connection going the way of the pay phone, toward extinction.

    They know that the only thing stopping an exodus to what I call “wireless docking” is the completion of “4G” speed networks. Once that happens (Verizon has estimated its LTE won’t be nationwide until December 2012) hard wire net providers will have to come up with something other than speed advantage to stop defections.

    And that’s all I have to say about tethering. ;)

    • aj

      Ya, I sure hope T-Mobile will start monitoring data usage more closely to enforce their TOS. Just because you can tether unofficially doesn’t you should. If a door to a house was unlocked it doesn’t mean you should go in and steal stuff.

      • BJ

        That is a useless analogy. The operating system supports tethering and the company has been claiming (including many reps I talked to in person at official T-Mobile stores and over the phone) that the G2 will come with the stock, unaltered version of 2.2. In addition I was specifically told about wifi tethering without me even asking. T-Mobile should not claim features that are false. You mod the OS, you change the phone. Period.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I am going to try an experiment. I think I am getting the “awaiting moderation” message on my posts because I use parentheses in my posts. This site’s software thinks those are links that might be forbidden, so it automatically sends those comments to the moderator who has to approve them.

    I am going to repost my comment, this time without parentheses, to see if I don’t get the moderation message.

    I also had a slash in 24-7. Maybe that generated the moderation restriction, so I’ll delete that too.
    ____________________

    Back in the days of the BlackBerry Pearl, 2006, we all have tethered our phones with third party programs.

    Back then you could even call T-Mobile tech support and they would walk you through using the Pearl as a modem, as tethering was called back then.

    However, the important distinction to make in all this is that T-Mobile has never officially offered tethering nor supported it.

    AFAIK this is because T-Mobile has always wanted to keep its options open on limiting or canceling a customer’s account who, in T-Mobile’s opinion, abused his or her data plan.

    Back then there were T-Mobile users, on the BlackBerry forums, who reported being in a geographic region where dial-up, satellite, or cable modem service was unavailable. So they were using their Pearls as modems to get a 24 hour EDGE connection, which at 100K+ was better than no connection at all.

    Those people reported that T-Mobile never contacted them to warn that they were abusing their data plans. Obviously this was because a few thousand people tethering was not a big deal since they did not tax the system at all.

    Now with “4G” coming about and tech changing to where people may have only a wireless connection in the house for EVERYTHING that happens in the house, meaning people won’t be using land line modems nor cable modem, this will all change.

    I fully expect that carriers will soon offer “4G” speed tethering plans as an alternative to one paying separate charges to AT&T or Comcast cable for a home “net connection.” At that point tethering will no longer be free at T-Mobile.

    And unlike 2006, in 2011-12 T-Mobile will monitor your account usage. If they see evidence of abusive tethering, it will 1 – throttle your account; 2 – cancel your account; or 3 – impose monthly tethering charges.

    Sure, we will always be able to hack our phones and install a third party tethering program. But T-Mobile, like other carriers, will look at that as circumvention of one’s plan limitations, and the terms and conditions. At that point the user will have to decide which way he wants to go.

    I don’t care any which way. I look forward to using my T-Mobile handset for all my “Net connection needs” at home. As I predicted two years ago, by 2012 we will walk into our homes, place our handsets into a dock, and that will connect the entire home’s computers to the Net.

    And the connection will be fast enough that you will be able to even stream movies without lag.

    Eventually, carriers will offer a flat price for unlimited everything, tethering at home or on a notebook included. And if there’s another carrier war, we can expect to pay $50 to $80 for unlimited plans, without GB limits, etc.

    By the way, home DSL and broadband providers are freaking out. There’s a lot of money to be made providing home internet connections. These “hard wire” providers can see the writing on the wall, a land line or cable connection going the way of the pay phone, toward extinction.

    They know that the only thing stopping an exodus to what I call “wireless docking” is the completion of “4G” speed networks. Once that happens, Verizon has estimated its LTE won’t be nationwide until December 2012, hard wire net providers will have to come up with something other than speed advantage to stop defections.

    And that’s all I have to say about tethering. ;)

    • David, Managing Editor

      Still random, I only have particular words or phrases blocked, other than swear words, the phrase “slow news day” is blocked!

    • HaVoKteK

      Welcome back words of wisdom. The only poster that illicts true knowledgable responses!

  • Barry

    I nominate “fail”, “epic fail”, “I’m going to sprint,verizon,at&t” “r*tard” “first comment” (although I haven’t seen that in a while) If I think of anymore I’ll pass them along lol

  • remixfa

    i nominate anyone that posts a question or crazy uninformed statement without reading the responces first to see if its already been answered or corrected… lol :)

  • Barry

    Like the, there are certain prerequisites to run gingerbread ??? I swear if I see that comment/statement again I’m gonna spaz out lol

  • yoshi

    even if tmobile dose not support this officially the internet is called unlimited android net for a reason meaning i can use it as much as i want in what way i want i pay for it i use it

    • jo

      Too bad you didn’t pay for tethering. T-Mobile explicitly says you can’t use your device to provide internet to other devices. That means at any point in time T-Mobile can cancel your contract if you tether. That’s what you signed and agreed to.

      • Chameleon Skin

        Really? *Really?* And where did they say this, exactly?

        Care to quote the part of the contract that says your service can be cancelled for tethering? Or are you just basing your assertion on the fact that some rep at T-Mobile said verbally that they don’t “support” tethering (which, even should this dubious hearsay be true, is entirely different than saying it is “contractually disallowed”)?

        I’ve had a data plan with T-Mobile since they first offered one. I never signed anything that disallowed tethering, the terms of my contract haven’t changed, and if they ever did want me to sign something that disallowed tethering I would immediately switch carriers.

        I pay for unlimited bandwidth, and as far as I’m concerned unlimited means “unlimited”. It’s ridiculous for a carrier to assert how I should use the bandwidth that I pay for; this is no different from the traffic shaping that net neutrality laws are designed to prevent.

  • Riopato

    I’ve been with T-mobile for 13 years and always had a windows mobile phone with data plan. To this day I’ve been tethering as long as I’ve had this service. If these Androids and iPhones cause carriers to change or create rates for tethering I will be very upset and is another reason why I hate all of these retard proof smartphones!

  • Tianna

    I just downloaded PDANet from the Android Market on my myTouch 3G (out of the box…no rooting or hacking) and I’m tethered right now. No problem.

  • skeeter

    You know that all of the blackberry’s tether, right? For those hardcore tmobies out there, you do relize over 70% of the network is leased from at&t, Right? So maybe the anti-tethering policy is end user cost control?

  • Dmanx1030@aol.com

    I have a tmob G2 and it came with a setting for a wireless hotspot on it, no app or rooting needed. I use it to tether my ps3 and play black ops fine and tether my comp to stream netflix ( I’m on the Hspda+ network (tmob’s 4G) and I get speeds average 2.5mb but as high as 6mb untill I hit the throttle limit of 5gb!( that’s shitty) then my speeds are cut to dial up! 56-60kb or .o6mb and its basicly useless ,tho I still get a decent ping and can even play COD, no DL speed at all. Youtube won’t even work on my phone. I’m wondering if once I have been throttled down in speed rooting will somehow overlook that and still give me speeds capable of streaming netflix. Not sure exactly why you would want to root a G2 otherwise, they are very fast(no need to overclock) they already tether free, no app. When my ps3 connects thru my g2 tether it has trouble playing some games because the Upnp is off and the nat type is 3.(universal plug n play, & nat3 is not an open network (you want nat 2 or 1 to play any rockstar game like red dead redemption. If I root could I connect to nat 1 or 2? Does anybody know?