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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  • 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


      • 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

    • http://Pnet.Com G2 fan

      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?

      • http://Pnet.Com G2 fan

        *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.

  • http://Pnet.Com G2 fan

    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


  • http://twitter.com/AndroidAutobot AndroidAutobot

    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.

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    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.


    • 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!

  • http://none bibbi

    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


    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.

  • http://www.examiner.com/smartphones-in-hartford/t-mobile-g2-set-to-feature-wi-fi-calling Charles W.

    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.

  • http://squarecat.com Scott B


    “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


    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!