T-Mobile Launching $14.99 Tethering Plan November 3rd

Although we already knew that a new plan for customers that want to Tether was coming soon and then yesteday, confirmed for November 3rd, the folks over at BGR have recieved details on the new tethering plan. T-Mobile will officially offer the $14.99 /MonthTethering and WiFi-Sharing Add-On beginning November 3rd. The plan will allow subscribers to use their smartphones as a tethered modem or Wi-Fi hotspot. To qualify for the $14.99 Tethering add-on, you will need to have a 3G/HSPA+ capable handset in addition to an unlimited web plan of $19.95 or higher. The tethering plan also counts towards your 5GB data cap. So that means once you’ve used 5GB of data, your speeds will be throttled. The plan will be available for Postpaid and Flex Pay Customers.

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  • Smh

    For those of you who think that streaming video doesn’t use more of the network are slow and yes att and verizon and sprint charge you to tether your device they have been donig it for years anything else you want to know

  • http://www.bobvilla.com McPhoney

    WTF BS pay an extra $15 lmFao.
    looks like the Bacon got soggy.

  • unfair

    The PROBLEM is that when I purchased my plan I was told it was unlimited. Even though it was capped at 10G, which I am sure did not start out that was, I used what I needed. If AT THE END of my contract they told me they no longer offered the plan I was on that would be one thing. But I purchased my plan and made my decision to do so on what I was told. They should not be allowed to change my plan anymore than I should be allowed to cancel after I have agreed to a two year contract. I had 10 gb of data. Now in order to have the SAME amount as when I signed my contract I have to PURCHASE ANOTHER 5GB. They SHOULD NOT be able to charge me double for what I was told I would have when I originally signed my contract. That is NOT asking it for free, that is asking for what they ORIGINALLY told me I would have and asking them to stand by their original two year agreement.

    • vin

      Actually 5gb was always the cap and it is stated in the contract you signed… until recently, t-mobile actually allowed you to use double of what the agreement was so they are legally within their rights to exercise the service agreement you signed.

      • Foxeh

        This is false. The fine print used to specifically say 10GB.

      • Kickstar13

        The previous 5GB cap was only for webConnect plans. Now it applies to both webConnect plans and Smartphone plans.

    • DontJumpTheGun

      You are not capped at 5gb your data speeds will be reduced after 5gb of use, and I can almost guarantee you are getting much faster d/l speeds now than 2 years ago allowing you to reach that cap and be throttled much sooner each month but you can still have unlimited d/l at no additional charge just slowed d/l speed for the rest of your billing cycle.

    • ob18

      You still have unlimited what they do if you do reach the 5gb is slow the speed down in the internet.

      If you tether you will get screwed pretty much no matter what provider you role with, it’s the game they are all playing now and know they’ll get away it simply because the odds of everybody cancelling their plans at the same time in protest won’t happen and is the only likely way you or anybody will grab their attention enough to do something about it.

  • cj

    People stop getting hung up on the throttling down, part at least T-Mobile is making it more affordable. I’d bet allot people complaining about it never even thought of it before, maybe not even close to using 5GB. It amazes me people complain about what they lost, and may have even used to it’s potential. And if they were, those people may have tethering all ready. It could have been worst they could have lowered it to 2GB like their competitors.

  • Linuxjunkie

    This is for the bruised-sphincter fanboys who bend over and take it from the cell providers, then turn around and defend the raping… no matter what: I wonder if you’d be defending your home internet providers if they decided to charge you $15 extra per month for sharing your internet connection throughout your house. Just wondering, because some of you seem all too willing to just take whatever is dished out to you.

    As for myself? Unlocked is the only way to go. A higher upfront price is well worth the freedom I enjoy. Freedom from mandatory data plans, crippled phones, double-dipping “services” like this tethering crap, and a great phone that cost only what I paid for it and nothing more. Cracks me up when someone gets all excited that the latest smart phone is being offered for $200 with a new 2 year agreement… oh yeah, and mandatory data plan. Suddenly that sweet $200 “deal” turned into $920 (per phone). Tack on another $180/year if you decide you want to share your already mandatory $30 data plan with a laptop.

    Barnum was right. There really is a sucker born every minute.

  • some internet dude

    So basically we are going to be paying 20 bucks for the privilege to be able to tether, give me a break Tmo. Ill stick with my rooted N1 that tethers for free.

    • whatever

      Just what he said Tmobile day by day is becoming the opposite of what I thought of the company that’s why I changed from AT&T I’ll also be sticking to my rooted HD2 my bill is already at $88 average per month so I’ll pass TMO

      • the perm tip

        the hd2 has always been able to tether…..all winmo devices in the past couple of years have had this capability.

  • ob18

    If you tether check out the other providers being more expensive.

    http://zd.net/cfTYcl

  • podstolom

    I’m not sure I’m gonna wanna wake up on Nov. 3. First the Republicans are gonna vote in a bunch of Tea Party Capitalists who will take away all my nice Socialist Nanny State Entitelemts,Stimulus, Health Care and so on, but now TMobile is gonna take away my free tethering too? That’s worse. Much worse.

  • Barry

    Can anyone share their experience using data while being throttled ? I know I will run into this, just preparing myself.

  • BeerBellyBilly

    Here is some info i picked up on fiercewireless.com:

    Additionally, customers who have configured their devices for tethering in the past will have to purchase the new plan to continue to do so. Many T-Mobile customers have long claimed the ability to tether their devices without official approval from the carrier.

    If that’s the case, they can take their tethering and stick it somewhere deep and dark.

  • JM77

    Exactly how will Tmo know if I’m tethering or not? I tether sparsely. I mostly use it for email and web browsing when my crappy satellite internet is down.

    Data packets are data packets. They can’t tell as long as you don’t tether your xbox or stream movies, which would be far more data intensive than any service on your phone. All they can do is block market access to pdanet and easytether. Better download now people!

    As tempting as this new plan is, I think I’ll keep tethering for free thanks. ;-)

    • JB6464

      They can’t .
      I tether all the time on my HD2 and use between 3-4GB a month.
      What they see is data being used and how much.
      WM phones and some others T-Mobile has already sold already comes with the tethering app pre-installed. I just hook my USB to my computer and surf away.
      And will keep doing it after their stupid new tethering data plan kicks in.

    • http://mybluedish.com/blob Brent

      I also use tethering for emergencies. I don’t believe I use it enough to be a bother for the network or my wireless company. As you said tethering can be very handy as a backup internet resource. I have needed it a couple times when my electricity went out. I actually wish wireless companies could figure out a way to get cell phones to work with satellite networks. It seems that would open up a whole new world of possibilities. I actually have an entire blog dedicated to this subject and would love for you to check it out at mybluedish.com/blog.

    • Zbysior

      On a rooted galaxy 2 i made Thetering work now. But they just sent me a sms that they will block it if idont stop. How do they know?

  • Rabobank

    T-mobile is following the Industry that provides us content. This article was posted last week. Maybe it will help eveyone here and stop the Flaming. Thought it was an interesting article. We all use the Internet just in different ways. :)

    “Out of all the online activities clogging up the pipelines running through cyberspace, you’d think BitTorrent and peer-to-peer file sharing in general would be the biggest offender, but you’d be wrong. According to research by Web analytics firm Sandvine, P2P usage has been declining in recent years and now only takes up 13.2 percent of available Internet bandwidth. Meanwhile, video and music streaming now account for 45.7 percent.

    Coming in at a distant second is Web browsing, which takes up 24.3 percent. Leading the charge in all this streaming is Netflix.

    “20.6 percent of all peak period bytes downloaded on fixed access networks in North America are Netflix,” Sandvine said.

    Pretty impressive for a company that started off as a mail-order DVD business, but now thrives successfully as a streaming media company too. The question here is whether or not the Internet can keep up. In Canada, Sandvine reports that Netflix accounts for 95 percent of all bandwidth during its peak (around 9:30 PM).

    “For service providers, this is a double-whammy: not only are they losing revenue to these over-the-top offerings, but they are losing network capacity delivering these service,” Sandvine said in regards to Internet video services like Netflix and Hulu.

    Netflix has been making strides in making its streaming content more accessible. In recent weeks, both the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 consoles joined the Xbox 360 as disc-less Netflix streaming devices.”

    • Cal 20 Sailor

      One of the most interesting and informative perspectives I’ve read regarding feasibilty of tethering under this new tethering “plan” from TMO. This article suggests that relatively light use of tethering will probably not even register on TMO’s radar, if they’re going to be keeping an eye on all the bandwidth being sucked up by streaming media…

      • Cal 20 Sailor

        I meant to say that tethering without signing up for TMO’s $15/mo “plan” could probably be done without detection if TMO is going to be distracted by watching all the ‘streamers.’ All I really need from tethering is occasional access to email and the Web when I’m away from my home network, and I don’t like having to buy one of their plans to do so. They just want to up-sell these plans to increase income, and the contracts are just a way of doings so while locking in dependable cash flow…

  • MarkC

    I don’t see signing up for this, I can’t image that it would be worth it to sign up for an extra $15/month for one in a blue moon time that I would use it. Maybe if it was easy to turn on and off, if I was going to be traveling could turn it on for a month at a time, could be handy at airports.

  • BackAlley

    I can’t believe all the people complaining and whining about this. T-Mobile still offers the best deals in the industry. Wifi is everywhere for your laptop people. Clear offers a great wireless plan if your in the coverage area. I don’t know of any for-profit business that gives things away for free and continues to stay in business.

    I agree with MattB’s comment “Every extra tethering/hotspot customer is theoretically one less Web Rocket customer.” Do you think T-Mobile developed this super-fast network, created these USB devices to connect your laptop/ computer and then just to give you free access from your phone to bypass this? All of the work they’re doing would be for nothing, because their failure as a company would be inevitable. If you don’t want to pay for the service, then don’t. This is just like people stealing music from the artist by downloading it for free through file sharing, and the artist loses the money. If you like something then you show the person that you do various ways, T-Mobile wants money for their service. Your opinions can be voiced loudly through affecting their financials. The is a new service they’re offering and there are going to be complaints and praises until the hype settles down.

    You have to look at this through a business perspective. Every business has a strategy and until UNICEF creates a phone company, T-Mobile is the one to choose for the best deal for your money.

  • http://www.youtube.com/jeromeo1980 Jeromeo

    Will someone (possibly the author of this article) please tell me how T-Mobile will know if you are sharing your 3G connection over WiFi or USB? What hints are sent through their network to spot if data is being sent to one screen or another through a single IP address? Really, I would like to read that article!
    My perspective on the announcement? Another $15 a month to phone plans that already hover around $100 with taxes and fees? Thanx…
    I see some saying this move is warranted or expected. How? Should you charge an extra $5/month to use the phone’s accelerometer or an extra $10/month to use an app? How about $0.25 for every time you use A-GPS? The ‘A’ means cellular network assisted, right?
    Scenario: my mom pays $30/month for “Unlimited Data” (note the quotation marks), but uses only 1gigabyte does it matter if 300megs of that data went to her computer screen instead of her phone screen? Two Dancing With The Stars Videos in HD on the bigger laptop screen for an extra $15? She is allotted 5gigs per month! Why should she have to pay extra (when she didn’t even come close to her cap, mind you) to still be limited to 5gigs a month?
    Is this also not a breach of contract in some way? Her HD2 has a wifi hotspot app BUILT INTO THE OPERATING SYSTEM and that device IS SOLD BY T-MOBILE! They never told her she could only use certain parts of her phone when she signed away 2 years of her financial commitment.
    Finally, if prices increases, fees, add-ons, clauses, exceptions, caps, limits, and conditions keep happening on [currently] America’s most reasonably priced large carrier, then what reason is there to stay? If you are going to be upcharged and limited, why not switch to AT&T and buy an iPhone or to Sprint and buy an EVO? Build quality is higher on both than the competing myTouchHD. Why not then choose a carrier with better coverage and an actual route to LTE?

    • G2 Wizard

      i have the new G2 and just got the new OTA update which allows me to turn my phone into a wireless hotspot using tmobiles internet network and i have successfully tried it and can officially say it works flawlessly and i did not have to pay this extra 15 per month. Why in the world would i call and ask them to bill me for something that is already freely accessible?

      and even before the hotspot capability, i could use easy tether app to do the exact same thing with a usb wire. so again, why the hell does tmobile think anyone is willingly going to agree to pay 15 a month for a service that can be acquired for free?

      just because this tethering service makes their web connect rockets nearly obsolete, doesnt mean that they should start trying to charge for tethering (which also contributes towards the 5gb cap). in this day ans age, old technologies die out quick. they should have foreseen this coming. why should we have to pay for their negligence?

      i dunno about u guys but im keeping my easy tether app as a backup and will use my phone as a wireless hotspot whenever i need to and i will not be signing up for a pointless 15 a month tethering plan that doesnt even extend ur data cap….now if the 15 a month charge included an additional 5GB of data usage before being capped, THEN i would seriously consider it.

  • spigot

    For a carrier that introduced the first Android-based smartphone (the G1), this isn’t a wise move. Tmo has always had to go up against the iPhone, which while it isn’t necessarily a superior platform vs Android, it has undoubtedly out-marketed any other smartphone platform out there. One of the biggest benefits to Android has always been its tethering apps, where you don’t have to pay the carrier extra. Taking this key value point out of the equation is going to hurt. I work for a Tmo dealer and I’ve switched lots of iPhone users to Android using the tethering advantage alone. And if they are going to use a 5GB soft cap on smartphones whether you tether or not, then why should they care which device is using it?

  • john

    This is horrible even with HSPA+ which is supposed to be fast. Look at sprint right now with 4G…… their 3G is capped to 5 gigs but on 4G its unlimited no capp at all. i went to a sprint store and checked out their mobile broadband options and i was educated that since sprint owns alot of spectrum its able to provide real unlimted 4G service to customers. Come on tmobile i love my unlocked okia phones but not even that can keep me with you. the one thing i hate about sprint is that they outsource customer service and i support the US.

  • Jonathan

    I don’t understand if I have unlimited data on my phone. ARd want to tether it to my iPad or Netbook for 30 minutes to get my updates on We rule and Pocket Frogs why should I have to pay more for that? Bits are bits weather its from my phone or an external device. I mean as long as we live with in the boundaries and means of our data contract what does it matter?

  • TopBanana

    Do I understand this correctly… for a $19.95 “Unlimited” 3G data plan you do get unlimited data or 4G speed after you reach 5 gig; and, for an additional $14.99 (for a total of $44.94 monthly) you still don’t get unlimited data or 3G speed.

    I want to know, what is the name of the plan in T-Mobile’s television advertisements?… the plan where the girl is talking about the Fast Speed and Unlimited Data? That’s the plan I want.

    • TopBanana

      Opps… typos.

    • TopBanana

      Opps… typos.

  • TopBanana

    Do I understand this correctly… for a $19.95 “Unlimited” 3G data plan you do NOT get unlimited data or 3G speed after you reach 5 gig; and, for an additional $14.99 (for a total of $34.94 monthly) you still don’t get unlimited data or 3G speed.

    I want to know, what is the name of the plan in T-Mobile’s television advertisements? You know… the plan where the girl in the red outfit is talking about the Fast Speed and Unlimited Data? That’s the plan I want.

  • TopBanana

    Do I understand this correctly… for a $19.95 “Unlimited” 3G data plan you do NOT get unlimited data or 3G speed after you reach 5 gig; and, for an additional $14.99 (for a total of $34.94 monthly) you still don’t get unlimited data or 3G speed.

    I want to know, what is the name of the plan in T-Mobile’s television advertisements? You know… the plan where the girl in the red outfit is talking about the Fast Speed and Unlimited Data? That’s the plan I want.

  • juggernaut

    its crap they know they can make more money so they rape people and they did not even let me know i was being raped i had to find out from a friend that using my phone as a hot spot was charging me extra T MOBILE SUCKS

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You’re mad because T-Mobile is charging you for using their service? They have to recoup the cost of the network that everyone wants to enjoy, I can’t say I completely agree with the data cap, but tethering being free isn’t a likely scenario.

      • Phelan Jackson

        No, I’m mad because their changing and making up prices after I agreed to a 2yr contract.  The agreement does require you to pay for data service, that should be enough to continue throughout my contract.  If you, as the customer, were to change or eliminate your contract they charge $200.  If your contract was in place before November 3rd, when they started this mess, services should be as they were when you signed your agreement.  Tmobile is starting to be just like gas prices.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You’re mad because T-Mobile is charging you for using their service? They have to recoup the cost of the network that everyone wants to enjoy, I can’t say I completely agree with the data cap, but tethering being free isn’t a likely scenario.

  • juggernaut

    its crap they know they can make more money so they rape people and they did not even let me know i was being raped i had to find out from a friend that using my phone as a hot spot was charging me extra T MOBILE SUCKS

  • Info

    Tethering is technically not a service offered by the carrier. So charging for tethering is about the same as if a car company charges you an additional fee when you use your car to drive to the beach …
    The phone company (i.e. T-Mobile, Verizon etc.) owns the 3G,4G etc network, they dont own the network you build in your house. They dont own your Wifi connection. So Tethering should be free. I am very pissed that they start charging for something that they dont own at all.

    • Consumer88

      I agree…people need to complain because 15 to use internet that you are paying for is a rip off

  • rc

    virgin mobile give unlimited data w/ no contract for $40,