T-Mobile Launching New Hush Hush Promotional Plans On January 25th

Now this is the kind of promotion we can get behind as T-Mobile prepares to silently launch two new promotional data feature bundles, available for a limited time. Beginning January 25th, T-Mobile will launch the Unlimited-Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that will add in the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot and MobileLife Album Plus services for free. That’s an additional value of $19.98 for the customer. Smartphone Mobile Hotspot provides the ability to share a 4G connection and is normally a $14.99 value. This move provides T-Mobile a step above the competition, especially if they were to offer this as a prime-time promotion and not hide it behind the shadows.

According to the screengrab, T-Mobile doesn’t want to proactively offer this feature…I’m sorry I disagree. I get that the company wants to protect the bottom line, but this is the EXACT kind of promotion they should be shouting from the rooftops. I do understand this promotion is a tool designed to help sway someone on the fence about signing up with T-Mobile. In other words, this promotion will most likely be used as a closing tool for sales rep to help show the T-Mobile “value” over the competition.  Except existing customers deserve these plans as well and if T-Mobile wants to stop churn, stop churn, don’t selectively offer promotions. Haven’t they recognized this from the feedback accrued during the recent Value Plan sales?

This promotion is available to both new and existing customers on any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans who choose to upgrade to the Unlimited-Premium 5GB or Unlimited-Ultra 10GB rate plan.

 

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  • Codeyf

    Hmmm, no mention of price unfortunately. Already on the Android Preferred for $20 which is 5gb. Curious as to the cost of this 10gb Ultra is.

    • dan

      yeah i am wondering the same thing.  since i have android preferred web for 20 dollars also.  i wonder how much it will cost and if we can add the mobile hotspot feature for free also.  I have a gut feeling that it will be more than what we are paying now for android preferred. 
      @david what do you think? will this feature be able to be added onto android preferred ($20) for 5 GB.  How much will those plans cost.

      • Anonymous

        yeah i wonder too if the upgrade to 10 gb is free or extra. otherwise, most people are still tethering for free now without the add-on so there wouldn’t be much incentive to get the mobile hotspot unless you wanted to officially add it?

        • Anonymous

          On the 42mbps devices (Amaze, GSII) it checks to see if you’re paying for tethering or not.  I’m assuming because it’s a bigger strain on the network.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schroeder1 Mark Schroeder

      Considering these are free addon’s the price is staying the same. So just go to T-mobiles website and check the plans and you will see the cost.

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    Excellent. I’m tired of hitting my 5GB throttle point.

    • Anonymous

      Uhh, it’s still not real unlimited. LOL

      • JBLmobileG1

        If it was truly unlimited 100% all the time high speed data I would be willing to give up my old grandfathered plan and pay the current price for the 10GB data plan. Until then I will probably stay where Iam at. Sorry Tmobile… you almost had me give it up.

        • Anonymous

          Precisely. I’m honestly having to consider jumping ship altogether if Sprint’s LTE still remains truly unlimited. I’m in one of the launch cities (Houston) and initial speedtests have it clocked over 42mbps. Their plan is to cover their entire customer base by 2013 with LTE Advanced. T-Mobile’s days despite what these articles are trying to imply are not looking all that golden.

      • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

        I assumed that by the “10GB” text…

  • http://twitter.com/meek_420 Mike

    im taking full advantage of this….why am i paying 20 month for 5gb of high speed when i can get it for frreeeee….I hope they let me do it

    • dan

      its not free. the add on mobile hotspot is free. not the data plan. just FYI

  • 4G

    So how much extra would it be if I’m on the 2fb plan now

    • william wadsworth

      The 5GB plan costs $10 more a month.

  • Anonymous

    I’m definitely going after the bonus features.  I’m already on the 5GB plan, and I feel that’s all I need. The MobileLife Album part doesn’t interest me, but the Mobile HotSpot part does.

  • remister

    Can I really do this with EM+ plan (which I have 5GB already, looking for the 10GB), while not upgrade to a “value plan”?

    • bob

      No the feature will only work on value or classic. EM+ features have been grandfathered. 

      • remister

        Thanks for reply, Long Live EM+ plans!

      • Makoute

        That sucks.

    • Anonymous

      According to the promotion: any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans

      Looks to me that EM+ is not included since there’s no contract.

  • LC

    You would have to change your current web plan to one of the new 5 or 10 gig plans, and they will be priced as they are now.

  • 4G

    Cool. Thanks

  • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Glad they doing new things, keep it up.

  • Kirk

    Does this apply to those of us grandfathered into unlimited data at $20 a month with our 5gb cap?

    Would grandfathered customers have to renew the contract?

  • Anonymous

    A lot of customers are going to jump on this because the newer android phones like the galaxy s II and the amaze completely lock out tethering for free. Finally there is a good reason to move up to 5gb.

    • Anonymous

      Not if you’re on Monthly4G. Ha!

      • http://twitter.com/fratermus Frater Mus

        My instinct is this “promotion” will be coincident with locking down tethering on Monthly4G.

        • Anonymous

          There’s always ways around it. ;)

        • Anonymous

          There’s always ways around it. ;)

    • Rudy Belova

      They don’t really lock out tethering on the amaze. It’s both online and a few of the employees in the stores know how to “fix” it. (and they told me recently what app to download on the market to enable it) lol. no root needed! S II not so much. (Granted i upgraded to the 10Gb data plan and bought a tab 10.1 so he was happy with me most likely!)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for this!

    • Anonymous

      Simple PDANet

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I already share my data with other devices, & I don’t get a charge. Where’s the benefit?

    • Anonymous

      There’s no benefit. It’s just like the Value Plans… We’ll show you the benefit… But wait… It’s long and complicated but really! There’s a benefit! I swear.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Yeah, that’s what I thought. I don’t see the benefit, at all. Another snooze promotion.

        • JBLmobileG1

          The benefit is that you get to stay with Tmobile without them kicking you off their network because you didn’t follow the rules. I myself was tethering free of charge with my G2… but because I didn’t want the risk of losing my grandfathered plan and because I like to be honest as best I can… I added the $14.99 tethering plan. I just wish it included extra GBs for tethering.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          I haven’t been kicked off thou, & I use it moderately. I mean I’m not using it to abuse it, just in some cases I really have to. I think $15 in itself on top of the data plan (originally) is too much to share something that you already basically paid for, just saying.

        • JBLmobileG1

          I agree… but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Plus all the other major carriers charge more than what Tmobile is asking so I figure the price isn’t too bad if you do use it. Besides from my personal experience the longer you have your plan the better deal they seem to be. It really depends on how and what you use though.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          True, but still. lol. End result: I’m not paying for it. I’ll either stop using it all together, or I just won’t pay for it. My bill has already been pretty hefty enough as it is.

        • http://twitter.com/ITMedCEO Derrick Ford

          People are idiots to allow the other carriers to charge for data you already pay for… and for a function that the carrier doesn’t provide.

        • Rudy Belova

          I use it all the time, and the employees at the t-mobile  store i go to told me how to do it. Not a big deal.

        • http://twitter.com/ITMedCEO Derrick Ford

          Tethering is a function of the phone, not the carrier… Wise up my man!  DO NOT LET THE CARRIER DOUBLE DIP!!!

        • JBLmobileG1

          So is making phone calls and sending text messages… your point? While they may charge for tethering Tmobile is still cheaper than the others. So I guess they all double dip… just some more than others.

        • Anonymous

          That has got to be the most foolish thing I’ve ever read. I tethered for free on my Vibrant but it’s blocked on my Amaze. I would still do it since I don’t even get close to my caps

        • blah

          Yeah m phone already has hot spot capabilitys so i dont really see the benifit n also have the 5gb for 20 per line so really means nothing to me….unless i can get 10gb for that price

    • Kirk

      Where’s the benefit? GET OUT OF HERE. You are doing something against the T-Mobile terms and conditions and you have the audacity to ask what the benefit of this is?

      • Anonymous

        Excuse me, but wireless hotspot is a FREE feature of Android. It was that way before T-Mobile and the other carriers became greedy and tried to customize the feature to benefit them.

        • Ashton

          It was always in the terms and conditions that you couldn’t tether way before Android was able to tether and only Blackberry phones could USB tether.

        • 21stNow

          Don’t get me wrong, I agree with your thoughts.  But, while wireless hotspot is a feature of the phone, the phone has to be used in accordance with the terms of service from the cellular service provider.  The wireless hotspot is not a “free to use” feature of the phone, but an included feature on the phone.  It’s no different from the Dialer and Text Messaging features of the phone.  The phone is capable of it, but the user is charged in accordance with the fees set by the carrier that the phone is used on.

      • Anonymous

        Not really you can’t tell someone to not use a built in feature of a phone thats insane. Wm6.5 had those features built in as well.

    • Kirk

      My comment to this fool was removed?

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile and their loose definition of unlimited. These marketing ploys are getting more and more annoying.

    • Anonymous

      it is unlimited. You always have internet irregardless of how much data you’re downloading/uploading. The only ‘limit’ is letting you use it for xGB at the highest speed you can get. There are no charges for going over the limit, if there were it wouldn’t be unlimited

      • Anonymous

        Do you work for them? Let’s see the dictionary’s definition for unlimited and see if it fits… Unlimited - adjective – 1.not limited;  unrestricted; unconfined. So to limit my speed invalidates being unlimited therefore it should NOT be called unlimited no matter how you dice it up. And have you ever been throttled? It’s less than 2G speeds. You will be lucky to do more than text and make phone calls. I call shenanigans.

        • Anonymous

          I wish

          And… it says 2GB or what have you at *up to* 4G speed, You can be down the street and have 2G and still download/upload as much as you want. So you’re internet connection is in fact unlimited.

          If you go down the street with your AT&T or Verizon device and get 2G you’re still limited to your 2GB plan and you get cut off or charged extra for going over

        • Anonymous

          Download and upload as much as you want? Again, you clearly have never hit the throttle point. You hit that point and we’ll see how much downloading you’ll be doing. (Hint: BARELY ANY!) I can promise you that if you hit that point you will probably not even want to touch your phone. I have hit it and so have many others; that special feeling of your “unlimited data” goes right out the window. 

        • Anonymous

          Download and upload as much as you want? Again, you clearly have never hit the throttle point. You hit that point and we’ll see how much downloading you’ll be doing. (Hint: BARELY ANY!) I can promise you that if you hit that point you will probably not even want to touch your phone. I have hit it and so have many others; that special feeling of your “unlimited data” goes right out the window. 

        • Wheresbrent

          Johnathan, what you are complaining about effects VERY few people, no one is forcing you to stay with tmo. There plans work for far more people that they don’t and yet you complain.

        • Anonymous

          I complain about the words they use because they are misleading. Simple as that.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Their use of the word “unlimited” is ridiculously misleading. It’s both frustrating and incredulous how they continue to preview their data features as “unlimited.” Most of you don’t know the story of how T-Mobile attempted to preview a commercial on Twitter calling out other carriers for their limited data plans by calling their own plan “unlimited.” I blasted them on Twitter and prepared a scathing editorial about the hypocrisy in the video. Needless to say, you never saw the video as it disappeared just an hour after it was first shown. 

        • Anonymous

          Thank you, David. It seems I was under fire for ridiculing their misuse of the word. I would have loved to see their commercial, lol.

        • Frigadroid

          Im with David on this they should change what they call it. They have a good deal why try to make it sound better than it really is? People like myself hate hard sales and words being manipulated. Yeah the public is stupid, especially the tmobile executives who keep trying the same failed plan year after year. When will they learn people know tmobile “unlimited” has it’s speed limit.

        • Tbyrne

          Yeah, let’s call it the “Unlimited Limited Plan”. Seriously, T-Mobile may need to address this down the road, however, vast majority of customers will never experience this situation because most are savvy enough to incorporate WiFi into their daily routine. Technology is constantly evolving. You have to be able to evolve with it.

        • Frigadroid

          Are you serious? I don’t know how being savvy can make wifi magically appear where it is not already available. Consider people who travel a lot. They are not at home or in an office & many hotels charge extra for wifi if they have it. Are you saying that a savvy person will hack the code and steal wifi? Stealing & hacking is not really what I would consider savvy especially considering the repercussions if you are caught.

        • Tbyrne

          You’re delusional. Nowhere in my post did I state “a savvy person will hack the code and steal the wifi.” A savvy person, such as myself, have many times been able to be a guest on WiFi by simply, and courteously, asking for the password and/or code. Done it in restaurants, warehouse clubs, my dentists office, office max, staples, supermarkets, libraries, etc. etc., the list goes on and on. McDonalds and Starbucks are really great places to go for a quick fix. You see Frig, people who travel a lot or stay in hotels have many choices, all without having to hack and/or steal. Right? I’m bothered that was the first thing that came to your mind. Shame on you.

        • Frigadroid

          When you travel across country for business you have to go when and where your company sends you. That includes many rural areas that don’t have Mcdonald, starbucks, libraries ect. You are the one who is delusional I said how do you make wifi magically appear where it is not available? Shame on you to assume that you being so savvy know something that we don’t know! I use free wifi when available and I’m very well aware of where to find it without your ignorant assumptions, thank you. Go back and reread my post slowly and try hard to comprehend, I asked you a question if you were talking about hacking “are you saying that a savvy person will hack the code and steal wifi?” If you want to quote someone please try to get it right next time so you don’t end up with your other foot in your mouth.

        • Tbyrne

          Since you are oblivious to what you originally responded to me, let’s go over it again. Nowhere in my original post to you did I bring up hacking or stealing WiFi, right? Good. Now we can go back to your first response where you brought up the term “Stealing & hacking”, are you with me so far? Can you understand that YOU brought up those words first? You see, that’s why I’m concerned about you. I’m worried that you really believe I said those nasty things. Please slowly re-read our correspondence and I’m hopeful you’ll see the truth of the matter. I’m flabbergasted that you find me an ignorant person and wish to apologize if I’ve offended you in any way. I’m sorry too if your company sends you out to rural areas where you can’t enjoy WiFi for free. Perhaps you can change professions so you’ll be able to enjoy it more often. Bye Frig.

        • Anonymous

          Man I doubt anyone that says its unlimited data has ever actually hit the data cap.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. I think that’s why they are over here spouting nonsense out of their mouths.

        • captain Obvious

          They aren’t capping yout data. So Unlimited still applies.

        • Anonymous

          They aren’t capping my data? Uhh, then what the hell is the 2gb, 5gb, and 10gb thresholds? Those are caps, my friend.

        • Wheresbrent

          Jonathan you can use as much as you want. What would you call that?

        • Anonymous

          Perhaps you missed some of my comments from above. YES, you can hypothetically use as much as you want but 20-26kbps is not a viable internet connection for even the most simple of tasks. You guys need to wipe the magenta out of your eyes.

        • Wheresbrent

          Do you have any clue the miniscule percentage of customers use more than 10 gb of data? Get off your soap box or go to. Verizon

        • Anonymous

          Get off my soap box? I am trying to call T-Mobile out for their shady marketing. I have no problem with being throttled but I have a problem with them so easily throwing around that their data is UNLIMITED. Read my response above this please.

        • Wheresbrent

          Again, when it is marketed as 5 gb unlimited that implies that limitations apply

        • Anonymous

          That implies that limitations apply? Come on man. You just backtracked. The meaning of unlimited is to be without limits. That is my whole point of NOT calling it unlimited. I could care less about them throttling, it’s just them misleading people into thinking their unlimited is something more than it really is. Sure, a lot of people who miss the limits in the fine print can be held at fault but why do it in the first place? Make the reality front and center. That’s all I have to say. I’m done for now.

        • Ashton

          Jonathon, look up the 2nd definition of unlimited they meet it.  You chose the one definition that you knew wouldn’t apply to T-mobile.

        • Anonymous

          Not like anyone could when t-mobile is throttling you to unusable speeds

        • Anonymous

          They aren’t capping my data? Uhh, then what the hell is the 2gb, 5gb, and 10gb thresholds? Those are caps, my friend.

      • phong nguyen

        According to your definition, AT&T and Verizon also has “unlimited” as you will have internet even after you’ve reached your monthly cap, you are just charged more for data beyond that point but it doesn’t cut internet off.

        • Guest911

          Correct. What is your confusion? Att or Verizon dont say they provide unlimited data for a fixed price. Tmo provides you unlimited data for a fixed price.

        • Anonymous

          No, what T-Mobile offers you is functioning data up to a certain point. After that point, it may or may not work. Try downloading a simple email while being throttled. I was getting about 20-26kbps while throttled and that is IF it wouldn’t time out. You people don’t do research.

        • Anonymous

          Actually I do this all the time on my second phone with a pay-as-you-go SIM which has a lower data cap that I quickly hit half way through the day.

          I have no problem loading e-mail, loading Google maps or browsing web pages when being throttled.

        • Anonymous

          I can’t imagine how you are so lucky. I couldn’t even get an email from Gmail to load. I’m not sure if you’re trolling me or not… 

        • Frigadroid

          Well I reach the 5gb every month and my speed slows to 50k and I also get timed out constantly. Google maps is so slow it is faster to ask for directions. I will agree that it is “unlimited” as well as “unusable” at times when its being throttled.

          For the jackasses who want to tell people how to use their data no I’m not streaming porn all day, but think what you want because only a fool believes they have the right to tell other people how to use their phone. Next thing you want me to go to your church and pray while wearing funny hats? Mind your own business. Get a clue haters, people use smartphones like computers! I shop, compare, download catalogs, text links to funny videos back and fourth amongst friends. I have paid my bill on time in full since tmobile started so I will continue to use my phone as it was advertised. So haters you need to get a life go outside whatever you want to suggest to me try worrying about yourself!

        • Anonymous

          I couldn’t agree more

        • kahlayoh

          Maybe it has to do with the area you are in…cause While i’m on edge sometimes, my phone loads email quick along with web pages on the internet. 

        • Anonymous

          Well Edge and throttling are two completely different beasts. Ask anyone and they’ll definitely agree with me there.

        • Realcool2000

          Oh snap, u tell em bro!

        • Anonymous

          Very good point. :) I never considered that.

      • Anonymous

        Not really if you have ever been throttled you’d know you can’t do a thing on 2G even thats still more than what they actually throttle you down to. Data is practically unusable after your allotment. i dare you try it. get the 200mb unlimited plan and see what i mean (200mb plan because you will hit the cap quicker and see much faster what i mean) 

    • Realcool2000

      Omg if you pay for 2GB of data and have a choice to pay for more or less data then u know its not the exact definition of unlmt…data or why would there be choices with different prices, if you really thought it was unlmy evryone wojld pay lowest price for two hundred mb and expect all the data they desire …..unlimited…..lol…..u know well and good it isnt umlimited and tmo isnt playing tricks on you.

    • http://twitter.com/TuckerPeterson Tucker A. Peterson

      The key to all of this is that the “data usage” is considered unlimited not the speed at which it is used which is another story/benefit of the data plan.  Sure you can call it misleading but considering when you sign up online and see that right under the plan is the part about throttling after xGB then that is on the customer.

      If you sign a two year agreement with a company and then find out afterwards what the fine print actually means that’s on you.  Data and data speeds are two different things.  Ask your local ISP about that.  Unlimited data but how fast you get it depends on how much you pay. 

  • Going_home

    Unlimited – Premium

    $74.99 /mo.

    up to 5 gb of high speed data

    I’m paying $74.99 now with 2 gb data and 5gb tethering.
    Wonder how much tethering data is included ?

  • Wheresbrent

    I really really don’t understand the problem, the number of users that incur more than 5 gb of data is like 3% of data users out there, so tmobiles data plans cater to the 97% Get off your soapbox or got to verizon where everything costs extra.

    • Anonymous

      Proof please.

      • Ashton

        Proof is what I see every day, but I’d say the percentage is under 1%.  I see hundreds of data plans each day and maybe see a couple over 5GB.

      • guest

        I’ve seen the same thing with my customers. People who use more than 2GB = teenagers, people tethering their device, someone who sits on you tube all day at their home instead of just turning on wi-fi

  • Derrickps3

    will this s*** be free for existing costumers?? i’m already paying $10 extra for 2gb data cap

    • Th3problem17

      ten dollars extra versus what a mere 200 mb lol not a bad a deal if you ask me.

  • Emily

    TMO should not charge $200  per line value plan change fee for long time customers.

    • Anonymous

      This is just like when they were trying to convert customers to EM+. In the end, the Customer Care reps themselves were admitting to me that the value wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and back then I could not go back to being postpaid. It left a very prominent scar from the company  I was trusting a huge monthly payment to.

      • Ashton

        EM+ was postpaid, so I don’t know what plan you were on.

      • Realcool2000

        What are you talking about? No customer service would tell you that. I went from paying $144.00 to $94.00 by switching to value plan and even got some data on one of my phones ( got three ) when I didnt have it before. So youre Trippin with youre complaining.

        • Anonymous

          Trippin? Use English you twit. You do not know my situation. I was on a grandfathered plan that I was saving more money on.

        • Realcool2000

          Then why did u wanna switch if u where saving money. Also if you dont like your new plan, tmo will let u go back to your old one in the first 30 days. Dont be mad cause are lazy andt understand these things.

          Now go look up Trippin on the streets, u little mark.

        • Anonymous

          I switched because I was told that they would no longer be supporting the plan I was on. You are really making yourself seem uneducated without finding out all the facts fist. Always remember the rule to never ASSUME.

          And for the record, I am plenty happy now. I have been off-contract for months. Thanks for the attempt to help but I know a little more than you about my situation.

        • Realcool2000

          Dont worry, I know all about your situation, you complain about things that you make hard for yourself and blame tmobile for it.

          Im not assuming anything, I taking from your first post. Im disageeing with three things you said.

          1) tmo rep would never say value plan is not that good.
          2) I know for a fact value plan is good, cause it saved me 50$
          3) you always go back to your original plan, if you didnt then thats on you.

          Now stop blaming tmo for your own misconceptions.

        • Anonymous

          Reading comprehension is your friend. You clearly lack it…

          I NEVER MENTIONED VALUE PLAN. I MENTIONED EM+

        • Realcool2000

          Oh yeah, youre righ bout em plus. Doesnt change the fact that you could have switched back to your own plan, and you shouldnt be complainin bout something from the dark ages anyway.

          Regardless im still saving money on value plan, and youre still a whiney annoying guy that gets in trouble for being his own worst enemy.

        • Realcool2000

          Also, likd Ashton said, em was post paid so what ya talkin bout jonathan35215499wierdo….?

        • Realcool200

          btw, i now see you mentioned value plan as worthless in other posts in this section, so it seems all my points are legit, my bitchy, reproachable, and manipulative little friend.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          That’s enough boys…handle the discussion with civility or don’t discuss it at all.

    • Anonymous

      It’s only $200 if you’ve renewed your contract very recently, phone discount or otherwise it shouldn’t really matter to you because you accepted the rates and you made a commitment to those plan rates for two years.

      If you just upgraded your phone, then T-Mobile is charging the migration fee to make up for whatever they just discounted your phone.  Usually they have given you MORE than $200 off the full retail price.

      The Value Plans are a no phone ‘subsidy’ or no phone ‘discount’ plan.  The plans are discounted INSTEAD of the phones.  You’re basically throwing a fit because you essentially want BOTH.  If I was running a business I would want to recoup the cost of phones I discounted for you too.  (Don’t tell me, you’ve NEVER got an upgrade-that’s a phone discount!)

      I buy a carton of milk at the Publix supermarket on the corner of the block every Friday for the past ten years!  Do I expect Publix to give me a free box of cookies too?  No, because that would be crazy I would have to have some sense of entitlement to expect something like that.

      Yeah it’s a drag to pay $200 for people who recently renewed their contract but maybe some simple math will make you feel better.  The difference between a normal plan and a value plan is usually around $20 right?  What’s that times a 24 month contract?  $480!!!  So by paying your migration fee, T-Mobile is saving you $280 for the same thing on your current plan for …absolutely nothing!  A Family of Five would save $2400… That’s nuts!  

      Please explain why even a long term customer should have the migration fee waived for them when they themselves accepted a contract that caused them to get the migration fee in the first place?  YOU accepted the contract.  YOU were okay with your plan when you did so and YOU got SOMETHING by extending the contract no matter how trivial.  

      So if the migration fee is so offensive to you, stick with the plan you have… you know, the one you were just RECENTLY okay with.  Or bite the migration fee and switch and save yourself some money.  But please please don’t act like you’re entitled to something, because you’re not.

      Elementary school math… Don’t go out complaining into the world without mastering it.

      • Emily

        no i  i got no discounts i almost pad full retail pric for phone and 200$ per line and $1000 for five family line is  a rip off.

        CHARGING $200 PER LINE TO CHANGE PLAN IS A RIP OFF! they shouldn’t do this to at least the long time customers

        • Ashton

          If you paid full price for the phones then you weren’t eligible for a upgrade to begin with.  Unless you turned down getting a discount on a phone just to want to pay T-mobile more money but that would run counter to wanting to switch to the Value plan. 

        • Emily

          no discounts,

           Plan change fee of $200 ,up to $1000 for family line is a rip off.
          which company charges that much money to change  plan? whats the value if you have to pay up to $1000 fee to change a plan?

        • tmotech

          If you truly have not had any phone upgrades/discounts in the last 22 months, then I would agree with you that the $200 per line should be waived. That’s a damn rare thing for people on the Classic plan, though. Why did you sign a service agreement in the first place if you weren’t getting a phone discount? 

        • guest

          She said “almost retail” which to me sounds like an upgrade. And Tmobile has a policy to waive migration fee for people who have recently switched their rateplan (and reupped the contract) but DID NOT get a phone discount

        • 21stNow

          So are you saying that you paid full price ($500+ for a smartphone or from a third party) for all the phones on your account?

        • Anonymous

          OK so if you got no phone discounts then you’re ENTITLED to phone discounts.  There’s nothing you can really do at T-Mobile that will take away your upgrade, even if you renew your contract.  You’re still good for that upgrade.  Since you just don’t get it with the amount of money you save on the Value plan even if you DO pay the migration fees then the best thing for you is just to not switch.  Just take your phone upgrades and call it a day.  The migration fees go down the less months you have on contract.  You still haven’t mentioned what exactly YOU did to renew your contract, you accepted something.  Contracts aren’t renewed involuntarily. 

          The issue isn’t T-Mobile ripping you off, because they aren’t.  I don’t know how clearer to explain it.  The issue is you getting frustrated with your lack of understanding.  So just stick to what you know.  Get your phone discounts or go prepaid monthly.

        • Tbyrne

          LMFAO!! Genius!

  • Anonymous

    so instead of getting the 2 GB plan for $19.98, for that same price you can get the 5 GB.. sounds a great deal =D

    • LC

      No….5gb is still $25 or $30, you just get extra features that come to a value of $19.98

  • tmotech

    I have a suggestion for T-Mobile’s throttling that could go a long way in increasing customer satisfaction with regards to our “unlimited” data features. I call it “Tiered Throttling.”

    With the current throttling model, many customers with 4G phones are enjoying real-world 4G speeds at an estimated average of 5mbps(can be less or higher depending on all the usual factors) until they hit their throttling point. But once that throttling point is hit, their speeds are limited to a mere 50kbps. That’s ONE PERCENT of the speed they were used to. All the reasons to have 4G- video and radio streaming, video chat, fast web browsing, etc- are completely negated. Even performing normal tasks like email and light web browsing is a horrible experience. I talked to a customer who had added on tethering and hit the throttling point in TWO DAYS by watching a few movies on Netflix. She went from watching crystal-clear HD video streaming in real time to her email inbox taking 3 minutes to load. For customers who hit the throttling limit, it is a HUGE poke in the eye and their “unlimited” internet sure doesn’t feel unlimited any more. Now, I know only 3 or 4 percent of customers go over 5GB, but with how smart phones are progressing and more and more customers making the jump to smart phones, that number is only going to get bigger, Do we really want to keep saying “too bad” to so many of our customers?

    That brings me back to my proposed fix: Tiered Throttling. Instead of going from 100% speed to 1% speed, step down more slowly. Have 2 levels of throttling: the first cutting back to “3G” speeds and the second cutting back to “2G” speeds. 3G should be something like 500kbps and 2G should be 100kbps. Then, for the balance of protecting our network, cut back on the amount of amount of full-speed data included. For instance, 2GB “unlimited” internet becomes 1.5GB of fullspeed data and 1GB of 3G data. 5GB “unlimited” internet becomes 4GB fullspeed data and 2GB of 3G data. 10GB is such a price jump that it should only be cut back to 3G: 8GB of fullspeed data and unlimited 3G.
     
    If we did this, customers would be a lot more satisfied. Stepping down to 500kbps is enough to curb usage without taking away ALL of the advantages of fast internet. The final 100kbps step would take longer to get to and is a more realistic speed if we’re telling customers it’s enough for email and light browsing. This would be an excellent move to make to show customers that T-Mobile is still the value leader.

    Yeesh, that was a long post. Sorry.

    • Anonymous

      I love your post. This is a definite step in the right direction. If you look down below (which may have been the reason for this post?) you will see how I and others differ on the matter. 

    • Frigadroid

      Thank you sir, nice to know that someone at tmobile realizes that the current system needs to be modified.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah but at the same time the whole point of the tiers is to get people to upgrade to the higher data tiers.  If you look at T-Mobile’s rate plans from a couple years ago the rates have come down drastically but if you take a standard unlimited plan and add the 10GB web to it you’re right back to what unlimited everything cost you in 2008.  On a subsidized plan, considering the speeds you get with T-Mobile today, Unlimited Talk, Text and 10 Gigs of 4G speed internet come to around $120.  That’s incredibly reasonable and is pretty much what unlimited everything cost on T-Mobile for one person in 2008.  Now if you talk family plans it’s even cheaper per person.  They opened up cheaper tiers of data: 200mb, 2GB, so people would enjoy the speeds they were getting and find value in paying more for more high speed internet.

      You have to look at things from T-Mobile’s perspective as a business as well.  They have 33 million customers only around 30% of which has a smartphone.  They look at the rest of the industry.  Take, At&t, they have around 90 million customers almost 75% of which have a smartphone… now, it’s not ALL the iPhone.  They have to make moves to stay relevant, they boost network speeds, they get better devices, one key move is to find out why people AREN’T choosing a smartphone when they come to T-Mobile.  Most people probably say data plan cost… Hence the tiers.  So even though it seems like T-Mobile drastically reduced their rate plans, they know the industry is headed to a mobile data consumption boom and it is their hope that as people use more, customers will upgrade their data plans and T-Mobile will start gaining significant amounts of revenue.  But then again, 2GB is probably all that a lot of low end smart phone owners need.  If customers were throttled to 3G speeds or even slightly less than that then they would be less likely to upgrade their data plan, wouldn’t they?  They would probably just keep on consuming.  I don’t say this with any inside knowledge on T-Mobile btw, these are just my humble musings as an enthusiast looking in at the industry.

    • Realcool2000

      Hey, these people a re adults and they weny over their data plans.

      Better to be throttled but not have to pay extra money if you go over. These people should be thanking tmo for not charging them and giving them the time to think about upgrading data plans.

      All other carriers charge if you go over the data plan and that adds up quickly.

    • Scorpiok

      I tested my 4g & highest speed was 2.1mbps & thats in a major metro.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I am glad I am a Tmobile customer and not with At&t. I just read on cnn that starting on Sunday they will increase the prices of their data plans. To top it off just their 5gb plan will be $50 per month. Talk about a complete rip off. If these hush hush plans are true… Tmobile will be smoking At&t when it comes to data. Too bad they don’t commercialize it and use it to their advantage… It would be a wise move. Heck just their 250mb plan which was $15 will now be $20 for 300mb. Ha! I could use that up in two days.

    • Tbyrne

      Agreed!

    • WillieFDiaz

      I’m not defending AT&T, but they have listened to their customers and while they do have a spectrum crunch coming up, they are adding 1GB to plans for $5 more to start rather than charging people $10 for that extra GB they may use. If customers want to change plans they can, if not, they don’t have to.
      Clearly iPhone and Android users are going over 2GB starting point and find the overage not as fair. Also T-Mobile starts their plans at 2GB so AT&T is starting theirs at 3GB to increase competition on the GSM scale.

      • Schippma

        Yeah, it is crazy that T-Mobile charges $30 for 5GB (classic plan throttled) and AT&T charges $30 for 3GB (unthrottled $10/additional GB).

        Boy, AT&T is really being competitive!!! What is T-Mobile to do??

  • CHAD ALLUM

    bravo…….but you still need SOMETHING to get better reception and some type of diamond loyalty club for customers that has been with tmobile for 10+years…(like 1 year phone upgrades )….

  • BigMixxx

    So wait…..

    Bottom Line is that 10gb of data will cost me how much? 20 or 30 dollars.  I’m not giving up my 5 gig for 20 unless I’m getting 10 gig for 30….

    If I can get 10, that means I don’t have to be as stubborn with my data plan by trying to use my internet access at the crib (which is slow, when I get to violating SOPA/PIPA by streaming hulu to my computer and pausing the show for more than 10 seconds while I eat) 

    All in all, good move T mobile in doing something like this…Bad move in not promoting it, especially with ATT hiking their data rates….

    Now when the roaming agreements kick in, you can still some customers…

    • WillieFDiaz

      Still some customers? Do you mean STEAL?

      The roaming agreement will only work on upcoming HSPA phones that support 1900/850 HSPA which only like 2 phones on TMobile currently support.

      • BigMixxx

        Damn….I screwed that comment up didn’t I?  lol…It was late, I was writing a paper, I just finished jogging, I edited it…

      • Gwap0

        Does it mean I can get 3G on my unlocked Iphone 4$ on Tmobile once the roaming agreement starts?

  • Disenfranchised

    Why are so many of you tards arguing about the definition of unlimited when the real issue is the “added value” of this promotion.  We’ve heard it mentioned around here more than once… 5gb of data is 5gb of data.  Why should we be paying for wifi hot spot to begin with???  I pay for my data, who cares which device it’s used on.  All the more reason to root your phone and say to hell with this bogus scheming! Galaxy S2 stock has 1gb of ram… in actuality you get 750mb after the system resources use 25%  add that to the bloat ware (19-21 applications running in the background at any given time) takes an additional 300mb of ram.  For a 600 dollar flagship device t-mobile needs to not be  draining all the ability of the phone.  What’s the point?  Aside from netflix perhaps there’s not much productivity wise that I can’t accomplish on a 5 year old Blackberry Curve 8320 on the edge network :(

    • MIKEEEEE

      absolutely,

      i’ll never buy another t-mo branded phone again.

      i’m spoiled i need the google suite of ANDROID apps but my CLIQ2 is plenty and if nothing drastically good happens on t-mo, as my lines mature i’m porting them to verizon as they erected a 260′ tall tower a mile and a half away.

      • Ashton

        Verizon charges $25 for tethering and it’s only 2GB worth.  Also, they put more bloatware on phones than any other carrier.  Good luck with that.

        • MIKEEEEE

          my next setup is going to be a cheapo flip phone with no features and a 10″ tablet for heavy lifting.

          i’m well aware of bloatware, i just don’t use it or update it but, then again i don’t play games, watch video or listen to music.

          i’m really looking forward to using 2 devices instead of 1, my only sniglet is low end phones don’t sync with google contacts.

    • guest

      I guess that the douche answer would be… because that is what you agreed to when you signed up. Section 11 of your T&C …                                                                             
      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, using your Device as a modem or tethering your Device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted

  • Evos469

    Yeah I just found out tmo removed the mobile wifi off of my account and I have the true unlimited plan thanks tmo for heads up

  • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

    Way to go Pinky!

    I like these new plan ideas. Now I just need my Tizen (or high-end Windows Phone [Titan II]) with AT&T 3G roaming capability and I’ll be good to go.

    I don’t want to get them unlocked. I want to be able to save some of my organs to sell later on for something extremely awesome.

    • MIKEEEEE

      att only lets you roam on their 850 network not their 1900 one.

      • Maddogmoody

        You sure? Because I thought the new deal includes 1900 roaming

        • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

           I don’t care what frequency it is. I just said 3G roaming. That includes 850 and/or 1900.

        • MIKEEEEE

          i think 3G is 2100.

          1900 is what most of att is and out in the boonies where i live they still use 850 a lot.

          respawn as of saturday evening we were not 1900 roaming in rural tennessee. there is a 1000 square mile deadspot south of here and all i can do is emergency calls there.

        • http://www.joshrobertnay.com Respawn

          AT&T is currently repurposing the 1900 to supplement their LTE network, at least that was the plan when I was a supervisor a few months ago. The 850/1900 is used by AT&T for their 3G, and that’s where the roaming agreement with T-Mobile will occur. T-Mobile uses 1700/2100 for their 3G/4G (depending on where you are), which makes them the odd man out in regards to spectrum frequency, but they are repurposing some of their 1900 to be 3G also. I would imagine with the repurposing going on that T-Mobile would be allowed to roam on both 850/1900.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          Specifically the roaming agreement with AT&T is for 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ ONLY. That happens to be on 850Mhz and 1900Mhz. Currently there are only 2-3 phones on T-Mobile capable of 850/1900Mhz “3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+” in addition to T-Mobiles own 1700/2100 paired AWS 3G/4G. T-Mobile in high spectrum rich areas is refarming their existing 1900Mhz frequency to supplement their AWS 3G/4G, this will also introduce T-Mobile to the world of 1700/1900/2100Mhz 3G/4G phones. Unfortunately, it may leave out 850Mhz since T-Mobile doesnt use that frequency native. 

          At the end of the day, everyone needs to know that AT&T roaming agreement is for HSPA/HSPA+ connectivity ONLY. Yes, that includes voice, but will NOT include GSM/GPRS/EDGE roaming. It will be on 850 AND 1900 or 1900 ONLY (that remains to be seen), and T-Mobile MAY introduce more phones that are capable of AT&T 3G/4G HSPA.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          3G is not dependent on the frequency in the USA.

          2100 is Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa. As their 3G frequency of choice. 
          T-Mobile USA uses 1700/2100 (paired) But it is NOT the same as 2100 overseas. Similar but not quite.
          AT&T uses 850 nationwide in rural and urban areas. 1900 is used mainly in urban areas and gives more capacity. It is rarely if at all used out in rural areas as it would still require more towers for less customers and its more cost effective to use 850 that sends signal further.

  • Yash

    in europe and asia, they have 20GB for 15 euro. so the koreans love their SAMSUNG GALAXY S 3 and GALAXY S2  HD with $20gb data

  • kresk

    Thankfully my current phone is able to the tether for free already. At some point I’ll have a new device, so I’m hoping that adding this to my 20 loyalty data plan will be an option. When/if this promotion ever comes to fruition, I’ll be sure to ask.

    • guest

      no phone on t-mobile is supposed to be able to tether for free. If you are able to now, i would equate that as getting free HBO from your cable company. Once they figure out that’s what your doing they will stop it

  • Maddogmoody

    Does anyone know if this will apply to a really old plan. Right now I pay $20 extra a month for 5gb data, on a preferred data plan since I have been with magenta for around 10 yrs. Will I be able to add this tethering for free?

    • guest

      most likely you will not be able to. A lot of the grandfathered rate plans do not allow new features to be added to them by the system, meaning no workaround except for changing to a classic plan

  • 21stNow

    Is this available to EMP customers?  It would seem like it isn’t, since T-Mobile used the specific wording that it is available to “legacy contract” customers.

    • 21stNow

      NVM, I see that it was discussed already.

  • MORE CHURN FOR MR HUMM

    Typical Tmo as always; ignore existing customers & keep having secret sales and dont tell anyone

    • Tbyrne

      Yeah it’s a big secret. Shshshshsh! How’d you find out about it?

    • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

      doesn’t the post say it’s available to new AND existing customers?

  • Anonymous

    Be careful when switching to T-Mobile’s Value Plan.  I switched over before my contract expired.  I knew about the $200 migration fee and had no problem paying it.  I saw the $200 migration fee on my new Value Plan bill and paid it.  No problem right?  A month after that, the second bill came and it had ANOTHER $200 migration fee.  I called customer service and the ignorant rep told me that the first $200 migration fee was for canceling my previous call plan and the second $200 migration fee was for canceling my data plan under that same previous.  I said WTF?   I then asked this idiot if there would be another $200 migration fee for canceling my previous text plan, another $200 migration fee for canceling my wifi calling option with my previous plan.  The funny thing was that this idiot was so sure that there were seperate migration fees I was getting no where wasting my time talking with such an ignorant fool.  I asked for a supervisor and of course she said the charge was incorrect.  

    • Ashton

      That doesn’t happen.  It’s only $200 per line at most.

      • John

        not true. T-mobile reps suck

        • Ashton

          No it’s true, because I’m a rep and it isn’t any more than $200 per line.

        • WW

          John said you suck.

    • DavidW

      You were the unfortunate victim of a clueless rep. The max is 200 per line. Data is a feature added or subtracted essentially at will. I migrated *five* lines to a Value Plan, two with data features. Two were off contract, one had only a couple of months left, which they waived, leaving only one full termination (oops, migration) fee to pay.

      Call them back, they’ll fix it.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I’m confused.  I currently have the $20 Preferred Android 5GB data plan w/my Sensation.  From time to time I’ve used (for brief periods of time and small amounts of data) the mobile hotspot function of my Sensation to create a wireless network and then connected a laptop to the wireless network.  I was not prompted that doing that would incur additional costs nor have I seen any additional costs.  Is the Mobile Hotspot feature included w/ the PReferred Android plan.  Is it a loophole (that may soon be closed).  Never really gave it a thought when I used it cuz I figured I would get a prompt if it wasn’t something that was included in the plan. 

    • Evos469

      They’re closing the loophole, youll probably start seeing it happen by the end of the year.

      • Ashley

        So it’s no longer free? When I signed up for my android plan it was, and now they’ve changed my plan without telling me?

        • 21stNow

          It was never free (for the past couple of years, anyway), T-Mobile just didn’t enforce the use charges consistently.  Someone posted the relevant terms of service that says that the device can’t be used for tethering to other devices without the appropriate plan.

        • Bobparker1

          There is an internal 200mb tethering limit on most data plans each bill cycle in which you receive a warning message at 50 100%. The smaandrtphone hotspot feature is required for any tethering on the newer phones. Amaze galaxy s2 etc..

    • kresk

      I’m on the preferred data as well. I tether all the time and never get charged. Whether it’s included or a loophole doesn’t really bother me as long as it works. I’d say just tether a lot one month and see if you get charhed. The worst that could happen is a 14.99 charge but at least you’ll know one way or the other. Seeing as though tethering is an added option. I can’t see them putting it on your plan without some kind of notice. Also, just as a heads up. When I reach my allotted 5gigs and my data gets throttled, tethering no longer works. I get the prompt on my comp stating I need to adds that service. Don’t get frightened like I was. Thankfully, when my billing cycle flipped all was good and I was once again tethering away without a hitch. Good luck, peace.

      • anon ibid

        actualy any hotdpot phone released after the sensation will have the tether lock my sensation works great

  • Aj2012120

    Are these features available to current monthly4g customers? Or do I have to merry T-Mobile for two years to get a friend with benefits?

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      This feature is not available to T-Mobile Monthly4G customers. However, rumor has it that Monthly4G plans already include tethering but its not disclosed.

  • MagentaMadness

    “Hush Hush” lol

  • Anonymous

    just get the galaxy nexus or iphone already, damn

    • Littlesis1774

      It going to be for the same phones anyway so why brother. My upgrade is not June which is rumor to be the release for iphone 5 but if T-mobile does not get it I am leaving

      • Derrickps3

        lol this person said he leaving if iphone 5 don’t come in june……..bruh you might as well starting packing now….gtfo seriously -__-

    • Drewmelcher

      they never will. Reputable Brands don’t want their quality product on T Mobile’s shitty network..

      • Anonymous

        so…Google, Samsung, HTC & Microsoft are Not “reputable” brands ??? Go Away you troller.

  • Anonymous

    There is not reason to block it or charge more for it since there is already a data cap.  If I pay for X, it should be up to me as to how I want to use it.  If I pay for for a pound of ground beef the grocery store doesn’t tell me it’s an additional price if I use the ground beef to make meatloaf instead of hamburgers. Furthermore, I’m not sure how they are going to be able to block this if someone is rooted and using a custom ROM.  As I said I’ve used this only once or twice for maybe 10 or 15 MB worth of data (according to Watchdog 3G), but it is still annoying that the cell companies are able to play these games.

    • Ashton

      They do it by packet sniffing.  They can tell if the packets are from a desktop browser or a mobile browser. So, they can block just those packets, which means that even being rooted, running a custom ROM and using a third party app won’t stop them from blocking the tethering.

      • JP

        They can’t detect it if you change your user agent string.

    • Anonymous

      A lot of people seem to over think things when it comes to things like this.  A customer changing their ROM on their android phone wouldn’t stop T-Mobile from knowing how much data you use.  Keep in mind there are OTHER devices besides Android devices running on T-Mobile AND devices you can use on T-Mobile that they don’t even sell.  They know how much data all those phone use, so why would changing your ROM effect anything?  It’s not tied to the OS.

      Also, I agree T-Mobile would be better off selling the plans as overage free! instead of unlimited just to stop all the confusions and justifications.  But they are NOT wrong in calling it unlimited.  

      T-Mobile also CLEARLY states what amount you will be throttled at on ALL it’s data plans.  So if you need more high speed… pay for it.   Contrarily on at&t or verizon if you were ‘lucky’ enough to be grandfathered in to one of their unlimited plans THEY decide when to throttle you, not you the consumer.

      • Argie Rich

        UMA_Fan you miss the point all together.  greatgoogly is arguing if you are allotted 5GB of data at a certain price point, then you should be able to use that 5GB for whatever you choose, be it via your apps or occasional browsing on your laptop via tethering. Sure if you go over the limit then the carrier should/could charge you more or throttle but that is not the point of contention here.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          Personally, I dont like paying more, regardless how much I use if I pay for what is an “unlimited” plan. I know there are fair use clauses, but those in my opinion and by definition do not apply to the term “unlimited”. 

          If carriers couldnt afford the explosion of mobile data, they could have gone a few routes to curb it. A) Not pushed smartphones on us like candy to kids. B) Invested money into capacity, network technology thats efficient for spectrum and additional spectrum. Thats it really.

          I will hand it to T-Mobile, they allow the customer to chose their throttle point, the customer pays more for higher speed, at a rather attractive price point for this day in age data usage (still high for data in my opinion), and frankly, Id rather be throttled but still able to access the internet, than pay overages, if those are my options. Ultimately, Id like to pay about $30-$40 a month for completely unlimited no speed caps internet.

      • Derrickps3

        i don’t care what nobody says…….a data cap is NOT unlimited….that s*** IS limited……one time i reached the 2gb data cap…..not cause i was using the web like crazy, but because i just switched phones and upgraded to a value plan back in september…..i guess the data use carried over or something, but anyways…..once it reached the cap…..that s**** was slow as hell, hell it didn’t even load the page at all….so i had to just use a nearby open wifi connection or my home’s wifi connection until the next billing cycle begun……..again these are data capped plans, theres nothing unlimited about them, if they were unlimited, then we should keep browsing when not on a wifi connection without being slowed down with a cap.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          I dont care what nobody says? That means you care what everybody says. 

          A data cap wouldnt be unlimited, but they dont cap your data, they cap your bandwidth, which isnt the amount of data you can use thats limited, its how fast that data your using thats limited. In honesty, Id agree with you, I think ANY limits, no matter how small or large completely contradict “Unlimited” as a definition term. But, this is T-mobile we are talking about here, one of the most mismanaged and most expensive, consumer deceptive companies out there. Hell, even AT&T and Sprint and Verizon are shying away from deception now.

          Now ready for the irony… The data you claim that is too slow to load on a smartphone would load just fine on any 3G or EDGE featurephone. Wanna know why? Because smartphones are attempting to load full computer web pages rather than mobile pages (usually this is the case but not always), and if those pages you want to view on your smartphone were optimized for mobile (which at the rate of smartphone use in the world growing, less and less pages are being optimized for mobile use) then they would use less data, load faster due to using less data, and you wouldnt complain. Ive been able to load NextBus in the “old mobile page version” extremely fast on only 20kbps on Sprint, but it would take 10 minutes to load the full page they now by default make mobile phones use. So find the mobile versions of those pages you want. Sometimes you can set your phone to ONLY use mobile page versions when they exist, thus making it faster.

          The real caveat here is that if web page designers created feature rich, but mobile specific pages that were optimized for limited data connections, you would be able to pump way more of that page through, faster, but use less data so you would rarely reach your cap. Customers would be happy, carriers would be happy too.

  • Ryan Mihalak

    I’ve had the 10 gig plan for a while. A CSR offered it to me. Asked if it was new, and she said no. Had it for some time, 4-5 months now…

  • Anonymous

    how much does the 10 gb upgrade cost for $20 smartphone preferred internet plans?

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      To upgrade from a $20 Android/Smartphone Preferred Data Plan to 10GB would be an ADDITIONAL $40, for roughly double the data. To keep the same amount of data, but still get the FREE Mobile Hotspot feature, it would be an increase of only $10. If you went this route, you would change to the Premium 5GB SPMH Data plan, pay $30 total per month ($10 more then currently), keep the same amount of High-Speed Data (unlimited 2G data after), and save about $5 on the price of going standalone SmartPhone Mobile Hotspot plan (normally $14.99)

  • https://twitter.com/aushah A. Shah

    Any indication how long “a limited time” is? How long do I have to get in on this promotion?

  • Confused

    Okay, guess I’m dense, but are we saying that these plans are available as a free upgrade? I don’t see any pricing associated with them. 

  • Derrickps3

    all i know is….we better not have to extend our contracts over these “new” plans……i just renewed my contract back in september……give the costumers who been with tmo for over 2 years a break…..i been with tmobile for 4 years almost 5 come june 2012…….they need special plans and services for people like us you know what i’m saying?

    • Hshsj

      Never gonna happen…

      • TmoCSR

        nope, its not.  Tmobile only cares about making a fast buck, not the long run.  hence why a new customer can get a Value plan scott free while if you are IN a contract itll cost $200+.  Tmobile cares more about boosting their numbers and nothing what so ever for tenured customers.  this is also evident by our blinding focus on sales and lack of customer interest/support.

        • Dominique

          Their practices in customer support and extra charges are as if they are still planning on selling T-mobile and squeezing out every penny they can.  I still think they’re leaving.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          From my understanding, T-Mobile is going to attempt to reduce churn among what it considers its most valuable customers (think 10GB data holders, people who have multiple lines with high monthly rates), and invest just enough in the network to make it valuable, free up aka refarm some existing PCS spectrum for a working HSPA+ multi-carrier network – all this makes it look VERY attractive for an actual MERGER with another company, likely foreign, where it will be a 50%-50% working entity, like T-Mobile/Orange – Everything Everywhere has been. Could I say what company? No, because I dont know, but if I know something about T-Mobile, they want AT&T to buy them out, but a 50% sharing deal will work for them.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          Now now now… youre forgetting something… T-Mobile will charge you a $200 Migration Fee if you switch from Classic to Value plan, which is the ETF for moving from one plan to another, but then lock you into a Value Plan contract, that will require yet ANOTHER $200 if you want to cancel that. In the past, you paid only the single $200 to move from contract to no-contract. At the end of the day, cancelling a classic plan then going to prepaid made more sense, because T-Mobile likes to double charge ETFs, something Ive notified my state about.

    • WW

      Unless you’re grandfathered in on an old plan (it sounds like you’re not), data service is considered an add on that can be added and removed at will by the customer without extending your contract.  in fact, if you want, you can (and I’ve done this) activate the tethering/hotspot for one day, use it, then remove it the next day (I assume it’s calculated by calendar day) and only be charged for one day’s use (aprox $.50/day; $15/month).

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        Unless of course, your rate plan/device required a minimum data plan on activation/renewal, then of course you are locked into data period, but not a specific amount of data. Currently T-Mobile is allowing you to change your data plan from 200MB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB at will without a new contract extension. In the past, you would be locked to another term.

  • Drewmelcher

    This is how T Mobile introduces that they are going to start charging for features that were free..
    Wait, I though the T Mobile albums were free? They were and will be, until after the promotion..

    cant pull the wolve skin over my eyes, T Mobile.

    • Infamouslysin

      The albums well continue to be free but there is a limit of 5gb on the album storage and T-Mobile made a larger storage capacity on the server for an extra $5

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        I think he is saying that regardless if the 5GB was free before, and they charged for the 10GB, after this promotion ends, T-Mobile is likely to charge existing customers if they want to keep their Mobile Life, but expand the storage to 10GB for them if they want to pay for it, or if they dont, then all their items are lost and the feature closed.

  • Ano

    I tether all the time with my nexus one… I been from postpaid to prepaid n all the plans n caps going on… I still able to tether like if it was 2009… so idk what’s up with the “free tether” but that’s just for the new phones that are rigged with a preinstalled app to not let u tether if u don’t have that plan…. that’s why I will never buy a company phone .. but just an unlocked phone like the nexus one

  • ClimbGuy

    I have a Biz value plan with 5GB of data, I pay $10 for it and tethering works fine through the native tether app.  Might this already have been an offer?

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      I may be crazy, but for some reason, I thought business plans already had that feature for tethering.

  • dannyboy

     ? i have no annual contract plan for 60.00 2gb… would this promotion work if i change to the 70.00 no annual contract plan 5gb ….. would it work

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, but since you are on a no contract plan, this would not apply to you.  You would have to be on a plan that involves a contract.

      Per the article and pic:  This promotion is available to both new and existing customers on any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans.

      • dannyboy

        thanks

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        Wouldnt that also mean that customers who were previously on a contract plan but now are month to month but have the same data plan options as contract customers can change their data to include this feature?

  • Damion

    Simple Mobile’s marketing states “up to 3g speeds”.  Most of the threads on this plan have the data speeds at 119kbps in a 3g area.  Most say if you want faster then you have to go with the  $60 plan.  If you pay $60 then you might as well go with the T-mobile prepaid or Value plan, because with T-mobile you get coverage with their roaming partners too, which is most of their coverage.  I live in Kansas, which means that Simple Mobile would be horrible if I left the bigger cities.  I’d have coverage with T-mobile but not with Simple Mobile, because of the roaming agreements.

    • ClimbGuy

      Also, you’ll need to look at TMO’s value plans since  you don’t get a phone subsidy with Simple Mobile. 
      Simple’s only HSPA+ plan is $60, if you have two lines with TMO you can get a similar plan, with roaming for $50 per line.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on a value plan with the 5gb of internet and 500 minutes. I can just call on the 25th and ask them to add free tethering?

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Call T-Mobile and ask if you can switch your Premium 5GB Data plan to the Premium 5GB SPMH Data Plan that includes Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Life.

      Be sure to tell them its called the Premium 5GB SPMH Data Plan (SPMH stands for SmartPhone Mobile Hotspot)

  • Guest

    Just sold my Vibrant this morning, will ETF that line and this main line next month.  Moving to AT&T.  I’ll pay significantly more to get more than 250kbps “3G” speeds with a full 3G signal.  Sorry T-Mobile.  Suck less and you’ll keep your customers.

  • https://www.facebook.com/michael.t.delgado Michael D

    I’m already on the 10 gig plan but I’ll just get this upgrade to secure the tethering legally I suppose.  I do it already but no harm in getting them to put it into writing.  I totally disagree with double charging for the same service though.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      I am definitely one of those people who uses data. I have Sprint and between 3G (when it works) and 4G (when it too works) I use about 20GB of data per month. To some people that may seem like a lot, but I bought a phone capable of everything, and I plan to use it for everything. If Sprint didnt like it, they shouldnt sell phones capable of such things. I did however get a Nexus S and rooted it for Wireless Tether, however, it came to my attention that my update to Android 4.0 ICS allows for 3G (but not 4G) Mobile Hotspot without the feature code added to my account.
      I also have T-Mobile, and upped to the 5GB from 2GB plan, simply because I dont mind paying $10 more a month for data out and about that comes with tethering, something that would cot me $15 on the current plan I had, or $25 on the new plan. So either way, Im still saving $15 for something I wanted, but couldnt justify paying for if Im already paying for a data plan. How I use my data shouldnt matter.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETFJ6YXLBADCA3BF2GZAGD77OY Nick B

    Well, I just called T-Mo customer care and they are completely unaware of any plan of this nature.  Has anyone had any luck with this yet?

    • ClimbGuy

      the promo doesn’t start until tomorrow, read the header.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETFJ6YXLBADCA3BF2GZAGD77OY Nick B

        Haha…Wow, I’m a day ahead of myself…thought it was the 25th.  Sorry for the confusion.