T-Mobile’s Mobile Hotspot Feature Bundle Option Still Up For Grabs, Now Listed On T-Mobile Website As “Limited Time” Offer

Remember the “hush hush” data Unlimited-Premium 5GB and 10GB data plan promotions we discovered and reported on earlier this month? Do you remember how the screen shot we obtained mentioned that these rate plans were not to be proactively offered to customers? About that…turns out that T-Mobile had a change of heart and has now listed the Mobile Hotspot compatible rate plans on their website as “limited time” offers. This plan(s) can be found under both the Value and Classic plan Individual and Family plan options.

This was definitely a bit of a surprise considering the original level of “discretion” we were under the impression these plans would yield. I can’t say we are disappointed though, this how they should have promoted these plans from the beginning and now they should be shouting their availability from the rooftops. This may be an area T-Mobile wishes to protect revenue, but this is also an opportunity to further differentiate themselves from the competition by offering the customer a great value. I would absolutely recommend trying to take advantage of these “limited time” offers before they disappear forever.

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  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    I’m confused. Can’t I already tether for free?

    • WK

      Maybe, but it’s now a $15 charge here on out.

      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

        yeap, they used to be lax on it but now they’re starting to charge automatically if you use it. Ahhh, I miss the days of Free Unlimited tethering on my Brand New Nexus One back in the day! – D

        • Rfgenerator

          I don’t see how they can “charge automatically” if you use it.  I would think that they would at least have to have a pop up or something that notifies of the charges and some interaction that you accept the charges.  I briefly used it on my Sensation a couple weeks ago for a few minutes and haven’t had any indication of being charged.  

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          if you use it enough, they WILL charge you within a short time.  Just as soon as their system catches up, Things are changing.

        • Jason

          They won’t automatically charge you. Rather you will be asked if you would like to continue tethering for the fee. Nothing automatic about that, as you can simply turn down the tethering offer.

        • Aaron Tant

          Correction.  You are sent to the T-Mobile homepage to log in and add the feature if you would like to continue to use the hotspot.

        • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

          No way. They can’t charge you without telling you first.

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          they will send you a text message saying stop using it or they will automatically add it to your plan.

        • Dominique

          They don’t automatically add it to your plan.  What they do is block the ability to to tether.  They’re not like AT&T in this regard.

  • ColdFeet

    I agree, but when have we known T-Mobile to advertise their services and phones that could actually make people wanna stay/join?

  • Anonymous

    how much more is the 10gb data plan if you already have the 5gb?

    • Roboito

      wondering the same thing… the update says “for an additional $5″ … I’d jump on that!

      • Anonymous

        yeah i read that too…thats what got me interested.  Can anyone speak on this?

        • Aaron Tant

          value plan 5GB is $25, $10 GB is $55.  Classic plan 5GB is $30, $10 GB is $60.  Not sure why the script shows $5…

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

          Aaron is correct. There is some misinformation spread in the memo. It is in fact $30 upgrade from 5GB to 10GB data.

  • Hurlamania

    I was unaware of the $5 upgrade from 5 to 10GB… They had to offer it online because it showed you had NO data plan when you went to plans and services you couldn’t add a service without it making you select a data plan

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

      There is no $5 upgrade from 5 to 10GB data. It is $30 extra from 5GB plan ($30) to the 10GB plan ($60). 

  • Johns 113

    tethering should be free since you’re already paying for the data plan. I’m guessing that the cell companies have better tracking of tethering now so they can hop right on people when they use it. TMobile has been charging an additional $14 for tethering for a long time, though, and AT&T will pounce on people for doing it.

  • Gwapo

    Can Tmobile do a Family Data Plan?? 2GB  unlimited??We have 2 Iphones 4$ and 3GS

    • Anonymous

      Why would you pay for a data plan you can’t use on your iPhones??

      • Gwapo

        Right now I only have 200MB on my Iphone 4$ for $5 and my wife’s has none. I use almost 180MB a month. If they will have 2GB for $10 (shared data), I will be very happy and so that my wife can have internet on her Iphone 3GS.

        • Gwapo

          I only search web, check emails and IM.

  • Kurt

    Still no mytouch 4g slide ics news :(

  • Aaron Tant

    If you want to go from the 2GB on the value to 5GB, it is $15 more, per line.

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

    Why does that say an additional $5 for 10GB data when in reality its an additional $30, and the upgrade from 2GB to 5GB for the SPMH plan is $10. I think T-Mobile is getting people to switch with baiting them on the $5 aspect only to charge people upwards of $40-$60 for data.

  • Nathan S.

    To bad I can add this to my EM+ account. I just tried to talk them into giving me the 10gb for 5 bucks more a month and free hotspot and they told me sorry, you have to have a contract plan to add this promotion.

    • ogopogo

      This should already be included as part of your EM+ plan.

      • Dominique

        Tethering is not included for free with any plan, except business BB BES.

        • ogopogo

          You are correct. I mixed up tethering and hotspot.

          Why would anyone want to tether since most (if not all) of the phones now have hotspot?

  • Bilbo Baggins

    So you guys more familiar with this than I…. is this a good deal?

  • U Flippin Idiot

    I just got pff the phone for about 15 minutes and everyone is right.  There is no $5 from 5 to 10GB.  He even pulled this site up.  It is $30 to go up to 10GB.  

  • Matt W

    I called late last night to upgrade just in case the deals ends at the end of the month (today).  The rep did know about the plan and it was a cinch. When I mentioned that my phone (G2x) was able to mobile hotpost since the day I got it she had no clue about that loophole.  My main reason to lock in this deak is for down in the road in case I switch to another phone platform where unlocking tethering isn’t possible as it is in Android.

    I wasn’t aware of the $5 upgrade to 10GB so didn’t ask her but have most people on here found out that this is false?

  • kresk

    Anyone here try adding the free tethering to the $20 loyalty data plan?

    • Dko3tgk

      I just tried with online chat.  $20 Preferred Android doesn’t qualify.  They offered $30/month for 5GB with tethering.  No other options.  They said that was the best they could do and anything else I would need to talk to the loyalty dept.  
      $10 a month additional for tethering I don’t use that often isn’t worth it in my opinion.

      • JBLmobileG1

        You may not use it often now but if you get a newer phone in the future you may need to add tethering if you want to continue to use it. By then it won’t just be an additional $10 for you but $15 and you won’t get Mobile Life plus either which is an added bonus.

        • dko3tgk

          I don’t care about Mobile Life.  I just called loyalty and they said other preferred customers have also tried but they just don’t have an option in the system for loyal customers to add to the Preferred Android.  I would only be saving $5 a month over just getting 5GB with tethering out right.  So I think I will pass and wait for a promo that will let me keep Preferred Android.  Or at least something more economical compared to what I currently have.

        • Dko3tgk

          I was able to kind of add it for free.  See my post near the top. 

      • dan

        i had preferred android plan. what one rep did for me. was push me to the premium 5 GB plan w/ hotspot for 25 and gave me 5 dollars off every month. which makes it 20 dollars. same as i was paying for preferred android. i talked to loyality department. they were able to do it.  i just said i would like it, but didn’t want to pay more for it. the rep did it for me. called back and confirmed w/ different reps that i was moved to premium 5 gb plan w/ mobile hotspot and 5 dollars off every month as long as i keep a data plan. since android preffered plan is 5 gb. so no change for me except for different plan name and added mobile hotspot.

    • Kirk

      I talked to a normal rep not loyalty and they wouldn’t do it for me either. Someone in the old thread claims loyalty did it for them.  Try calling loyalty and see if they will and report back.

      • kresk

        Right on, I’ll give it a go later tonight and post my results.

        • Dominique

          There isn’t a free tethering that Loyalty can add.

        • Anonymous

          Let us know!!

      • Anonymous

        Hello there Kirk,
        Indeed, I attempted to gather more info for you, as my account does have both the Android Preferred Data plan and the mobile hotspot+mymobile life plus.  I triple checked today, there were no discounts added to my account but the promotional hotspot and mobile life plus was added as something separate for $0.00 and the android preferred data is listed at $20/month.  once my bill cycle is updated I will show you a screen shot and perhaps a copy of the actual bill with personal info blacked out.

        Bad news is while I know it was added in a special manner that only the loyalty department can do, the rep. would not share with me the exact details of how the hotspot and mobile life plus was added for free, they just mentioned that it is not under the promotion code and that regular csr cannot do it and would not even know where to look.  Hope that info helps and when I get my bill I can share.

        Oh and yes the features work perfectly fine for both of my lines.

        • Dko3tgk

          If you just say that you got it without helping others by explaining how you got it.  Then you are just bragging, and not contributing.  We are all happy that you got it, but what did you say to Loyalty?  How did you ask for it?  What do you think would work for your fellow members?

        • Anonymous

          My situation was a bit unique as I originally had the $30 5GB plan, called cs to have the promotion added for smartphone hotspot and my mobile life, after they added I asked to be transferred to loyalty to handle previous business with my line regarding something they promised (say what you like here, just get to loyalty). Once connected to loyalty I requested and was granted a switch to the Android preferred web $20 per month (no discounts) at the end of conversation I inquired about the recent promotion that I had added by the previous rep, I was then told that the promotion cannot be added to that data plan but that they could put it in the system a special way that regular csr would not know where to look nor would they be able to add it only loyalty can add it he said. After reading further on this site I was prompted by Kirk to double check my account info. Upon double and triple checking it was confirmed that I indeed have the features/promotion added to my account but while the $20 apw shows in the system to all reps only loyalty can see how the promotion was added, they will not tell me which code was entered in their system for obvious reasons but written I get my bill I will review to see what’s there.

    • dan

      i had preferred android plan. what one rep did for me. was push me to the premium 5 GB plan w/ hotspot for 25 and gave me 5 dollars off every month. which makes it 20 dollars. same as i was paying for preferred android. i talked to loyality department. they were able to do it.  i just said i would like it, but didn’t want to pay more for it. the rep did it for me. called back and confirmed w/ different reps that i was moved to premium 5 gb plan w/ mobile hotspot and 5 dollars off every month as long as i keep a data plan. since android preffered plan is 5 gb. so no change for me except for different plan name and added mobile hotspot.

  • JBLmobileG1

    You know David… I thought I mentioned that this was on the actual website when it launched? LOL I think it’s a great deal for anyone who tethers or plans on doing so with a future phone. Like David said… Take advantage of this offer before it’s gone.

  • Shawnperry13

    I took advantage the on the 25th.  

    • Tbyrne

      Me too. Works flawlessly & it’s free for me. Yay! Gotta love T-Mobile.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sanil1986 sAnIL ,,, ;)

        same here :) works fine … changed from 2gb to 5 gb  for an additional $ 10 .
         

  • Louie

    If you are on the family plan, can you upgrade one phone to the 5GB and leave the other one at 2GB?

    • Guest

      Yes, that’s what I did.  I upgraded my line to the 5GB plan and left the other line on my family plan at 2GB

  • kahlayoh

    David in your post above the photo shows upgrade from 5gb to 10gb for additional $5. But people are reporting it as false. Can you confirm which is true?

    • JBLmobileG1

      I am curious too because I upgraded from the 5gb to the 10gb and its another $30 for a total of $60 per month. While it beats the competition if I could save more that would be awesome.

  • SirWilliam

    so it sounds like you cant add it to android preffered? thats stinks.

    • dko3tgk

      I tried online chat and loyalty and no they say they have no options for Preferred Android plans.  If anyone can prove otherwise, i would love to hear how you did it.

      • dan

        i had preferred android plan. what one rep did for me. was push me to the premium 5 GB plan w/ hotspot for 25 and gave me 5 dollars off every month. which makes it 20 dollars. same as i was paying for preferred android. i talked to loyality department. they were able to do it.  i just said i would like it, but didn’t want to pay more for it. the rep did it for me. called back and confirmed w/ different reps that i was moved to premium 5 gb plan w/ mobile hotspot and 5 dollars off every month as long as i keep a data plan. since android preffered plan is 5 gb. so no change for me except for different plan name and added mobile hotspot.

        • Dko3tgk

          Very cool.Thanks for sharing.  I’ll try this way and post if I’m successful.

        • Dko3tgk

          Ok So i just did it in a different way.  I was told that I can’t add it to Preferred Android.  They siad it has to do with having $40 GetMore loyalty of 1000minutes N/W and $20 Preferred Android.   However they said they can give me this new $30 a month data with tethering plan, with $10 back every month for 2 years, the term of the contract.  After two years the $10 monthly rebate ends and my data goes up to $30.
          So essentially for 2 years I have 5GB data with free tethering for $20.  Goes up to $30 a month in two years but I’m ok with that because I’m sure there will be some other cool promotion on this website when that time comes around.  Besides $30 for data two years from now is likely still going to be cheaper than any other carrier.  

        • dan

          in two years after it ends call them back up and i bet they will give you the discount again

        • Kle

          Did you go through regular customer service or the loyalty department? I called the regular customer service and they just simply said I was not qualified because of the preferred android data plan and did not offer anything. I wonder if I should say anything on my end to trigger an offer, I would appreciate your help much.

  • JBLmobileG1

    So has anyone been able to upgrade for $5 more from the $30 5gb plan to make it 10gb? That’s what I am reading from the picture above. If that’s from an internal screen shots that the reps see is that a miss print? What I find odd is that when I first upgraded it was $65 but it also said BlackBerry. I called back and they told me the BlackBerry plan was $65. Weird thing is I called like 9 times that day and the other times they messed up by adding on the blackberry plan it showed $60. I actually own an Android phone. It really makes me wonder about the $5 more deal since it was $5 more but that was on the 10gb ultra plan…

    • A4gmale

      bump….  i want an extra 5Gb for $5  is this correct?  Sombody? 

      • JBLmobileG1

        Anyone? I don’t understand why the picture shows that you can upgrade to 10gb for only $5 more yet nobody knows if this is correct. If its a miss print I don’t see why David hasn’t removed it yet. I am tempted to call Tmobile and explain what I have seen and read but I don’t want to jeopardize this website. Not that Tmobile employees already know about this site. Seriously though how come ANYONE has not noticed what the information shows and not asked about it.

        • JBLmobileG1

          It’s simple math and a simple question… can you get 10gb of data will the included tethering feature for $35 a simple yes or no answer will do?

  • Kevincarter7

    i went from 2 to 5 but it took me 4 calls to get it last week. kept getting a hard time. but i got it

  • Orlando Santiago

     Everyone thanks for this info. I changed my plan to this and now I am saving $10 for each phone on texting and I don’t pay anymore my hotspot of $14.99 per month

    This gave me a saving of $34.99 on my monthly Family unlimited plan.

    Now I have Family unlimited Phone+Text and 5GBs plus free mobile hot spot for my wife and I. Thanks.