HTC Sensation 4G Ice Cream Sandwich Update Arrives May 16th, Amaze 4G In “Coming Weeks”

Well, today may not be the day for the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update after all, instead we’re turning our attention to the HTC Sensation 4G and official word from T-Mobile. According to T-Mobile’s support forums, the ICS update for the Sensation 4G starts May 16th with a download from HTC. T-Mobile also updated the support document for the HTC Amaze 4G however, no specific date was given for Ice Cream Sandwich, only that the download will arrive in the “coming weeks,” and that no steps are necessary to receive the update. The update list for new features and improvements appears to be the same for both devices.

Beginning May 16, an optional update will be available for the Sensation 4G to update to the latest operating system, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can choose to download the update to Android 4.0.3 by following the software update steps.

Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update. You can add the feature online at my.t-mobile.com or by calling customer care.

So what’s new with this update?

Version

  • Android 4.0.3 / Software version 3.32.531.14710RD
  • Approved 5/16/2012

New Features

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Sense 3.6
  • System bar enhancements to easily view recent apps.
  • Re-sizeable widgets
  • Lock screen actions including pull down notifications and adjust volume while device is locked.
  • Data usage controls.
  • Face Unlock
  • Home screen folders
  • Improved battery life
  • Note: HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature in order to use the service after completing this update.

Improvements

  • Improved text input and spell checking
  • Improved menu structure

According to our intel, the Galaxy S II update has been delayed due to a kernel issue and has been resubmitted to T-Mobile for approval. No idea when the re-submission took place, but typical approval timeframes are around 30 days.

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  • Jasen Minus

    Finally! Its coming for the Sensation 4G

  • csmith71

    Do I understand this correctly that rooted phones will not be able to update?

    • TMOTECH

      That’s what it says. I unlocked my boot loader last week but did not ROOT it. Glad I waited.

    • Jeremy Carlton

      I hope this is sarcasm. Everyone has known since the beginning of time that rooted phones cannot be updated, but you can simply go back to stock to get the update. Root can ALWAYS be undone.

  • Xx_Jeff_xX

    No s II..errg..no word on g note…errg!

  • GalaxyS2-owner

    *GRUMBLE* *GRUMBLE* Where’s my ICS for GS2? *GRUMBLE* *GRUMBLE*

  • So now they’re going to be charging us for the Hotspot feature? nice… real nice.

    • Encino Stan

      Is the “Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature” the same thing as wifi tethering? If so, then that sucks. This update will cost me $15/month.

    • TMOTECH

      Once you get the update root your phone and the hot spot feature should work…I think.

      • wildcontigo

        I fyou are no s0off before the update you won’t be able to root after the OTA. because it the bootloader will be locked with Hboot version that cannot be s-off therefore rooted(yet)

        • baopham

          yeah but from what I understand if you are S-Off now you can still take the update and then flash an unlocked Hboot with the same version number afterwards. Important thing is to s-off now IMHO.

      • wildcontigo

        S-off now before you get the OTA. Do not change anything just s-off

        • TMOTECH

          Could you briefly explain how to go S-off. I have looked over at XDA but am having a hard time finding a step by step that does not go over my head.

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • Gordo

          Hey could you repeat that one more time? I didn’t  quite catch what you were saying on the eight other posts!

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

        • wildcontigo

          Read this guide right here. It is step by step. You just need to do step 1 to achieve s-off. After you achieve s-off with revolutionary it prompts you to flash recovery, don’t do it. For OTA all you need is stock rom with stock recovery. Do not forget to check USB debugging on the development tab of you phone (settings>apps>development>USB debugging)
          The process is very simple if you do it slowly with the guide by your side

    • UMA_Fan

      It’s free on current 5GB and 10GB data plans.

      • Encino Stan

        I am not seeing this.

        • UMA_Fan

          Any NEW 5gb or 10gb plan. You have to ask for it

      • TmoNews_Inuyasha

        It was free to add it on to the 5GB and 10GB data plans for a limited time as a promotion. It isn’t free anymore, though. I believe it is an extra $5/month now for the data plans that include tethering, if I remember correctly.

    • WW

      It’s been a pay feature for a while (that admittedly costs the carriers nothing extra since we’ve already paid for the data usage).

      If TMo wants to charge for it, they never should have been giving it away in the first place.

      Telling people “consider it a bonus since you should have been paying for it all along” just pisses people off.

      Don’t know if they’re still running the promo but you could get the hotspot feature for free if you were on a 5gb or higher data plan.

      http://www.tmonews.com/2012/01/t-mobile-launching-new-hush-hush-promotional-plans-on-january-25th/

    • WW

      It’s been a pay feature for a while (that admittedly costs the carriers nothing extra since we’ve already paid for the data usage).

      If TMo wants to charge for it, they never should have been giving it away in the first place.

      Telling people “consider it a bonus since you should have been paying for it all along” just pisses people off.

      Don’t know if they’re still running the promo but you could get the hotspot feature for free if you were on a 5gb or higher data plan.

      http://www.tmonews.com/2012/01/t-mobile-launching-new-hush-hush-promotional-plans-on-january-25th/

  • Thats bull. Gs2

    • TMOTECH

      GS2 is a newer phone. it will come later. T-Mobile owes it to Sensation and Amaze users who have been waiting much longer for this first. Chill out. The GS2 will come soon enough…

      • chillhappy

        Amaze launched at the exact same time as GS2.

      • Sorry but your thinking is backwards.

  • nam nguyen

    fucking BULLSHIT.

  • MarcusDW

    My wife will be happy(Sensation). I am not happy(GSII)

    I can’t understand why there is a problem when I could put a working ATT Skyrocket ICS ROM on my phone right now.

  • None

    Other than charging the phone, is there anything special I should do to my phone before the upgrade? Master reset before?
    I am running pretty bare so if it is better to master reset first to get the cleanest install, I will. But I am not really sure if that is even an issue?

    • TMOTECH

      I would suggest master rest after, not before.

    • baopham

      nope just make sure your battery is full. all your data and preferences should be kept.

  • Marc Klein

    Anyone who has a GSII may just decide to switch to the GSIII when it hits as that already has ICS out of the box.. Also, more powerful with more features.

  • mark

    T-mobile frustrates me with this non-sense. It is a free update that we have to pay for through the wifi feature monthly. Bunch of crap…

    • lama

      You are incorrect. That Wifi hotspot feature is something people have been able to use for free, when they should have been charged for it. This update fixes that loop hole, but the actual ics update is free along with all the improvements.

      • Marc Klein

        The hotspot feature actually comes out of your data plan

      •  It is free if you root your phone… If you own your phone, no problem in rooting it like I did.  I will never pay for something that is already a feature within the phone itselft.

        They are technically “Double Dipping”!!!  Even, if you have 5gb before throttling… the data use (regardless if tethered or not) is technically the same data!!!

        The Wise Will Root!!!!

  • NicholasMcGhee

    This is interesting to me. It says the Amaze will follow yet my wife got an OTA update to ICS 4.0.3 with Sense 3.5 on her Amaze about 2 weeks ago.

  • Vlad

    Very funny post
    You said the same about Galaxy S2, update on 5/14,
    Guess what guys no update today
    Lies, lies and more lies

    • It’s not a lie…this is what happens with unofficial dates and leaks. Calling it a lie is short-sighted.

  • Sensation4gnoob

    Should I use the HTC S-off method or is there another way that is better?

  • i see they’re ushering in the “must pay for hotspot” feature with the ICS update .. after i got the ONE S .. i had to adjust my plan for the hotspot feature if i wanted to continue using it .. i had used it for quite some time on my myTouch 4G and Sensation ..
    but now i guess they’re putting in the permanent fix for just about all devices now .. oh well .. what must be done must be done lol :)

    • zeth006

      Whh don’t you use free tethering apps?

      • i used to .. but stopped .. wasn’t that serious especially since i could use the phone .. or rather used to use the phone lol .. no big deal .. it was only $5 increase for me so i’m okay with the forced pay for hotspot thing.

        • zeth006

          Only $5? You’re still paying extra for a feature that should be free! Gotta fight the power!

        • lol true .. i know we’re all taking it up the tailpipe but if we stand alone what good is it ya know .. i’d love to take a stand but then i’d be the only one.

  • jonas

    Y lie about the update. Now all of a sudden gs2 one is delay
    ed thirthy days wtf t mobile is full of shitt

    • Who lied about it? We had a leak, it didn’t pan out, this is what happens with unofficial release dates.

  • jonas

    Ill be switching to att in a the next month. They have the phone i want and they dont bullshit with there customers

  • BigMixxx

    SO, I wanna make for damn sure I understand. I don’t use the feature (like for real), but I HAVE to take on the wifi feature, and for how much? 15 bucks? so my full data plan for my 5 gig and a feature I DON’T use is an additional 15 bucks. (you are shitting me)?

    I’m assuming…so of course imma call…

    • waddle 44

      No. You don’t have to pay for the wifi feature. It’s just if you want to use it on ICS, it won’t be free like it is right now. (And it’s technically not supposed to be free right now, but there is a loop hole)

    • Root your phone…. download the best XDA ICS w/Sense 3.6 or Sense 4.0 and never get charged if you choose to use the Wifi Hotspot.

      Think about it… because Tmo is supplying the Update the Wifi Hotspot installed will be proxied, thus they will know you use it.

      The Rooted versions is the regular HTC version of Wifi Hotspot –  FREE!!!!!!!!!

    • Sammyesparza91

      A lot of people keep asking, the WiFi hotspot feature is currently free on the sensation, but once it updates to ics it won’t be free and you’ll have to add the hotspot option if you want to use it. It isn’t required, and no they will not charge you for WiFi, just the hotspot feature if you choose to add it.

  • madasheck

    IM GOING TO TELL THE INTERNET HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS MATTER AND ATTACK DAVID FOR PROMISING AN UNOFFICIAL DATE FOR THE GS2. NOW I WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT PAYING FOR MY SERVICE ROOOOAR THIS WILL CHANGE THINGS!!

  • im glad to hear this news Go HTC Sensation 4G!!!

  • Looks like I won’t be downloading it anytime soon. I love the “wi-fi hotspot” feature that I get for free. So I’ll hold off on getting ICS until they do away with the FREE HOTSPOT on those of us still using GB.

    • baopham

      thats already happening for some people.  some people are being redirected to a tmo webpage that blocks access and says soemthing like “To Enable this feature please add wifi hotspot service”

  • zifnab

    /sigh, I guess I should have just rooted a long time ago… I won’t be downloading this update just to lose a feature of Android, and have to pay $15 for something that costs T-Mobile absolutely nothing extra.

  • Antoinetren

    I love my g2x now t mobile and LG fixed my LG g2 x with the software update. To android. 2.3.4 and now the g2x seems to be one of the best now stock android. Rules I hope LG update the g2x to ics

  • BrianTessier

    I’m just glad I upgraded to an unlimited plan with the 5 GB data + hotspot. The rep tried to give me just 2 gigs, but thanks to @davidtmonews:disqus I knew better. ;) Now I can’t wait till Wednesday.

  • Mark

    I called t-mobile and they told me that what they mean is that this hotspot feature has to be on the phone and not actually used. Most phones have it already “on” the phone while others don’t…. Hope this is true.

  • Mark

    I called t-mobile and they told me that what they mean is that this hotspot feature has to be on the phone and not actually used. Most phones have it already “on” the phone while others don’t…. Hope this is true.

    • Kempatsu

      Thank you…it said “add to account”…perhaps they should reword this?

    • creator2000

      What “others”? I thought this information was related to HTC Sensation 4G, so if ALL Sensations have this feature as a part of the phone why would they mention it in this memo? Confusing…

  • CriolaBrazuka

    I pay $20 for my data…if I am forced to upgrade, I will end up paying almost double what I pay now? And for what?! Tethering capabilities? NO Thanks!! Rooted and running a ICS for months now.

    • Getsome

      Tethering isn’t required for the update, only to use the feature itself…

  • Franky Valley

    Can you bypass this hotspot charge by just rooting? I prefer to do the OTA update, as I’m not too tech savvy, but I like having my hotspot option….def not worth $15/month on my 2GB plan.

    • Sammyesparza91

      It was possible on the Amaze so I’m sure its possible with the sensation

  • AnthonyRyan89

    I’m on the phone with t-mobile right now and the rep is beating around the bush i keep on asking the question about hotspot being required and the rep would tell me to check my updates on my phone and all this other bullshit until i told her to transfer me to someone else since she wouldnt answer my question and when i finally said that she told okay i will answer your question and it is required to update to 4.0.3 so i asked her why would you beat around the bush with my question just answer it so it is required to update to ICS

  • chillhappy

    If you have a 5GB or 10GB data plan wifi hotspot tethering is FREE – right?

    • AnthonyRyan89

      i wouldn’t do that i just yet they just changed my plan from the 5 GB of data $30 to the 5 GB data plus Hotspot they changed it from the $30 to the $35 not telling me it would change my rate that i had and also saying it wouldnt be charged any additional fees and i will be this upcoming bill for me so i wouldn’t do that just quite yet

      • AnthonyRyan89

        so it’s just additional $5 on my account

      • chillhappy

        You probably have to change to one of their new plans. $60 for unlimited with 2GB no hotspot or $75 for unlimited with 5GB free hotspot… only $15 difference and you get hotspot and 3GB additional per month.

        Unlimited – Ultra with Smartphone Mobile HotSpot Service

        $104.99 /mo.

        up to 10 gb of high speed data

        Unlimited – Premium with Smartphone Mobile HotSpot Service

        $74.99 /mo.

        up to 5 gb of high speed data

        Unlimited – Plus

        $59.99 /mo.

        up to 2 gb of high speed data

        Simple

        $54.99 /mo.

        200 mb of high speed data

        No Data

        $49.99 /mo.

        • AnthonyRyan89

          i see what they did i had the 5GB of data and they just added the 5GB of plus Mobile HotSpot Service for $5 extra to the $30 i usually pay for my 5GB so its just a $5 difference i pay monthly i was just like wtf when i saw that and they never told me it would be 5 extra on my account thats what just caught me off guard

  • DaygosTommyT

    I’ve had ICS on my Sensation for months! XDA is where its at in the android world for all you people out there that haven’t rooted yet. Rooting makes nearly anything possible on your phone. I even had sense 4.0 from the ONE S running flawless on my phone (beside bluetooth not working, but I don’t use it anyways). Pay the nerdy kid down the block to root your phone and grow a pair.

    • jarjon76

      Grow a pair? Relax, it’s just a phone. Some of us don’t want to root and that’s ok. Get off your “I’m better than you” high horse, pal.

  • rickerlore

    I’m pretty exited about I.C.S on the sensation. but I would like to see it first. Any tmo reps know if in store displays will receive the update?

    • TmoRepKS

      The stores will get it the same day. Unfortunately 

  • Irun4fun7209

    Am I the only one that thinks that it is RETARTED that the Sensation gets it before the Amaze? Amaze is the freaking more new phone! STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • creator2000

      No — I don’t think you are the only one :-) All other Amaze owners are probably feel the same way. Sorry…

      • Getsome

        Sorry kids you’ll have to wait in line

    • Daddym469

      The only retard here is YOU! Obviously, you don’t have any knowledge of how or why things are done in the tech world. News…Flash…The T mobile Sensation 4g still is a world class smartphone!! Aside from just owning one myself this phone is very powerful and amazing even on gingerbread. It was also the flagship phone the amaze never had a  chance to become due to the success of the Samsung GS2. It would make no reasonable business sense to update the Amaze or the GS2 before the Sensation…Not only was this the right choice it makes perfect sense…The Amaze is a great phone, but the Sensation has the world stage, and I would bet HTC has made much more money from the Sensation than your Amaze.  

      • nerdlust

        Sweet add some new life to my sensation. I read that it adds a speed boost to our phone.

    • Sammyesparza91

      Your kidding right? Just cause the amaze is newer doesn’t mean it should get updated first, the Amaze has to wait in line, I’ve used the sensation and its a great phone, I’m typing this from my Amaze which is on stock gingerbread, if you want ics so bad do your research and root it, the Amaze is a great phone without ics, ics will only make it better. Oh its retarded not “RETARTED”.

    • Getsome

      Um, the amaze was for Tmobile and Tmobile only, the sensation was a worldwide release, why would they update a phone they sold less I’d first. you obviously fail to realize there’s a bigger world out there

  • phone-o-logist

    I’m liking the idea that I would have all these other features, but I sure do not like the idea that I would have to pay for this feature that I use in moderation.  I think this was the only way that T-Mobile was able to get this fixed.  I wonder if I use it in another country, would I have to pay extra for something like that?

  • god of houston

    who still own a sensation lol upgrade time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • phone-o-logist

      Only if I had the cash to do so. The Galaxy Nexus looks very tempting now 

    • Getsome

      Sensation had been out almost exactly a year, or less… So no one would be upgrade eligible yet…

  • SG2

    I’m sorry can someone just clarify…I have a Samsung Galaxy s2, I NEVER use the Wifi Hotspot feature, but will I still have to pay the extra money? And will they notify you of the extra money they are charging?

    • cubanito151

      Its 14.99 for the extra feature. If you don’t have that tethering will simply not work even if you turn it on

    • Getsome

      No no no, it is only required if you want to have the feature, not the update

  • man, if i hadn’t rooted my sensation and installed virtuous inquisition on it in january, i’d totally be excited, or something.

  • Getsome

    Ladies and Gents, hotspot is only required if you want to use the feature as some of us got the service without paying for it. If you have the 5 GB plan now for thirty it will be five bucks more. Regardless the update itself is available with or without the tethering service. So relax, that document just needed to be more clearly worded

    • Ee-rodriguez

      Where can you get the download? Htc website or via air on your sensation?

      • Jared20089

        Via air on Sensation, or if you exited out of over the air updates, you have to go to settings, about phone, and then tap HTC software updates and press Check Now

    •  What People Don’t Understand is that it REALLY IS NOT A SERVICE!!!  IT IS A FEATURE ALREADY ON THE HTC PHONE. 

      YOUR PHONE’S DATA IS WHAT YOU PAY FOR ALREADY!!!  USE IT ANYWAY YOU PLEASE.

      SIMPLY ROOT YOUR PHONE!!!!

  • Daddym469

    CLARIFICATION ON THE HOTSPOT PORTION OF THIS POST!!!
    I called customer care today and to my understanding is, ANYONE Who already has the Tmo Sensation 4g KNOWS that the hotspot came as a feature on the phone itself. Meaning the ability to use this feature for free has always been there for free. I was told that if you plan on using this update and leaving Gingerbread behind, you WILL lose the ABILITY to use it free. Read it again!!
    Understand that within this ICS update there will be software added to BLOCK the ability to use this feature without charge. So basically if you want ICS your now free feature will be modified to either force you into adding it on or rooting. Personally, It’s sad that an update has t be used to take away a feature that actually came with your phone. Obviously, this move is all about money and more needless data controlling by the carrier.
    IF YOU NEVER USED THIS FEATURE, NONE OF THIS SHOULD EVEN MATTER, BUT IF YOU DO THE VALUE PLAN OFFERS THE HOTSPOT AS A FREE ADD ON FEATURE, PLUS 10 GIGS OG MOBILE LIFE FOR FREE, JUST FOR GOING FROM 2GIGS TO 5GIGS.
    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE HOTSPOT TO GET THE UPDATE, JUST KNOW IF YOU WANT THIS UPDATE AND PLAN ON USING THIS HOTSPOT FEATURE…IT WILL NO LONGER NE AVAILABLE…AFTER YOU TAKE THE UPDATE… Hope this helps somebody.

    • creator2000

      Yes — definitely! Thanks for clarification!

  • Josh

    my sensation has been rooted for months, but if i do a factory reset on my phone can i still get the update on the 16th or no ?

    • Swishbam

       You don’t have to unroot it. You just have to have stock recovery and your original CID, if you have that, then you’ll be able to update.

      • Josh

        where do i get that from ?

      • Lawless_1

        You don’t even need your stock CID.

  • rob f

    its great to see an update to ICS offically from tmobile/htc but i already pay out the ass to them (135+taxes and fees) because of my fiancee being on my plan. i just checked and theres no more 25.00 5GB data plan, as im sure you all know its now 35.00 with tether added. now i never use tether anymore as i live in an apartment with wifi. so will they upgrade my plan to the 35.00 even tho i’ll never tether? if they will/do i think i’ll have to talk my fiancee switching to sprint or something because 10 dollars more is too much when way back on my G1 tethering was F R E E!!! it came stock on android. 

  • rob f

    its great to see an update to ICS offically from tmobile/htc but i already pay out the ass to them (135+taxes and fees) because of my fiancee being on my plan. i just checked and theres no more 25.00 5GB data plan, as im sure you all know its now 35.00 with tether added. now i never use tether anymore as i live in an apartment with wifi. so will they upgrade my plan to the 35.00 even tho i’ll never tether? if they will/do i think i’ll have to talk my fiancee switching to sprint or something because 10 dollars more is too much when way back on my G1 tethering was F R E E!!! it came stock on android. 

    • guest

      No you only add mobile hotspot tethering if you want to use the feature.

  • Jmart922

    I’ve been running the leaked 4.0.3 for the Amaze for several weeks now, which has been working great, everything is much smoother than before, I’m curious if the upcomingrelease will add much…

  • Krunalapatel

    I have htc sensation unlock and I’m use on att. Would I be able to use WiFi hot spot.

  • zack

    i have my htc sensation unlocked for simple mobile, willl i still get update?

  • K0246945

    Genius Marketing… Only make some devices “capable” to receive ICS, so the people with lower end, or older phones are forced into buying a new phone.

    You can’t tell me the g2x or the MT4g can’t handle ICS.

    And also, I am thankful for the uniformity and consistency of updates..(pukes)

  • Think about it – brilliant to add “just $5 dollars” – which is $60 a year for a feature of your phone to be “turned BACK on” after an upgrade.  You pay for a data plan with a defined data limit, HOW you use that data should not make any difference.
    From a TMO perspective….
    if you can get 1M users to add “just $5 a month” that’s, $5M ($60M year) for something you already pay for (data).  It cost them nothing, there’s no added equipment, just added profit.  There is no value to the customer – only to TMO – it’s actually brilliant.  They have not expense (because this is a feature of the phone, no anything within the “network”), only profit.

    • Guest

      theoretically if you are using your phone as a hot spot you are going to be using it more, meaning they need to pay for more infrastructure to support heavier loads of data being carted across their network. I don’t think this justifys the cost.. i think the cost of cell plans are outrageous as it is, just saying, mobile hotspot is not free.

      • Seantom7

        but as you utilize more data, lets say past your 5 Gb, then u are just paying TMO more money to  continue using more data. because once you run out of your unlimited until 5 Gb you essentially use super slow speeds or pay more to TMO for more.

      • RobJTejas

        Your theory doesn’t fly. The infrastructure is already in place, additionally the data is already paid for. If in fact someone utilizing the built in hotspot feature does exceed their data usage, TMO just makes more money.  The feature did not hurt TMO in any way, on the contrary it probably made them more money since people who utilized the feature often, probably have the highest data plan.  The fact is this move is bad PR for TMO, disabling a built-in feature to a phone and forcing them to pay to re enable it is a slap in the face to customers, plain and simple.

  • Daddym469

    ONE MORE TIME LISTEN CLOSELY, MANY OF YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW THAT THIS PHONE CAME WITH AN OPEN HOTSPOT FEATURE BUILT IN. This means that most if not all T mobile Sensations will allow you to turn on the feature and use it with your AVAILABLE DATA.
    So a Sensation currently running Gingerbread 2.3.4 will ALLOW YOU TO TURN ON THIS FEATURE THE SAME AS YOU WOULD TURN ON YOUR BLUETOOTH, AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. TMOBILE EVIDENTLY DOES NOT WANT ITS SUBSCRIBERS TO HAVE THIS FEATURE WITHOUT BEING IN ON THE MONEY…NOW THAT’S THE REAL ISSUE AT HAND

    What makes no sense is they are removing the ability to use a feature HTC built into the phone.
    The hotspot feature does not work without a data plan anyway, so this move is VERY insulting to the consumer because, A CARRIER SHOULD NOT HAVE THE POWER OR RIGHT TO REMOVE A BUILT IN OPTION, AND CREATE A WAY TO CHARGE YOU FOR IT!! OBVIOUSLY HTC AND OR GOOGLE HAVE NO SAY IN THIS…AND THAT SHOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE. 
    ESSENTIALLY, TMOBILE IS SAYING…YOU(US) WON’T BE USING MY NETWORK DATA THAT WERE (ME AND YOU) ALL PAYING FOR US(T-MO) HOST YOUR BUDDIES PHONE FOR FREE. 
    Something needs to be done about this on a much larger scale because what if they woke up one day and decided to block your bluetooth feature and ask for 4.99 a month to use it???

    So once again…IF YOU WANT TO GO FROM GINGERBREAD 2.3.4 TO ICE CREAM SANDWICH 4.0.3……AND….READ!!!!! ……AND ARE ALREADY USING YOUR HTC HOTSPOT FEATURE THAT CAME ON YOUR PHONE……..THIS ICS DOWNLOAD WILL REMOVE THE ABILITY TO USE THE HOTSPOT FOR FREE…THAT’S THE REAL ANSWER….

    IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO BUY OR SUBSCRIBE TO THE HOTSPOT IN ORDER TO GET ICS….ICS IS YOURS LIKE ANY OTHER SOFTWARE UPDATE!!!! JUST BE ADVISED IF YOU DO USE YOUR NOW FREE HOTSPOT, AND HAVE NO DESIRE TO PAY THE 15$ AND DONT WISH TO ROOT YOUR DEVICE…YOU WILL PROBABLY NEED TO WAIT AND GO TO ICS WHEN ITS BETTER FOR YOU.

    Whats not clear yet to me is, will T-mobile figure out a way to kill the feature another way outside of using the ICS update to do it…because it is obvious they don’t anyone using this feature without them getting in on the money…AND THAT’S VERY WRONG, GREEDY AND SO DISRESPECTFUL TO PAYING SUBSCRIBERS!!! ALSO LETS NOT FORGET WERE TALKING ABOUT A $500 phone!
    If you pay 500$ for a phone nobody should be able to modify it for more financial gain….Hope this help somebody out there!

    • Tpkhaterzz

      I think that only EVERYONE knows. It was mentioned in the article right? We are’nt retarded or have tiny computer screens. We see just as well as you. Why must you repeat what the article says in the article comments. If you want to spread the word, dont go to the articles comment section. Thats just retarded -_-

      • RobJTejas

        if you have read the posts that people are leaving here, you can clearly see that many people are confused on this issue.  Personally, I am thankful to Daddym469 for his post. It didn’t hurt or bother you so why are you hating on him?  

  • Glinzan

    Its weird that the G2x isn’t getting the update. The phone is just as capable as the HTC Sensation.

  • Rick

    Well, since my plan is $79.99/mo with unlimited voice & text and 2GB data, it’s going to cost me $14.99/mo ($180/yr) to keep hotspot.  No.  I didn’t want to bother with rooting, but I’ll just do it and give TMO the salute.  It’s not worth it to me to go from $79.99 to 94.98.  ps – that’s pretty much what my wife pays for her iPhone at AT&T.  For voice & text.  Data extra.

    Kinda sad, but TMO has to keep providing shareholders with profits no matter how the business is going.  I may yet become a Sprint customer in 2013.  I’m 11 months from contract.

  • question is will i still get update although i am on a unlocked phone for simple mobile, phone orginally from t mobile

  • Socalfrank

    I’m beginning to wonder, “what’s so great about ICS”?
    Why would you upgrade if a feature like Wifi hotspot is important to you?

    I bought the phone at full price and have an unsubsiized plan. Why should they be able to modify my phone in this way?

    T-mobile used to be synonymous with value, but lately they are chipping away at reasons to stay with them. If they want me to pay Verizon rates and fees, I may just head over to Verizon, or go with MetroPCS, the new value leader.

  • BrianTessier

    I just finished the upgrade and my phone works like a dream. I’m loving it. An added bonus that I haven’t seen mentioned is that if you use Dropbox, they are giving you an extra 3 gigs of storage for the next 12 months.

  • Dbm2001

    Upgraded last night. Works great! It still has mobile hotspot in the drop dowm quick settings

  • Chrisdt

    But I don’t see the new lock screen. It’s still the old one with the ring. And i don’t have the option of dragging down the notification screen in the lock screen…

    • BrianTessier

      If you have your security to include a lock code, then I don’t know how it works, I have mine open so from the lock screen just pull down from the top and you get your notification bar expanded.

  • twitchmcgee

    TMy only question is will

  • Kenny3

    i just downloaded ICS on my sensation, and now my Facebook won’t open, keeps saying unexpectedly close?

    • Devin

      I had that same problem. I went and did the update for facebook in google play and now it is working fine. HTH. :)

  • TmoRepKS

    After doing the update my phone would say (about every 30 seconds) that facebook had an error of some sort. Went into settings/applications and force closed it. I also cleared the data and cache. Then I went to the play store and did the facebook update (over wifi) and it is now working great!

    Didn’t know if anyone else was having this problem!

  • PMack14

    dont panic people ics works fine give ur phone a min to catch up remember its a mass update…

  • loco

    ok by when do we get jelly bean update lol… the only thing im not liking is the internet its full screen, and before if u scroll all the way down and want to get to the top of the page quickly= (no more)

  • TechHog

    Wait, so I need to pay for Wi-Fi Hotspot, a feature I don’t want, to get this update? F*** T-Mobile. Now I’m switching carriers ASAP. If I have to pay more anyway, why stick with these ass****s?

    • That’s not what it says at all…I’m not sure how people are understanding it this way as none of the documentation reads like this. You DO NOT need it unless you want it. Upgrade to your hearts content and don’t worry about it.

  • Thedjpookey

    I have been a long term customer but am jumping shit this is some shady ishh your going to block the WiFi hotspot well hate to break it to u but that is the only reason I stayed with tmobile ur service sucks where I live gfu tmobile

  • rachel phillips

    at first I was very upset over the new Updates because immediately after downloading it to my HTC Sensation it started Acting Up! 
    I called T-Mobile an after speaking with one of the agents we decided that it would be best to go ahead an do a hard reset on the phone which fixed the problem but of course I had to go through an re install all my APPS (which I’m still doing!)….so I highly recommend formation your phone & backing up your apps BEFORE doing the update to avoid an additional problems….it was a Three day Nightmare for me!

  • Mfor33

    so no story on the HTC amaze update? get on it tmonews

    • Good god man, it’s barely 8am…I’m entitled to sleep.

  • Devin Phares

    So, I did the ICS update and now my text messages won’t load. I click the icon and it goes into the app, but it says “Please Wait” as it loads. It never stops loading. I was sitting there staring at it for 10 minutes. It seems to let me go into it only if someone had texted me. But, It won’t let me go into it as if I wanted to text someone else. This is super frustrating.. please help?

    • Khadaffy

      im having the same issue please wait on text app smh is there a fix for this yet

      • amanda

        I’m having the same problem too!!! very aggravating… 

        • Nick

          How did you fix it??

        • MTS

          Hey all. I i have well over 10k text messages on my phone. It took about 1 hour to load them all. Eventually it finished. Just leave it loading before going to bed and the tooth fairy will sort it out.

        • Vino

          is this the only fix, leaving the phone to load messages for hours?

      • Angeli

        Have you fixed this problem?

    • Angeli

      Have you fixed this problem?

    • linda

      How I fixed it is I didn’t allow my phone to sleep otherwise don’t let the screen go black. go to settings, display, and click where it says never allow sleep. then go back to the message screen where its loading. after maybe ten minutes if that it should finally load I have over 10k messages too and it worked great. before I tried that my screen said please wait for like 6 hrs and nothing loaded.

    • this is the same exact problem i have after i did the update

  • Fatalhashbrown

    ICS has been like a rock for me since downloading the update last week. No freezes or slowdowns, both of which were common place on gingerbread. Also folks, if you update to ICS make sure you update ALL of your apps as well before you start slamming it. its common sense folks. Loving ICS right now.

  • lame the king :)

    Hey I just received the up date!!! It’s 4.3 I hit the check now button in settings under HTC updates!!! It’s gorgeous!!! Funny I came in here to see any news and I said let me see if the update is out anyone else have it well enjoy :)

  • faddy

     My 4G isnt working after the update to ice cream.. only stuck with 2G. any ideas?

    • MTS

      I got the same problem too. I had the sandwich for about 1 month now and no success thus far. I know that the refurbished units come with the ice cream and work fine with 4g.

  • frusrated

    my phone also only says 2g… where did my 4g go? my phone is slower. having problems with messages not loading. and loading slow. names not showing for my contacts just phone numbers are visible in my messages area. and when i go to sync my facebook contacts with my telephone contacts it wont work. after pressing the sync contact button and manually trying to sellect a person from my facebook contact list, the facebook contact list is empty and tells me i have no contacts :( i am not very happy with this upgrade. what are some fixes?? m i able to get the old version back??

  • ChrissyB

    After the update, my messages won’t load, I see a few solutions and am going try them out, but for some reason, I don’t have any Widgets, anybody have a fix for this??

  • Daniel Brown

    After the update, my phone has a few glitches… it wont let me add attachments to messages, and EVERY time I exit an app to the homescreen, the phone goes to an all white screen, and then “loading” for 5-7 seconds… anyone else having problems since the OTA update?

  • PJ

    I’m still having problems loading my messages. Finally all the names have showed up but now i go into the individual messages and it says loading. I made sure that i turned sleep mode off. Now ill go into each one and it will boot me out to the message screen right away. What can I do to fix this problem? I don’t want to lose my messages.

  • brain getter

    I just download 4.0.3 last night on my htc sense, its been 24 hrs now and i still cCANNOT open my girlfriend text folder , it just continure to say loading.. this update sucks!!!! I hate it, it was fine before this… i did all the instructions as written below, im so frustrated at this bullshit … thanks alot piece of shit ice cream doodoo

    • sherada

      Hahahaha!!! That was hilarious!!! What isn’t funny is that I’m having the same freaking problem!! Like Wtf it prevents you from opening up text convos that too long. at least give a warning that we should delete old messages!!

  • Chrisma1234

    I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IM NOT EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE GIVEN PROBLEMS. I guess I was one of the luck ones to have taken the ICS update. :)

  • Bj

    I can’t open or send text messages unless the previous text history is short. That means I can receive texts from everyone but my girlfriend!!! Thank you ICS 4.0.3 for evo 3D!

  • Mr. G

    I’m really mad about the messages, apparently they didn’t think it appropriate to mention if we had a lot of text messages before the update the aftermath would involve an hour of waiting for my messages screen to load up.

    • Littleindiangr

      It took me about 4 hours to complete this update

  • Angel

    Stupid ass holes no way in the hell ill be paying 15 dollars for WiFi !!