T-Mobile Improves Unlimited Data Smartphone Hotspot Bundles, Begins Today

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Well, this is a good way to end the day as T-Mobile improves their unlimited data hotspot bundles beginning today, September 10th. Beginning today, T-Mobile customers on their Unlimited high-speed data plans can add new hotspot packages for as little as $20.

Beginning September 10, our postpaid customers will get more tethering for less with our Unlimited data features! Now customers can enjoy Unlimited high-speed data and a substantial amount of Smart Phone Mobile Hotspot for as little as $20.

T-Mobile has removed the Unlimited with 500MB hotspot plan which sold for $20 up until today. Customers can now choose from a unlimited data plan that includes 2.5GB of tethering for $20, 4.5GB for $30, down from $40 and 6.5GB of tethering data for $40 which is a newly added tier for hotspot tethering. Customers now on the 500MB plan for $20 will receive a upsell option as they approach their tethering data limit. Customers currently on the 2.5GB/4.5GB option will be automatically migrated to the new plans of 4.5GB and 6.5GB automatically on September 14th.

The good news here is that the overall value of T-Mobile’s unlimited+tethering plans has increased and that’s exactly why we love our Magenta.

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  • Garo.j

    I don’t understand why monthly 4Gs consumers don’t have the option to add tethering to there 70$unlimited data plan. It might be time for me to look and see if other
    Prepaid carrier’s offer tethering options.

    • yes sir

      Why would you just not use the No Credit Check Simple Choice from T-Moible…its the same as prepaid but you get the post paid rates plans….its a no brainer

      • Garo.j

        I will look into the the
        Simple choice before my next renewal on
        The 19th this month
        Thanks the information.

      • dj2081

        That’s plan I’m on, plus get post paid coverage map.

        • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

          I thought T-Mobile prepaid have the same coverage as postpaid?

  • auser72

    Got the 500mb plan. I hope I can keep plan for those rare times when I don’t have wifi available and want to use my tablet.

    • Lucent

      I must not be understanding. Why would you want to keep Unlimited + 500mb for $20 a month when you can switch to Unlimited + 2.5GB for $20?

      • epsiblivion

        so the lowest unlimited data included 500mb but now 2.5gb tethering?

        • LC

          That’s correct. Same price as before, now with just more tethering capabilities.

        • epsiblivion

          holy cow this whole time I was under the impression you still had to pay more for tethering (extra fee on top of data). rather than tiered pricing

        • LC

          Nope, they changed it back when they started launching Simple Choice/No Annual Contract back in March. It’s a great deal.

      • LC

        Exactly, why wouldn’t you want more bang for your buck?? It’s an absolute screaming deal to have unlimited data on the phone and 2.5gb for tethering.

    • Adrayven

      The article is a bit confusing..

      Assuming you have the unlimited data + 500mb tethering, you want this plan. T-Mobile is giving you an additional 2 GB tethering data for free..

    • auser72

      Just spoke with customer service and you are given 500mb for free and 2.5 gb for an additional %10. This was the case with me trying to change data plan online and calling customer service directly.

      • auser72

        $10

        • Chris

          No, I just switched and I’m paying the same $20. No additional fee. Ask for the Data Bundle: Unlimited Data + 2.5 GB hotspot. Don’t ask for the separate one.

          Because the rep you talked to is right, it’s $10 additional if you don’t get the “bundle”

        • auser72

          Yep, had to specify new bundle promotion and made the switch. Customer service rep was didn’t know of new promotion until I specified the details of it. extra 2gb will allow me to carry my tablet more often.

  • Binny Gupta

    What if im in my contract and have unlimited 4g – no data caps
    Can i tether now/
    I have an s3

    • ChristianMcC

      I think you should be able to, if you moved on the simple plans, like I did(another year 17 mos to go on contract, and hoping things change with tmo or others). Otherwise, bets are off.

  • Paul

    Note 2 rooted running Tweaked = unlimited tether!
    BOOYA!

    • ChristianMcC

      Any nexus, no root needed for automatic tethering…

      • Tailor00

        Wrong. I do that on my Nexus 4 and when it hits the 500MB mark it asks me to upgrade.

        • ChristianMcC

          That’s because you’re not changing the User agent (UA) on your laptop. Use a UA spoofer extension, like from the chrome store, on your browser, and you won’t have a problem. Tablets don’t need it luckily.

        • Tailor00

          You are awesome. This will become handy for my Chromebook!

      • Paul

        Now, I haven’t heard anything about tethering on a Nexus. I know that you can lose the tether-It’s said Magenta watches the packets-but I haven’t followed it via Nexus.
        My only issue with the Nexus is no expandable memory, but it is a fantastic device.

        I have foujnd that torrents tigger the alert, but it goes away after a day or so.

    • bislim

      Can you pm me ? I have been trying to tether with no luck.

      • Paul

        I don’t see how I can.
        Just go to XDA, find your phone model, and check the ROMs for one with a working tether. For my Note 2, I use Tweaked. I use the “TrevE Mod” app turns the tether on/off. Haven’t had an issue, and it helped me when my cable/internet service went out for a day.

        • bislim

          Thank you

  • LC

    David, why would you say that the loss of the 500mb tethering option is disappointing?

    • sidekicker89

      maybe because it doesn’t come automatically now with the Unlimited Data plan…?? Or did I misread that..?

      • LC

        Well yeah, the 500mb doesn’t come with the unlimited any longer but that’s because the 2.5gb is coming with it now.

        • sidekicker89

          ok sounds good… this should be a better deal to compete with Sprint too..

      • Originally it was 500MB tethering on the Unl plan. Now it’s 2.5GB for the same price!

  • T-Mobile seriously…. It’s things like this that cause us to lovingly refer to you as Magenta, thank you. : )

    • PhoenixPath

      I know, right?

      First they lower my monthly insurance cost while adding JUMP! replacements, and now they’re holding the price on the plan but giving me more data.

      Totally unheard of anywhere else in the US as VZW, ATT and Sprint all rally to take more money for less service.

      Loving the fact that I am migrating the family to TMo. Two lines so far…the rest over time by April.

  • Chris

    Just run FoxFi no root!!!

    • ChristianMcC

      It doesn’t work that well from my past experience.

  • Antdog

    My unlimited data plan comes with 500mb of free hot spot tethering. Does this affect me?

    • Yes as soon as you go over 500MB tethering, they’ll kick your plan up to 2.5GB tethering permanently… for no additional cost.

      • LC

        Well, it won’t happen automatically. You’ll be sent to the upsell page which will prompt you to select the new plan, which is the same price as the old unlimited + 500 mb plan. Or you can just call CC or going into a store to have it updated. I’m sure you can do it online as well.

    • twest13

      Yes you know have 2.5Gb of hot spot tethering instead off 500mb…you have more for the same the price wich Is great newss!!

  • bruce

    dont help me I am on simple choice plan

    • LC

      You do realize that this is simply a data option on Simple Choice?

    • That’s what this feature is for…

  • enkay1

    This is all well and good but they better be going nationwide with 2×10 LTE really soon or else their network will end up like Sprint’s…

    • Yeah won’t happen. UMTS & HSPA+ (3G & 4G) are inherently better than EVDO (3G) due to the increased bandwidth…

      • Willie D

        HSPA is something like 2x more efficient than EVDO (which would be ALMOST as efficient as UMTS, and is by far more efficient than EDGE), but HSPA+ is 4x more efficient than HSPA itself, so when you look at it, you have a network efficiency rate that shouldnt even concern T-Mobile at this point looking like Sprint in the near future.

    • Willie D

      Giving MORE data doesn’t mean their network will end up like Sprint’s network. Sprint has not upgraded or maintained their network equipment for years. In hopes that WiMAX would take off, and they could migrate from CDMA to that particular 4G technology, they failed to purchase new EVDO equipment. By the time they realized they needed it, there was a serious lack of parts, and those parts were costing more with less demand to make said parts because other CDMA carriers moving to HSPA+ (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South America, etc) and LTE (Australia, Canada, etc again). Less demand = less purchasing power = higher priced cost of new goods. T-Mobile on the other hand is using their cash to purchase high and in demand parts that cost less, rapidly building it out, recycling highly desirable spectrum for more data users and really shoring it all up in a much faster sense than Sprint has done in the last 4 years.

  • Deihmos

    Nothing for us value customers with the 1000 mnute plans. :(

    • xmiro

      uh it’s a dead plan you’re grandfathered into.

      • kalel33

        Of course, they don’t like the customers that pay less than their Simple Choice plans. They want to push those customers over to the more expensive plans.

        • steveb944

          You mean T-Mobile is a business trying to make money as technology progresses? Shocking

        • kalel33

          What does technology have to do with trying to push lower minute plans to go to the more expensive unlimited minute plans. I’ll give you a hint…..absolutely nothing.

        • steveb944

          You push customers into more expensive plans that fit their new technologies, i.e. LTE, in order to compensate for infrastructure cost in developing the network. Would it be feasible to have kept us in our ~$8 T Zones data plan from over half a decade ago? Of course not.

        • kalel33

          The Value plans came out 2 years ago. Not so long ago and they were grandfathered just this year. I’m willing to pay the same data prices as the Simple Choice customers, which is what I had(2GB for $10 a month). Simple Choice has it but Value plan does not. I’m not asking to pay less for my data but I don’t want to be pushed into going to an unlimited calling plan, when I don’t need it. Voice technology hasn’t increased in years, so why should I switch?

        • xmiro

          most options offered to Simple Choice customers are available to those of us on grandfathered plans. I’ve even had 200MB data added manually by a rep on the phone even though the website only gives me a 4.5GB option

        • kalel33

          But not to the Value customers, which is what the OP was talking about. If you reread what I wrote then you’ll understand I was talking about T-mobile trying to move customers off of the cheaper limited minute plans to the more expensive unlimited minute plans.

          The rep I talked to stated that on my Value 500 minute plan that I could not go back to the 2GB data plan that I just had the previous month because it’s grandfathered. It was never disclosed that the feature was grandfathered when I switched.

        • Chris

          Wouldn’t that be obvious that it was grandfathered to begin with because 1. the plan is obsolete and 2. it’s not on their system anymore?

          Just saying, you’ve been trying to outsmart everyone in this comments section and yet can’t put A & B together.

        • kalel33

          1.) The 2GB feature was part of the Value plan when they grandfathered the Value plans. They later repealed it and the unlimited data to push people to the Simple Choice plans to spend more money.

          2.) I worked there as a rep for almost 3 years and ALL granfathered features are still in their system. I could threaten to cancel and get it back by the loyalty department but why should I have to play that game?

          Just saying, you are very ignorant on this subject.

  • Zach Mauch

    Maybe it’s just because I rarely use that much on tethering, but I’ve never had any issues tethering to my nexus and I’ve never had a tethering plan.

    • Willie D

      They recently caught onto this. Nexus devices may or may not get the dreaded T-Mobile Hotspot warning page directing you to add the feature.

      • riDIRKulous

        Man I hope not, was enjoying tethering from my iPhone to my 2013 Nexus 7 and iPad for the past few months.

        • Willie D

          I did it to my Nexus 7 AND computer, and got the same warning page.

        • riDIRKulous

          Ugh…doh. Was just tethering earlier today to my Nexus 7 at work, guess will find out tomorrow if I get the warning page.

        • ChristianMcC

          I don’t get it on my N7, but on my laptop I do, though it can easily be gotten around. All you need is user agent(UA) spoofer to make the websites think your computer is a phone/tablet. T-Mobile is the only internet we have in our home until Google finishes moving into town, and I guarantee it works. The only problem I’ve had on computers is using streaming sites like hulu and xfinity as they will direct you to their app, FYI.

      • PhoenixPath

        I enabled tethering last weekend, downloaded a 1GB file (on my phone) and was disconnected after 500MB.

        In other words, it didn’t matter where the download was going (device) or what was doing the downloading (software).

        Leads me to believe they did something that pretty much locks it up tight.

    • riDIRKulous

      From my experience, you are able to tether from your phone to a portable device ( ie a Nexus tablet or iPad ) for “free” because TMO is still seeing it as a mobile browser. If you try to do that to a desktop or laptop then you need a tether plan.

  • Mark Reese

    All i need is the 2gb plan but i can’t get it because I have a value plan… which sucks

    • xmiro

      no? how so? I called and got manually added 200MB plan to our value plan.

    • kalel33

      Yep, same here. I moved from the 2GB plan for one month, because of higher usage for a time and now they tell me I can’t go back because it’s grandfathered. Just for that reason alone, if Verizon ever lets prepaid customers use LTE phones I’ll switch to them. $60 for unlimited talk, text, and 2GB is fine for me.

      • LC

        T-mobile’s $60 prepaid plan is the same way? Except 2.5gb data instead of 2gb

        • kalel33

          Correct but why would I pay the same amount just to get 512MB more data when I can get Verizon’s coverage. T-mobile’s Achilles heel is that they have crap coverage outside major metropolitan areas. Heck, my hometown of 3,000 pop. in the boonies of Kansas has LTE with Verizon and my city of 400,000 still hasn’t been added to the list of LTE cities for T-mobile.

          I pay less for T-mobile, understanding that I pay less so I get less but I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay almost the exact same amount and get less. The moment that Verizon allows LTE phones on their prepaid network is the day you’ll see a lot of people leaving T-mobile. Of course, people with family plans and those that use over 2GB of data will stay but even the last study that was done on data usage showed the average T-mobile customer only use a hair over 1GB of data per month.

        • moneyman

          Verizon prepaid doesn’t have same coverage as their postpaid plans. Just that.

        • moneyman

          Just know that.

        • kalel33

          Verizon’s own network is larger than T-mobiles, even with the roaming partners. Their LTE coverage is much larger than T-mobile’s entire native coverage. Don’t go into a pissing match against Verizon own coverage vs T-mobile post paid coverage without knowing the facts. I worked for both T-mobile and Verizon customer service and know the coverage pretty well. Look at the coverage maps for both and you’ll see that Verizon’s own towers are much more expansive than T-mobile and their roaming partners.

          Again, I’m willing to save money for crappy coverage but if the prices are the same or close then it’s a no brainer.

        • moneyman

          Sorry didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.

        • kalel33

          You didn’t hurt my feelings. Your statement indicated a fallacy that I’d be losing coverage with going to Verizon prepaid, but to the contrary, it’d actually increase with faster speeds in more areas. I really couldn’t care less about getting LTE everywhere with Verizon, just waiting for them to add LTE phones to the list of phones that can be added to prepaid so I wouldn’t be stuck with the crappy Android phones they offer now.

          I just wanted to correct your incorrect assumption.

        • moneyman

          I can take the time to explain the original message which was the simple fact that Verizon prepaid doesn’t have the same coverage as postpaid. I never mentioned T-mobile. T-mobile increase In customer base is not in my interest.

        • kalel33

          Nobody allows roaming on their prepaid plans. Even Verizon has some roaming areas, but by looking at the map, there’s very little of the coverage that is actually roaming. There’s a very very small difference between their post paid and prepaid coverage.

        • Willie D

          Its not about having coverage that’s bigger, its about having coverage where you use it and need it most. Do I need coverage in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota or A River Runs Through It Montana like Verizon, and pay extra for that capability I never used, will never need, or ever want, or do I need TMobile to work in Butte Montana, Cheyenne Wyoming and screw the Dakotas like TMobile can offer (even if it is roaming) but for far less… I’ll take the one that saves me money at home and on the road. Why pay more and subsidize areas that I’ll never go to just to claim “at least I have coverage in nowhere” if I never go “nowhere”.

        • kalel33

          Did you even see the part where I talked about Verizon’s $60 Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB of web? That’s the same price as T-mobile’s 2GB unlimited plan and yes, if you never go outside of the city, you will never see the 2G and GPRS but for those of us that drive 7 hours to get back to visit family and only see GPRS for the majority of the way and that’s on an interstate. Verizon has LTE along that same route.

          I’ll state again, since you missed it in the previous posts. I’ll switch to the much better coverage for the same price, once Verizon allows LTE on prepaid. Why would I pay the same to T-mobile for crappy coverage? I pay it now because Verizon still only allows 3G phones on their prepaid, but that will change.

      • ChristianMcC

        I got them to re-add by just saying “cancel service” when the automated system asked what did I want to do. It then asks if you’re sure, and you say continue. They get their supervisor to add it back, or something to that effect, and you’re set. Had them also restore my unlimited as well since on value it is also grandfathered.

        • kalel33

          I’m sure I could. I was a rep there for almost 3 years and I know how much they’ll bend to keep customers but really, I don’t like playing those games. I shouldn’t have to get to the loyalty(retention) department to fix something that shouldn’t have been taken away in the first place.

          I know their strategy. They’ll push the customers that don’t gripe into the new plans to get what they want and the customers that argue or work the system are given extras. That’s just not fair to the regular customer that tries to follow what they think is right. Verizon, in January this year, got rid of their loyalty department and I think that’s a step in the right direction, to put all customers on the same playing field.

        • Stone Cold

          Those games do suck cause there are a lot of customers that threaten to leave just to squeeze T-mobile and other companies. But I truly do love the retention team as the 3 times in almost nine years they fixed the issue and never once have I used the threat of switching just to get something out of T-mobile.

        • ChristianMcC

          I don’t threaten T-Mobile to cancel, I just say that to the IVR to get to the dept that has the control to reinstate a service I prefer after trying another. I agree the games aren’t the answer.

        • Stone Cold

          Me either but there are people that will always try and use threats to get loyalty to bend over backwards to them.

        • thepanttherlady

          I called last week because I’d gotten two emails and texts stating my bill was ready to view. When I logged online it showed the last bill was July’s. I called to speak to a rep to find out if there was a glitch and got an overseas rep:

          Me: Hi. I’m calling because I’ve received 2 emails and texts stating my bill is ready to view but the last bill I can see is July which was already paid. The amount for August is showing but not the actual bill. Is there a problem with the system?
          Rep: I can definitely help you with your situation. I will make sure to remove notifications so you do not receive them anymore.
          Me: Really? I didn’t ask you to remove the notifications…never mind. I’ll call back when I can speak to another rep in the US. :/

          I called back and got a rep in the US and asked the same thing. He immediately offered me a $20 credit on my bill for the inconvenience which I declined. I never threatened my business or anything. They must be used to customers pulling this for the credit to immediately be offered.

        • Stone Cold

          Very nice.

    • John

      The 2.5 gb data plan is available for the value plan, it’s $10.

      • Mark Reese

        No its not . Maybe you have the old 2gb plan with out the hotspot included

        • EvilleSV

          I’m confused. I have 2 lines that have unlimited data,2.5gb 4G WITH hotspot included up to the 2.5gb ($10/line) and 3 lines with unlimited data,500mb 4G WITH hotspot included up to the 500mb ($0). Am I on a grandfathered plan of some sort? I only switched to this plan a little over a month ago which is why I’m stunned by the listed costs. When I switched, the 5gb plan was the highest and only cost $20.

        • Ian Harrington

          Then migrate into The Simple Choice plan for free. It is not that hard

        • kalel33

          Then he pays $10 more a month on the plan itself. That’s why people don’t want to migrate, because the Simple Choice is more expensive.

        • Mark Reese

          Its hard of I end up paying more….next time think before you post

  • riDIRKulous

    Woot, thank you TMobile!!

  • bruce

    I pay extra for the 4.5 gb on the simple plan

    • Willie D

      Well, when the plan goes in effect, you can log in, and keep it, but save $10 by reselecting it.

  • Willie D

    What this does is show Verizon, AT&T and Sprint that while share plans are fine and dandy (VZW/AT&T), and including 5GB of hotspot (Sprint) on some plans is nice – T-Mobile is showing that it can be done in larger amounts, inclusive of all plans, and for even more hotspot data in addition to the plan itself, it can be done for less than either competitor charges. Its just another way of T-Mobile showing that if the scrappy underdog can offer it on their network, why cant others.. kinda thing.

  • nerdlust

    Wow this is unbelievable. Great job T-Mobile!! I’m telling all my family, friends and co workers.

  • Mirad77

    And someone asked me why I dare called TMUS “Beloved”?

  • dethduck

    Unlimited Nationwide 4g plan w/ Play store bought unlocked Nexus 4= Completely unlimited tethering on completely unlimited data (no throttling on softcaps).

    • xmiro

      no such thing as completely unlimited data

      • dethduck

        Yup there was, they offered the plan a year ago. Dunno if it’s still available though.

        http://www.tmonews.com/2012/09/t-mobile-launches-unlimited-nationwide-4g-data-plan/

        • kev2684

          those were offered WITHOUT tethering on all t-mobile branded devices sans root.

          unlimited nationwide 4G under simple plans launched on uncarrier phase 1 was bundled with unlimited 4G/LTE on mobile and 500MB 4G/LTE tethering on t-mobile branded devices, as it turns it’s now 2.5GB.

        • kalel33

          I was still working there when those unlimited Nationwide 4G data plans and you are correct, they block tethering on those plans too.

        • JBrowne1012

          They still offer this

      • dethduck

        Yes there is. A year ago they released a completely unlimited data plan called Nationwide 4G. I dunno if they still offer it but it does exist, it just doesn’t support tethering officially.

        • kalel33

          Try to use unlimited data while roaming. You’ll find out how limited that unlimited plan is.

        • JBrowne1012

          wtf would roam? if you have to roam find a new carrier is obviously the best choice because the unlimited is with t-mo’s signal only.

  • Guest

    I was upgraded automatically from the Unlimited+500MB plan to Unlimited+2.5GB. Thanks, T-Mobile! Now just give me some 4G/LTE when I leave Richmond and you’ll have a customer for a loooong time.

  • unbearablepleasures

    Still charging me for the data I already pay for. I’ll never be comfortable with this practice.

    • xmiro

      You don’t pay for unlimited, all you can GB transfer. It’s like a toll road. Minutes and texting no longer matter

      • unbearablepleasures

        I pay for unlimited data. If my device supports the creation of a mobile hotspot, who is Tmobile to tax me for using what is essentially the same data which I’m already paying for?

        • Moby

          It’s T-Mobile’s network. That’s who they are. If you don’t like their rules, take your business elsewhere. Otherwise pay as they say.

        • ChristianMcC

          Data is ridiculously and unnecessarily expensive in America. I was in Armenia and paid only $6 for unlimited per phone, with better coverage. It’s a small country, but major fairways in America should be covered with edge speeds at least, not meaning 40-60 kbps, like what tmo knocks it down to when throttling, but the definition at 384kbps, which is actually usable. Too often we get poop from these carriers, and we’re supposed to just live with it.

        • a5ehren

          Armenia is a bit smaller than Maryland, the 42nd largest US state. If there was a carrier that ONLY covered MD, they could probably offer much cheaper data too.

        • niftydl

          Completely agree, the economies of scale are completely different. The prices we pay in the U.S. are based on the assumption that you can you use your phone most populated areas of a massive country. Countries the size of a single U.S. state can obviously afford to make network access much cheaper. The amount of infrastructure their deployment requires is way way lower compared to a nationwide carrier here.

        • 21stNow

          Please tell me that you didn’t compare a company that probably maintains less than 1,000 towers to one that maintains 37,000 towers. I want to pay a low cost just like the next person. I also realize that it costs T-Mobile some amount of money to provide a service to me. I’m willing to pay some cost for that so that I have the freedom to leave my home state and still have a signal and don’t have to pay roaming fees on another network.

        • Marc Sabatella

          Why should they? it’s but one word in the description of the plan, and it used accurately: it correctly describes the amount of 4G data you can access on your phone. The rest of the description of the plan correctly describes how much data can be used on other devices. I thonk they, like me, assume people can read more than one word.

        • Marc Sabatella

          You don’t pay for unlimited data; you pay for unlimited data on your phone. T-Mobile sets the price based on their estimate of what average usage will be. If they allowed unlimited tethering, average usage would go up and they’d have to charge more. It’s simple economics.

        • unbearablepleasures

          Then shouldn’t they really do away with the term “unlimited”?

        • Mark Reese

          I bet your pleasures are unlimited …..sorry just had 2

    • Shawndh

      I too do not agree with how they market unlimited. My solution is to root your android device and, unlock the APN and enjoy true unlimited data.

      • how do you unlock the APN?

        • Prod1702

          most rooted phones can edit the APN on the phone to bypass T-Mo seeing that you are using the hotspot. You do not need to be rooted to change the APN. All you have to do is make a new APN with the settings you need. If you really want to get around T-Mo knowing that you are using the hotspot you need a 100% AOSP phone (ie. Nexus phones) or a custom rom that removes T-Mo’s crap.

  • Geek Man

    …but…but.. tethering or wifi hotspot is free after ROOT!.. why pay? right?

    • Nick

      …but…but.. Phones are free after STEALING!… why pay? right?

      • The Boat!

        LOL… it’s not stealing. Data is data, you pay for unlimited and you should be able to use it as you please.

        • Paul

          I agree, I’m just using data I’m paying for but through another device.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Another reason to stick with Tmobile! I recently downgraded from the 2.5gb $30 plan to save myself an extra $10 so I could use that extra money on purchasing a phone since I am now on the Simple Choice plan. It’s Awesome that I am now back at 2.5gb and still pay the same price that I was before. Thank you Tmobile!

  • twest13

    Im so lovin tmobile they just need to hurry and get 4glte here in Milwaukee Wisconsin and Im 100% satisfied!!! I picked up a signal 3 weeks ago so they were running a test I know its coming soon =)

  • nd5

    David.. just for clarification. I recently switched to a Simple Choice plan, and there were two data options. One was Unlimited with 500 MB SMHS for $20/mo and the other one was 4 GB data with SMHS, also for $20/mo. There was no separate charge for SMHS

    Are the options listed in this article in addition to the monthly data fee, or is the plan now unlimited data + 2.5 GB SMHS for $20/month total?

    • Prod1702

      So my understanding is that the 4.5GB SMHS is a total of 4.5GB used on the device as a whole. So you get 4.5gb of data in a mix of hotspot and phone usage. This is for $20 amonth. The Unl data + 500mb SMHS is unl data on the phone but only 500mb of hotspot. This is for someone that may use hotspot every now and then but mainly uses data on the phone its self. The next lvl up for the unl data + 500mb is 2.5b of hotspot. the 2.5gb one is now replacing the 500mb one so you can no longer get the 500mb hotspot one. I think this is the best option to go with. You now get unl data that you can use on the phone for whatever you want and you get 2.5gb of hotspot. Cost wise this is a plus for customers.

  • Asael Delgado

    I am so happy about this! I use hotspot at school due to lack of consistent wifi connection at school. This boost can help me further in completing my assignments

    • Asael Delgado

      Glad I switched from Verizon! Saving money, and getting more bang for my buck!

      • Paul

        Welcome to the Magenta side!

  • Mark

    So, what’s left for no-data options on postpaid? 2 of the lines on my family plan are using T139’s and I don’t see a need to pay for data they can’t use (I’m using a One S with the add-on Classic data plan).

    • Prod1702

      If both of the T139s are add a lines on your account so the 3rd and 4th lines, they are still $10 amonth with Unl Talk & Text with 500mb of data. The data is a use or lose kinda of thing. the $10 is mainly for the talk and text. You do not need to add data to any line on the account if you choose to. Everyone gets Unl Talk & Text for the same rates before with the Simple Choice. 1 Line $50, 2 Lines $80, then $10 each extra up to 5. T-mobile does still sell basic phones just not in all stores. The T-Mo Corp store I work in only has smartphones no basic flip like phones.

  • TheVorlon

    It’s now Sept 11 and nothing on the T-Mobile web site reflects any of this information.

    • Nick Gonzalez

      It seems to only be internal information still, probably won’t be announced to the public quite yet.

    • themak

      Per the website.
      $ 70 per month
      Plus taxes, fees and monthly device payment
      Unlimited talk, text and web
      Unlimited high-speed data on our network. Up to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (SMH) service.

  • This is the reason why I haven’t left my legacy Android “unlimited” 5gig plan with unlimited hotspot to the new $70 unlimited everything with only 500mb of hotspot. I root all my phones, so are you guys sure they wouldn’t catch on to wifi tethering?

    • UMA_Fan

      The new $70 unlimited would give you 2.5GB of hotspot and unlimited as far as whatever you do on your phone. If your phone is rooted I’m not sure how T-Mobile reads what data is being used for tethering when not using the T-Mobile tethering app.

      • ChristianMcC

        They read it by the way the website responds to your user agent(UA), so to mask it you can use a UA spoofer extension on your browser. Tethered tablets don’t need it unless you’re using Firefox, which does support extensions.

    • Paul

      There are many different experiences with rooted phones and tethering.

      I have a Note 2, running Tweaked, and with the TrevE Mod app I can tether with no issues.
      – The app turns on the tether instead of going intot he settings, this has been accepted as a way for them to notice you’re tethering.
      – The ROM has been modified to disquise, for lack of a better term, the packets.
      I haven’t had issues, unless there’s torrents-which I try not ot run over the phone-, but that’s my experience.

  • mingkee

    It sounds good.
    Now I have 7.5GB for laptop (I also have 5GB webconnect).

  • KENOATL

    I see the change on my services. See below

    Unlimited Nationwide 4G

    Adds Unlimited Nationwide 4G data on T-Mobile’s network. Includes up to 2.5 GB of Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (SMH) service.

  • Ariel Kirkwood

    warning: extreme newbie to T-Mobile here.

    I was under the impression that T-Mobile data plans could be used for smartphone data or tethering, and that T-Mo didn’t discriminate. Is that not actually the case?

    • ChristianMcC

      Yes, except with the unlimited high speed, which has a limit. In the past it was also more lax on the policy, but they found a way to monetize and tugged on the bit.

      • Ariel Kirkwood

        Ah, thanks :)

    • If they had unlimited high speed tethering it would be abused quite a bit.

      • Ariel Kirkwood

        Agreed. I was just seeing people talk about “$XX extra for tethering” and I got worried, I’m okay with having a limited data plan and limited tethering – I just don’t want to pay extra just for the ability to tether.

    • Tmobile csr

      No it’s not. Tethering/hotspot using more bandwidth on the network and can bog it down so tmobile has to charge more and limit that service. If tmobile didnt they would have everyone using it to watch Netflix and it would be a slower experience for everyone.

    • smarTpants

      If you are NOT on the Unlimited 4G Plan (all plans have unlimited data), your tethering is a separate pool of data (traditionally 500mb to start, NOW UPGRADED TO 2.5 GB!).

      If you are on a capped speed plan (2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5GB, etc to 12.5GB) then your data can be used either as cell data or as tethering data. You just start seeing 2g speeds (rendering anything but basic email inoperable) until your data allotment renews (or you upgrade our package – which is a great value if you currently have 2.5 GB for $10 and consistently see throttling due to tethering.)

      • smarTpants

        remove that big stupid NOT >.< sorry

  • newbyyyyyyyy

    i m on the unlimited nation wide 4g data plan for $20, just got an sms from T-mo, saying that i hit the 500 mb limit and i need to upgrade for more tethering usage !!! i m confused

    • JBLmobileG1

      That’s when you should get the option to upgrade to 2.5gb but for the same price. Or you can do what I did and just call customer care and have them change it for you… was easy as pie. Take that At&t with their more for less commercials… This is where Tmobile delivers! Tmobile should mock those commercials by using this Awesome deal.

      • newbyyyyyy

        10x for responding. just curious, why dont they just do the upgrade automaticlly !? do we really need to call for an upgrade that does not cost more nor less .

        • JBLmobileG1

          Who knows, I think if you have the larger tethering plans it switches automatically. Maybe they figure if you had the smaller 500mb plan you weren’t really using the tethering much anyways. After all Tmobile was nice enough to throw it in the Unlimited Data plan for $20 to begin with. All in all Tmobile has me as a customer for life. I couldn’t be more happy to be a loyal customer.

  • BS fromTmo

    guess what guys! just called tmobile and was told by an account specialist that there is no sutch a thing as free upgrade from 500 mb to 2.5gb of SMHS, for the $20 unlimited nationwide 4g plan( my plan )….!? i was even told that my plan does not even have a 500mb worth of SMHS to begin with !!!! total BS :-(

    • S Dot

      Are you a postpaid customer?

      • BS from Tmo

        yep

    • Oakland Maine CSR

      I’m customer care for tmobile and they are available on new simple choice rate plans. If you are on the new plan call again and we can take care of you. You can also add online.

      • JBLmobileG1

        I was on an old grandfathered plan, been with Tmobile since 2004, and I never thought I’d want to switch my plans because of the deals I was getting. Well, I made the switch a few months back to Simple Choice and I couldn’t be happier. With jump and now this… Tmobile is definitely going in the right direction. Also the Lte service, while a little spotty in Las Vegas, is insanely fast!

    • Dustin Maki

      I got the exact same thing! He asked for the link to the site and I sent it to him (this was thru the online chat.) and he basically told me that this deal doesn’t exsist at all. He showed his supervisor and they never seen this at all either.

  • Alex Zapata

    Well now I’m all smiles again.

  • Derron Wallace

    WIN!

  • Dustin Maki

    According to a rep i just talked to this whole deal does not exsist.. Weird.

    • JBLmobileG1

      The rep knows nothing then because I updated my plan from the 500mb to the 2.5gb and it shows it at $20. Who knows, maybe this was a very limited deal but I doubt it.

    • jonathan3579

      My account automatically updated itself to the new plan.

    • WW

      Same with me. The rep told me it was 500Mb of tethering. I had to inform him of the increased tethering limit and when he looked it up in his system, he found it.

      The reps must get so many memos that they don’t pay attention to them. Not reps that visit tmonews.com, of course because if you’re visiting here, you’re keeping up with what’s going on at T-Mobile.

  • jonathan3579

    My plan automatically converted on it’s own. See here.

    http://tinypic.com/r/2akelhh/5

  • mreveryphone

    Just checked my account and it’s upgraded to the 2.5 tethering plan! I didn’t do a thing! Thank you tmobile!

  • Just switched over to the $70.00 plan with unlimited everything and 2.5 gigs of hotspot. Tmo kept my -15% employer discount & gave me one year of @Home service free of charge :) Now waiting to see the Note 3 in person to upgrade from my LG L9. Thanks Tmobile! No more MyFaves 300 min and 300 txt msgs.

    • WW

      That would be quite an upgrade since the L9 is a mid-range phone with one foot in the low-end arena.

      • But believe it or not since I’ve removed all the bloatware and TMO/LG logging spyware it’s been speedy for my needs.

        • WW

          I wasn’t putting it down (in case you thought I was attacking it). The L9 is an awesome value (especially for the $180 WalMart charges) for a large screen phone.

          My cousin got the L9 about 6 months ago and loves it (his first smartphone). I was pretty impressed with it as well.

        • Oh hahaha no worries! I didn’t think you were attacking it at all :)

  • WW

    A few people have commented that they’re not concerned about the tethering limit because they’re on a rooted phone (I’m on a Nexus which includes Android’s native tethering app).

    For those on rooted phones, what app do you use for tethering?

    • Very true! I’m rooted and haven’t tethered much lately but have used the native google app on other phones. How do you like your Nexus 4? I didn’t get one because of the lack of WiFi calling; I live in a true deadzone.

      • WW

        Galaxy Nexus.

        Yeah, I guess you wouldn’t be doing much tethering in a dead zone.

        Was extremely tempted to buy the Nexus 4 for with the price drop but decided I wanted full LTE so am gonna wait for the Nexus 5. If they maintain the value of the Nexus 4, I’m definitely going to buy one.

        If they make a 32GB version for $50 more or 64GB for $100 more, I’ll end up buying it even though $50 is a huge rip-off ($50 for only 32GB or $100 for 48GB) for so little storage.

        If T-Mobile would just make Wi-Fi calling work as an app.

        • Oh I read your reply rather quickly and didn’t see you have the Nexus and no the N4. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t there hacks on XDA to enable T-Mobile LTE on the N4?

          Part of me is also holding on for the N5 in hopes of T-Mobile making the wifi calling an app as it was in the past. With all the great changes T-Mobile has been making for its customer base, this would just be icing on the cake!

  • $15454173

    I am using WiFi Tether-TrevE Mod on a rooted stock OS Galaxy S2.

  • sushimane

    Just outta curiosity is possible for me with the value plan u know the old simple choice plan with unlimited data jump on this data plan? Instead of going with the simple choice? Because I don’t need unlimited talk 500 minutes is good enough for me but unlimited text is good and data.

  • Patrick Sutfin

    This is gonna make my choice to buy the note 10.1 (wifi) 2013 even sweeter will be able to use the note 10.1 in so many more ways. Tmobile is by far the best thing going right now for cell service (the $70 unlimited everything, jump, and now this)

  • Well, I still have my $20 data plan, getting 5GB, actually 6GB last month, and can get tethering with a custom ROM, so I’ll stick with that plan, haha

  • Steven Pham

    it’s true….I just click on 70 plan…it’s included 2.5g for hotspot….thanks to tmobile…I got another 2g free///

  • Guest

    Quick Question

    If you have an Unlocked / International phone (Galaxy Nexus / Play Edition S4) NOT purchased from T-Mobile.

    How would T-Mobile track if you were tethering or not?

    Would you need to use a Custom Rom or Tethering app to hide from T-Mobile?

  • Aaron Tillery

    Iv noticed when I tether like my Ipad or Galaxy tablet T-Mobile only counts my tethering amount if I use like an actually laptop but if I use say Netflix on my Ipad like I did for three weeks this past month it didn’t add a drop of data to my hotshot section just added the extra 32 Gb I used that month to overall data use love you T-Mobile anybody else have this happen?

    • REVS

      shhh dont tell them!

  • Chadster

    I dunno if I’m doing something wrong or looking in the wrong place, but I went to the My T-Mobile website, and I don’t get any data options above the Unlimited with 2.5GB for $20 more a month. Do I need to contact Customer Care or pop into a store? I don’t have tethering at the moment, but I wanted to try it out and see if I get better speeds than this lousy wi-fi that my apartment complex has.

  • Ken

    or you can just tether for free using hacked software….

    • AcemanX AcemanX

      beieve me i tried, tmobile caught it and sent me a nice lil text to buy it

  • Guest 1

    Using tethering app on un-rooted Galaxy S3 with no problems and unlimited data.
    No upgrade to LTE but don’t need it. I believe it is technically ILLEGAL for carriers
    to charge extra for tethering anyway if you look at FCC rules. Data Is data!

    • Cruise Guy

      Now, all the new plans make it very clear, so I think with all the new plans, they can legally do it. On T-Mo, they say unlimited data on your phone (not for tethering) so I think if they state it up front (for any and all new plans) it may be legal???? Just a thought.

  • Guest 1

    CORRECTION: FCC ruling applies only to Verizon. Other carriers can charge what they
    want to for tethering. Sorry for the misinformation.

  • Zen

    giving us more tethering data without rooting is really awesome on T-Mobile part but what good is it when there is so much deadzone… even when i’m on 4G i can barely get 1 mbps, it’s useless. I regret leaving ATT especially when I had unlimited data, you get what you pay for.

    • Btbcc12859

      My Dad has the Verizon version of my GS3 and his phone always has data, I would be lucky to get “E”

    • Cruise Guy

      I have amazing, wait, let me correct that, AMAZING coverage everywhere I go on T-Mobile. Its an awesome upgrade. Yea, it sucks you don’t have good T-Mo coverage where you are. I know areas that have poor VZ or AT coverage as well. ATT is a bigger footprint, so just switch back if it doesn’t fit you. At my other home, Verizon has zero coverage. Its unique to each person and area. No carrier will ever cover all areas.

    • TechnoRealz

      Must be your bad luck life that you were born into.

  • The plan prices are weak. Unlimited data should include tethering. We’re getting robbed.