T-Mobile planning huge promotions this week: Free UnRadio for more customers, and higher hotspot data allowance

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One of our most reliable sources came to us this week with more information on what T-Mobile has in store for us. And it seems the carrier has plenty up its sleeve during the week that the biggest headlines will undoubtedly go to Apple as it unveils its latest software at WWDC in San Francisco. And while most of this news applies directly to the next week specifically, there are some plans set to be put in place later this Spring/Summer. Some of it is big news you don’t want to miss.

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JUNE 8th

We’ve been told that, from tomorrow, T-Mobile is going to start inviting more customers to sign up for its Rhapsody UnRadio for free. While we’re unsure what the requirements are for subscribers, it seems T-Mo will be texting “select individuals” to offer them a free 30-day trial of its music service. Once texted, customers will be required to follow a link in the text to redeem the offer. Like I say, I don’t know about the requirements needed. I can’t tell you how to – or even if you can – phone up and request an invite because you’re qualified somehow. If you meet the as yet unclear criteria, you’ll be texted. Once your 30 days is up, you’ll pay $4 per month for the feature, unless you cancel the subscription.

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JUNE 11th

Perhaps the least inspiring move in this wave of promotions and programs is a new photography campaign. T-Mobile’s going to launch a program to help customers get the most out of their cell phone photographs and will be launching a bespoke web page to coincide with texts being sent out to customers. Not only will it guide T-Mo subscribers in how to choose the right settings to get the best shot, but also offer some kind of competition. Customers will be able to submit their photos and win a contest. I’m unclear on exactly what the promotion will be or what is up for grabs. All should become clear in 4 days time.

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JUNE 12th

June 12th for me is shaping up to be the biggest of the three parts of this week’s push. In fact, in itself, it’s just the first part of a larger scheme to better comply with net neutrality laws. Or at least, that’s how it has been described to us. Customers on the Unlimited 4G LTE Simple Choice plans will see their tethering allowance increased by 2GB. For instance, customers on the $80 per month Simple Choice plan with 5GB data will see their tethering/Mobile HotSpot allowance increased to 7GB. Customers with higher HotSpot allowances will see theirs boosted by 2GB too.

What’s more, instead of being capped when they hit the limit, they’ll see their speed reduced to 128kb/s instead. Similar to the way the mobile data limit works. You’re not cut off after your limit, you’re just slowed down. Still with no overages.

Changes will be applied to existing lines as well as new ones. Sadly, if you’re on the any of the limited 4G LTE plans, you won’t be given the extra HotSpot allowance. Neither will those on the older $70 unlimited plan, at least not initially.

No changes being made to the following:

  • $50 – 1GB 4G LTE Capped Hotspot, Throttled cell data
  • $50 + $10 – 3GB 4G LTE Capped Hotspot, Throttled cell data
  • $50 + $20 – 5GB 4G LTE Capped Hotspot, Throttled cell data

Changes impact CURRENT UNL data plan options:

  • $50 + $30 = UNL + 5GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Increasing to UNL + 7GB 4G LTE, throttles to 128kb/s after
  • $50 + $40 = UNL + 7GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Increasing to UNL + 9GB 4G LTE, throttles to 128kb/s after
  • $50 + $50 = UNL + 9GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Increasing to UNL + 11GB 4G LTE, throttles to 128kb/s after
  • $50 + $60 = UNL + 11GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Increasing to UNL + 13GB 4G LTE, throttles to 128kb/s after

The grandfathered:

  • $50 + $20 = UNL + 3GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Not changing until possibly phase 2/3

As for phase two and phase three, details are sketchy to say the least. They should come at some point during June or July. We’re told T-Mobile will launch an update to its Simple Global Data program. We don’t know what, but we’ve heard suggestions that it could be the ability to use your mobile as a HotSpot when you’re abroad. That however seems a little pointless given the speeds you’re restricted to abroad. I’d hate to see how slowly full desktop sites load on a 2G/EDGE network. We’ve also been told that changes will be made to some grandfathered and legacy plans. Details haven’t been shared yet, but changes are coming.

If any of this is confirmed by T-Mobile, we’ll be sure to update you with another post or two (or three).

  • kgraham182

    T-Mobile is making themselves juicy for the Dish takeover. Where’s all this money coming from for all these promotions every month.There has to be an end game.

    • Acdc1a

      Promotions? They’re giving a little bit more away for free with the expectation that users will pay more for more data. The extra 2GB costs them next to nothing, but how many customers will upgrade to 7, 9, 11 and 13 for tethering? Should be revenue positive.

      • Willie D

        Exactly. The “cost” of this really is a figment of the imagination. We as consumers have an expected and accepted price point we feel the value lies, and T-Mobile knows this. If they are supplying internet and it costs them next to nothing to do (keep in mind, the network is built, they are providing MORE GB of data for LESS than it cost just 5 years ago), then they are already ahead in making a profit from it, even if they offered us more. WE think 2GB should be $10 so we assume T-Mobile is spending $10 to give it to us, and yes, to shareholders, they could claim $10 is lost, but when they see the true cost of giving us 2GB worth of data per 30 million post paid customers is $0.0002 per customer, the actual cost is low, about $6,000 in data itself, not including marketing, training, etc.. – Seeing that even if only 1 million customers upgrade to the higher $10 more plan, they will have made $10 million, a huge profit. So dont be fooled by what they give you versus the actual cost. The value is in our heads.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Yes which is good tomobile is not a non profit. Some people don’t understand that.

  • lynyrd65

    Awesome! I’ll be making the switch this week. Hopefully the two unlimited lines for $100 deal will still be going at the end of the week.

    • xealo

      Yeah I’m on that deal and it was a no brainer going to it especially with and extra 2GB for the hotspot service.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Get in quick because promotions are just that, promotions.

      • Hector Arteaga

        I think the promo will be around for a while, considering Sprint is running the same promo (albeit with much less features).

      • lynyrd65

        Just moved on over. I’m locked in now

        Yay!

  • GreatNews

    What with does on the 2 line Unlimited everything for $100 promotion?

    • Willie D

      Yes, it would mean that. If this is true information, then yes. The Unlimited $100 2-Line plan is considered part of the $30 Data plan and not the $20 plan, so all features of such will be inclusive. The only downside is that adding any further lines requires $40 add-on, so its $10 for voice, and $30 for data. No more $10 add a line with voice and 1GB data. If you are not on this plan you can add $10 voice 1GB data, or $40 voice and unlimited data combined.

      • n900mixalot

        That is way, way, WAY too confusing.

        • Willie D

          2-Line Unlimited $100 Plan = ALL additional lines are $40, this breaks down to $10 voice $30 Data. Yes, all inclusive features of $30 Unlimited Data are in this plan.

          All other plans remain $10 additional lines after 2 lines, and you can either keep the 1GB inclusive data or add more at cost.

  • Nick Kolstad

    How about match your phone data for the tablets and hotspots? Does that increase to up to 7GB now too?

    • Willie D

      Match Tablet Data is limited to 5GB on all Unlimited Plans regardless of the cost you paid for the unlimited plan. All other plans will be matched to your phone data, not your phone hotspot data.

  • Grand-Fathered Plan…

    Does anyone know if the Grand-Fathered unlimited Plans will be impacted by these changes…?

    • Willie D

      They won’t. If you are on the $20 Unlimited 4G LTE Data plan (this worked out to $70 total for the first line), then you won’t be receiving much of anything. The last time they did anything was Uncarrier 6, when they added Music Freedom, and UnRadio – they gave it only to $30 Unlimited 4G LTE Data plan holders, and left the others with a $4 charge if they wanted it. But what they also did was bump up the Mobile Hotspot to 3GB for legacy plan holders. So they MAY add the 2GB to our plan, giving us effectively 5GB, but it is doubtful at this point. The original plan holders have been left out for a year now, so I no longer expect anything new from T-Mobile.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        I got rid of my plan and got a new one. Better prices. Plus 5GB and unradio. Why not?

      • Grand-Fathered Plan…

        Thanks for your response, appreciative!

  • NardVa

    I’m curious to see what changes are being made to legacy and grandfather plans.

    • qmc

      Rate Plan Simplification, I have been promised several times is still happening.

  • Willie D

    Don’t get me wrong, I love what T-Mobile is doing, and definitely appreciate any and all perks I get from my plan, but the last year, it seems they are extremely focused on giving more, like UnRadio, more Hotspot Data, and now the throttled non-capped HotSpot AND 2GB extra allowance to the $30 Unlimited Data plans, and leaving the $20 Unlimited Data plan holders with not much of anything. Keeping existing customers happy in their rate plan even if it is a lower price point wont really cost T-Mobile more, since majority of customers are now on the higher priced plan anyway. This is a very carrier move by telling the higher paying customer, “You can use more GB of data and get more out of it for $10 more per month” and leaving the one paying $10 less “Sorry, but our network cant handle your plan anymore cause you pay less” Thats like saying “Sorry, but the freeway cant handle your car anymore cause its a Mazda and not a BMW and you didnt pay more for it.
    Simply put, in this aspect T-Mobile isnt uncarrier at all, in fact, they are trying to do the same thing AT&T does with its unlimited data customers, force them into paying more to get a few more features out of it. When the reality is, most customers are already on the new plan, and kicking down to the few, like myself, who have remained loyal, aside from better rate plan offers from Sprint at this point, arent getting anything worth bragging or staying over anymore. Basically, $70 plan holders, according to T-Mobile, have reached their pinnacle and are no longer profitable – once my devices are paid off, I may look at switching back to Sprint – I will get less, but at least I’ll also pay less.

    • Jesslyn Hendrix

      I agree. I never understood the limit on tethering anyway. If I’m unlimited, why do they care? And if they do care, why offer unlimited?

      • Willie D

        Tethering, same premise for Tablets can use more data either through the use of a larger screen (as in tablet form) or computer (as with hotspot form). Knowing this, T-Mobile can’t let people replace home internet with mobile as it would slow down the whole network. Sure, it is fast, and efficient, and technologically LTE CAN handle home internet based applications, but T-Mobile lacks spectrum for this currently (it may change when Dish owns them and adds the treasure trove to their banks), and to be fair, it IS fair to say, “We are giving this to you freely, other carriers charge you for it”, so the trade off is, its inclusive in our plan and free, but with a limit so it is not tempting to use it to replace whole home internet.
        Now, as a geek – I agree with you. I’d love unlimited data to be just that, no limits, just use it and be done.

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        • Trevnerdio

          Psh do not underestimate what I do with my unlimited data on my phone…a couple of 2 gig albums? Eh, why not?

        • qmc

          No, it won’t. You can only pack so much data into the spectrum. Even with the addition of Dish’s spectrum. We’re seeing what, 100mbps out of some of the 15+15 areas. Even if you double that, that’s only say 200mbps in each tower area. So that’s 40 people with a 720p netflix stream.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Hey t-mobile has to pay to keep the network working. And keep the network updated

      • Mike Palomba

        Just imagine millions of people canceling their home internet service and using their unlimited teatheting plan to fuel all of their devices. It would be WAY too much strain on the network and speeds would slow down to a crawl. At my house we use between 300&500Gbs per month. Now how would T-Mobile handle all that added traffic, they wouldn’t.

      • Hector Arteaga

        I really DO understand the limit on tethering. If spectrum was unlimited, then I wouldn’t, but it us not. Therefore, a limit is needed. Maybe one day, with pCell tech, or something similar. In the meantime, there’s absolutely no good reason to allow unlimited tethering. It would put too much strain on a network.

    • n900mixalot

      Can’t say that I didn’t see this one coming but you seem to have seen it coming too. Smarty pants, you are! I wish more people were as knowledgeable, but they’ll just remain complacent because it really is kind of confusing.

      • Willie D

        It is confusing, I agree, and I really wouldn’t want Sprint, but you know, getting more is always nice. Sure I can pay more for things I don’t really need or use, but for me it’s not about what you give me, it’s about showing me you still like me as a customer, and appreciate my loyalty in staying, even if I pay a little less. I don’t care about UnRadio, I’d never use the extra 2GB HotSpot Data anyway – but the gesture of saying, “Hey, we know you never use it, but we will uncap your HotSpot data to throttled speeds” would be a gesture I’d feel value in. And since I rarely use it, it still makes me satisfied I got something more from my plan, and cost T-Mobile nothing.

    • Brian the populist.

      I agree. With you as I have my blackberryclassic and have a grandfathered unlimited plan. Kind of disappointing

    • Great Comments..

      Excellent and on point, I wrote to Tmobile earlier this year expressing my concerns on their shift to marketing, new customers Versus existing customer.

    • qmc

      Well, I’m on an unlimited plan, and I think I should get all the same perks as you people with mobile hotspot, music freedom, the free unradio. Just like all you $30/month people. Except I should get to retain my $5/month unthrottled unlimited pricing plan.

      Yea….

      [Oh, and I’d like the ability to use T-mobile branded (including unbranded nexus5 since they sold it) devices like all you $20 grandfathered unlimited people, and like all the $10/mo 1GB data plan people too with my $5/mo data plan. (Rate plan simplification coming still, I’ve been promised several times. I don’t even care if they drop my unlimited… I use less than 3GB/mo., but currently two lines unlimited $60/mo… but without texting, which I don’t care about)]

      • Mike Palomba

        When you’re on a grandfathered plan you just have to deal with losing perks. I’ll admit if they’re serious losses like not being able to start a new EIP or something like that then T-Mobile shouldn’t do it. But if it’s not getting a streaming service for free or not getting extra teatheting data then it’s not too big of a deal and there’s really nothing anyone can do about it

        • MastarPete

          Oh is EIP what he was talking about at the end?
          Hmm, I can understand no EIP on an ancient classic plan but if they completely block you from buying a phone in full in-store then that’s just messed up.

        • Mike Palomba

          Yea I believe he was talking about an EIP but I’m not sure. With grandfathered plans you should never lose anything you already had. For instance, if you were able to finance a phone on EIP when you first opened the account then you should always have the ability to do that. But if you made the account prior to the introduction of EIP then you should not nessicaraly be entitled to that perk

        • MastarPete

          It sounds like Qmc is on an ancient classic plan from before T-Mobile introduced value plans and EIP. The only unlimited data plan that I can remember that was $5 was T-Zones. So he HAS to be on an ancient classic plan (6 or 7 years old) where you got subsidized phones as part of signing up for the service contract.

          T-Mobile never retroactively allowed EIP on classic plans, so anyone on a classic plan has to pay for phones in full after the contract is over. You used to be able to extend the contract and get new phones but It sounds like now they’re no longer offering contract extensions for classic. Qmc will have to pay full price up front if he wants to keep his old plan, or bite the bullet and get on a newer plan.

        • qmc

          Correct! The value/value+ plans didn’t offer me anything over what I had so I kept it. (“if you like your plan, you can keep it”?) This isn’t about EIP, I’m more than fine with paying up front (though I might take the interest free loan anyways)

        • Matt

          Sure, if you like your plan, you can keep using a “phone first” device and not an actual smartphone. Want a smartphone? Pay for smartphone data. What’s hard to understand?

          You can walk into a store and buy a phone at full price, go right ahead. But I think what we’re glossing over is that they won’t work properly because you don’t have a data plan meant for the device, and you aren’t being helped to game the system.

          It’s like expecting to buy a new Camaro today for $4000 because that’s what a top of the line model cost in the 60’s.

        • archerian

          Even grandfathered classic plans have EIP. However I don’t think that was the OPs compliant.

        • MastarPete

          Huh, they did? Or did they only do that for people on the more recent “classic plans” when they were first introducing/moving people to Value plans?

        • archerian

          Customers on Family Time and Even More plans are eligible for EIP. And they can buy devices outright in store, without changing to a new plan.

        • MastarPete

          Ah, I don’t remember hearing about that.
          Oh well, Thanks.

      • MastarPete

        Wow so you’re still on T-Zones? I think you should consider yourself lucky to still be on that.

        Ehh, mobile hotspot is trivial to access if you root an android device and load a tether app, or just go with a third party rom and have native access to hotspot.
        Music freedom, the whole data used for music streaming not counting thing, is only a big deal for limited data plans.
        UnRadio isn’t all that great from what little I’ve used it, you still need to pay an additional $5 for unrestricted control over music playback. I’ve never been a big music listener outside of the car though.

        I truely understand the gripe about EIP, but I kinda have to agree with T-Mobile not going to the trouble to retroactively allow EIP on old classic plans. If they’re blocking you from paying in full in-store then that’s something else and is pretty crappy.

        • qmc

          I am still on a t-zones-like plan (“phone first unlimited”), and sorry if it wasn’t clear, but I am not really complaining. I was attempting to point out how silly it’d be for t-mobile to have to give me all of that at my original grandfathered price.

          I am, however, not pushing up a date where I will pay more (The support people keep trying to sell me their “new plans” (2 lines for 1GB at $80) as a money saver, and then they look at my account and realize it doesn’t. I have heard the new plans are discounted, but I’m not sure they will practically be able to not increase the price, and I am fine with that.)

          I am losing a bit of patience though since I may have made some different device choices in the meantime if I’d known it was going to take this long to get to my RPS. I honestly don’t care much about the EIP aspect, but the branded devices (and any tmobile has sold) and anything pop up the “device is incompatible with your data plan”

        • MastarPete

          lol, sarcasm doesn’t work well in text unless people are familiar with your posts.

          I forgot they had error messages when you try to use T-Zones on newer phones.
          If you have an android device I want to say you might be able to bypass the error popup if you root your phone and modify a couple settings that define the type of phone you’re using. Otherwise maybe just changing APN setting could work.
          HowardForums or XDA developers would be good places to look if you haven’t already.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Have fun with that lol

    • Mike Palomba

      T-Mobile is still a carrier, they need to make money too. And sure it’s not a big difference in price ($10) and it wouldn’t hurt T-Mobile too much but imagine all those people with that cheaper plan upgrading. Say $10 • 100k. Now that’s a lot more money. They don’t want to keep people on grandfathered plans they want to make them upgrade so they can make more money.

    • randomnerd_number38

      Yeah really, how dare T-Mobile give you LESS just because you’re paying less! More data should be a HUMAN RIGHT. Just because others pay more, doesn’t mean they should get more. It’s like T-Mobile has some kind of outdated concept of monetary value or something. You should tweet Legere about this. Make sure to state clearly your communist intent, it will make you seem extra edgy, and Legere loves edgy.

      • Fan the Man

        Someone forgot to take their medicine, today..

    • gmo8492

      I have the old $70 unlimited plan and none of the perks T-Mobile has offered have interested me in the least. But in terms of the hotspot features I agree that would be something that everyone should get, not just new simple choice customers.

    • UMA_Fan

      When the $70 plan you’re talking about was first available for sale it only offered 500mb of data tethering. T-Mobile automatically moved all those customers to 2.5GB of data tethering. THEN to 3GB of data tethering.

      What you’re saying is not smart. Sprint doesn’t offer tethering with most of their unlimited plans and charge you overages as well.

      Also… Sprint? The company that’s ENTIRE marketing efforts right now are about cutting new customers bills in half while saying screw you to existing customers. T-Mobile allows ALL existing customers to get the same plans as new customers.

      You’re talking like Tmobile took something AWAY from you which I would understand but that’s not the case at all. Nor are you at risk of losing that plan if you upgrade like what happens at att and Verizon.

      You just wrote two paragraphs of senselessness and gibberish.

      You like the new data plans for new customers? Go ahead and sign up for them! Or not. Keep your own which is a CHEAPER deal than new customers can sign up for. It just blows my mind that you can whine about nothing.

      • Cruise Guy

        Bravo. So well stated.

  • n900mixalot

    Compliance with Net Neutrality would mean *no more tethering plans*. You tether, it goes toward your data allowance, period. None of this separate data for separate services. All data should be treated the same and if you have unlimited data, you automatically have unlimited tethering too.

    • red

      “Separate hotspot plans are terrible”. No they’re not. The speeds that our phones operate at now meet and exceed many home broadband services, can you imagine the strain of the network if everyone used their hotspot as home wifi? Your comment shows that you have no idea what you are talking about That and you’re retarded to assume that Tmobile isn’t in this to make money… They are a for profit business, plain and simple. Don’t knock a business for being profitable.

      • MastarPete

        I agree, wireless is terrible for something that’s used in a fixed location the majority of the time, like at home.

        Sure if the majority of people with unlimited data start tethering at home for internet, then yes it will have an impact. However you can’t blame the people who are looking for better service for less money and decide to tether for their home broadband. Wired broadband is terrible in so many parts of the US that it isn’t funny anymore. I feel lucky that I have two options, but it’s absurd that those options are up to 100mbps cable or up to 20mbps dsl, I’d love to have a third wired option!

        We should all direct that tether hate toward the wired broadband ISPs with monopoly status who fight to suppress municipal broadband, who fought Net Neutrality. They’re the ones who make tethering for home broadband look like a good idea.

        • JayQ330

          They had aws band saved for wireless cable, that would’ve been something…. But there’s always greed to ef things up.

    • JayQ330

      I noticed that Verizon has the FCC up their behind to make hotspot a native feature, I’m just wondering why they won’t do this to at&t also? Anyway I called Sprint up & talked with some supervisor for a while *I been with them for a while* anyway I have unlimited hotspot now & use it to watch showbox every night, every month I use about 80 to 120 GB’s a month. They can’t throttle either. Just call & keep on until you get your way.

      • MastarPete

        I think it has something to do with the 700Mhz (was it C-block?), that Verizon won that had stipulations attached -pushed by google- that called for more open access to the airwaves that disallowed sim/carrier locking. Maybe the language also calls for the inclusion of tethering but I don’t remember now.

        • JayQ330

          Yup, that’s it. All the 700 blocks were won with some exceptions. Selling & leading some spectrum & hotspotting on 700 MHz is a must do. I know at&t & T-Mobile bought some of these spectrum, but I’m wondering if they have to abide by the rules that Verizon has to when bought? That would mean that T-Mobile & at&t would hopefully have to give unlimited hotspot on their 700 MHz Lte if this is the matter. On the other hand, I don’t think Sprint owns any 700 MHz or anything. So why would they give unlimited Lte data & hotspot, I talked with a supervisor for a bit & got it… I basically brought up the usual why would I pay to use my data twice? & the fact that I’m under the unlimited data lifetime guarantee, with the price locked & it worked. I’m sure that paid data is paid data, regardless of band right?

        • Hector Arteaga

          Interesting. I’ve had Sprint and never knew anyone to get unlimited hotspot. You can still get an unlimited my way, unlimited my all in or framily plan.

        • JayQ330

          I put my friend on my account, but they didn’t offer unlimited my way anymore, the guarantee was discontinued about 3 months into the promotion. There’s the monthly unlimited east pay,I think that’s what it’s called, but it’s a monthly prepaid. My contract is already finished but the guarantee is for the life of the account, the monthly plan for $50 sounds good. But monthly plans aren’t bound to anything for more than a month so I’m staying with my plan.

        • Hector Arteaga

          It must be through my company then. Cause I can still get it through our perks website.

        • JayQ330

          They usually keep certain plans open for government or business accounts, I used to try and fake my way in to get sero… Never worked LoL. I tried.

      • Hector Arteaga

        What plan are you on with Sprint?

        • JayQ330

          Unlimited my way, with the unlimited data lifetime guarantee. It’s just unlimited everything, for the life of your account, no throttling or slick stuff. It was a limited time offer I think

        • Hector Arteaga

          No, you can still get on Framily, unlimited my way or my all in unlimited. Just two weeks ago, my wife and I tried Sprint again using Framily plan. We didn’t like it and cameback to tmo, but I’m considering getting an unlimited my all in through my employer just to follow their upgrades.

        • JayQ330

          I’m in NYC & both T-Mobile & Sprint are as good as it gets. So I’m sticking with spring because of their preferred customer promotions. But yeah I never understood why they were taken off the data plans the framing plan was not complex at all, the note people in your family plan are added, or returns even, bills sent to each individual’s home & if they agree up it wouldn’t damage your credit or interrupt your line. It was great, people on Facebook were giving out their framing plan account #. I think it was just too much for sorting to handle imo.

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        • JayQ330

          I’ll try that, any good download link? I can’t stand those sticker traps they set people up with.

    • Cruise Guy

      You are confused, n900. Let me try and enlighten you. In the world, data is NOT free, whether you have an unlimited plan, or not. Using Boingo wireless on a plane, they pay almost 25 cents per megabyte for your data from the satellite providers. So for your $10 unlimited, if you go over 40 meg, they can lose. It should NOT be unlimited on all devices. Next, you will connect it to a repeater, and power your entire office with T-Mobiles rapid speeds. Yes, one mobile phone could power ten desktop PCs with basic browsing and downloads. But that’s not what its designed for so stop pushing the limit.

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  • johnnyfromtmobile

    im excited for these new “upgraded” plans!! I just hope that the slight 2gb increase of mobile hotspot doesnt add too much strain to our network. Im so happy T-Mobile is offering more for their customers, i understand why some people some might be upset as to not getting “unlimited tethering” but T-Mobile has to make sure that every person has the best network experience.

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    I’m guessing this explains why I got a postcard in the mail a couple of weeks ago asking me to re-validate my employment status again to keep my discount.

    • qmc

      No, that should be coming once a year regardless

      • Joe

        I still haven’t received an employment check and I’m going on two years now.

  • Tethering abroad would be handy. I’d rather do some more involved things on the tablet, with its higher capacity battery, than on the phone. Even if at low speeds, at least to synchronize email or the book page.

    Here’s to hoping for some prepaid ♥

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Yay! Basic email and Web browsing with hotpot once you go over. Awesome plus 2 more gigs. You rock t-mobile

    • mingkee

      Now the throttled speed changed to 128kbps which makes some internet radio playable (and I set up shoutcast to re-stream to 64kbps aac+).

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Great job T-Mobile at ignoring the original $70 unlimited plan like always.

    • vinnyjr

      The last plan they talk about the $70 per month unlimited plan. I think they do. Check it again.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        The grandfathered:

        $50 + $20 = UNL + 3GB Hotspot 4G LTE Capped – Not changing until possibly phase 2/3

        This is all it says for the original $70 plan. Like someone else mentioned. No music included, 3 GB tether instead of 5 GB. Now more GB’s for the $80 plan but not for the $70 plan.

        • Mike Palomba

          If you want these perks then you’re going to have to upgrade your plan. It’s only $10 more per month if you must have the extra features.

        • gmo8492

          Cam did say that tmo will do something about the old grandfathered plans. Just not right now.

    • UMA_Fan

      Since the plans existence they’ve automatically upgraded customers from 500mb tethering to 2.5GB tethering to 3GB tethering.

    • xmiro

      if you don’t like it leave, or upgrade. The $20 Unlimited plan is no longer offered

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        Are you retarded? I am just pointed it out. Get your head of out your stinky hole.

        • jeffy

          No, you’re the retarded one. you should leave the plan if you dont like being “ignored”. You can always upgrade to the $30 plan and get the new features, and also learn proper grammar.

    • Cruise Guy

      You are cheap! You must be a Democrat with your hands stretched out far for every free program you can get ahold of. Shame. Just enjoy your incredible $70 plan.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        Actually I am not cheap. I am paying $10 for Google play music instead of T-Mobile so it’s the principle. I could pay it to T-Mobile but since they choose to ignore their customers especially on music and hotspot issue. Yeah I am a DEMOCRAT because most Republicans are too far removed from reality for ME.

  • Mike Palomba

    I just got one of those redirect to the App Store things from this website. If it happens again I probably won’t ever use this site again because I hate those so much.

    As for the article, it’s great to see these tethering amounts increase especially after the talk from last week about unlimited plans being unsustainable

    • maanshu

      use ad blocker from chrome app store. You can thank me later.

      • Thank you from Fan77

        Thank you for your suggestion, the Ad Blocker Really works..

      • mingkee

        Unfortunately, it does not apply to mobile version of Chrome.
        At home, I have to block 10 sites on firewall to make this site viewable, and I usually never open this site on the go.

        • On Android, you can go to any browser, and to go the adblockplus website to download the app, which will block ads in the web browsers.

        • Desertbears

          Use the Lightning Browser app, it has adblock baked in.

  • maanshu

    T-Mobile is again screwing potential buyers with GB limitation. They should continue using the KISS formula until they bring VZ and At&t down to their knees.

    • Acdc1a

      It’s a tethering limit only. You can’t be serious.

    • Bradley Davis

      They raised the limitation.

  • JayQ330

    I’ll stick with my unlimited Lte & unlimited hotspot… Your dates already paid for, your not supposed to pay to use your already paid data again. Oh yeah, it’s possible. Especially with Sprint & T-Mobile.

    • Hector Arteaga

      Unlimited hotspots? You’re the reason why unlimited data on limited spectrum is not sustainable. Thank you.

      • Cruise Guy

        Bravo. JayQ330 is simply cheap. (not even thrifty). He would steal from the homeless shelter if given the opportunity.

      • JayQ330

        LmAO! Here I am, trying to explain to you guys how these carriers BS you with their *oh we don’t have enough bandwidth* here’s something, high bandwidth gives more data without taking any hit, big reason why Sprint & T-Mobile have unlimited data. Also my unlimited data & hotspot are free & I asked for it, got it & enjoying it. You guys don’t want your right to hotspot doors me better bandwidth for me I guess. It’s my right I ask, debated & got it, you want excuses to limit your usage & limit your right to hotspotting, OK then…

    • Matt

      I don’t understand this argument. It’s clear that you’re paying for unlimited data on your device, plus 5GB (now 7) for hotspot. How is rooting your device as a workaround “not paying to use your already paid data again”? Oh, I know. It doesn’t, but people say it anyway to rationalize what is what some would consider stealing.

      • JayQ330

        Wow hears a smart guy, you caught me…

      • TylerCameron

        Data is data. A computer doesn’t “magically” use more data than a phone. My friend on my other line has used 50GB on his phone.

  • HelloTmo

    I’ve always been able to tether from my iPhone at throttled speeds after my 2.5 GB cap of full speed is used up.

  • Sushimane

    Would people with select choice like myself would get a upgrade on the mobile hotspot I currently have 5gb is it gonna be 7?

  • Fabian Cortez

    256 kbps speeds abroad, like Google’s paid Project Fi internafional roaming would be great!

  • UMA_Fan

    Although it may be asking a lot I think throwing in unlimited voice calls while abroad would help simplify the message of worry free international roaming.

    They should also look at ‘military freedom’ as an uncarrier move. Spin T-Mobile as the ONLY sensible carrier for military families to keep in touch with their families.

    • Cruise Guy

      But it basically is free. Free texting. Free (slow) data, and Free wifi calls, and .20 cents per minute calling. Remember, T-Mobile doesn’t get the calling free. They have to pay maybe 10 or 15 cents a minute for you to roam, so just doing free phone calls wouldn’t make sense. Secondly, health care plans always have a very small deductible. This way, you don’t go into the hospital every time you sneeze. Giving totally free calls, and people would be on the phone for 5 hours of their week trip. With the 20 cents, they will still freely use it, but not for five hours.

  • Philip

    T-mobile, please bring back the overseas call thing where for $10 more, any family plan can call overseas land line. And for $15 more, any family plan can call land and cell overseas. This promo was done in Dec 2014. Please bring it back!

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Id love for them to announce de prioritzed speeds are capped to 8mbps

    • qmc

      For all we know, that’s faster than what the rest of the people on your congested tower are getting during congestion. And then what happens when there’s 12 of you deprioritized people on a tower?

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Then they all get 8mbps

        • qmc

          And leave 0 for everyone else? Yea… that’s not going to happen.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Why would you assume they would be using that connection at a constant pace?

          8mbps sounds good thanks

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Why would you assume i meant 8mbps each? get real bro

  • sam

    I am waiting for the day when TMO includes TUNEIN RADIO on the music freedom or what the list it is and stream free without data being used.

    • TUNEIN will be hard to get white listed for MusicFreedom, only because the music is coming from many different sources (different radio stations) and being organized in one place.

      Whereas the services that have been approved for Music Freedom is music coming from a specific music service. Ex. Music in Pandora is not coming from radio stations, its music from Pandora’s servers. Same with iTunes radio, Accuradio, Spotify, Milk Music, etc.

  • Forestforthetrees

    And now no one is talking about Dish and T-mobile merger. Funny.

    • Mike

      That was a different day and news article.

    • vrm

      people are less concerned about this “merger”, if it happens than the one with sprint- that would have been a total disaster for both companies as they wrestle with network disparities, different technologies, phones and so on. I mean, sprint is wrestling with its network for over a decade with no end in sight and then you add another network about the same size ! RIP- sprint and t-mobile.

      Dish, OTOH, does not have a wireless n/w to speak of so it will mean the least disruption for t-mobile customers. They may get more investment from dish and the uncertainty of their future existence will be lifted at least for some time.

      As a consumer, I prefer t-mobile exists on its own and I believe that they will do very well if they continue on their path. It is up to DT though.

    • Paul

      Because it’s been discussed, there’s no new news to share, and this article isn’t about that subject.

  • Bonedatt

    @TMobile Expand your global roaming partners. How many countries in their 120+ destinations are in Africa? Not sure why they continue to ignore that continent when it’s an emerging market.

    • Cruise Guy

      Ignore? T-Mobile doesn’t ignore Africa. They simply have not been able to leverage or make good deals. Some countries in Africa are $5 per minute to make a mobile roaming call on T-Mobile, at&t or Verizon. T-Mobile has to successfully negotiate the rate down from $5 to probably $0.15 cents per minute before they make a profit. They simply can’t push into every country every time, at least for now.

  • brownsbacker

    Will the 2-$100 UNL increase from 5GB to 7GB each line?

    • Hotspot

      Yes it will because this plan now includes 5GB of hotspot service which will increase to 7GB.

  • Hotspot

    Hey Cam, current customers who have limited high-speed data allowances are throttled to a maximum speed of 128kbps, which applies both to cellular and hotspot data.

    Is T-Mobile changing this for those who have limited high-speed data to cap hotspot service after you reach your high-speed data allowance? Or is T-Mobile making all plans include unlimited hotspot service, just throttled after you reach your high-speed limit?

  • pseudoswede

    People who got in on the promotion late last year will continue to have it until they cancel it. Otherwise, you snooze, you lose.

    • brybry

      They had a moment when the entire family plan is covered for the $10 add on fee just like they had when they had Family Texting back in the day.
      If you were able to add it when they had the promo, all the lines that are on your plan are covered for intl land/mobile lines. If you missed it, then you might be SOL. You can always try talking to retention and see if they’ll do you a courtesy. I added it to my plan, but not sure if i’m utilizing it enough to warrant the $10 per month.

  • pseudoswede

    The sweet part of the promotion was that the $10/mo fee was for all covered int’l landline and mobile lines–and it was for ALL lines on your T-Mobile account.

    I have four lines–all of them can call covered int’l landlines and mobile lines for $10/mo. If someone wants to sign up all four lines today, it would be $60/mo ($15 per line).

  • Jason Taclas

    Looks like I’m on the Grandfathered 50+20. I’ve just come up with something awesome to do with tethering, so I for one do hope to see the uncapped variety to make it’s way to my plan. Of course, part of the nature of grandfathered plans is that they’d prefer us to be on current plans and may be reluctant to add features. Right now I’m cautious about using my tethering, because I could probably use up my 3GB of tethering in less than a week doing what I’d like, but I’d hate to be out of tethering and find myself with something time sensitive to respond to that can’t be done on my phone. If I could go beyond the 3GB, even at lower speeds, that would probably encourage me to use my current 3GB freely.

  • NardVa

    I hope T-Mobile decides to let grandfather and legacy plans do EIP.

    • qmc

      I’ve heard we can, but don’t really care. I’d rather all the rest of us be migrated to a current discounted plan. All the benefits of simple choice, simplified billing and accounting structure for t-mobile.

  • Anyone heard anything about those of us on the “2 for $100” family plans?

    • Cruise Guy

      They have it listed on Tmo News ===that plan with the increases.

  • TmobileIsGOINGHARD

    @ Ben Pike YES WE WILL BENEFIT FROM IT AS WELL Its FOR EVERYONE ON A DATA PLAN MORE THEN $20 SO INSTEAD OF 5GB WE WILL NOW HAVE 7GB EACH LINE!!! I LOVE T-MOBILE!!!

  • Clem 3

    Welcome. . Anytime & enjoy .. Especially if you have a chromecast connected to tv ..

    • JayQ330

      Yeah, my phone is officially now an on demand cable box, house phone *Google voice*, cell phone & internet. It’s all in one lol, we’ve reached that level, lollipop native casting in the notification quick menu. I have my chromatography in my bedroom,I do want about 2 more for the living room & other bedroom. But I want to look into Google TV & see if it’s worth having when you already have these movie apps.

  • Blobfish

    Too bad they cannot take care of existing customers. I have an S5 that is unusable due to the Lollipop update, with no ETA on a fix.

    • Ian Harrington

      Take it to a Bestbuy that has the Samsung store inside of it. I work for Verizon and that is what we are doing with all our customers who come in with that issue. They can fix it. I have seen the results myself. For what a few customers told me they have to push an update to it that will fix it. Please don’t blame T-Mobile for something that Samsung needs to fix. We don’t blame the Grocery stores when they are sent tainted food. We blame the manufacuters

      • TylerCameron

        All US carriers control Android updates unless the phone isn’t a carrier variant…
        T-Mobile is one of the slowest carriers to update their phones.

  • Cruise Guy

    And I have the $5 option which give me the unlimited calling to a much smaller group of landline (and a few mobile phones) international, but the $5 covers all 9 lines on my account. Such a deal.

  • TechHog

    This means that I am upgrading to unlimited this fall.

  • mingkee

    A headup:
    Customer has grandfathered $20 National Unlimited now has tethering increased to 5GB.

    • Dim

      I second that. My t-mobile app now shows 5Gb instead of 3Gb.

    • JBLmobileG1

      My old grandfathered $20 Data plan is showing the 5gb Hotspot as well up from 3gb! Pretty Awesome news for the ones who stuck it out with Tmobile and kept their original Unlimited plan. :) While I don’t hardly ever use the tethering, it’s nice to know it’s there to use for vacation time or emergencies. Thanks Tmobile! :)

  • I’ve got 7gb on my hotspot now, wow this is great! I’m on the unlimited 2 for $100 plan, super nice!