Grandfathered unlimited 4G LTE customers on $70 plan getting increased HotSpot too?


When we were told that T-Mobile was about to increase tethering allowances for some of its customers, our source told us that grandfathered users wouldn’t be included. So, while anyone on the unlimited 4G LTE/High Speed Simple Choice plan would see an increase of 2GB, the old $70 plan subscribers were being left out. Thankfully, it turns out that’s not the case. Or – at least – it appears not to be the case.

One of our followers, @besweet, got in touch with me on Twitter and sent a screen shot of his My Account usage page which shows he now has 5.0GB high speed tethering. To confirm, he is one of those who decided to keep their old $70 truly unlimited Simple Choice plans.


What’s more, T-Mobile’s Smartphone Mobile HotSpot FAQs page was update yesterday morning to include changes made to the HotSpot terms. It confirms that there is no longer a data cap, and that all data is unlimited. In other words – you can use as much as you like. However, the speed does drop when you hit your allowance limit.

“All data features are unlimited so there‚Äôs no overage. However, data speeds are reduced when you reach your high speed data limit. Therefore, if you want more high-speed data, you can pay to increase your available high-speed data feature.”

Be sure to let us know how you find your new-found tethering freedom. If you’re on the old unlimited $70 Simple Choice plan, let us know if your allowance has increased.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • NardVa

    Several people over at Howardforums confirmed hotspot on the $70 unlimited plan was increased from 3GB to 5Gb. Smart move by T-Mobile to keep their customers happy.

  • Mark McCoskey

    That’s great to hear since I’m on that plan.

  • Jack Paschke

    Can confirm!

  • Garblicks

    Yes It’s true, mine is 7gb for my $70 plan! When I got my plan it had 2.5g then when they doubled everyone’s tethering it went to 5gb now they added 2 more!

  • CJ

    That’s the best plan

  • tommest

    My $60 unlimited grandfather plan went from 5gb hotspot to 7gb hotspot :)

  • Christopher Olson

    Mine still shows only 5 gigs of tethering

  • Dan

    I have the grandfathered unlimited 4G LTE for $20 dollars. I have 5 GB of tethering, it used to be 3GB.

  • Ray

    Mine went up from 3 to 5gb. So glad I don’t have to deal with slow WiFi in a 350 student lecture hall.

    • archerian

      How’s the speed with T-Mobile? I often get slow speeds in my college, crowded student base, high T-Mobile subscriber base and heavy data users, especially during class hours

  • JBLmobileG1

    I have the old $70 Truly Unlimited Simple Choice grandfathered plan and I can confirm that my mobile hotspot data jumped from 3gb to 5gb. :) Way to go Tmobile… taking care of the long time loyal customers…. Thank you!!! Lets see Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint do that for their customers…. Ha!

    • Goat

      Same :D

    • Tony

      Same here

    • Phil

      ha it will never happen , Thats not how ATT , Verizon & Sprint does business.
      T-mobile – John Legere is the real deal all customers come 1st

  • sidekicker89

    We pay only $5 for our third line which includes Unlimited Talk, Text, and 30MB of high speed data. I use that line to tether by iPad and other phones to do things like update apps. I have already used 5GB of throttled data. It’s not bad!

  • kmand

    How about the $30 5GB/100minute (aka Walmart) plan?

    • Thomas K

      Yeah I have that plan and I can confirm that plan has also been uncapped.

      • Moby

        I still see reports of people on the $30 5GB plan having a 100MB hotspot limit and getting the upsell message on their pc once that is hit. In other words, it’s not unlimited.

      • BJ

        My $30 plan still shows 100mb of hotspot. I’m trying to get over that amount to see if it gets the upsell page or slows down or just keeps on truckin.

        • BJ

          Just got past the 100mb mark and get the upsell page, so at least for me, there is no change on the $30 5GB/100 min plan. No love from T-Mobile

        • Thomas K

          Woops I guess I should’ve tested my theory first lol.
          I was looking at the my tmobile page and I never noticed the “high speed tethering” before under the amount of data remaining so I was being optimistic that it was something they added to say anything beyond that isn’t high speed tethering.
          Sorry :|

  • SirStephenH

    Sweet, they changed the FAQ. They had changed it the day before (it was still that way mid-day on the 12th) to allow for capped HSD plans to have “unlimited” tethering but kept the hard cap on unlimited HSD plans. The excuse was that it couldn’t be done due to the way tethering was added on to unlimited HSD plans. That’s all gone now though. “Unlimited” for everyone!

  • Jaramie Black

    my allowance has increased from 3gb to 5gb! I saw it yesterday morning.

  • mingkee

    Mine does.

  • Lost_Fan

    Mine increased from 5 to 7 and I’m on the 2 for $100 unlimited plan.

  • Hiro

    Pleasantly surprised! I got the bump too! :)

  • kgraham182

    Metro PCS now include hotspot up to 6GB on there $60 unlimited plan.

  • Sushimane

    For anybody that still pay 20 dollars unlimited data you guys are lucky I had that plan but then moved to a 30 dollars plan that includes hotspot feature I didn’t need it. They did a migration because I had the older plan but I still can’t complain now I’m only paying 65 dollars for unlimited data and hotspot.

  • Philz

    I’m on 70.00 Grandfather Checked my account online finding 3GB allowance.
    I Gave CS a call rep said online account info is slow to update 5GBs allowance in effect.

  • Robert Henderson

    My $70 unlimited plan got bumped up to 5GB but the better news is throttling once you go over. 128k dedicated is still faster than most congested hotel WiFi setups during park hours.

  • Deibid

    This still doesn’t change anything for me… I’ve been tethering the past few months on my $70 unlimited plan and have used around 80gb per month tethering

    • ett11

      There’s nothing to be proud of.

      • Deibid

        Sure there is… Dont hate the player.. Hate the game

        • Cruise Guy

          Did you know that if you put a candy bar in your pocket at 7/11 you can get it for free too? Don’t have the player, hate the game. Right. And don’t give me your free unlimited bs.

        • Halid

          He’s talking about hot spot hack that gives you unlimited hotspot if you have unlimited data. Try google. It works.

        • Phil

          @ Halid – yes yes nothing wrong with hot spot hack but abusing aka 80GB use makes for future locked bootloaders.
          @ Deibid – Stop posting stupid.

        • Deibid

          No root or custom rooms needed. Works on many non branded and unlocked phones. I have tried it with many different models.

        • Devo

          What app are you using?

        • Deibid

          No app… Just the stock wifi Hotspot. Trick is to delete the ‘pcweb’ APN and add dun to the ‘fast’ APN

        • Halid

          We get ripped off on data by verizon and att as it is. High prices and low quality service. Tmobile is great for prices but lacks in coverage. They’re fine. Every carrier has surplus of data and all this limited bs should be illegal for what people pay. I have unlimited data plan. I pay for it. If i watch a show on phone and want to use hotspot with chromecast to put it on bigger screen than why does my unlimited data become limited all of a sudden? Its bs.

        • Deibid

          No root or Roms needed

        • Deibid

          That’s the most idiotic and ignorant thing I have read in a while.. Comparing stealing a candy bar to taking advantage of my unlimited data. You lack the proper amount of neurons in your pathetic ignorant mind, which those people who rode the short bus do have.

    • Cruise Guy

      Your special. (short yellow bus special that is. :) )

    • Dac

      I use 108gb

      • Deibid

        Glad you know how to. I’ll never understand why a 6inch phablet phone can have unlimited data but a 7 inch tablet is limited to a tiered data system. Not logical at all

  • gmo8492

    Yeah, my $70 unlimited plan got increased too. Thanks T-Mobile.

  • Jay Holm

    Yikes! Before I got finished reading this headline I got nervous, thought unlimited data was being messed with.

  • Sean

    I’m on the grandfathered plan and mine increased!

  • TrippleJay16

    My Grandfathered $70 plan got bumped to 5GB as well.

  • Trevnerdio

    Truly unlimited old man here – I can confirm that it’s been raised to 5 as well :D

  • Eray

    My $70 unlimited only got raised to 3GB of hotspot…what’s up with that?

  • Mike

    Confirmed my was bumped to 5gig as well.

  • Clippers FANactic

    Yes it has increased ony end!!! Awesome! ($70 unlimited plan)

  • Austin Appler

    My $70 is at 5GB now.

  • zx6guy

    Confirmed, 5gigs now.

  • Chris

    What about the matching data for tablets on unlimited? Before it was 5GB, is that now 7GB too?

  • Irfan

    i am on 100$ family 2 lines and updated to 7GB HS Per line, but i am wondering why people carried 70$ old plan ,i was with this plan from while but when i saw unlimited Text more then 120countries , and 2G roaming ,i moved … i tested this roaming in Doha Qatar and it was showed 3g label but my speed was best 2G mean i was able to browse , was able to update FB , whats App , and Google Map .not like T-Mobile 2g speed , its way better i was getting 80Kb/s which was awesome.but let me tell you T-Mobile will never mess-up with old customers at all …so don’t worry about Grandfathered plan or else .

  • Seabass

    I have the $70 grandfathered plan and I can confirm that I now have 5 GB of tethering, up from 3 GB.

  • ramperc

    ive had no notifications from tmo about anything and i just checked my acct after reading this story and indeed my 5gb tethering has increased to 7gb!!!

  • The app needs a drastic overhaul… BUT YES TO MORE DATA!!!!

  • PMB01

    I’m on the $80 unlimited plan and my tethering increased to 7GB! Woohoo!

  • Pbs

    Mine did not bump up wheni called custemr care they are not aware of this new promotion

  • tsayin

    What about those of us who are still on the grandfathered Preferred Android Unlimited Web Only plan. It’s tether being added for us, or not?

  • Joshua Lawson

    I have the $70 plan and I too now have 5GB of hotspot data.

  • Les

    Yeah, my $70 plan has an increased Hotspot to 5GB as well.