T-Mobile launches Coolpad Surf as its first 600MHz LTE mobile hotspot

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T-Mobile has lots of 600MHz LTE smartphones and a couple of 600MHz LTE tablets, but today it’s launching its very first 600MHz-capable mobile hotspot.

The Coolpad Surf is now available from T-Mobile. Pricing is set at $0 down and $3 per month for 24 months, or $72 full retail price. With the Coolpad Surf, you can use T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network to spit out a Wi-Fi connection that supports up 15 simultaneous connections.

Coolpad’s mobile hotspot supports 4G LTE bands 2, 4, 12, 66, and 71, as well as 3G bands 1, 2, and 4. It includes a 2150mAh battery that offers 5.3 hours of usage time or 48 hours of standby time and recharges using microUSB. It’s also got LED indicators and a control panel that offers important stats, like battery life.

Of course, the Coolpad Surf won’t do much good without a data plan as well. Here’s what T-Mobile’s mobile hotspot data plans look like:

  • 2GB: $10 per month with $5 autopay discount
  • 6GB: $25 per month with $5 autopay discount
  • 10GB: $40 per month with $5 autopay discount
  • 14GB: $55 per month with $5 autopay discount
  • 18GB: $70 per month with $5 autopay discount
  • 22GB: $85 per month with $5 autopay discount

It’s good to see T-Mobile grow its 600MHz device selection with a new mobile hotspot device. While most smartphones can also function as a mobile hotspot, a dedicated hotspot device can still be useful for folks that regularly need a hotspot connection. When you’ve got a mobile hotspot device, you don’t have to drain your smartphone’s battery to get your other devices online.

Does a dedicated mobile hotspot with 600MHz LTE support interest you?

Source: T-Mobile: Coolpad Surf

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  • Joe

    Too bad it does not include 5G to help future proof the device

    • matt

      It’s a $70 hotspot. Give it away when 5g comes out. Back in 2010 a clear wire WiMAX ispot hotspot was $100 or $225 as a regular WiMAX version. . Complain about that wasn’t future proofed.

      • matt

        What about all those AT&T and Verizon mobile hotspots that only have lte bands designed for Verizon and AT&T. Some of those cost more then $70. Those aren’t future proofed either. Switch carriers and you’re stuck with 3g

        • Robert Roll

          the main LTE bands to check are.
          2 = 1900Mhz (Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile)

          4 = 1700/2100 Mhz (Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile)

          5 = 850Mhz (AT&T/Verizon/US Cellular)

          12 = 700Mhz (T-Mobile/AT&T/US Cellular) (17 is Subset)

          13 = 700Mhz (Verizon)

          14 = 700Mhz (AT&T) – Firstnet

          25 = 1900Mhz (Sprint) – Extension of 2

          26 = 850Mhz (Sprint) – Exention of 5

          41 = 2500Mhz (Sprint) <—- what T-Mobile is After

          66 = 1700/2100 – Extension of 4

          71 = 600Mhz (T-Mobile/US Cellular/Dishnetwork)

          those bands are also used by Regional Carriers depending on where you are. each band has so many 5Mhz Blocks and those blocks are licensed to the carriers AT&T might use blocks A and B and then T-Mobile would have C and D in the same market for the same LTE Band .. Dishnetwork owns some LTE licenses across the country forgot which LTE band that is minus the Band 71 .. and yet they are complaining about lack of competition

    • marque2

      5g hotspots cost about 500 – 600 bucks. I am sure you could find one from Netgear but I think it only works for AT&T and Verizon

  • Bee Francis Lurie

    ugh. those prices are jacked especially since the loss of BINGE ON services.

  • Jay Holm

    $85 and only 22GB’s, screw that!!!

  • teckn9ne79

    Yea think Tmob lost their minds even verizon prepaid has unlimited plan for $65.I would be happy unlimited with slower speeds

    • slybacon

      On a dedicated stand-alone hotspot?

      • teckn9ne79

        Yep pre paid only thing is always prioritized

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          Hotspot data is also always further deprioritized, even on post paid.

        • marque2

          Install a VPN. Tmo wong be able to tell.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      The workaround right now is adding a voice line to your plan with the Unlimited 4gLTE hotspot feature, which is $50, and using a cheap phone as the dedicated hotspot. That’s what I do and it works great as my home internet

      • teckn9ne79

        I have that international plan on 2 lines when was $25 but the tos 50% has be on device really dont let u use it like a dedicated hotspot.

        • Robert Roll

          i have used well over 50% Hotspot data before and they’ve never said anything to me and i have the one plus international option… just make sure you on T-Mobiles network and not romaing

        • teckn9ne79

          It just in TOS dont mean they will do anything but they do have the option 2.I just waste data on device over hotspot data so im within the TOS.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      Check my other replies here. Tmo has an unlimited hotspot feature for phones for $50.

  • mikeZo6

    WHO CARES Band 71 not even in Northeast PHILADELPHIA, just 1 tower in center city

    • slybacon

      Philly is a very small part of the United States!

      • mikeZo6

        So true ! Tmo always when u talk to them always says how GREAT data speeds are in Philly , band 12 still very weak and band 71 not even around here

  • matt

    This should be priced the same as any tablet you add to your T-Mobile one plan. This should be twenty dollars for up to 50 gigs or maybe 20 gigs. It shouldn’t cost more then an existing tablet or wearable added to your one plan. . No thanks.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      I assume they dont allow that because they know a lot of people would use it as their home internet. Wait for 5g for something like that. It’s coming soon

  • Enzowned

    Can this run in bridge mode? I want something I can connect to a router. Or a usb modem I can connect to my, funnily enough, TMO cellspot router (Flashed to stock firmware).
    Currently using a huawei and works fine, though wish I got faster speeds.

    • William Caffee

      You can get an unlocked Netgear Nighthawk M1 and use your t-mobile sim in it.The speeds should be ok and i believe it supports most of t-mobiles bands minus 71 of course.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      The best thing for that imo would be adding a new voice line with the unlimited 4glte tethering feature and using a phone for that line that supports USB tethering. The unl 4glte hotspot feature is now $50 and includes a ton of international features as well

      • Robert Roll

        i still have the old One Plus International for $25 which has the Unlimited Hotspot

  • Sam

    I have a 6GB free line on us plan with unlimited video streaming, if i put that sim card in this hotspot will my netflix and YouTube streaming still be unlimited?

    • Bklynman

      I doubt it,I have unlimited tablet plan with them,I try that with hot spot,it didn’t work.But you can try it those see what happens

      • TmoRepNLovingIt

        You’re correct that the unl tablet plan will only work for tablets. Every other mobile internet plan will work for hotspots. Other than wearable plans of course

        • Bklynman

          Hi,TmoRep,I ask this question before not one person ever reply back. Hoping you will. What does Tmo,do with all the phones that get return to them? Ever time I go to thier site look under refurbish phones,they have none,or very few. So what does Tmo do with them? Thank you.

    • StevenM

      Sam, if it is a mobile internet plan, yes. I have one that’s 5gb and it doesn’t use my plan data. If it’s a phone plan, it won’t work.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      Yes it will work. Any mobile internet plan other than the Unlimited tmo one tablet plan will work for hotspots

  • marque2

    So isn’t it like $25 to just get another phone, and use it to tether 10 gigs for free vs paying $40? I seem to have gotten in on a deal where they offered high speed hot spot with the Tmo One – so this seems like the logical choice to me.

    • Andrew Singleton

      i think you’re referring to the postpaid AAL on t-mobile ONE – which only includes unlimited 2g tethering. The current offering for high-speed tethering is T-Mobile One Plus ($15 extra) which includes 20GB of tethering, so 40m or $35m with autopay. so yeah, probably a better deal.

      • marque2

        I got in when they offered a special deal so it is different. But to your point yeah $15 for tethering on the phone on the current plan is a lot cheaper than getting this LTE hotspot.

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          Yes it is. The only downside is having to use your phone/battery for it. Not many people know this, but tmo still offers UNLIMITED tethering for $50 and it includes almost every feature tmo offers on top of the UNL tethering.

        • marque2

          I used a phone for my whole apartment before. You just keep it plugged in for hotspot mode. For tethering you should be able to get 10watts from your computer which is enough to keep the phone charged. Asus wifi routers have software built in to allow tethering from a phone (use a VPN as well – it may extend the amount of data you can use) other brand Wifi requires custom firmware be flashed to get tbis feature.

      • TmoRepNLovingIt

        Actually, all tmobile One plas include unl 3g tethering, not 2g any more. I believe its 512kbps but it’s almost always much faster than that for whatever reason. I’ve had several customers tell me that they’re able to game and stream using the free “3g” hostspot. One+ for $15 will get you 20gb LTE hotspot, or $50 for UNLIMITED 4glte hotspot. The $50 is called one+ global and comes with tons of other international features. It basically includes every extra feature Tmo offers for the $50. It used to be $25. I have an extra dedicated line I leave at home with the UNL hotspot that is literally my home internet. It works perfect!

        • marque2

          Every so often they will have a special where they offer full LTE for 10gigs or so of data before throttling – but yes basic plan is 3g speeds.

        • SirStephenH

          They switched One Plus tether throttling from 128Kbps to 512Kbps in 2016, the latest support docs say 600Kbps though.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Wow I’m also a rep and didn’t know that. Awesome!

  • Kev Martinez

    Lol those hotspot plans are a joke. Even Verizon is becoming more user friendly by giving unlimited hotspot for $65. I’d rather pay that than $85 for 22 GB.. Plus, Verizon has a more superior network. Nice try T-Mo!

    • slybacon

      Unlimited hotspot on a stand-alone hotspot device other than your phone? I should buy Verizon for my home internet then and drop Comcast.
      You can get unlimited hotspot on a T-mobile phone for an add of $25 per month.

      • Kev Martinez

        Yup! $65 for unlimited data on Hotspot. It is a prepaid plan. And if you have multi lines they give you a discount. Like first unlimited line $65 second line $45 (with autopay)

        • slybacon

          What’s the hotspot device called?

        • Kev Martinez

          Verizon only sells the jetpack. Just look on their website.

        • slybacon

          Two models. The $49 one is available. The $199 one is sold out. 3GB for $35, 15GB for $45, unlimited GB (throttled at 22GB??) for $65.

        • Austin

          He’s confusing voice data lines for hotspot lines which this post is about. He’s clearly confused.

      • TmoRepNLovingIt

        It’s used to be $25 for unlimited hotspot on tmo. Its $50 now and they bundle it with a ton of international features. It’s called one+ global I think.

    • Austin

      Actually I think you don’t have your information correct. Based on Verizons stand alone hotspot plans it is as followed:

      2gb=$20
      4gb=$30
      6gb=$40
      8gb=$50
      10gb=$60
      12gb=$70
      14gb=$80
      16gb=$90
      18gb=$100
      20gb=$110
      30gb=$185
      40gb=$260
      50gb=$335
      60gb=$410

      Please have correct information before you post for others to see. Because $85 for 22gb is a lot better than $110 for 20gb.

      • Kev Martinez

        Those are postpaid plans donkey… Check the verizon prepaid website first before you post just to get some attention

        • Austin

          Hey Donkey, what you’re looking at is Verizon prepaid voice lines not stand alone hotspots. Prepaid plans aren’t eligible for 4g LTE hotspots, it clearly says on their website. Stop posting false information.

  • Glenn Gore

    So, I have a question: I have one of T-Mobile’s hot-spot devices that plugs into my car’s OBD port, the Sync-Up Drive, is this device not capable of using Band 71? T-Mobile has deployed their Band 71 everywhere around here and coverage is great, but the performance on this OBD device is dismal to put it mildly, so I’m wondering if it is only good for Band 2 or 4 or something else?

    • slybacon

      I don’t believe the Sync-Up device supports 600 MHz. They will probably release updated hardware in the near future.

      • Glenn Gore

        I kinda doubt that ZTE will be making any new versions of this since ZTE is one of the Chinese companies that Trump wants to get or keep out of the US. They came very close to going broke last year because of those efforts.

    • marque2

      I am not surprised that the performance is dismal. Hey lets put a radio device into a steel cage which reflects all signal and see how well it works. Its not like just putting your phone on the seat – under the dash – isnt isnt signal friendly.

      • Glenn Gore

        I found a ZTE (who makes the SyncUp Drive) website that lists the bands this device supports and they are 2, 4, 5 and 12 for LTE and 1,2, and 4 for HSPA. Band 71 is not supported as I suspected. The device works just fine on the bands it supports, but T-Mobile only uses Bands 2, 4, and 71 here, so you need a device that supports Band 71 for good long-range service. Therefore, I will be taking my SyncUP Drive back to T-Mobile and getting one of these new Coolpad devices.

  • Jon

    I was interested in this until I saw the ridiculous amount they are charging. No one offers a sensible mobile data plan they are all absurd and limit you and charge too much.

    • TmoRepNLovingIt

      They dont want people using it as their home internet for obvious reasons. There ARE workarounds for unlimited 4gLTE tethering though. With 5g it will be officially supported

      • none

        I am considering switching to Verizon, since tinyhouse living means you cant really get real wireline internet… Streaming VUDU for 6 hours a month will blow through my tether data. Verizon has better coverage, and they have unlimited tether(drops to 600kbps after 20GB). A better deal than T-Mobile since it’s technically unlimited(just throttles to lower speed).

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile has unlimited tethering too…

          *One Plus plans drop to 600Kbps after 20GB just like Verizon. There’s also a $50 global add-on with truely unlimited tethering.
          *The older grandfathered Simple Choice Unlimited plans drop tethering down to 128Kbps after you’ve used your allotment but you can stream unlimited SD video via tethering without touching your data allotment and even after you’ve exceeded your allotment with Binge-On enabled and music streaming also doesn’t touch your data.

        • Robert Roll

          if you add the T-Mobile One Plus Global option its $50 (used to be one plus international for $25) it includes Unlimited Hotspot Data at LTE Speeds…

  • deepdebt

    These plans are overpriced for 2019. I do not believe this device will be a success.

  • Skeptic Spartan

    Ridiculous data vs pricing tiers. At $85 it should twice the data of 22GB that’s being offered. At least twice.

  • none

    That’s for phone data. I am talking about hotspot data, which T-Mobile shuts off at 15GB unless you buy more top-ups.
    For phone data, Verizone throttles at 75GB. .

    • SirStephenH

      75GB is only for Verizon’s highest tier. You can be deprioritized at any time with it’s lowest tier, after 22GB for it’s medium tier, and after 75GB for it’s highest tier. T-Mobile is just after 56GB, period, for all it’s plans.

      P.S. You’re talking about deprioritization, not throttling and deprioritization is not the same as throttling. There is no set maximum speed for deprioritizationy (you’re just able to use less resources than non-deprioritized users) and you’re only deprioritized if there’s high congestion at the site you’re connected to. If you connect to an uncogested site or the congested site becomes uncongested, then the deprioritization stops. It’s extremely unlikely that an user will be deprioritized and even if they are, it’s unlikely that they’ll even notice a difference. Throttling on the other hand sets a maximum speed all the time.

      • none

        I will be on the Verizon highest tier plan. Ba-dum tush! My new Verizon V20 should arrive in 1 week, then, I just have to go into my VZW store to activate it…

  • JG

    I’m assuming the available data per tier is a soft cap and once I exceed my specific cap, I can continue to use as much data as I want, but will potentially be throttled….

    Or are these hard caps and once I use the 2GBs that’s it I can’t use any more data for the rest of the month?

    Or would I automatically get bumped up to the 6GB tier and have a $25 bill at the end of the month rather than a $10 bill?

    Do the plans include roll-over data? If I only use a gig, will I get 3GB for $10 the next month?