T-Mobile launches its first 5G hotspot and plans with up to 100GB of data

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T-Mobile today launched its first 5G mobile hotspot and aggressively priced data plans to go with it.

The Inseego 5G MiFi M2000 is now available for $0 down and $14 per month for 24 months on an Equipment Installment Plan, or $336 full retail price. T-Mo is offering the M2000 for half off when you add a new line of service and buy the device on installments.

The new hotspot device supports Wi-Fi 6 and can connect up to 30 Wi-Fi devices at once. It’s got a 2.4-inch touchscreen for you to check your connection strength, settings, and battery life, and the 5050mAh battery is rated to last more than 24 hours on a single charge. The M2000 recharges over USB-C and it can also charge external devices.

Inside the M2000 is a Snapdragon X55 5G modem with support for low-band and mid-band 5G, specifically the n2, n41, n66, and n71 bands. mmWave support is not included. When it comes to 4G, the supported LTE bands are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 49, 66, and 71.

When it comes to getting 5G data onto that hotspot, T-Mobile is offering hotspot data-only plans that range from 500MB to 100GB per month. With these plans, video streams at 480p resolution and you’ll get unlimited data at 2G speeds once your high-speed data allotment is used up.

These plans will be available starting December 13, and T-Mo says that the top-end 100GB plan will only be available “for a limited time.” Here’s what the pricing for T-Mobile’s data-only hotspot plans look like, including autopay and paperless billing:

  • 500MB for $5
  • 2GB for $10
  • 5GB for $20
  • 10GB for $30
  • 30GB for $40
  • 100GB for $50

Finally, T-Mobile confirmed today that it’s now branding its mid-band and high-band 5G as “Ultra Capacity 5G”. The carrier says that it’s upgrading thousands of new cell sites with Ultra Capacity 5G this month but didn’t announce details of new cities being covered.

Source: T-Mobile, Inseego 5G MiFi M2000

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  • yaddamaster

    It’s getting close to the point where I can consider but not quite. I would need between 500-1tb of data a month for around $60 month. In other words – competitive with Comcast.

    • That’ll be the 5G Home Internet thats launching next year.

      • WONDROUS5000

        actually its launching right now, market by market!

    • Brad C

      If you have a gigabit-capable wired option.. this is not for you.

      This is a mobile hotspot for people like me who work on the road. I’ll probably pick one up, but will still keep my gigabit unlimited at home.

      • DDLAR

        It may be suitable for some home users that already have wired options. In my case, I can’t really afford to be without internet for work. I’ve been looking for a backup ISP. Unfortunately, the latency on LTE is too high for my needs. If this device uses standalone 5G the latency may be low enough that this device may work for me. It’s an expensive option (i.e., $600/year) for just a few hours (or days in the worst case) per year (when my cable provider is down). But, in my case, it may be worth it.

        • Brad C

          I mean, maybe. LTE still generally has lower latency than my VDSL2 100/20 line (21ms base), and I run stadia perfectly, remote desktop for work, and even VPN on the VDSL2 line.

          All of which, ironically i’ve also done via LTE as well no problem.

          anything sub-50ms is going to be fine for 99% of users, so why not just have a cheap SIM with a few GB/mo for those times you “need” it.

          I have a FreedomPop $49/yr LTE sim as “fallover” that comes with 1GB of data/mo just so my smart devices do not instantly go dumb if the DSL line goes down. It’s perfect and during the once it’s went out in 3yrs, it worked perfectly. and even sustained a quick VPN session to grab a file to work on no problem

        • Trevnerdio

          FreedomPop offers 49/yr? Dang, I’ve been looking for a good hot-standby option. That might just be the ticket!

        • Brad C

          You can usually get the SIM cards on sale for $39 through best buy, but i’ve just been letting it auto-renew at $49/yr.

          It’s enough to keep my lights and thermostats running *if* something happens.

  • Eddie Vazquez

    Pricey for the amount of data, video 480p in 2020. I don’t see a lot of customers jump to this service.

    • WONDROUS5000

      22GB was $80 yesterday, so 50GB for $50 is definitely welcomed. do you know if at-home internet throttles video? curious

    • Keith Stevens

      I think the 100GB is great price. The rest are way to much though i agree. I dont understand the 480p. If i choose HD I will just use my amount faster. Should be able to use the data how we want. lol. So dumb

      • Brad C

        I’m not sure either. the throttling with the streaming is what’s making me keep an AT&T SIM card as Dual-SIM in my phone. If i’m on the plane and need to download something before takeoff.. it never completes on T-Mobile, but on AT&T i can do it in minutes (even if T-Mobile technically “tests” faster)

        I would gladly pay more to remove the media throttle, but T-Mobile does not even allow for it.

  • Francisco Peña

    If my 5G phone can barely pull LTE speeds or worse, 3G speeds, what good will this dongle do?

    • WONDROUS5000

      hotspots are devices that take whatever signal is available and convert it into wifi for non-cellular devices. they are not a signal improvement solution.

      • Francisco Peña

        I know, but when you market it as a 5G mobile hotspot, and don’t pull in 5G, folks are going to be upset.

        When I have my 5G signal lit up, and run a speed test, my speeds are woefully inadequate. I’m not expecting 1Gb, but something more than 2mb would be nice. Hell, I can walk down the street behind my house to walk the dog, it shows 5G, yet I get NO signal at all.

        • WONDROUS5000

          5g is a technology, not a speed category. You’re having bandwidth/backhaul issues which exist on all generations.

        • Francisco Peña

          When TMo throws out a commercial that says 5G speeds, the average Joe isn’t going to say, 5G is a technology, not speed category. Afterall, TMo pulled commercials that made it look like their magenta and yellow pulses from a tower equates to instant benefits. Like ATT using 5gE to market it as being faster. Folks aren’t to nitpick about 5G being technology or a term for faster speeds. Carriers are already touting 5G as being faster speeds, so that is what folks will stick with.

          When you say I’m getting 5G, I’m going to expect a bit faster speeds or hell, even similar. That is far from the case. If I’m getting the same exact speed and issues (lack of coverage in spots where it lights up as 5G) then that is an issue. With the claims of 5G covering a wider area, that’s not quite the case.

        • Brad C

          That just sounds like you’re in a weak signal area. Since 5G lit up here, i’ve not been able to drop below 100Mbps once, usually more like 400-600Mbps when out walking around my neighborhood now that n41 is lit up here.

    • Keith Stevens

      Will work great in about 3-4 months once all that mid band is turned on. That is the 2-500Mb speeds. In my city its not here yet but in the town 50 miles north its great. 2-500Mb on 5G with my Mclaren

  • Bodycount

    My Note 20 Ultra with the R15 sim card can only pull 30 meg down, 10 meg up on 5G inside a major top 10 population city. I don’t see this thing doing any better where I live.

    • WONDROUS5000

      it will behave exactly the same way as your phone. some areas will be 3mpbs, others will be 250mbps.

    • Jeremiah

      I’m all for holding T-Mobile accountable–I always give them a hard time with data speeds at PHL Airport–but my GN20U also with R15 SIM gets ~450-500Mbps at my studio in Center City Philadelphia regularly, so it really is YMMV.

    • Brad C

      I’m at 100-150Mbps on a regular, with bursts to 500-500Mbps. It’s all location, location, location.

  • I don’t know if this has been said anywhere, but Verizon has this
    device, and on their “Ultra Wideband” mmWave, it’s unlimited data (yes,
    nationwide 5G is limited, I KNOW)…. Shouldn’t N41 technically be
    unlimited data on this as they have capacity for it? I think that’d be
    what I need to go forward with a purchase.

    • Brad C

      I’ve had a mmWave device, it’s so limited it’s essentially useless. Anywhere i’d actually be likely to set up the hotspot and use it.. mmWave doesn’t reach anyway.

    • Shaun Michalak

      The problem is, most of the country does not have band 41 installed in their areas.. Because of that, if they said, “under this condition you get this”, “but under this condition you get that” and so on.. It would be too confusing for most people, and the penny pinchers would be complaining and grumping about discrimination and stuff.. Basically, too many people would complain too much nit picking things like, even though it is band 71, it is still 5G so it should all be charged the same, and stuff like that.

      So they have to make it simple to keep the confusion down, the complaints down, people constantly calling and harassing to get T-Mobile to install in their area (yes, there are people that think that the more you harass someone, you will get what you want).. like the saying goes.. keep it simple.. So until they have a more reliable setup for band 41 installation, and much more of the country supported with it, I think they will leave things like this for now.

    • iansltx

      It doesn’t need to be unlimited because a single n41 market for TMo has more coverage than all VZW’s mmWave markets combined. Additionally, while n41 has great capacity, VZW mmWave has orders of magnitude more capacity, due to both the bandwidth used (hence peak speeds of 4 Gbps) and the extremely small cell sizes.

      Additionally, VZW *does* have limits on their UW hotspot plans: there’s a hard 3 Mbps throttle after 50 GB (and a hard 600 kbps throttle on LTE/sub-6). VZW currently won’t even sell you a hotspot plan with 100 GB of high-speed data, even on UW. Entertainingly, even if you add a hotspot line to an existing plan for $30/mo, your cost per GB on UW at full speed is more than T-Mobile’s cost per GB on their $50/mo plan.

  • JG

    I’d like to see T-Mobile bill on use….

    I sign up for a plan and I know that’s the most T-Mobile can charge me for any month. If I exceed the plan’s allotted data, any excess data is throttled down.

    But if I use less than my allotted data, I could potentially receive a discount. If I signed up for the 5GB plan and only use 1.5GBs, rather than paying the full $20, I am only charged the 2GB rate of $10. If I stay at home on WiFi even more the following month and only end up using 180MB of cellular hotspot data, I’m only charged $5.

    • steveb944

      You should try Google Fi if you want data billing on use.

      • JG

        True. Except Fi is a tad more expensive.

        Tmobile is offering 100Gb for $50. With Fi, I’d only get 5Gbs.

        • Brad C

          Well that’s what you get with “billing per use”. It’s always going to be more expensive.

          Right now they sell more data to “everyone” as that subsidizes the heavy users by offsetting with the lighter users.

  • Sharti24

    Why no mmW support? Doesnt the X55 modem support it?

    • Jesse

      because most people won’t be having this device out in direct contact with the mmW tower. It will most likely be in a pocket or bag or some sort. And for now, mmW is not indoors.

      • Shaun Michalak

        or you could just say that it is not worth putting the extra cost into putting mmwave on there for the 0.1% of the population that actually has mmWave in the area..

    • iansltx

      mmW would make the device $60+ more expensive (see VZW’s version of the same device, which has n5/2/66/260/261…I believe it was $500 recently but they’ve since dropped it to $400). Given that TMo’s mmW footprint is negligible, and given that they’re willing to provide their data allotments across their entire network (vs. VZW limiting their bigger data bucket to mmW coverage), no reason to include it in this generation. Folks who absolutely must get mmW can pick up a phone with it built in. The cost difference means TMo is willing to subsidize the hotspot more heavily too; VZW doesn’t have bill credits for their device, from what I can see.

  • David E

    I currently use Verizon MIFI7730L I pull 50Mbps DL i pay $45 for 22GB of High Speed then trottles down but not sure if it actually will trottle given Business account. Through Tmobile has 100GB for $5 more but where i am at i only test 20Mbps LTE on my OP 8t and even worse on 5G!

    • DominiMMIV

      And?

  • Albert Orange

    I can’t wait until Starlink is up and running nationwide… it will smack all of these carriers and ISP’s like they deserve

    • Brad C

      It’s 100GB of mobile data for $50. You want unlimited, you get the $50/mo unlimited home option. They have choices.

  • Trevnerdio

    So…you get a data allotment (not unlimited data at full speed), and you’re still confined to 480p the entire time? What’s the point in a hotspot?

  • the martian ambassador

    Doesn’t seem like that’s a bad price for 100GB per month. T-Mobile 4G Home Internet (for that same $50.00/mo) is, I believe, subject to potential prioritization when you reach the standard 50GB threshold. I had a T-Mobile hotspot plan a few years ago, and I will tell you that the 2G speeds after you reach the data allotment are just miserable. If you are old enough, think 28.8K modem speeds.

    • Correct. And not sure how I feel about this at the moment. As a long-time hotspot user who recently dropped the line and picked up Home Internet, I’m left feeling like it was the wrong decision.

      Separately, Home Internet has been great. Very few hiccups. According to line usage, I actually managed 190gb without any noticeable issues in October (although it’s curious that November’s usage is just 8gb, as I don’t feel like I’ve been especially data frugal).

      • the martian ambassador

        I’m pretty locked in cause I have 2 lines of the original 55+ plan, which was $50 for the first line, and $10 for the second line. It would be pointless to drop one of those lines cause I’d still have to pay $50 bucks for the first line. I also have One Plus International (no longer available) with the “unlimited” 4G tethering on one of the lines, and I don’t want to lose that addon.

        • Good deal there. I have the old One Plus 2 for 100, and like you, added the One Plus International line to one of them. I primarily use it as a backup hotspot or otherwise rely on it when traveling though.

          Picked up Home Internet (and Mobile Hotspot before that) so that others could use the internet without having to rely on me.

        • the martian ambassador

          The standard 3G tethering actually isn’t too bad. It can handle Netflix SD quality, but some streaming services don’t scale down properly. I can’t get HBOMAX to stream at all on 3G.
          The hotspot plan I used to have was just 2GB for $20/mo with 2G speeds after that whopping 2GB of data was gone..pitiful.

        • HBOMAX is weird, and I think they don’t optimize their streams very well, at least not at the moment.

          For whatever reason, HBOMAX did not want to stream very reliably when connected to 5ghz Home Internet, but worked flawlessly on 2.4 in spite of the fact that the device was nearby and signal strength was fine. While there must have been some kind of signal interference, none of the other streaming services suffered like HBOMAX.

        • the martian ambassador

          Yeah, HBOMAX doesn’t even stream consistently with 4G tethering. The picture gets blurry every few minutes..they need to fix that. Britbox is another one that won’t scale down either, if you have a slow connection, it won’t even attempt the stream.

      • the martian ambassador

        I’m curious now, with the T-Mobile Home Internet, do you get any type of alert/warning like you do with a phone line, that you have crossed a prioritization threshold ?

        • I haven’t seen anything, but usually those messages are sent to the offending device. Since it’s not capable of texting, it might be occurring without me realizing it.

          Interestingly, when I checked my ‘Usage Details,’ the Home Internet line supposedly received 9 messages in Oct, but I have no clue what they said. They originate from different lines in PA, WI, and NJ. Also, all of those messages occurred within the first month of use, and while that’s been the highest month, the messages could also be related to line activation.

          Separately, you may be amused by the fact that my ‘Usage Overview’ for this month shows that I’ve consumed 8gb of data (14gb across all lines), but the Home Internet app is showing 21gb of data for this same time period. So… who knows?

        • the martian ambassador

          When i had the hotspot, it did receive messages, but not on the display screen, you had to log into the device from a computer, like you do with a home router, and it would show you a little inbox with messages.

        • And that’s still true, but Home Internet is a little different from the hotspot devices. The box itself only has a series of LEDs (no screen), and you log into the device via their app. Within the app, you can check everything as if it were a router (connected devices, data usage, etc), but there’s no way to check messages.

          You might be able to check messages if you log directly into the box’s IP address, but I admittedly haven’t done that yet.

        • the martian ambassador

          Here’s something to consider if you use Windows, I picked up this program called Netlimiter a couple of years ago, it allows me to throttle the 4G tethering by individual program to limit data usage. It’s good for those services where you can’t control the stream quality.

        • Shaun Michalak

          As far as I know, with the $50 home internet, there is no threshold.. You start at the priority of heavy data users from the start, so there isn’t really any lower you can go in priority level.. and beyond that, it is just unlimited.. No dropping to 2G after so much data with home internet from them..

        • moonoverparma

          I have TMobile home internet and currently I’m sitting at 223 gb. Last month I used over 700 gb. During peak times I can’t get over 5 on a download. And it’s usually 2-3. I’m definitely connected to a busy tower. I’m kinda surprised they approved me to have the service in the first place. Since day one though, I’ve been prioritized.

    • Shaun Michalak

      Actually, their new home internet plans are de-prioritized right from the start.. I believe the description states that home internet users get the same level of prioritization as heavy data users.. and that is from the start.. So it is kind of hard to bring down your priority when you are at the bottom of the totem pole from the start.

      • Steven Strain

        It’s still good it just means that your connections are going to buffer a little more. Definitely not suited for gaming and need low latency.

      • Charmed79

        I’m glad I saw this, we were thinking of dropping comcast in a few months and going with the t-mobile home, but we currently use 900+ GBs with comcast, I assumed it was full speed and fully unl at that speed.So I guess we will stick it out with comcast lol

        • Shaun Michalak

          All I can say is, if you do decide to try their at home internet, I would try them out for a month first.. See what it is like and go from there.. That is usually what I do when changing, so I have a backup just in case it does not meet my needs..

          Me personally, I do not use much data.. The last time I checked, my data use was about the same as what I could download in just over 1 hour on a 100 meg connection for the full months use.. or about 60 gigs.. So at home would probably work fine for me..

  • TylerCameron

    480p? 100gb for $50? How is this supposed to compete against cable?

    • Mike Smith

      Why would a mobile device compete against cable? You’re confusing products.

      • marque2

        In general, they are not. They are going into markets not served by cable, or only have DSL.

        Cable and Cellular are really the same thing a data stream. You already do most of what you do with cable on your phone.

        • Brad C

          But again, for someone at home.. they have a $50/mo plan that’s unlimited. This is for someone working on the road

        • Mike Smith

          Exactly. This product isn’t for residential use and it does NOT compete against cable or DSL.

        • marque2

          I guess so, but I would bring all my free plan cell phones with me.

        • Mike Smith

          This product isn’t for residential use and it does NOT compete against cable or DSL.

        • marque2

          That’s too bad

        • Mike Smith

          It’s NOT “too bad”, it’s just not what it’s made for. They have a separate product for home use.

          As always, use the right tool for the job.

        • Steven Strain

          I’m curious what is it for then if not residential? T-MOBILE doesn’t seem to say one way or another in my exhaustively reading of their website? I just signed up for it I haven’t received the device yet but I fully intend to use it to replace spectrum. And the T-Mobile people I spoke with seemed to be perfectly fine with it, no one said otherwise should I be worried?

        • Mike Smith

          A MOBILE Hotspot is for MOBILE use, typically business users. CAN you use it at home? Sure, but it’s specifically designed to make you sorry if you do with low data caps and by reducing video quality below what most people would find acceptable.

      • Shaun Michalak

        Actually, it would have to depend on where you live.. Some places, cable is so bad (or not available) or they have data caps, and this would make for a better choice..For example, Viastat is $75 for 50gb.. Then you have companies like Spectrum, where the basic low end plans are $70 a month.. What if you only use a little data pay bills and browse on the internet a little?? $70 minimum price for internet through Spectrum, where here you might be able to get the internet you need for only $50 a month.. or under..

        It is true that this is more based off of travelers then home people.. But it does have its place vs internet or cable companies that charge a huge amount for even their lowest end plans.. But as for home plans.. You also have to remember that home plans are only as good as if you are in one of the areas that actually support the home plans. Not all places do.

        • Mike Smith

          No, you’re wrong. No matter where you live, this product isn’t intended for residential use. Full stop.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Then explain it to me.. If I only use 10 gigs of data, as a residential customer, explain to me why this device would not be intended for me?? If I lived in an area where home internet is not available, how is it not intended for me?? Is there some kind of a description in there that says that home internet is only intended for home use, and hotspot is only intended for people who travel?? Because I have found nothing of the sort.. and to be perfectly honest, in my opinion, a plan that only offers 500mb of internet service is sure not geared toward corporate customers. after all, if that is all you need, then why do you need a hotspot at all.. just use the hotspot feature on your phone..

        • Mike Smith

          Sure I’ll be happy to explain it to you!

          How you use a product doesn’t change what’s it is intended for. Is it possible for you to use it at home? Sure. Is it a good idea? No. Video is limited to 480p specifically to discourage this. Not sure how they could be any clearer, because your video certainly won’t be!

          T-Mobile has a residential internet product with no bandwidth limits and HD video. If it’s not available in your area yet it will be soon.

          That said, there are always people who don’t get it and will do it anyway.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I see what you are saying.. But at the same time, I still think it is intended for people that need something different.. Home gives you unlimited internet, but the tradeoff is if you live in a highly congested area, you sacrifice reliability for price and the ability to get high amounts of data.. The hotspot use is designed for people that travel, move around a lot, etc.. But the fact that they put soo many levels of data use on there, in itself, proves that it is for not just business customers..

          Think about it.. If you need internet access a lot, where you need to have a hotspot for use, then most likely you will need a higher data amount.. a half gig is nothing these days.. heck, one picture can use 5 to 10 megs by itself, if not more..

          You talk about the limited 480 for video.. Well, do they not restrict you to the same thing on your cell phones?? Unless you get their top tier plan, all their other plans are limited to the same thing.. But those are not based off of non-home use..

          With the hotspot, you trade off high data use for portability and reliability.. So that tells me that this is for people that need reliability over mass data.. or a way to get onto the internet for basic things, without being charged an arm and a leg.. That is what it looks like it is intended for to me..

    • marque2

      You really don’t want to watch videos above 480p if you only have 100gigs of data a month. It’s watchable, if not beautiful.

    • Brad C

      This is not for that. If you want to “compete” against cable.. you get the $50 Home Internet that’s unlimited

      But again, with it being wireless on LTE… speed is not even going to be as consistent/good as my 100/20 VDSL2 connection from AT&T for $35

      This.. is for people like me who work on the road a lot and are stuck in hotels, airports, etc.. I refuse to use unsecured WiFi.. so this is something I may actually pick up.

    • Steven Strain

      I believe for 480p is only imposed after exceeding the 100 GB data allotment.

      I just subscribed to the service, T-Mobile says they’ll send me the equipment later this month around the 28th. I’ll just live with it as right now I have Spectrum. Although I’m happy with the service and they’ve been upgrading the lines in the area and do offer gigabyte plans, thr price of it unfortunately is absurd. I think I started my plan a few years ago at less than $29 I don’t have a phone or TV or anything which I don’t want anyways but just for my Internet not even the fastest speed is $69.99 right now they will not budge on the price. And I just got a notice that they were increasing the service fee five dollars beginning next month.

      $75? No way. I’ll make do I live with T-Mobile service somehow than keep paying That’s absurd amount for just Internet. Spectrum will give a good deal but only for new customers only.

  • marque2

    100 gigs does seem small, but doable. One thing to consider is that your family phones are probably connected to WIFI at home. If I got this plan, I would would not attach the phones to WiFi which would save a considerable amount of gigs from the Hotspot.

  • Jesse

    Kind’ve wondering if it would allow a Type C Hub and then out to Ethernet to plug into a switch. Could try this to replace my @home Router and just activate on that line with unlimited data.

  • Joe

    I had the same 100GB plan with Sprint for $50 on a hotspot. Was a good deal a few years ago. I have a phone I use as a hotspot only and use close to 100GB a month with no slow down. Only pay $30 for that line of service. It’s only a 4G phone but I still get 50 Mbps+. With my S20 connected to 5G I don’t get much fasters speeds to need a 5G hotspot.

  • the martian ambassador

    couple of other things:
    taxes and fees are not included in this price.
    and “During congestion, customers on this plan may notice speeds lower than other customers and further reduction if using >100GB/mo., due to data prioritization. Video typically streams at 480p”
    So even this 5G 100GB plan is subject to prioritization right out of the gate.

  • izick

    Everyday I’m reminded my biggest mistake was not updating the the One Plus Pro plan that included unlimited full-speed hotspot.

  • Jackson

    Anyone know if TMo 5G phones throttle to 3G (512 Kbps) when hotspotting, like their 4G phones do (when using an unlimited plan like T-Mobile One)?