T-Mobile pulls plug on new $50/month hotspot plan (edited with T-Mo remarks)

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Editor’s Note: T-Mobile has reached out to us and gave some corrections on the report. According to a representative from T-Mo, the $50/month hotspot data plan has not been pulled and is still available. But it is a limited time offer, as explained when it was first announced. There is, however, no mention of an end date when this plan will continue to be offered.

As for changing the plan, T-Mo clarifies that they have an Un-contract Promise for their customers that says they cannot change their customers’ plans. Only the customers have the power to do that. This means that if you sign up for this $50/month hotspot data plan while it is still available, you can continue to use it until you decide to change it yourself. The 100GB data allotment will not be reduced for customers under the plan. 

The original story is below:

Back in December, T-Mobile launched a hotspot plan that many considered was one of the best in the market. The $50 per month hotspot plan came with 100GB of data every month, which attracted a lot of tech users. 

Unfortunately, it looks like T-Mo is pulling the plug on the plan just less than four months since it was released. The sad part about this new decision is that existing subscribers of the plan won’t seem to be grandfathered into the original plan. 

This is something that many users have ranted on Twitter. Instead of promoting the plan in the first place, T-Mobile should have offered it as an introductory plan. In fact, they should have been clear about its plan to only offer the plan for a short period of time. 

Right now, T-Mobile has not released a statement on the issue. But once they do, we’ll be sure to share it with our readers who feel disappointed by this sudden development. 

Are you one of the subscribers of the plan? How do you feel about this? 

 

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  • Shaun Michalak

    T-Mobile really needs to get things in order better, and make some better decisions.. This is getting ridiculous with all the changes that they have been doing, not holding up to offers that they offer, etc.. First they offer prepaid subscribers TV service in January, and then never pull through and let them get it.. Then offer a plan that is not much better then getting cable through another company.. Then they pull the plan a few months later all together.. They offer a hotspot plan, and now are pulling that.. They need to start making decisions, and sticking with them.. Because right now, all this flip flopping is really making them look incompetent..

    • Mike

      Don’t forgot T-Mobile bought Layer3 TV for $325 Million for nothing. T-Mobile wasted a lot of money on trying to get into the TV provider world just to pull the plug so quick.

      • Shaun Michalak

        Maybe, maybe not.. On my Metro plan, T-Mobile does have some TV programming on the cell that I can watch on the cell.. I am not sure if that is part of the Layer3 that they bought.. I am guessing that they are not taking that away, and if it is part of Layer3, then they will still continue using it, just not to its full potential..

        Either way, yes, 325 million is a lot of money.. But compared to what they spent.. almost 10 billion.. for some frequency in just select markets at that last auction.. It is actually just a drop in the bucket in cost..

  • StankyChikin

    Proof that T-Mo and Google make a great pair!!

    • Brad C

      What’s google got to do with this? I have the same plan on my iPhone?

      • izick

        They’re trying to allude to the fact that Google cancel’s and shuts down things, when in fact, most Google products have naturally deprecated into other products, or were no longer desired by a vast majority of users.

        It also misses the fact that Google is an innovation hub, and so they’re willing to try new things all the time in a more controlled environment and then move successful parts into core products, which safely allows then to test and try iterations of new software without breaking something hundreds of millions of people use.

        • Brad C

          Well I personally don’t use Google for anything because, as you’ve attempted and failed to make a case. They get ADHD on on their end and tend to kill off any product I actually liked and replace it with some revenue hungry replacement.

          At least with apple, I know I’m going to pay upfront and they’re not gonna can the product I like in a few years. Just actually improve on it ;)

        • izick

          If I “failed to make a case,” then why have you made no counter points to anything I said, or even acknowledge anything I said?

          Also, what “revenue hungry” products have replaced something that you like that was discontinued?

      • StankyChikin

        Give service, take away service. I figured that it would be obvious to those who know how Google operates.

  • AA-Ron

    So glad I still have my T-Mobile one plus international plan. Unlimited hotspot. Haven’t had an isp in about 3 years

  • cloud strife

    This is one of those times you miss Legere. He’ll honor grandfathered plans for those who have it already.

  • Victor Revilla

    Well this is going to be a problem I bought their 5G hotspot plan just for this plan. So now I’m not only out of a hotspot plan… but I’m stuck with the bill of a mobile device that will end up being useless on a 2gb plan.

    If they start pulling stunts like this on other items in the plan that will make them no different than any other carrier.

    Remember… other carriers are still willing to buy you out… ATT and the V still screw you over but at least the screw you over consistently. Sad day.

    • Shaun Michalak

      Try reading the top reply from T-mobile again.. or for the first time since I am guessing it was not on there when you read the article.. It now states from teh T-Mobile response that they are not taking it away.. It is just only going to be available to get on to it for a limited time.. Not that they are going to stop everyone’s service after that time.. you get to keep it as long as you want to.. That is what I get from the comment at least.

      • Victor Revilla

        First time for me – much different than what was being reported. Part that worried me was their page no longer showed that as available… so 50% of the story was adding up… and with all other changes going on…. I kind of expected it.

        Glad to see its not the case.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I find that with the reporting on here, I take it for what it is worth.. and if in doubt, take the reporting with a grain of salt.., Like on here.. They say about rants on twitter, but at the same time say “still waiting for a reply from T-Mobile”.. I saw that and just thought.. So basically you wrote to clarify this from T-Mobile, got no facts back from them and are relying on facts that are only half there?? WOW.. I would have waited a few days for more substantial facts before I would have reported on it..

  • jonzey231

    Probably has something to do with the 4/7 Uncarrier event.

  • vrm

    t-mobile should stop catering to those consuming large amounts of 3rd rate media content. All these carriers have oversold wireless services/technology since the advent of 3G. Each new generation taxes their network and bottom line ever more and their headroom is shrinking faster. Boasting about speed tests only goes so far.

    • marque2

      To some extend you are right, but maybe your expectations are too high. When I got T-mobile in 2013, I could barely get service in my house 3mb/s was tops (I had to get one of those Cell signal enhancers) now in 2021 I routinely get (at the same house) 40 – 80 mb/s and 10-12mb/s up(depending on location in the house) without any cell enhancer. And a 1080p stream is what 5mb/s? What more do I need? I guess downloading a huge app would need those speeds (Fortnight is about a gig) but other than that, I think they do more than my household needs.

      Also my Cable conked out periodically or wasn’t able to handle Zoom all that well over the last year – it has since been fixed, but when the cable service was out – T-mobile tethering was great (In fact usually tethered instead of using my cable). To be fair at the beginning of the covid crisis my download speed was only 20 – 30mb/s and a about 6 – 8 up.

      • vrm

        here we go. Repeat after me, “wireless can never duplicate wired internet”. Besides, wireless relies on wired internet- what is back haul ?

        Tmobile can target certain markets to offer wireless internet but that should be it. They shouldn’t go around implying that all unlimited all the time at unlimited speeds for ALL wireless customers will be a reality- it won’t. All carriers did that- lied to force upgrades of devices, plans etc. T-mobile is the king of such lies. Sure they have a lot of spectrum now but all it takes is a 4K porn channel to exhaust ALL their spectrum, period.

        If they use up spectrum for wireless internet or tvision, they lose bandwidth for phone users and vice-versa- it is that simple.

        • marque2

          I am using wireless for my work right now, because of some COX slowdown. I have had temporary homes for extended away from home work where I haven’t bothered getting cable because the phone worked well enough You are just mouthing off and have no clue.

          Only reason you might want wired is if you play severe video games where ping times and QoS become extremely important. That is not 95% of us.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I agree.. For me, I really do not need a lot of internet just to watch look at a news article, shop on Ebay or whatever, or to watch netflix..

        • Shaun Michalak

          Your comment obviously reflects the one sided, I know very little about reality, type of view.. You say their internet is not reliable?? I guess you never tried DSL from Verizon.. Yup, it is wired.. and yup, I have had times that mine went out for days.. Not to mention, every time it rained, their went the internet.. and cell is supposed to be worse, or not be able to duplicated that?? Actually, I would say that it is more reliable then the Verizon DSL “wired” service..

        • Shaun Michalak

          “Repeat after me, “wireless can never duplicate wired internet”. Besides, wireless relies on wired internet- what is back haul ?”

          I actually love the irony of this statement of yours.. Cable wired.. Cable company, then wired to areas with fiber, then from fiber to standard coaxial to my house, then through a cable modem, then to a WiFi, to my device.. Power goes out in any area between the cable company and me, and there goes my internet.. No power to the repeaters to keep it going..

          Cell towers.. Fiber, power to keep the equipment going, then WiFi to my home, then Wifi again to my devices if using a hotspot.. Both have wired to the base station.. Both go from wired to wireless.. But one is not a replacement for the other because.. One uses wireless with more users?? But you said “duplicate”.. and both basically use the same setup, just the wireless is in different places.. So it actually does “duplicate” it very well.. lol

  • riverhorse

    It’s still on Metro- the only difference being that it’s not possible to have it standalone- which means it will really flounder there. Who would get it?

  • chenriii

    I just upgraded my years-long 5gb 4g data plan to the $50 100gig data plan and bought the Inseego MiFi M2000. I did this a week ago Tuesday. Am I screwed? Is this going away in weeks???

    • Shaun Michalak

      This means that if you sign up for this $50/month hotspot data plan
      while it is still available, you can continue to use it until you decide
      to change it yourself. The 100GB data allotment will not be reduced for
      customers under the plan.

      I would guess no, they will not cut you off.. Just that they are only offering it for a short time.

      • chenriii

        Good to know; thanks.

  • Brad C

    I’m almost betting this next uncarrier announcement will make this hotspot plan moot anyway, the timing is just too suspicious.

    • izick

      Yes!

  • Omegajb

    All this uncarrier news keeps being a poke in the eye to customers.
    First it’s TVision, now it’s this plan without grandfathering those who have it.

    • Shaun Michalak

      This means that if you sign up for this $50/month hotspot data plan
      while it is still available, you can continue to use it until you decide
      to change it yourself. The 100GB data allotment will not be reduced for
      customers under the plan.

      You obviously did not read the update from the response from T-Mobile at the top.

  • Fan_Posting

    Unfortunately, Tmobile business model changed under John Legere, especially, that add line insanity, hopefully, they will revisit this requirement….

  • the martian ambassador

    I don’t really understand the point of having these separate hotspot and home internet plans where you have to obtain additional hardware.
    Why not just let people sign up for home internet and use their existing voice line phone for connectivity? This would also reduce their support costs.

  • The Dogs Of War!

    Never heard about this plan until now. I try to find it on Tom site,can’t even find hotspot plans on Tmo site. Anyone who is thinking about buying Lg phone this weekend,vdon’t do it, go to Tom Guide, read on there they are shutting down their handsets.

  • P0is0n0usDarts

    As 5g matures, 100gigs will be peanuts

  • runswithbeer

    Literally on my knees and kissing TMobile Butt for providing AT HOME BROADBAND 5G INTERNET….. Truly unlimited data. and a FREE 5G ROUTER. No other Broadband Class Internet available in my neighborhood. My neighborhood is GRATEFUL to TMobile. I’m not making a nickle off TMobile. I’m their biggest fan.