T-Mobile $15 tethering package now available, saves me $40 monthly.

This is bittersweet for me. I just switched my personal cell service over to T-Mobile after 12 years with AT&T. I was wondering if I should be able to use the WiFi hotspot application that was pre-installed on the MT4G for free. I started it up and was expecting something to pop up and tell me that it would cost me extra. I was pleased to find that it worked with no problems. I checked my bill to see if they added the $15/mo automatically but there was nothing. Have I slipped through the cracks somehow? I really didn’t want to ask around in fear that, if I had fallen through the cracks, someone would fix it. What I didn’t realize is that I have been enjoying this service complimtary until the actaul “launch” of this service yesterday.

Despite the price tag, Iwill continue to use it since it saves me $40 a month. I have been using a laptop connect plan with AT&T for more than 3 years at $55/mo and this allows me to cut that bill out. Sure, I realize that I could have been jailbreaking, rooting, or whatever else on my phones doing this for a long time, but I just didn’t want to go through the hassle. With the iPhone, I could get tethering legally through a new paid service from AT&T, but it would share data usage with your phone’s data plan and you can’t add tethering without changing data plan. That means if you have the unlimited iPhone plan (which I had), you have to give it up for tethering. No thanks.

Here’s the press release T-Mobile sent out a couple days ago:

Even More Promotional Plans
The new Even More Promotional Plans are:
Even More® Individual 1,500 Talk + Text + Web plan for $79.99/mo.
Even More® Family Plan 3,000 Talk + Text + Web Plan for $149.99/mo.

These new Even More Promotional Plans will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14 and will offer unlimited text, unlimited 4G Web, unlimited T-Mobile to T-Mobile and unlimited Nights and Weekends, in addition to the included 1,500 (Individual) and 3,000 (Family) Whenever minutes®. For the same $79.99 price point at AT&T and Verizon, customers only get 900 Whenever minutes and unlimited text.1 These new plans require a two-year contract and will only be available for a limited time.

4G Mobile Data Plans
T-Mobile recently announced two new mobile data plans that now have official names: 4G Web – 200MB plan and the 4G Web – Unlimited plan. These plans will be available for all T-Mobile phones2 beginning Sunday, Nov. 14 and the details of the plans remain the same – the 4G Web – 200MB plan is $10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or contract extension for a limited time or $15 per month with no contract extension, the 4G Web – Unlimited plan is $30 per month.

Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing
T-Mobile recently announced the upcoming availability of a Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing service plan that enables select smartphones to function as wireless modems for connecting devices, such as laptops, tablets and netbooks, to the Internet through the T-Mobile network. Starting Sunday, Nov. 14 T-Mobile customers can add the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing plan to their 4G Web – Unlimited $30 monthly Even More plan or 4G Web – Unlimited $25 Even More Plus no contract monthly plan for an additional $14.99 per month.

T-Mobile is definitely getting very aggressive with their data pricing and their network is getting very good. The only regrets I have leaving AT&T was losing my unlimted data plan that was grandfathered, but with T-Mobile, I have same plan for the same price now.