Tomorrow, T-Mobile will roll out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Sensation 4G. However, there might not be too much celebrating as T-Mobile has confirmed that this update will effectively end the free tethering that many users have enjoyed for quite some time.
In a statement to PCMag, the carrier confirmed the bad news that we saw appear with the Sensation 4G’s Android 4.0 announcement yesterday.
T-Mobile will, beginning tomorrow, start enforcing the $14.99 per month tethering plan that has only loosely enforced before.
What this means is that those who wish to download and upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are also going to have to start paying for tethering. It’s unclear right now whether the carrier will enforce the monthly charge upon those who decide to stay put on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but from the carrier’s language, it doesn’t appear likely.
The upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich itself is free.
The HTC Amaze 4G upgrade which was also announced yesterday did not contain any language pertaining to the new hotspot policy. That’s not because it won’t be subjected to it. In fact, it appears that HTC Amaze 4G owners have been dealing with blocked hotspot support for quite some time.
Clearly, this is a pretty tough trade-off for HTC Sensation 4G owners, especially those who have been waiting to get their hands on Android 4.0.
The Android 4.0 update will become available to HTC Sensation 4G owners starting tomorrow wherein they should be able to pull the new software through the settings on the device.
As for HTC Amaze 4G, T-Mobile has only said that the update will be rolling out in the ‘coming weeks.’