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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.



  1. Xavier Lanier

    11/15/2010 at 2:18 pm

    Tmobile’s pricing is very compelling. I wonder if it’ll hold until if/when T-mobile gets more popular. Amazing that you can get that for $15…wish there was an app for that.

  2. Dong Hwi Lee

    11/15/2010 at 6:28 pm

    before this tethering used to be free and it still might be free for rooted user
    and check out pdanet it’s for android tethering, and only one time pay, not monthly

  3. Bmattmi1

    11/16/2010 at 3:02 am

    I went to 3 different T-Mobile company stores and got 3 different prices on the 4G web service: $10.00, $20.00 and at the final store was told only a $30.00 plan was offered. I went online and chatted live with a T-Mobile rep and was given a 4th price: $24.99/month. Every time I asked for the swame thing: 200 mb 4G Internet service for new smartphone with 2 year contract. I finalkly gave up.

  4. Steveb

    11/17/2010 at 8:32 pm

    T-Mobile may start to shut down unauthorized teathering with rooted phones. They have proxy servers that log your browser, your operating system and your screen resolution, just like any other web loggin service. If they havent done it already, they can generate a report of every teathered use for https:// traffic from a PC through the phone.

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