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T-Mobile Rolling Out New $14.99 Tethering Plan on November 3rd?

tether blackberry I know many T-Mobile users who are using their BlackBerry to tether without paying more but T-Mobile intends to roll out an official tethering option soon. According to BGR this new tethering plan will come out November 3rd for $14.99. The plan will let any user who has a 3G or HSPA+ phone that can tether (Think BlackBerry Bold 9700) to use their 5GB speed cap threshold from their laptop. The data usage will count towards your 5GB of monthly transfer before T-Mobile starts throttling your connection. The option is on top of your current unlimited web plan and is available to both post paid and flex pay customers.

Check out the details below:

Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On Feature Launches November 3

Overview
On November 3, T-Mobile will launch a tethering and Wi-Fi sharing add-on feature.  This feature will allow customers to use their phone as a modem, enabling them to connect a computer or Wi-Fi capable device to the Web using our 3G or HSPA+ network.

By adding this add-on feature, which will cost $14.99/month, customers will gain access to the Web when they are on the go and wherever T-Mobile has coverage.  Although most customers will use their laptop to access our network through their device, they will also be able to connect using any Wi-Fi capable device, like gaming devices, non-T-Mobile tablets like the iPad, and music players. Customers can make the phone-as-modem connection using a USB cable, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi sharing.

Requirements

  • Customers must have a 3G or HSPA+ compatible device to utilize the Tethering/Wi-Fi sharing feature.
  • Customers must have an Unlimited Web feature with an MRC of $19.95 or higher.
  • Customers must add the $14.99 Tethering/Wi-Fi add-on feature.
  • This is a separate add-on feature and in addition to the Unlimited Web feature.
  • Available for postpaid and FlexPay customers. Note: FlexPay customers will need to change their Unlimited Web feature in order for the new tethering add-on feature to work.

Right fitting
Tethering/Wi-Fi sharing will be ideal for customers who:

  • Need occasional access to the Web using a PC or other device.
  • Want a connection to the Web on-the-go, wherever T-Mobile has coverage.
  • Don’t see the need or want the expense of a complete mobile broadband experience, like T-Mobile’s webConnect.  Note: customers who intend to use their laptops to access the Web frequently, or use a high amount of data, should consider a webConnect plan.

Additional Details

  • Customers who purchase a T-Mobile mobile broadband product like the upcoming Galaxy Tab should activate with a webConnect plan to ensure the best experience.
  • The set-up process will be determined by the type of device customers own and will be different for every manufacturer.
  • The data accumulated while tethering will count towards customers’ 5GB data speed reduction threshold limit.
  • Because T-Mobile Terms & Conditions have not permitted tethering in the past, those customers who have configured their device for tethering will receive a message on their handset advising them they will need to add the new add-on feature to continue using their device as a modem.

Action

  • Be aware dealers can begin selling the Tetherng/Wi-Fi add-on feature beginning November 3.
  • Review the Grab & Go for additional information.
  • Beginning November 3, refer to policy pages: T-MobileNews > In-Store Polices and Procedures
16 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Will be interesting to see how hard TMO cracks down on this. A LOT of people have been bootlegging this. And how TMO handles the potential power user backlash?

  2. i use it sometime, and i am on the $20 unlimited plan will this have an effect on me.

  3. I’ve been tethering on T-Mobile for years… if they really are making people pay $15 extra a month, that’s really lame.

  4. Does that mean I have to start paying if I have the unlimited plan?

  5. Everyone File a complaint with the FCC! You fill out the first half then jump to number 5 on the 2nd half and state your paying for 5gb and your being charge twice. Copy and paste this LINK/message to all sites you visit we have to fight! The FCC will Look into it if you complain. This is a double charge!!!! You’re pay twice for the same 5gb DATA~!!!
    Pass it On its easy!!!

    https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000B

  6. Everyone File a complaint with the FCC! You fill out the first half then jump to number 5 on the 2nd half and state your paying for 5gb and your being charge twice. Copy and paste this LINK to all sites you visit we have to fight! The FCC will Look into it if you complain. This is a double charge!!!! You’re pay twice for the same 5gb DATA~!!!

    https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000B

    • Actually, that would be incorrect. You see, they are not charging you twice for the same bytes. They are going to charge you for the ability to use your data plan in an alternate manner. True if your smartphone used the bytes AND your PC/laptop used the bytes at the same time, THAT would be double charging. But that’s NOT what’s going on here. Apparently folks are still under the assumption that it’s okay to tether a PC/laptop through their smartphone for free, despite the fact that has ALWAYS been a contract violation on all four of the largest USA carriers. Read the quote from the press release: “Because T-Mobile Terms & Conditions have not permitted tethering in the past”.

  7. OR spend a ONE TIME FEE of $24.97 (until tomorrow at midnight) for Tether and be done with it. After the first month and a half it has paid for itself! Or if you are unlucky enough to miss the sale, $49.99 still ain’t bad for a one time fee vs $14.99/month.

  8. Why not make it free? It doesn’t cost them anything to offer this feature and they already throttle heavy users. T-mobile used to have reasonable pricing practices compared to the other carriers, I’m disappointed to see that changing.

    • They want to squeeze every penny they can out of you :)

      • Yup. I haven’t looked at their quarterlies to see if ARPU is down, but if it IS this is one way of pumping that up towards ATT/Verizon levels.

        And it DOES cost them money to allow tethering. Tethering means more bytes they have to pay to backhaul above what they would be backhauling if the data was only what was sent/received by the smartphone itself. It is all part of the carrier’s moving to a more usage based pricing model, rather than “unlimited”. Heavy users are going to find themselves paying more (maybe MUCH more), while the vast majority of us who actually use very little data to/from our smartphones are going to benefit by paying less.

        • Perhaps more bandwidth would be used, perhaps not. The point is, they throttle at 5gb anyway, so they’re allowing up to that much with a cellphone-only data plan, so why should I have to pay more to use that allowance but with tethering rather than phone only? Seems like gouging to me.

          • “so why should I have to pay more to use that allowance but with tethering rather than phone only?”
            Perhaps because the contract you sing says tethering isn’t allowed? You can always try to keep getting away with it it I guess, but if you are tethering on TMO right now you are in violation of the contract you signed. Listen, I don’t like that they’re doing this any more than the next guy, but I’m also a realist. And I know a little about contract law. And if people don’t like the terms of the contract, they shouldn’t sign it. Go to another carrier that offers the service you want on terms you like. The only way TMO is going to think this is a bad PR move is if they lose a bunch of customers. I suspect, however, that like it or not most will either pay the fee or stop the contract violating actions.

          • Sure the old contract said tethering was not allowed, I made no comment about what t-mobile used to do, you are missing my point. Data is data, doesn’t matter where it comes from. The new contract limits us to 5gb/mo with a data plan. If t-mobile were reasonable, they would include tethering with that regular data plan up to a certain use/month, and then charge for use beyond that. 5 gb is generous, I would be happy with 2gb “free” tethering. But of course I am a realist too, and I know US corporations will do *anything* to gouge out some more $$ from consumers who don’t understand the true value of services.

  9. I’m leaving tmobile if this madness persists I feel like I’m loosing services I used to get on my phone first the drop from 10gb to 5gb then loosing the ability to tether what’s next.

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