T-Mobile Clears the Air Over HTC G2 Wi-Fi Software Update
Sprint Charges an extra 30 dollars for wifi hotspot
Not to mention that sprint charges an extra $ 120 per year to use the their android 2.2 handsets. So yea for and Extra $ 480 per year (or $ 960.00 over the life of your contract on that phone) you can get a Sprint phone and use the built in hotspot feature.
Verizon is similar, but I think that they charge a bit less for wifi hotspot, but tack on an additional $ 10 for text messaging (no $ 10 for the phone though)
AT&T you can do it on an I phone but they only allow 2GB per month, after that they either charge you a fortune or cut you off from data (I...
Computers consume FAR more data than a phone ever could, which is why tethering isn't included.
Am extra $30 a month for an unlimited 4g hotspot is a steal (to get just the hotspot you're paying 50+) and on top of that, that $30 gives you 3g as well, something a clear modem for $50 doesn't.
Tethering is a native option for android, but tethering is NOT a native option for your plan, and google never intended it to be so. If you have a carrier device (like the evo or epic) you play by their rules. If you want to only play by googles, you need a Nexus One
With the exception of froyo phones (and maybe some Nokias), no other OS can natively tether. All others require some computer side programming or a special App like PDANet.
In fact, the only device on Tmobile that I know of to officially support "free" tethering is the Nexus One which is a device they have no control (or say) over.
This isn't Tmobile allowing tethering at no charge, this is saying they don't have a provision for tethering AT ALL.
From their terms and conditions:
Permissible and Prohibited Uses: Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging
Not only that, this is an amazing marketing advantage, so if this were actually the case, Tmobile would be ACTIVELY marketing that you can tether for free. They're not.
This means, at best, it's something they look the other way towards, neither officially endorsing it or going after people who use it. Considering they have a soft cap on their service, this make sense. They cant have someone using 200+gb a month like other carriers have with customers on legacy plans....
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