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Sprint Charges an extra 30 dollars for wifi hotspot

mbrenner

Oct 13, 2010, 9:46 AM
When a feature is native to a device but the carrier makes modifications to it so they can charge and extra $ 360 per year for it this is almost the same as removing it entirely.

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...
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Menno

Oct 13, 2010, 8:30 PM
The feature is native to the device, Tethering is not native to your plan.

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
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Italian-Stallion

Oct 14, 2010, 5:28 PM
So you do all realize that there is no cost to "Data Tether" with T-mobile's plans... As long as you have a data plan and the phone is capable, you can tether. 🙂
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Menno

Oct 14, 2010, 5:34 PM
Not really. They don't offer a tethering package at all. This is different than including tethering with the plan itself.
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Italian-Stallion

Oct 14, 2010, 5:36 PM
Yeah so... T-mobile doesn't offer a "Data Tethering Plan" But you can data tether if your phone is capable and have the internet. They are the only carrier to do so without charge...
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Menno

Oct 14, 2010, 5:44 PM
That's why in every press release asking about tethering on froyo devices they say that they don't currently offer tethering as a feature... right?

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
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Italian-Stallion

Oct 14, 2010, 5:56 PM
Okay, so it's available on t-mobile's standard phone's and blackberries, just not on T-mo's android phones actively, do you know how i know? Oh ya, because I work for T-mo. That's why. All you have to do is talk to Tier 3 tech support and they can tell you how to do it. Yes that's the truth, as far as it goes for Android devies on T-mo, Google does not allow data tethering with a t-mo android phone. That's that, end of story. The only way it's possible on an Android device from T-mobile is if you root it. And I know that's possible because I've done it myself. T-mobile will not proactively offer data tethering and they telle their sales team not to offer it, it's an honor don't offer type of deal. It is possible, I know from experience.
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Menno

Oct 14, 2010, 6:09 PM
Having something available only by talking to tier 3 tech support isn't "Having it available" That means it's something that's possible, but not officially endorsed by the carrier. How do I know this? because if it was, then Store level reps would know how to do it.

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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Italian-Stallion

Oct 14, 2010, 6:13 PM
It's AVAILABLE, you just have to ask. Consumers expect too much from a company, if you honestly just think you can do it withouth actually asking then you're a terrible consumer. It's possible, and it's available to do so, you just need to be able to ask "Can I do this?" There are reasons we dont' market it, primarily because if we were, and people were to use it, then there would be a charge for it just like everyone else. To any salesman, consumer, customer, or internet user, free data tethering (as long as you ask for it) is a magnificent thing to have instead of havin to pay for a data plan and a tethering plan. You must realize that if you don't ask questions, you'll never know the answer. That's basic, that's kid stuff that all consume...
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Menno

Oct 14, 2010, 7:07 PM
We're not talking about "It's there if you ask for it"

we're talking about It's explicitly FORBIDDEN in the TOS. If it was allowed, this would be posted SOMEWHERE, but it's not.
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