Android and Me

T-Mobile yanked free tethering and hotspot. What to do?

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I’m not a big user of using my phone as a hotspot. I rarely ever do it and when I do I am usually on vacation somewhere. I just realized T-Mobile had disabled my tethering and hotspot capabilities on my account. It worked just a week ago when I checked it last. I didn’t know I wanted/needed it until it was gone. But now that it’s gone I’m really starting to miss it and it’s bugging me! LOL

I can pay the extra $15/month that they are asking to get it re-enabled. I could enable it the next time I need it and then turn it off the next month. But it really bugs me that I’m already paying for the bandwidth and they cap me when I would go over so why are they charging me for a capability I used to have. I’m not on an unlimited plan. And I only used it occasionally so I’m not excited about adding an extra $15/month to my bill.

I can root my phone I guess. Now I really have a good reason to do it. But I’m reading you still have to play games on the client side to make sure T-Mobile can’t detect sniffing your packets to detect you are tethering. What a bother!

Switching carriers isn’t going to help much since from what I’ve seen they all are charging for tethering services now. Or in the case of Straight Talk and Solavei it’s not even offered and forbidden.

I’ll probably root my phone since this bugs me so much. I might even put up the $15/month when absolutely needed. I haven’t decided yet.

What are the rest of you doing?

Dec 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm in Threads > Opinions