T-Mobile is testing a new software update for the G2 that reportedly adds the WiFi calling application we heard about and enables the missing mobile hotspot feature. The update was first reported by a user on the xda-developers forums who says he received the new firmware over the air and it was labeled as a test. Also included in the update was a new radio image which is said to improve performance.
Hopefully someone will grab the download link for this update so we can share it with everyone, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to wait several weeks for T-Mobile to push it out. If you are interested in helping test out the new update, I would keep an eye on the official T-Mobile G2 forums where they routinely release new OTAs to a limited number of users before widely distributing them.
My best guess is we will not see this new software hit the G2 until the new myTouch hits stores in November (but I’d love to be wrong). I was recently told the myTouch will be one of the first T-Mobile Android phones to officially support the mobile hotspot feature (yes, I know the N1 does it for free) and you can expect them to roll out some new tethering data plans next month.
Most carriers charge $30 per month for their official wireless tethering plans. Do you think T-Mobile will do the same or offer some more competitive options?