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Free Data Roaming and Hotspot Access Added to T-Mobile Prepaid Monthly Plans


T-Mobile is certainly on a roll with consumer friendly disruptions to mobile pricing. Two days ago it announced it was giving prepaid tablet users 200 MB/month of free data for life. Today it's shaking things up again with free mobile hotspot and data roaming on prepaid monthly plans!

Although T-Mobile hasn't made a formal announcement, one of Android Central's editors discovered that the My T-Mobile online account management page for his $30/month T-Mobile prepaid phone was displaying a new category for "Smartphone Mobile Hotspot". Up to now hotspot has only been available on the $30 plan as a $15/month add-on which the Android Central writer had not purchased. He contacted T-Mobile and was told that since Oct. 20, T-Mobile prepaid monthly users could now use their phone as hotpots at no extra charge. In addition data roaming has been enabled for users on T-Mobile's $50, $60 and $70 prepaid monthly plans.

There are limits on both hotspot use and data roaming; 500 MB of hotspot and 10 MB of data roaming on the $50 plan, 2.5GB of hotspot and 50MB of data roaming on the $60 and $70 plans.

Update: Android Central originally reported that the $30, 100 minutes, 5GB plan would also  get 2.5GB of hotspot data but no data roaming but later updated their post with a statement from T-Mobile i saying that the $30 plan doesn't get any hotspot allowance. However multiple users have reported seeing a 100MB hotspot bucket on their $30 accounts.

To go along with these changes T-Mobile  monthly prepaid plans will soon be getting a rebranding as "Pay-in-advance Simple Choice plans.

These are great changes, extra charges for hotspot and tethering has never made any sense to anyone except maybe the mobile operators. If you pay for data you should be able to use it any way you want. And getting even a little data roaming will go a long way toward keeping T-Mobile prepaid users happy when they stray off the carriers rather small coverage footprint.

Source and image: Android Central

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  1. This certainly is big news. Hopefully some of it will trickle down to MetroPCS. I have Metro and I like them very much. Although, I'm really taking advantage of being grandfathered into Virgin Mobile's 55.00 Unlimited 4G with 5GB of 3G. This is perfect for the road warrior business type.

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  2. These changes make me so proud to be a t-mobile authorized retailer...I knew they were the right choice for a wireless carrier. I have been in this industry for over ten years and the changes with t-mobile have been great...GREAT JOB T-MOBILE.

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  3. I'm on the $30 100min/ultd txt/5gb high speed data prepaid plan and according to my account there is only 100mb of hotspot data.

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    1. Some phones will let you use all 5gb with the hotspot.

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  4. Does TMO have call/text roaming, in native plan or its MVNO's? Their prices are often good, but I am half a days drive from any TMO towers...

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    1. Tmobile prepaid gives free voice-sms roaming on many AT&T and regional carrier towers. My sister lives 200M from a Tmobile tower and has been roaming on AT&T for 6 years. You also get free voice-sms roaming on Solavei, MetroPCS, Walmart Family Mobile, Brightspot and Truphone (which also includes 2G data roaming).

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    2. hofo ID Grateful4adviceOctober 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      I travel extensively and have found very little roaming on TMO prepaid.

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    3. It is easy to see the Tmobile prepaid partner roaming areas on their coverage map on this site. Just zoom in until you see the beige partner areas on the map. For example, the entire upper peninsula of MI and the Northern 40% of lower MI have roaming.

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  5. Blackberry BIS is back as a $10 option for the $30, 100min, 5GB plan in MyTmobile account. It has been missing for the $30 plan for several months on the Tmobile prepaid website, and still does not appear there as an additional service for this plan:
    http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-additional-services

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  6. Has anyone heard of phonata? Their site is a little confusing but it looks like their rates are very low. 1667 minutes that never expire, $.03 per mb and 1/2 a cent per text. Unless the minute are only for add on the the monthly plans this seems cheap. Again, their site is lacking, so I may be misunderstanding it.

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    1. I never heard of Phonata and you are right their site is super vague and uninformative. They say they give users a choice of CDMA or GSM. The coverage map looks like Sprint. There are no phones listed on the site and nothing about BYOD either.

      The plans page lists monthly plans starting $15/month and cash loads starting at $5. It says "Cash Loads are used to pay for web surfing, 411, text messaging and paying for minutes above and beyond included minutes." To me that indicates that a monthly plan is required

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  7. I am confused. T-Mobile has
    - Simple Choice Plan (credit check required)
    - Pay-in-advance Simple Choice Plan (credit check not required)
    - Pay by the Month plan (true prepaid plan)
    Does this "Mobile hotspot" allowance applies to "Pay by the Month" or only "Pay-in-advance Simple Choice Plan"? When I look at my.t-mobile.com, I only see that $70/mo "pay by the month" plan allows Mobile Hotspot upto 2.5GB per month (which was not mentioned there before). Other "pay by the month" plans do not mention the Mobile Hotspot.
    I know certain Android phones still can use tethering with any "Pay by the month or day" plans anyway. But, iPhones with Pay By The Month plans were not able to use the tethering with after T-Mobile carrier profile update in April this year. But, it seems that $70 "pay by the month" plan can do it now? But, not with other "pay by the month or day" plans?

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    1. "To go along with these changes T-Mobile monthly prepaid plans will soon be getting a rebranding as "Pay-in-advance Simple Choice plans." -from post above.
      This has not happened yet.

      "He contacted T-Mobile and was told that since Oct. 20, T-Mobile prepaid monthly users could now use their phone as hotpots at no extra charge." - from post above. This has already happened. It will continue when the plans are renamed.

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  8. HOFO ID Grateful4adviceOctober 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Does anyone know if this roaming will filter down to TMO MVNOs?

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  9. i have a t-mobile 4g phone with the $70.00 unlimited plan . i just drove from rochester ny to lincoln ne , as soon as i got down state i had little coverage or no coverage all the way there and none there at all.returning the same thing coming back even though i took a different route.their new adds with global coverage is for what planet

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  10. I have been using Tmobile prepaid since 2004 and the coverage map has been very accurate, including roaming on AT&T.

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