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You Can Now Use Your MetroPCS GSM Phone As A WiFi Hotspot For $5/Month

When MetroPCS was an independent company with its own CDMA network users on Metro's $50 and $60 plans were allowed to use their phones as WiFi hotspots to share the phone's data plan with a tablet or laptop. T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS in May, 2013 and is shutting down MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network and moving MetroPCS service and customers to the T-Mobile GSM network.

Until recently MetroPCS has blocked hotspot on the GSM network. There were ways to get around the block but they violated the operator's terms of service, didn't always work and were complex and/or required extra cost software.

Effective August 3rd, MetroPCS GSM users on the $40, $50 and $60 plans can now add hotspot to their accounts for $5 per month. On the $60 plan, which includes unlimited on-phone high speed data, hotspot usage is limited to 2.5GB per month. On the less expensive plans hotspot usage is unlimited, however those plans include only limited amounts of high speed data; 500MB on the $40 plan and 2.5GB on the $50 plan. After the high speed data allowance is used up, data speeds are throttled to glacially slow 128 Kbps or less for the rest of the plan month. Additional high-speed data (and additional hotspot data on the $60 plan) is available at $5 for 1GB.

The hotspot option can be activated on user's MyAcount page. For more information about the new Mobile Hotspot option see this MetroPCS page.

While it's nice that MetroPCS has made it possible to use Hotspot on their GSM phones, I hate that they are charging users extra to use the data they have already paid for in a different manner. Admittedly $5/month isn't much but Hotspot is available at no extra charge on GoPhone, Verizon ALLSET and T-Mobile's own prepaid plans. It could be worse however, Sprint's Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile charge an insane $5 per day for hotspot!

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS

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  1. August 3rd? 20 days ago? or should that be 23rd or September 3rd?

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    1. 20 days ago. The hotspot option is available now.

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  2. Great! Thanks... just wanted to be sure.

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  3. Any unlocked GSM device will give you all the hotspot
    Data you can use. I recommend you just buy a unlocked device.

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    1. Unlocked phones will let you create a hotspot but unless you use a VPN or user agent switcher, MetroPCS will detect and block the connection on devices connected to the hotspot.

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  4. Yeswap while you mite be disappointed that they are charging a lil fee for this I think you appreciate what T-mobile's Uncarrier moves have done overall for the American wireless pre and post paid competitiveness offers amongst different characters. If this helps T-mobile gain a lil more profit to help pay off those other carriers contracts that their paying for then I think it's not to big of a deal if it helps them earn a lil more revenue on the quarterly earnings sheet.

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    1. I shake my head at the promotion of the "uncarrier" idea. T Mobile's lack of towers makes me wish they would strive to be a real carrier than revel in the idea that they are far short of the mark.

      It's like that recent Domino's pizza campaign where they said that their pizza was bad. Kind of backfired.

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  5. my $50 Net10 plan is starting to look high compared to Tmobile/Birgin mobile.

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  6. Will straight talk /net10 ever offer t hotspot!

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  7. What a rip off for the hotspot. Even with the $60 unlimited plan you only get 2.5gb with the hotspot. After that they charge extra $5 for each 1gb.

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    1. True, but the alternatives for a prepaid voice and data plan that allows hotspot like GoPhone and T-Mobile prepaid are as bad or worse.

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    2. 5.00 For 1gb. Is A Rip Off .... 1 gb. Can be used up quickly. 😡

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    3. $5/GB is better than most operator's price for add-on data. Do you know of an operator that's cheaper?

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  8. Clear hotspot...$50 you can unlimited hotspot data

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    1. I have been using clear hotspot for 2 years at home, with great speeds to view and download with and definitely surpassing 50 or more Gb with no extra cost or capping/throttle instead of 5gb which ain't $#it, Do you know of any other alternative once Sprint Closes Clear - Thank you

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    2. Yes, new used Clear hotspots are bringing good prices on eBay. We sold our 2-year old Voyager for $82 a few months ago.

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    3. Clear raised the price for new customers to $55/mo. Still a bargain. We got 7-8 Mbps and used about 80 GB/month.

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  9. If it's available where you live wired broadband cable or DSL is your best bet for phone use. Or a local WISP if there is one. If you most use cellular broadband the best current deals are:
    Sprint network - 10GB for $59.99 from FreedomPop 1
    T-Mobile network 11GB for $70/month from T-Mobile Prepaid Mobile Internet
    AT&T network - 8GB for $75/month from AT&T GoPhone Mobile Broadband
    Verizon network 10GB for $90/month from Verizon Jetpack Prepaid Mobile Broadband

    1 FreedomPop's 10GB for $59.99 offer is for LTE service only. 10GB LTE with 3G fallback is $89.99.

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  10. Is there any unlimited home WiFi company's out there kinda how clear used to be?? I just need WiFi with unlimited usage for a monthly rate...

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    1. Not wireless. I think some cable Internet and DSL providers still offer unlimited home broadband.

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  11. Yes it's called karma go. $50.00 a month. Google it.

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