TmoNews.com, effective Friday June 12, T-Mobile will remove most of its restrictions on customers using their phones as mobile hotspots. The report is based on a leaked internal document (screenshot below) that TmoNews obtained. The wording on the document is a little confusing but as I understand it:
- Users on all T-Mobile plans that include a high speed data limit, including Simple Choice and Simply Prepaid plans, will be able to use their entire high speed data allowance for hotspot if they wish.
- When a user reaches their high speed data limit, hotspot will be available at throttled speeds instead of being cut off. T-Mobile's throttled speed is 128 Kbps or less.
- Currently available (not grandfathered) plans that include unlimited, un-throttled high speed phone data with a cap on hotspot data will get 2 GB more high speed hotspot data and unlimited throttled hotspot data after the cap is reached. The only prepaid plan this applies to is the $80/month Simple Choice plan which currently has a 5 GB hard cap on hotspot. Starting June 12, that plan will include 7 GB of high speed hotspot and unlimited throttled data.
Update: the hotspot changes are now in effect. All Simply Prepaid and Simple Choice plans now permit using their entire data allowance for hotspot with the exception of the $80 unlimited Simple Choice plan which includes 7 GB of unthrottled hotspot and unlimited throttled hotspot.
Unfortunately the $30/month 100 minutes, 5 GB plan has not been upgraded and is still limited to just 100 MB of hotspot use per month.
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