T-Mobile offering free mobile hotspot access Jan. 25

Having support for mobile hotspots for your smartphone is a good thing. The bad thing is that you usually have to pay an extra fee per month in order to enable it on your device. Now it appears that T-Mobile will be giving its smartphone customers a way to have mobile hotspot access for free.

TMoNews.com reports that it received a leaked message from T-Mobile's sales staff that states that the company will launch new Unlimited Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans for its smartphone customers, both new and current, starting on January 25. The new service will include adding mobile hotspot access for free for the T-Mobile smartphones that support the feature. Those phones include Samsung's Galaxy S II and the Windows Phone-based HTC Radar. Normally that service costs $14.99 a month.

The new deal also includes free access to MobileLife Album Plus, a 10 GB cloud-based service for storage of pictures and videos. That service is normally $4.99 a month.

You might be asking, "Is there a catch?". Well, yes. The catch is that T-Mobile won't be going out of its way to promote this nice deal to its current and new customers who request the Unlimited Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans. The free mobile hotspot and cloud storage features have to be specifically requested to be added by T-Mobile customers.

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My thought exactly. A heading like "T-Mobile U.S....." would suffice.

Just because certain elements in your law enforcement and government believe the world revolves around the U.S doesn't mean Neowin should subscribe to that ethos.

As a UK T-Mobile customer, could you writers please make it clear WHICH T-Mobile you're writing about at the start? Was halfway through the thing before seeing it was US T-Mobile and therefore useless to me.

Nice, but I got true unlimited with T-Mobile Germany and there are soooo many hotspots of them!
(Even on some ICE trains, luckily the ones I occassionally use)
Free with my contract!
Kicka**!!!

GS:ios

Glassed Silver said,
Nice, but I got true unlimited with T-Mobile Germany and there are soooo many hotspots of them!
(Even on some ICE trains, luckily the ones I occassionally use)
Free with my contract!
Kicka**!!!

GS:ios

We aren't lucky enough to have true unlimited out of T-Mobile here in the US, but we have a fair bit of WiFi hotspots from them too (though less than they used to have).

Though I think the hotspots referred to in the article is really what is more universally called "tethering". The two phones just have the ability to turn your device into a WiFi Access Point so you can sure your device data connection via WiFi instead of via a direct cable connection.

Frazell Thomas said,

We aren't lucky enough to have true unlimited out of T-Mobile here in the US, but we have a fair bit of WiFi hotspots from them too (though less than they used to have).

Though I think the hotspots referred to in the article is really what is more universally called "tethering". The two phones just have the ability to turn your device into a WiFi Access Point so you can sure your device data connection via WiFi instead of via a direct cable connection.

Oh ok, that sounds plausible.
Well true unlimited refers to Hotspots only, I wish I had true unlimited, unthrottled 3G/LTE, just in case I didn't make this clear and anyone was wondering.

Then again throttled after 5GB is still quite okay, leaves me with lots of mobile radio and vast browsing and youtubing.
I do fine, even tethering is well done with it.

My estimation is that caps will rise in the coming time in Germany when LTE is finally well deployed.
LTE strains the cell towers WAY less with data.

GS:ios

excalpius said,
Um, how is it "Unlimited"? Aren;t the 5GB and 10GB numbers CAPS on the packages, or am I missing something?

after the 5/10 GB (which ever the plan is) the speeds will be reduced to 50 kbps from 4g speeds. It's still unlimited but it's dirt slow.