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T-Mobile Reduces Tethered Data Pricing
by Karl Bode 04:28PM Wednesday Sep 11 2013
TMONews directs our attention to some changes in T-Mobile's pricing and tethering policies that may save you a buck. Previously, T-Mobile users needed to shell out an additional $20 if they wanted unlimited smartphone data and 500 MB of tethered data, $30 for 2.5 GB of tethering data, or $40 for 4.5 GB of additional tethering data. Now, customers can pay an additional $20 for 2.5GB of tethering ($10 less), $30 for 4.5 GB ($10 less) or choose a new 6.5GB tethering option for $40. Granted rooted, VPN-using customers for whom data is just data probably find this amusing, but it's still some cost savings for those on stock devices.

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snarf7

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go tmobile

Take that other 3

88615298
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Re: go tmobile

said by snarf7:

Take that other 3

Awesome. Oh wait... no T-Mobile within 50 miles of me. Go other 3 that actually want my money!
Crookshanks

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Binghamton, NY

2 recommendations

Re: go tmobile

DSL Reports 101:

Verizon declines to roll out FIOS to rural areas: Horrible! Redlining! Racism!

T-Mobile shows no intentions of ever serving rural America: *crickets*

mackey
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Re: go tmobile

said by Crookshanks:

T-Mobile shows no intentions of ever serving rural America: *crickets*

Wait, T-Mobile has land lines somewhere?

/M

88615298
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Re: go tmobile

said by mackey:

said by Crookshanks:

T-Mobile shows no intentions of ever serving rural America: *crickets*

Wait, T-Mobile has land lines somewhere?

/M

What does that have to do with anything? People keep bitching saying "more competition, companies needs to spend some of their profit for more competition!" and yet here is T-Mobile IGNORE 1/3 of the US and this is totally ok with everyone. Verizon and at&t ignores an area and they are the devil.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Re: go tmobile

said by 88615298:

What does that have to do with anything? People keep bitching saying "more competition, companies needs to spend some of their profit for more competition!" and yet here is T-Mobile IGNORE 1/3 of the US and this is totally ok with everyone. Verizon and at&t ignores an area and they are the devil.

As I understand it: T-Mobile is busy building out. Don't forget: Just a couple years ago the thing that calls itself "at&t" these days was trying to buy the company. The company essentially went stagnant while that wound its way through the process and it lost a good deal of its customer base. You don't recover from that overnight.

This is kind of a bogus complaint, anyway. So T-Mobile doesn't cover every last square mile of the U.S.? Neither does Sprint, who relies quite a bit on roaming agreements. There are rural areas that aren't served by even VZW or "at&t," either.

Instead of nicking T-Mobile for what they aren't doing, why not try praising them for what they are doing? Such as affordable voice+text+data plans? Encouraging BYOD, instead of coercing customers into two-year lock-ins with subsidized devices, then continuing to charge them the same monthly fee long after the device is paid for? To add insult-to-injury: Keeping the device the customer paid for locked to their network and refusing to provision devices customers somehow persuaded their competition to set free?

I, for one, wish them well. (Not the least because I'm moving my wife and I to them.) Perhaps if they do well, a couple of Really Cool Things will happen: T-Mobile will expand into your area, so you can work with a better provider, and the other three will be forced to treat their customers more like valued customers, and less like nothing more than financial assets.

Jim
iansltx

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Yay Sprint!

rrm

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irony: t mobile offers more tethering data than others offer just mobile data, good one tmobile

cchhat01
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Rooted users response to those paying for tethering



Yep they just took a dump! (courtesy »imgur.com/gallery/J2N1nGc)
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djdanska
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Unless your area's been updated. Rooted here and if i use up my 500mb tethering, I get tethering blocked. UA string irrelevant, VPN blocked, you name it.. Nexus 4 and HTC One (Using GE 4.3)
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Try a Cyanogenmod ROM. I do hit a tether cap for web browsing unless I VPN into home router and browse the web this way.

djdanska
Rudie32
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Did, same thing. even tried different apn's. I have a sonic 2.0 anyway so i just use that if i need to.
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Interesting...

Makes me wonder if I want to push the envelope and see how far I can get. My cycle is about to restart tomorrow with 3.3 GB consumed; most of it was on the phone not tethering though.

But are you sure that you did a full VPN tunnel and attempted to browse the web through the tunnel?

Based on what happened with me, T-Mo only gets in the way if you browse the web via straight tether after you hit the cap. All other network access was fine.

djdanska
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Yup. It was like the ol' days with voicestream. The port blocking and all.
edit: Even tunnelbear's android app stops working.
Network Guy
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

I guess thankfully I only tether when I need. But it makes me wonder what the imaginary red line is to get cut off. LOL

djdanska
Rudie32
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

Same here. I keep a tmo LTE hotspot for when i travel so it's really not an issue. Not something I'd cancel over.

w0g
o.O

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Springfield, OR

Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

djdanska's stuff sounds weird. cause it shouldn't be doing that. On my Galaxy S4, tethering usage can only be monitored via user-agent on HTTP - traffic on other ports than 80, and filtered user-agent string/altered to mimic Android, it works just fine.
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Riusaki

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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

I have a Nexus 4 with Cyanogenmod and I can tether all I want. I do about 30-40GB per month on tethering. I start the VPN from my pc. I can do everything. Hell, I even sometimes play League of Legends from it with no problems (I do get a 200ms ping though, but still very playable).

w0g
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

The reason VPN works is because it bypasses port 80, and hides the HTTP headers of your PC web browsers. That's the only port effected by T-Mobile's tethering limit. What I was going to say, is your high ping in gaming, that can probably be fixed by ditching the VPN - as long as the game is on a port other than port 80, it should work without the VPN.

Finally, you can also get an HTTP proxy on your Android phone for your PC, which masks the user-agent. I believe Foxfi has a built-in HTTP proxy that does just that - it will modify the headers to mask PC web browser activity. It works better to do it like this than VPN because it's direct lower latency connection through your phone.
Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
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that's weak....

.... I've run tethering totals up into the high double digits (peak of 70GB once) with Verizon, not a peep or an iota of difficulty...

djdanska
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Re: that's weak....

said by Crookshanks:

.... I've run tethering totals up into the high double digits (peak of 70GB once) with Verizon, not a peep or an iota of difficulty...

Um. ok? I wasn't looking for a different provider.
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rob11252

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.... and I paid a mere $375 for that ....

Liar. The highest data usage plan on Verizon (I just checked) shows 50GB for $375.

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Re: that's weak....

said by rob11252:

.... and I paid a mere $375 for that ....

Liar. The highest data usage plan on Verizon (I just checked) shows 50GB for $375.

The poster's more than likely grandfathered.
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alanxenos
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While we're talking vague irrelevancy, I hit an all-time high of 85GB on my Sprint LTE plan with s crappy LG android phone because my home internet went down.

batterup
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said by cchhat01:

Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

You do know Google is watching, do you not?



cchhat01
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

yes, I do! not sure what your response has to do with my post.
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batterup
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Re: Rooted users response to those paying for tethering

said by cchhat01:

yes, I do! not sure what your response has to do with my post.

It was a little joke about Google and their partner policy concerning Google Adsense and what is posted on their site. It appears the topic I was going to reference has been removed.

IllIlIlllIll
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comment:

even rooted devices attempting to tether data (without paying extra for it) will be surprised with a TMO tethering add-on splash page when using HTTP protocol.
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mech1164
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Re: comment:

Yep except there are ways around that to. I know had to do that during Sandy last year.

PapaMidnight

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Baltimore, MD

Re: comment:

Indeed; and I happily do it. The traffic my Firefox on my Samsung Slate generates is no different than the traffic Firefox on my Nexus 4 generates.
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Correct.

My workaround; VPN into home router via tether, keep on tethering.



This assumes your home router can do full tunnel and hairpin your traffic back to the Internet; which mine does.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Miami, FL
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Tethering

I use Simple Mobile which is a third party cell phone provider.
The prices are a lot cheap for data. $60 will get you 5GB 4G , 5GB 3G and unlimited 2G. You can't get a better price for data than that.
TBBroadband

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Fremont, OH

Re: Tethering

By TracFone on the TMO network.

KrK
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Could be useful once VPN's are banned under Copyright Regime

Once VPN's are banned for *clearly* only being used to circumvent copyright protection dragnets, this tethering plan could *save* some money!
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navyson

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Upper Marlboro, MD

Re: Could be useful once VPN's are banned under Copyright Regime

I tether for free on Verizon using Foxi.

michieru
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Miami, FL

!

Give me unlimited at a reasonable price just like the phone plans and I will consider getting a Nexus 7 with LTE.
gabmasterjcc

join:2003-09-08
Fairfax, VA

Confused T-Mobile's Offerings

Karl,
I think you confused T-Mobile's offerings. They include Unlimited High Speed for phone and 2.5GB for tether for $70 directly from them. There is no additional cost.
However, I think the plan directly from T-Mobile that they are referring to is the $60 plan which is not Unlimited High Speed, but 2.5GB shared High Speed.
When you purchase through some other retailer, their pricing is $60 + data plan. The data plan in this case is not for the Unlimited High Speed data (I don't think anyways), but for the combined phone and tethering. So in this case the cost for the equivalent plan is $60+$20=$80. That is right in line with a $20 per month phone subsidy.
No matter what your numbers don't add up.

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Re: Confused T-Mobile's Offerings

The cost depends on the number of lines you have...

Simple Choice Unlimited Voice and Text, 500GB 4G Data, First line: $50
2.5GB 4G data shared between phone and tethering: $10
Unlimited 4G data on phone and 2.5GB 4G for tethering: $20
Total for the first line of unlimited voice/text/phone data and 2.5GB tethering: $70

Simple Choice Unlimited Voice and Text, 500GB 4G Data, Second line: $30
Data add-ons are the same cost as for the first line
So the second line with unlimited phone data and 2.5GB tethering is $50

Third through Fifth line Unlimited Voice and Text, 500GB 4G: $10 each
Data add-ons are still the same cost as for the first line
So these lines get unlimited voice/text/4G phone data and 2.5GB tethering for just $30 each

These are good deals compared to the rest of the industry. Unlimited tethering isn't going to happen, and it is sure better than the previous 500MB included on the unlimited plans.
gabmasterjcc

join:2003-09-08
Fairfax, VA

Re: Confused T-Mobile's Offerings

I agree with you. I was talking about the article implying that it cost $70+$20. You are only speaking of the the plans from T-Mobile directly. That is not the case if you get them from say wireless.amazon.com or walmart.com or wirefly.com. Those have subsidized handsets and thus cost more per month. Further, I was being specific because the article is not specific about the meaning of Unlimited and thus it creates confusion. The plans Karl reference do not exist. There is no $70 plan which you can add $20 to and get what is suggested. The options that were suggested only cost $60 to begin with (2.5GB High Speed Tether and Phone plust Unlimited Low Speed Phone). The contract subsidized versions, which is what the article is actually about are $60+$20 (this is where the +$20 comes from). If you look into it further this has nothing to do with the plans coming directly from T-Mobile as for $70 you get Unlimited High Speed Phone plus 2.5GB High Speed Tether. It does not match with the offer and it has nothing to do with the news that was announced in the linked article.
I never said T-Mobile's plans weren't a good deal. I was saying that Karl was confusing them and making them sound more expensive than they are.

w0g
o.O

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Springfield, OR

free tethering on T-Mobile, root not required.

You don't normally need root to bypass the tethering usage on T-Mobile. All you need is: encrypted HTTP proxy, VPN, user-agent masker for your PC HTTP based software, or HTTP proxy which runs on the phone and masks all user-agent HTTP headers (I think Foxfi has one built-in, as a separate download addon).

I refer the Foxfi/HTTP proxy route. Just set your PC to use the Foxfi proxy, and the proxy will mask your outbound user-agent. Other ports are not effected by usage monitoring/filtering, so all other apps, gaming, etc always work.
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sivran
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This entire article doesn't make sense

At both the 60 and 70 dollar levels, you get 2.5GB of tethering. 500MB is for the 50$ level.
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w0g
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4 edits

Re: This entire article doesn't make sense

I have the $70 unlimited plan, but it only has 500MB free tethering included.

edit: You are right, it doesn't make sense the way the article is layed out. I think they are changing the tethering plans, which even I didn't notice:

Old plans were (remember, these are the data plans that are bundled on top of the $50 unlimited voice/txt package):
$0 ($50 dollar plan): 500MB data + no tethering or uses phone data?
$10 ($60 dollar plan): 2.5GB data + no tethering or uses phone data?
$20 ($70 dollar plan): Unlimited Data + 500MB tethering.
$30 ($80 dollar plan): Unlimited Data + 2.5GB tethering?
and so on..

new plans are (remember, these are the data plans that are bundled on top of the $50 unlimited voice/txt package)::
$0 ($50 dollar plan): 500MB data + same as before.
$10 ($60 dollar plan): 2.5GB data + same as before.
$20 ($70 dollar plan): Unlimited Data + 2.5GB tethering.
$30 ($80 dollar plan): Unlimited Data + 4.5GB tethering.
etc..

If this is not what the article is really saying, then they only lowered the prices on high end data packages..

If you got the old plan, you are not automatically migrated to the new plan with more tethering. I recommend you call Customer Service, because I bet they will migrate you over for free.

sivran
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Re: This entire article doesn't make sense

My current plan is $60 unlimited text/talk/web/tethering with the first 2.5GB at 4G speed, everything after that slower. It didn't used to include tethering, but it as of May this year, it does.
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whiteshp

join:2002-03-05
Xenia, OH

Ting is good

I'm not a heavy data user so can't beat the coverage/price of Ting.com . They don't charge extra for tethering either. So I can tether legally if I need some quick laptop access. If I needed to use a LOT more data I may of chosen a different provider.
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