T-Mobile to debut tethering plan on November 3rd, $14.99

By on October 26, 2010 at 7:12 AM.

T-Mobile to debut tethering plan on November 3rd, $14.99

Listen up T-Mobile tetherers, we’ve just been sent in some intel that indicates America’s fourth largest carrier will begin to offer/charge for tethering on November 3rd. The Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On, which will have a monthly cost of $14.99, will allow customers to use their smartphones as a tethered modem or Wi-Fi hotspot. Starting on 11/3, in order to legally share your device’s internet connection on T-Mobile, you’ll need: a 3G or HSPA+ capable device, an unlimited web plan of $19.95 or higher, and the $14.99 tethering add-on. The offering will be available to both postpaid and Flex Pay customers who meet the above requirements. Hit the jump to check out the full memo and let us know what you think.

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T-Mobile releases statement about G2, Wi-Fi Calling, and tethering

By on October 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

T-Mobile releases statement about G2, Wi-Fi Calling, and tethering

Yesterday, news broke that T-Mobile would be releasing an update to their G2 handset; bringing Wi-Fi Calling and mobile hotspot creation to the Android 2.2 device. Today, T-Mobile has released a statement that doesn’t exactly refute the rollout of said update, but it certainly doesn’t make us confident that it will be hitting the G-Deuce today. T-Mobile wrote:

Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we’re working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

If you’re a G2 user, it looks like you’ll just have to wait and see if the Software Update Fairy pays a visit to your device. More →

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Windows Phone 7 will not be able to tether after all

By on September 24, 2010 at 1:03 PM.

Windows Phone 7 will not be able to tether after all

In an interview on TWiT podcast Windows Weekly, Director of Windows Phone 7 Brandon Watson indicated that his company’s new mobile operating system would have the ability to tether; it would just be up to carriers to allow it. Well, a spokesperson from Microsoft just contacted us indicating that Mr. Watson misspoke and the official statement from Microsoft is: “Windows phone 7 does not support tethering.” Not a lot of room for ambiguity in that quote. There you have it… sound off in the comments and let us know what you think.

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Windows Phone 7 will have the ability to tether

By on September 23, 2010 at 8:20 PM.

Windows Phone 7 will have the ability to tether

At launch, Windows Phone 7 won’t be able to copy and paste, but it will be able to tether. According to Brandon Watson, Director of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s next mobile operating system will have the ability to provide your computer with cellular data connectivity, assuming your carrier allows it. The tip was dropped during a radio interview on the TWiT podcast Windows Weekly. Great news for those who would like a Windows Phone 7 device and rely on tethering. Now… which carriers do we think will support it?

UPDATE: Windows Phone 7 will not support tethering. See update here.] More →

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Motorola DROID doesn't… have the hardware to support mobile hotspot creation

By on August 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM.

Motorola DROID doesn't… have the hardware to support mobile hotspot creation

The Motorola DROID is scheduled to get a much anticipated update to the Android 2.2 operating system sometime this week. However, one of the features that Android 2.2 users enjoy, mobile hotspot creation, will not be available to original DROID loyalists. Speaking to Engadget, Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said that the first DROID, “doesn’t have [the] hardware to support the mobile hotspot.” What do you think DROID owners? Do you think your DROID is missing some hardware, or do you think think Verizon wants you to buy some new hardware? Also, we’re curious… how many of you currently use a mobile hotspot/tethering on your cell phone? More →

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Bell Canada to launch $30 6 GB smartphone data plan with tethering and iPad sharing option

By on July 28, 2010 at 4:15 PM.

Bell Canada to launch $30 6 GB smartphone data plan with tethering and iPad sharing option

A new Canadian Ninja has come forth with some great news for all you Bell Canada smartphone users who happen to also own an iPad. According to a Bell memo, the wireless carrier plans to offer a 6 GB data plan for $30 per month that will provide smartphone users with “unlimited Wi-Fi @ Starbucks” as well as tethering. Bell will also allow you to “share” your 6 GB data bucket with your iPad for an additional $10 (as long as they are on the same billing account). The effective date on the memo is July 30th through September 30th and it is being billed as a “limited time offer.” We’ve got the full three page memo, for your scrutiny, after the break.  More →

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Turn your EVO 4G into a free Wi-Fi hotspot

By on June 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM.

Turn your EVO 4G into a free Wi-Fi hotspot

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Sprint’s announcement that it was going to charge customers $30 per month to turn their EVO 4G into a Wi-Fi hotspot was met with a lot of criticism, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. A weekend update made the popular android-wifi-tether app now allows EVO owners to tether over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to your heart’s content. To use the app you’ll first need to root your EVO, but thanks to unrevoked, anyone can root their EVO in a matter of seconds. After you’ve obtained root access, simply download 2.0.2.pre14 and up. One major drawback of the app is that it does not include support for WPA/WAP2 encryption, but so long as you’re willing to place your trust in WEP you’re good to go. That is provided your EVOs Wi-Fi isn’t on the fritz.

[Via Android Police] More →

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iPad won't tether to iPhone, yet

By on June 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM.

iPad won't tether to iPhone, yet

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I think we all just assumed that using AT&T’s new iPhone tethering plan to get sweet, cellular-data goodness on your iPad wasn’t going to be allowed, but…now it is official. TechFlash has received word from AT&T that an iPad to iPhone tether is currently not possible. While the software code to allow Bluetooth tethering is included in the iPad’s code base, the feature has been disabled (geohot, we need some help on this one!). TechFlash did publish this cryptic message from AT&T:

Asked for further info, AT&T referred additional questions to Apple, describing this as an iPad/iPhone issue and not a matter of AT&T policy.

Makes sense, we can’t see why AT&T would care how you use the 2GB of tethering data you’re paying for each month; especially since overage rates are clearly defined. Maybe someone should write an email to a certain CEO and ask him for a one sentence/word clarification? More →

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AT&T kills off unlimited smartphone data, announces cheaper rates

By on June 2, 2010 at 5:58 AM.

AT&T kills off unlimited smartphone data, announces cheaper rates

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Ladies and Gentleman, unlimited smartphone data from AT&T is a thing of the past. Or at least it will be as of June 7th. Starting that day, AT&T will introduce two new data plans to replace its current $30 unlimited smartphone plan. Without a bunch of preamble and crying over the changes, here’s the skinny on the plans that AT&T says will make it possible for “more affordable for more people to enjoy the benefits of the mobile Internet.”

DataPlus

  • 200MB of data for $15 per month. AT&T says this will be enough data to meet the needs of 65% of its smartphone users. If you go over the 200MB cap, AT&T will charge you $15 per 200MB of overages.

DataPro

  • 2GB of data for $25 per month. According to AT&T, only 2% of its smartphone customers manage to blow through more than 2GB of data per month. Go over the limit and you’ll be charged $10 per GB.

Tethering

  • Smartphone users that want tethering and have a DataPro plan can add the feature for $20 per month. This means you’ll be sharing 2GB between your phone and your laptop for $45 per month. Not great at all, but remember this: A 5GB data card plan costs $60 per month. This means — with overages — you’ll be able to have 5GB of smartphone and tethering data for $75 and not have to worry about two contracts. Oh, and “Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.” About bloody time.

iPad

  • The $29.99 unlimited data plan for the iPad has not escaped the chop. Starting June 7th, new iPad customers will have two options: $15 for 250MB and $25 for 2GB of data. Any iPad customers who wish to stick to the $30 unlimited plan are free to do so, but AT&T is hoping most people will opt to save $5 and change plans.

As much as it hurts to see unlimited plans die off (and don’t pretend we didn’t know it was coming), the new rates will make data more accessible to those who don’t have a lot of coins in their coffer. And again, to be perfectly clear, you are welcome to stay on the current $30 unlimited smartphone data plan, but if you think you can squeak by on the new plans and save $5 to $15, AT&T will move you over to the DataPlus or DataPro plan without renewing your data commitment. Awww, so sweet. More →

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iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4 brings AT&T tethering support

By on May 18, 2010 at 10:14 PM.

iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4 brings AT&T tethering support

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Uh oh, it looks like AT&T’s cell towers are about to be brought offline — though, one could argue they’re almost always offline — MacRumors is reporting that there is an option to set up tethering for AT&T users in the latest iPhone OS beta just released this evening. Though this could be a good sign, Engadget’s reports on AT&T’s comments on iPhone tethering a few weeks back don’t seem to set the mood so friendly. Let us know if you can get it going, will you?

Read [MacRumors] Read [Engadget]

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Rogers to continue policy of no charge tethering indefinitely

By on March 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM.

Rogers to continue policy of no charge tethering indefinitely

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Come one, come all for another instalment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Rogers Wireless Edition. Today’s topic? Tethering.

  • The Good: No charge tethering (data used while tethering comes out of one’s monthly data allotment) for wireless data subscribers will not be left to expire come the promotions scheduled expiration date of May 3rd. From now on, this is a policy which will remain in place indefinitely.
  • The Bad: You need a data plan with a monthly allotment of 1GB or more (sorry $25/500MB, $40 Smartphone Data and Voice and Data plan users, you’re S.O.L.) and those with $100 family plan with 1GB of pooled data are ineligible. Need tethering? That’ll be a minimum of $30.
  • The Ugly: One Rate plans. If you have a One Rate plan Even of 1GB or more, you’re not allowed to tether. Example: If you have an iPhone with a 1GB One Rate plan you cannot tether, but if you put the same plan One Rate on a Rocket Stick you can. Does this make sense to anyone? It doesn’t to us so we’ve asked Rogers PR to fill us in on the reasoning.

So how does this news strike all of those Rogers customers out there? Are you pleased? Irate? Indifferent? Thirsty? Let’s discuss. More →

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Verizon Wireless confirms Palm pricing; Wi-Fi Hotspot to cost $40 monthly

By on January 21, 2010 at 3:48 PM.

Verizon Wireless confirms Palm pricing; Wi-Fi Hotspot to cost $40 monthly

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Verizon Wireless made official the leaked prices on the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus that emerged this weekend. Big Red is going to match Sprint dollar for dollar on the price of  each webOS handset with the Pre Plus coming in at a cool $149.99 and the Palm Pixi Plus at a mere $99.99. Both quoted prices are after a $100 mail-in rebate and require a new two-year customer agreement. The Pre Plus also includes the new Wi-Fi hotspot software that is exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Usage of the Pre Plus as a 5-device Wi-Fi hotspot will come with a high price tag, though, as Verizon is going to tack an additional $40 charge for 5GB of data with this 3G-based Wi-Fi connectivity. The $40 charge is levied on top of your calling and data plan so a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot-activated Pre Plus on a 450 minutes Talk and Text plan would cost you a whopping $129.99 per month ($59.99 for calling plan, $29.99 for Email and Web data plan and $40 for the Wi-Fi feature). Those that are ready to jump on the webOS bandwagon Verizon style can score a Pre Plus or Pixi Plus starting January 25th. More →

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WIND Mobile's price plans leak out

By on December 12, 2009 at 8:33 AM.

WIND Mobile's price plans leak out

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One day after it was announced that WIND Mobile is allowed to launch its network without without delay, Canadians across the country are still giddy with excitement as they anticipate the impending launch of the nation’s fourth major wireless carrier. And while WIND has yet to publicly announce plan pricing (or a specific launch date, for that matter), HowardForums user Windsider has publishing what is claimed to be the official plans and their respective pricing. So without further ado, hit the jump to check out the plans; they’re impressive to say the least.

Thanks to everyone that sent this in! More →

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