As we discoverred this morning, T-Mobile has added the ability to turn your device into a mobile hotspot for prepaid accounts. While the scope of such a program wasn’t yet clear, T-Mobile has confirmed they are adding the functionality, as well as re-branding their prepaid program.
T-Mobile forum discussion today, as it seems users are starting to get free tethering on their prepaid plans. While the freebie was originally spotted by a Cyanogen user who assumed it was due to his new ROM, others quickly chimed in noting they were seeing the same functionality.
Google Glass will no longer require tethering to a smartphone in order to have an Internet connection, sparing users, as well as their wallets, some amount of grief.
T-Mobile is getting ready to make some changes to their unlimited data hotspot bundles. The details are coming by way of some leaked screenshots and although the details suggest the changes should already be in effect, there are some mixed reports in terms of availability. That being said, it looks like the carrier has bumped the hotspot allowances for those using an unlimited data plan.
Samsung GALAXY S 4 roll-out continues, it is looking like the users are beginning to find some issues. Some of these will most likely be described as being bigger and more important than others. For example, the locked bootloader will probably not bother all that many users, however the limited amount of available storage on the 16GB GALAXY S 4 probably will. With that in mind, it looks like another GALAXY S 4 bug has recently been discovered.
Verizon is being forced by the FCC to pay a fine for apparently blocking their users from accessing third-party tethering apps. As is the case with most of these FCC fines, the $1.25 million settlement amount is chump change to a company as huge as Verizon, but it's more about the message the FCC sends to companies than it is about the money. Verizon will also be forced to train its employees on proper C Block procedure, which it is accused of breaking by blocking third-party tethering apps.
finally coming from T-Mobile this week - tomorrow, in fact. But PCMag spotted a frustrating caveat in the official support document: you won't be able to use the "4G Hotspot" function for free anymore. Users who wish to share their connection will have to fork over $14.95 a month for the official tethering plan, allowing them to "officially" use the WiFi hotspot or USB data tether.
US carriers aren't keen to see free alternatives to their paid services. The most popular third-party tethering app, WiFi Tether for Root Users, has mysteriously re-appeared in the Google Play Store - you can download it for free right now. Who knows how long it will stay there, but in any case, we're happy to see it return.
Huawei were nice enough to offer up some of their USB 3G E176G Dongles with XCom Global data for the team to use while we covered all things Android at Mobile World Congress back during February in Barcelona Spain. If you enjoyed all the news, coverage, and hands-on from the largest mobile event of the year brought to you by us, it was all powered by Huawei's modem. For those times our phones weren't capable of a hotspot, XCom Global saved the day, and the event.