Show of hands - how many of you thought that your use of the internet hotspot you were able to activate on your HTC ThunderBolt, DROID Charge, and LG Revolution was a limited time offer? Indeed this offer was supposed to be finished quite soon, (tomorrow, in fact), but has instead been pushed out until July 6th, 2011. What happens then, you might ask? You'll have to start paying for that service you hold so dear. The note we've been passed by Verizon states that though a $20/GB plan had been in place, either a new offer will be sent or the Mobile Hotspot will be de-activated altogether. Harsh!
As you may already know, your humble narrator has been using the hotspot on the ThunderBolt for some time now, it having gotten him out of more than a couple jams where connections were smashing all alternate means of connecting. Have a look at the HTC ThunderBolt Three-Month Review for all the juicy details. Next let's have a look at the message from Verizon:
Verizon Wireless has extended the Limited Time promotion for Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect on 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Smartphones, ThunderBolt by HTC, DROID Charge by Samsung, and Revolution by LG. The following are the Unlimited Hotspot promotion details.
Limited Time promotion available through 7/6/2011 which allows customers unlimited 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect usage until July 6, 2011 with the purchase of a ThunderBolt by HTC, a DROID Charge by Samsung, or a Revolution by LG, with a voice plan and a data package $29.99 or higher.
The $20/GB (Gigabyte) plan will not be available on 4G LTE Smartphones. On July 6, 2011 a software update will remove the Mobile Hotspot offer. A message will be sent to the end user to contact their system administrator to subscribe to Mobile Hotspot.
So keep those hotspots hot! And make sure to note when that update comes through so we know if they're going to totally de-activate the system or just update to a pay model that's hereto unknown!