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Old October 13th, 2011, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NO MORE FREE Tethering

Just tried it... have the phone setup as WIFI tethering. Then have a computer connected to it. Then the browser shows a Tmobile page saying

"Your current data plan does not support tethering your phone to another device for Internet access. Please have your primary account holder call Customer Care, 1-800-937-8997"

Then on the right side, it shows "Phone Tethering & WIFI Sharing" for $14.99 per month!

OH NO!!!

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Are you using the sim card that came with the phone? I'm using the one from my old G2x and tethering works fine for me.
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Yeah if you're on one of their newer plans then you have to pay for tethering and portable hotspot.

I still have my plan from July 2009 and every Android that I put my sim card in uses them for free. While the $14.99 is less than what the other carriers charge ($20 extra for AT&T/Verizon, $30 for Sprint), it's still pretty annoying.
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It's not the SIM card. It's the phone!

I'm using the new SIM card comes with the phone. I put it back to HTC Sensation and WIFI Hotspot is working again. So it's the S2 doing it but not the SIM card.

I called Tmo and they confirmed it is newer phones (Amaze and S2) will both locked up the WIFI tethering.

If you have S2, once you have WIFI hotspot on, your phone can't even go online. It will re-route you to the same "upsell" page
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Look for PDAnet in market. I can still USB tether to computer running Windows for free without adding that data plan. It's just not WIFI hotspot, and I won't be able to connect with my Tablet. That's no fun!
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Yeah if you're on one of their newer plans then you have to pay for tethering and portable hotspot.
It has nothing to do with the plan either. It's the new phones (both Amaze and S2) that block tethering.

So, either root the phone, or use PDAnet.
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It's odd that some people can while others can't. Tethering to my Touchpad works perfectly, but I haven't tried connecting to a laptop yet.
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Last night I tried I can still do WIFI tethering with my Nexus One and Sensation. But when the same SIM card in the S2, it will re-route the browser page to a Tmo upsell page.

So it is an issue with new Tmobile phones, Amaze and S2.
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i can confirm this.. new sim card works fine in my sensation but will not allow tethering / hotspot on the amaze or sgs2.. wifi calling doesnt work either! wtf
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My old SIM card still works in Sensation for both WIFI hotspot and WIFI calling.

I just don't think the new/old SIM card has any impact on WIFI calling or WIFI hotspot.
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My old SIM card still works in Sensation for both WIFI hotspot and WIFI calling.

I just don't think the new/old SIM card has any impact on WIFI calling or WIFI hotspot.
the new sim cards will work in the sensation for both as well... but once you insert either your OLD or NEW sim card in the amaze or sgs2 it will not work..
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the new sim cards will work in the sensation for both as well... but once you insert either your OLD or NEW sim card in the amaze or sgs2 it will not work..
With what you said, we can eliminate the problem is the SIM card. It doesn't matter it's new or old SIM card, sensation WIFI calling and WIFI hotspot will work. No mattery new or old SIM card, these 2 features won't work in Galaxy S2.

BTW, from what happened in Galaxy S2, WIFI Hotspot/tethering is working. It's just it will re-route all traffic to a Tmobile upsell page. DAMN YOU TMO!
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With what you said, we can eliminate the problem is the SIM card. It doesn't matter it's new or old SIM card, sensation WIFI calling and WIFI hotspot will work. No mattery new or old SIM card, these 2 features won't work in Galaxy S2.

BTW, from what happened in Galaxy S2, WIFI Hotspot/tethering is working. It's just it will re-route all traffic to a Tmobile upsell page. DAMN YOU TMO!
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hahah.. as Class President, you shouldn't be starting rumor =)

ATT did it differently... while people can still tethered., they got a SMS saying continue to use, they will be signed to an expensive tethering plan.

Anyhow, I am happy using PDAnet for USB tethering (not to drain battery as fast as in WIFI tethering) to my laptop running Windows. It's just now no WIFI hotspot for my Sammy Galaxy Tab ...
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hahah.. as Class President, you shouldn't be starting rumor =)

ATT did it differently... while people can still tethered., they got a SMS saying continue to use, they will be signed to an expensive tethering plan.

Anyhow, I am happy using PDAnet for USB tethering (not to drain battery as fast as in WIFI tethering) to my laptop running Windows. It's just now no WIFI hotspot for my Sammy Galaxy Tab ...
exactly my gripe.. no more using it to tether my xoom.. grrrr


common we all know what this is about..... ATT!!! LOL
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Unless we root the phone.. and hopefully some smart guys can come up some solution to overcome this little trouble.
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I just tested this and confirmed as well. Once wi-fi tethered, t-mo hijacks your traffic ann tries to upsell.
WTF T-mo ??
I used to be able to tether on my N1 with the same SIM.
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Not only the traffic on tethered device, even the phone browser won't go out to other page anymore.

You can still use your same SIM card to tether with N1 (and my sensation too). So it is a phone issue, not SIM card.
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ok, i'm not sure if i'm getting this correctly, but if i'm in the streets and i wanna connect my hp touchpad to the S2-it will not work?
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If you are using the Amaze or S2, it won't work, unless you paid for the $15 tethering plan.
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This is not good news. I am now trying to decide between the Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S2. Currently I am on the Even More Plus family plan. I have unlimited bandwidth with throttling over 5 gb. Will paying the $14.99 give me more than 5gb of 4g or do you remain under existing data caps?
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Both phone won't give you free tethering. My Sensation 4G still works that way.

I think the tethering plan only gives you the capability to tethering on any unlimited plan.. not to give you more on the data cap.
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LunchBB, so you've mentioned PDAnet, if i install this app-would it allow my tablet to use my S2's connection?
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PDAnet works for Windows or Mac platform. They made a version for Android tablet. It's in Beta. I tried it but couldn't get a connection. You can search for PDAnet in market to try it yourself.
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This is not good news. I am now trying to decide between the Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S2. Currently I am on the Even More Plus family plan. I have unlimited bandwidth with throttling over 5 gb. Will paying the $14.99 give me more than 5gb of 4g or do you remain under existing data caps?
same cap.. i know i know.. its lame
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this is definitely bad news for me, a big part of the reason why i've upgraded to the S2 is the ability to do mobile hotspot. hopefully there's a work around or app in the near future. now i'm thinking if the nexus prime will be on tmo-it'll probably be the same. argh,..
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Definitely you can root the phone and then go tethering without any problem.

I am betting there would be no problem with nexus prime since it is a Google branded phone but not Tmo branded.
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Same problem for me, cant tether. I had an unbranded GS2 prior to this TMobile one, and tethering worked fine. I guess for now we need to root? Whats the easiest way to root the GS2? Never did it before..
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I called Tmo to bitch about the fact this phone won't allow tethering but other Tmo phones can. They offered me $10 a month credit for 2 years but at the same time renew a 2 years contract today. I budged... but I'm not going to sign up that $15 WIFI tethering feature. I switched to the $49 unlimited talk, text, data plan for 2 years.. now it comes $39.. that's good deal I think =)
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I called Tmo to bitch about the fact this phone won't allow tethering but other Tmo phones can. They offered me $10 a month credit for 2 years but at the same time renew a 2 years contract today. I budged... but I'm not going to sign up that $15 WIFI tethering feature. I switched to the $49 unlimited talk, text, data plan for 2 years.. now it comes $39.. that's good deal I think =)
You can get thet $39.95 plan without needed to call them and gripe. It's "only" 1000 minutes and is 5GB 4G Data before throttle:
Small Business Unlimited Cell Phone Plans | T-Mobile

No, you don't REALLY need to be a small business. But just tell them you are a sole proprietorship. If you go into the store they say "you must have a business" (OK prove I don't) but on the phone there is no problem other than finding a rep who can find the plan.

If you use very little TALK minutes (as I do) an even better deal is their new PREPAID no contract monthly plan. 100 minutes talk, unlimited text & data (5GB before throttle). $30/month plus there are no taxes like on regular plans plus you can buy prepaid cards at a discount so net cost is between $25-$30 month. We probably don't use 100 minutes in 4 months. http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans
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Funny how prepaid plans are looking more and more attractive.
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Funny how prepaid plans are looking more and more attractive.
Yeah, they are. I bought myself a Galaxy S 4G to test how fast T-Mobile "4G" is in my area using the Pay By Day $3 plan. If that works fine, I'm getting the new $30/month plan and will cancel the tethering plan on my AT&T iPhone.
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Those prepaid plans are very attractive... if you have your own handset, that's the way to go.
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I have a Nexus 1, and I also got the T-Mobile upsell page while in usb tethered mode on a rooted device.

They are checking for the user-agent. If I start chrome like this:


google-chrome --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2; en-us; Nexus One Build/FRF91) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1"

(That's on Ubuntu, but you can utilize a similar tactic on Windows if you are using Chrome and Firefox make user-agent switching even easier I would assume.)

No more upsell page.
Works.
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I'm on the plan of 49.99 per line and theter is include!!
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You might be able to use your phone to tethering. That doesn't mean you have the tethering plan included in your plan.
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Wait you can't even USB tether anymore? Or is it just Wi-Fi? And has anyone tested Wi-Fi after a root?
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You can't use USB tethering too. But if you are tethering to a laptop (windows or mac), you can download PDAnet free in Market that still works.
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You might be able to use your phone to tethering. That doesn't mean you have the tethering plan included in your plan.
Honestly, I don't know but it's include it in the plan.
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Does it show on your bill? Or when you login to my.tmobile.com, or using the "My Account" program in your phone, that feature is showing in your plan?
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are there any wifi-tether options? when I bought my phone I specifically asked the lady about tethering, specifically asking if I have to be forced to pay for it and she told me it should work like it did with my sensation. I'm rooted but cant find the wireless tether (for root users) app anywhere.
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It's not an app. You can go to Setttings, Wireless and Netowrk, Tethering and Portable Hotspot to turn on the feature.

All the previous tmo phone you can turn on WIFI hotspot to use it without problem. For this phone, once it is connected, both the phone and the connected device browser will be redirected to a Tmo upsell page.
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Does it show on your bill? Or when you login to my.tmobile.com, or using the "My Account" program in your phone, that feature is showing in your plan?
Yes, it shows on my T-Mobile account and it's free!!
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Need a wifi tethering option...any available? Have the OG Droid and tether with it. Upgrading to the GS2 here and def will need it. Root an option to get it?
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I am waiting for the Nov 13 WIFI calling update before I will root the phone.

Anyhow, I can still tether the phone to computer through PDAnet. Also PDAnet Tablet version for my Galaxy Tab. Both are working fine except PDANet Tablet only work for browser and browser connection only.
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Need a wifi tethering option...any available? Have the OG Droid and tether with it. Upgrading to the GS2 here and def will need it. Root an option to get it?
i'm using Barnacle Wifi Tether (needs root)
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you can if you root it.
without having to download an additional app. straight from your phone settings.
just requires a root, and freezing or deleting certain t-mobile app through titanium backup pro.
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I really hate how they started charging for tethering. It's data, who cares how it's used. Can you share wifi with the phone?
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if you phone is rooted...use a file explorer app/titanium backup to find and delete tether manager app...DONE.
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if you phone is rooted...use a file explorer app/titanium backup to find and delete tether manager app...DONE.
is it pretty easy to root the SG2?
I read on this website, that the ability to wifi tether had to do with the APN settings...
T-Mobile Support Community: Tethering and HotSpot not working

they got the wifi tethering to work with the amaze4g. One person said it worked w/o the tethering plan.
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