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Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by FupaDroid, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. FupaDroid

    FupaDroid Newbie
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    I was browsing tmobiles plans for there top phones when I noticed that they are trying to get people to BUY wifi services at a rate of 9.99 a month... As far as i know this should not be alowed. when you use wifi through a phone it is not using any service provided by the cell phone carrier. it is internet through a third party. to me this would be like being charged by toyota to get new tires on my truck even if i go to sears. there is no way this would fly. it seems as though they are trying to take advantage of the fact that most people dont know what wifi is. i am not picking on tmobile either because i think i have heard verizon saying the same thing. unless i am missing a big piece of the picture, this would be another class action lawsuit for these cell phone companies. probably along the lines of "A service provider cannot bill a member for a service they did not provide". i mean, i can get onto any wifi hotspot with my laptop for free, why would i need to pay tmobile for it. can anyone explain this to me???


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  2. kabbie_mcfeely

    kabbie_mcfeely Android Enthusiast

    Can you give more details where you see that on the page ?

    I just looked over the page 5 times and didnt see it. Although if it is there it could be for a home WiFi set up.
  3. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    i think he is talking about tmobiles exclusive hotspots
  4. FupaDroid

    FupaDroid Newbie
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    ya it should say "hotspot" 9.99". its the only thing that is 9.99. its wierd, its seems like there updating their page because it looks different sometimes. but its definately there.

    but i dont understand how they could be providing any service. it says in the "more info" section, stay connected to places you already go like borders, starbucks, the airport, etc. these are all generic hotspots that anyone who has a wifi reciever embedded into any device could connect to. it has nothing to do with tmobiles service, they are completely uneffected by any wifi activity. am i just missing something here??
  5. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    Are you talking about the "web2go" plan? If so, that's 3G, not WiFi access. That's the price of "data" for non-branded/unlocked phones (e.g. the Milestone I'm ordering). What's weird is that the "T-Mo Hot spot" is $9.99/mo., and only gets you T-Mo WiFi, but for a penny more, you get "Hot Spot" plus "3G" with the "T-Mo Internet" plan.
  6. vikingisson

    vikingisson Android Expert

    I don't think they want to charge you for general WiFI usage. That is only for connecting to pay hotspots and then only certain hotspots on their list. This is why I rarely use pay WiFI since there are too many and I don't want contracts with them or be enticed to visit only places with the right kind. But for home, work, and places with free or known credentials you wouldn't pay no matter what you have with the provider.

    Funny though, many ISPs I've seen that have WiFI give it to you for free (with limits) if you have an active account with the landline account. So I don't see this added pay service being very useful.
  7. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    they cant charge you for general wifi service... could you imagine that.lol
  8. FupaDroid

    FupaDroid Newbie
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    no its not the web2go plan. this is a service entitled "hotspot" and its a 9.99 add on to unlimited everything with 500 minutes service. since i dont know how to save and import a print screen i will just show you how i got to the service i am talking about. its easy.

    -highlight shop tab>phones>android>
    -scroll all the way down to the behold and hit "view phone details">
    -hit the buy now button under the EVEN MORE PLUS PLAN
    -hit the 59.99 option under individual plans>

    now you should be at the "services" step and there should be an option that says "hotspot" 9.99. click on more details and it explains what it is. and what they are explaining sounds like they are charging you to use third party wifi zones. i dont get how or why they would do this at all seeing that wifi at public places has nothing to do with your cell phone service. tell me what you guys think
  9. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    those are there own wifi hotspots in different places.. airports and places they have contracts with. not everyones, just theres
  10. FupaDroid

    FupaDroid Newbie
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    but cant you connect to wifi in those places for free already? i never go to starbucks or any of those places and its been a while since i have been to the airport.
  11. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    only in certain areas in an airport can you connect for free.. i know at jfk i cant find no where to connect for free. theres either a tmobile hotspot or an att hotspot.. if your lucky you can find a bar or something that is giving it out for free
  12. FupaDroid

    FupaDroid Newbie
    Thread Starter

    hmm ok i got it. i definately wont be paying for that though. i had no idea they started popping up there own hotpots. that explains everything. thank you!!
  13. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    glad i could help......:)

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