If you were a prepaid customer on T-Mobile last week, the only way for you to utilize hotspot capabilities (legally) was to pay $15 a month. However, over the last few days, things have been shaken up a bit:
Starting Oct. 20, T-Mobile will give pay-in-advance customers access to domestic data roaming across the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, pay-in-advance customers that sign up for our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will also have access to 2.5GB of Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (i.e. tethering). Only T-Mobile gives pay-in-advance customers data roaming AND Smartphone Mobile Hotspot at no extra charge with their Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.
That’s right— free hotspots for prepaid customers, as well as some domestic data roaming. The moves are made as part of their re-branded “Simple Choice” prepaid plans seen in the picture above.
It’s great to see that prepaid customers are getting some of the features that those with regular and unlimited plans have been receiving in the past. It’s a big step forward for the company and carriers overall. Expect others to follow suit.