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T-Mobile: Say Goodbye to Free Tethering After Android 4.0 ICS Update

You may want to weigh the pros and cons of updating the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich if you own the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA. A company representative recently confirmed that, after the update is applied, T-Mobile will begin charging $14.99 per month if users want to take advantage of the phone’s wireless hotspot capabilities. The representative didn’t specifically say that this would be the case with the Amaze 4G, which is also expected to get the update, because T-Mobile has oddly offered the feature for free on several devices while charging for the service on others.

“T-Mobile began offering a Smartphone Mobile Hotspot plan in November 2010,” the T-Mobile representative explained to PCMag. “However, due to technical limitations with software, customers were not being charged for the feature on select T-Mobile products. Customers who choose to upgrade their HTC Sensation 4G to the optional Android 4.0 (ICS) software update will be required to sign up for the $14.99 Smartphone Mobile Hotspot plan.”

Android 4.0 ICS is a free update that will offer several enhancements, but you may want to rethink applying the update if you’re currently using the Wi-Fi Hotspot or tethering feature on your HTC Sensation 4G for free.

[via PCMag]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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