Rumor mill: T-Mobile to add 2 GB of data to mobile hotspot data allowances

T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) will add 2 GB of data for customers to use for tethering if they are on unlimited LTE smartphone data plans, according to a TMoNews report.

The report, citing an unnamed source, said that T-Mobile will make the changes on June 12. Customers on the unlimited LTE "Simple Choice" plans will see their tethering allowance increased by 2 GB no matter how much tethering data they have now. For example, customers on the $80 per month Simple Choice plan with 5 GB data will see their tethering and mobile hotspot allowance increased to 7 GB, and customers with larger mobile hotspot data allowances will also get an extra 2 GB.

The report added that instead of customers seeing their mobile hotspot usage capped when they hit their data limit, they will see their speed throttled to 128 Kbps for the remainder of their billing cycle, similar to T-Mobile's current practice for customers without unlimited smartphone data plans. The changes will apply to new and existing customers.

"As you know, we are always listening to customers and working to solve their pain points big and small," a T-Mobile spokesman said, without confirming the rumors. "That's true of this week and every other!"

It's unclear why T-Mobile would be making these moves now, but TMoNews framed it as a way for T-Mobile to abide by the FCC's net neutrality rules.

Meanwhile, the report added that as of today T-Mobile is expected to start inviting more customers to use its Rhapsody UnRadio service for a free 30-day trial. Once the trial ends, customers would need to pay $4 per month for the feature unless they cancel the subscription.

For more:
- see this TMoNews article

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