You know what's ridiculous about mobile hotspot plans? In many instances, you have to bundle those into your main package, which means you're stuck paying for it throughout the duration of your agreement regardless of whether you use it or not. T-Mobile doesn't think that's fair, so today it has announced four new levels of no contract mobile broadband plans for tablets, hotspots, and laptop dongles, starting with a 300MB 1-week pass for $15 and going up from there.
If you're looking to pick up a new phone from Amazon Wireless, an interesting deal just popped up: activate mobile hotspot during your purchase, get a $100 Amazon Gift card. Doesn't matter if you're a new customer or you've been with your carrier for 10 years and are getting an upgrade -- this deal applies to everyone; any hotspot-ready phone, any carrier.
Alternatively, If you're not eligible for upgrade or don't want to get a new phone just yet, you can get a similar deal on standalone hotspots.
The carriers continue screwing us in lockstep. Sprint is once again making its service less appealing (and more in line with the rest of the quadopoly) by putting a 5GB cap on its Mobile Hotspot plans. As always with capped data, overage fees are now here to keep you up at night. Going over the 5GB cap will tack 5¢ per MB onto your bill, which means the homepage of AP is going to cost you around $0.30.
While Froyo (Android 2.2) will indeed include a similar mobile hotspot capability baked right into the OS, it is unknown at this point whether Sprint will rip it out before shipping to the EVO 4G customers or not.
Regardless of what will happen in the future, we are here now, and Sprint included a mobile hotspot app with the EVO that is in dire need of reviewing.
Yesterday we brought you exclusive benchmarks showing the amazing speedups achieved by the Android team in Froyo 2.2, and today we're back with some more juicy info.
Today, TechCrunch finally broke the news of the USB Tether and WiFi Access point/mobile hotspot capabilities, built right into the core of Android 2.2 Froyo.
TechCrunch posted 2 pictures, which some claimed could be fake, and provided no further information.
I am here to tell you they are not fake, and to provide more exclusive pictures obtained by AndroidPolice.com.