Be careful what you wish for. Those aching for an official Android 4.0 ICS update for their HTC Sensation are in for a bit of bad news. T-Mobile has apparently found a way to more accurately and carefully monitor tethering on mobile devices.
In an updates support document, PCMag stumbled onto new verbiage that states:
“HTC Sensation 4G will be required to add Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot feature
in order to use the service after completing this update.”
The cost of the official tethering package is $14.99/month.
Thus far, tethering has technically required a tethering package but T-Mobile hasn’t been nearly as proactive in hunting down rampant, “illicit” tethering like competitor AT&T has. T-Mobile has maintained that doing so on pre-ICS builds of Android, monitoring and enforcing tethering plans was not possible due to “technical limitations”.
It’s worth noting that T-Mobile is the last major carrier to come down on tethering without paying for it. That said, T-Mobile still appears to be a tad more restrained on their crackdown. Customers who fire up a WiFi hotspot for a few minutes here and there will probably steer clear of T-Mobile’s radar. Those using it for heavier data sessions, such as downloading the new CS6 from Adobe, might find T-Mobile’s
response a bit more heavy handed, though.
The move is (sadly) expected. T-Mobile users, what do you think about the change?