I wouldn't call it a scam. The contract requirement is not ideal, but at least customers aren't forced to pay for a subsidy that they don't want or need.
Originally Posted by terryjohnson16
Before anyone brings up Straight Talk unlimited, check the forums and see what they do to people who try to actually use their plan. Their TOS even prohibits streaming audio (and basically everything other than email or occasional web browsing).
At least T-Mobile's value plan lets you buy a data package you can tether with and save some money vs. AT&T, Verizon, or even Sprint. I'm not aware of any MVNO that allows tethering, even for an extra fee (if someone knows of one, please correct me).
Bars are not a true indication of signal strength or quality.