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    Tmobile $30 unlimited data as a hotspot?

    I recently switched to Straight Talk unlimited (need more minutes than Tmobile offers in it's $30 plan), I have a Tmobile phone (G2X).
    Straight Talk "unlimited" supposedly gets upset if you actually use too much of the unlimited data. I normally don't use much data, so it's normally not a problem.
    My phone can work as a hotspot, which is also disallowed by Straight talk. I work from my computer and need to work from a NONpublic location. My daughter needs to be in the hospital next week, I need to work (had to take two weeks off work last time she was in the hospital, last month). I was wondering if I used a Tmobile Sim card (bought 2 before I decided on Straight Talk), activated it before the hospital stay, popped it in my phone and used my phone as a hotspot for the hospital stay, then just let it run out--I likely would't use more than a GB a day, likely less, but I've never kept track of what I use data-wise, so not really sure. Is that even allowed on Tmobile "unlimited"? I know they throttle after 5 gb, but we'll likely only be in for 4-5 days, so I shouldn't reach that. I usually only work a few hours each day, but can usually only get work on weekdays.
    If this works then I could use it, (with a new sim card each time, right?) again next time she's in, and after that....it's not infreuent!
    Thanks for any help you can give me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momto2girls View Post
    I was wondering if I used a Tmobile Sim card (bought 2 before I decided on Straight Talk), activated it before the hospital stay, popped it in my phone and used my phone as a hotspot for the hospital stay, then just let it run out
    Yes, that should be fine. Even if you let it run out, you could probably re-up the same SIM card with $30 if it's still within the 90 days or so before T-Mobile deactivates the SIM permanently. But if the account is completely closed, you would have to activate the $30 plan on a new SIM.

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    Thanks!! I thought it should work. At least if I can work while there the time will go by a bit quicker.

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    The $30 100 minute plan does not allow tethering without an additional charge, they can detect it and will send you to an upsell page. The only way I found to use this plan is to buy an unlocked aircard that isn't on their ban list, like the Zoom USB modem.
    How many people own a working bag phone AND a Telular box?

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    I used that plan with the hotspot by adding a new apn with epc.tmobile.com or internet2.voicestream.com. Then it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunterm View Post
    The $30 100 minute plan does not allow tethering without an additional charge, they can detect it and will send you to an upsell page.
    I think it depends on the device whether they block tethering or not. The person who posed the question uses a G2X and I can't remember if T-Mobile will detect and send one to an upsell page on the tethering or not.

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    It depends on the browser user agent string. I think the tethering plan is like $10? It's worth it IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danska View Post
    I used that plan with the hotspot by adding a new apn with epc.tmobile.com or internet2.voicestream.com. Then it works great.
    which field would those values be in? I actually deleted my original Tmobile APN so will have to recreate it anyhow. THANKS! I am hoping to try out activating the tmobile plan and using the phone as a hot spot this weekend.

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    The tethering plan is $15, but even $45 is a great deal for 5 gigs of data "unlimited" but really slow after the 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHCharmedOne View Post
    The tethering plan is $15, but even $45 is a great deal for 5 gigs of data "unlimited" but really slow after the 5.
    The question is:
    Can you add the sharing through my t-mobile?
    BTW, I will get this prepaid plan once I got S2 and I will tell.



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    Yeah you can do it once you get your plan no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrObvious
    Yeah you can do it once you get your plan no problem.
    It may be OK for backup internet sharing when need.

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