I'm on a pre-pay plan at $70.00 a month unlimited data/voice/text, and been a customer of t-mobile for over 2.5 years with this "unlimited plan". I've always used my phone integral hotspot for data access for a year or so. Approx 6 months ago, I switched to a pre-paid plan where your taxes+fees are cheaper. ( It saved me approx $25.00 per month btw )
It has disadvantages tho;
- no billing or receipt available or details to your plan usage
- t-mobile stores and outlet seems to be clueless on the plan details from what I can tell
- t-mobile own website has not information post on the plan for the general public to review before acquiring that plan
- they enable some child protection block that I had to call and disable
- the billing alerts; just plain-ass sucks. As they keep sending me alert telling me my account will expire, but I have way over $120.00 on the account
Now all of suddenly, T-mobile starts issuing the following page re-direction when tethering thru my Nexus google phone
So what they are doing exactly ? They are inspecting the user-agent within the http browser request.
If the user-agent is NOT of some type of mobile phone device, they redirect you to this page to make your life miserable and to milk you for a plan upgrade or in my case I went to a downgraded plan from 70usd a month to 60usd a month & with no unlimited data but now with hotspot capability :(
Here's how you can bypass TMobile stupid little tricks & games. ( The same works on ATT btw )
Install a User-Agent switcher and switch your browser agent to let's say; a iphone, samsung or nexus phone.
I used this trick in firefox & just to navigate any web firewalls.
In the above add-on tools, I have iPhone3.0 selected for my User-Agent. Keep in mind the user-agent type & some types of websites, will reformat the display page for the mobile-device. So your google mail display would be slightly different than let's say a straight firefox or IE user.
It's silly that the phone companies have to resort to a" nickel and dime" you for everything and in this case the they are NOT providing the wifi-hotspot, but your phone and it's native capability are.
So instead of using let's say a T-Mobile usb jetpack stick & purchasing yet another device, plan and contract, T-mobile identifies us. They really want you to buy more devices such as ;
Why would they even care if the data is originating from a phone, or a device tether thru the phone? Vrs another stand-alone hotspot device? I'll answer that; " they are greedy "
I hope this trick comes in handy, and if you refuse to be steered by the cell/telco phone companies.
So stick it to em ! :)
Freelance Network/Security Engineer
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