A few years ago Google added the ability to use Android phones as mobile hotspots — and wireless carriers pretty quickly started charging customers extra to use that feature. The move seemed a bit odd to some, since carriers weren’t giving users any more data to use during a given month, they were just charging for the ability to use your phone’s data plan to go online with a laptop or tablet.
Now T-Mobile is bucking the trend. Some of the network’s customers started noticing this week that they can tether their phones to other devices without paying an extra fee — and now T-Mobile has confirmed that even pre-paid customers will be able to use up to 2.5GB of mobile hotspot data (that’s most you’ll get though, even if you pay for unlimited service).
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- T-Mobile now offers free mobile hotspot for smartphone plans
T-Mobile’s been repositioning itself lately as an “uncarrier,” and there’s nothing that makes the company less like other carriers than choosing not to charge customers more money to use their data the way they choose. [Android Central]
- Motorola Moto X smartphone price drops to $100 on-contract from AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular
When the Moto X first launched, some folks thought the asking price was a bit higher considering the phone’s specs. Now it’s cheaper… if you buy it on-contract. [Android Police]
- Feedly is offering lifetime subscriptions to Feedly Pro again… for $299
The good news is that if you didn’t get a lifetime Feedly Pro account back when the company was offering them for $99, there’s an option to pay for a liftime subscription again. The bad news is the price has gone up to $299. A monthly plan probably makes more sense for most folks — unless you really expect to still be using Feedly in a decade, or really want to support the company.
- The folks at @ifixit tear down the new MacBook Pro 13″ Retina laptop
Apple’s latest Macbook is just about as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside. Unfortunately once you rip it apart, putting it back together again can be tricky. [ifixit]
- HP Chromebook 11, Chromebook 14 compared
One has a bigger display and faster processor, the other is more portable and has a better looking screen. [OMG Chrome]