Although there were reports scattering across the blogsphere today, and yesterday about a G2 OTA Update that would enable both wifi calling and Wifi-Tethering (Hotspot) T-Mobile denies that this OTA update exists. In response to The Phone Doctor, Eric Zeman at Phonescoop.com, T-Mobile said
“Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we’re working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time.”
Reports of this OTA update came as a surprise to thedroidguy.com, during a recent event at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2010, a T-Mobile spokesperson said that they know “hot spot” is a very important feature of Android 2.2 and T-Mobile was working on plans to allow that feature. When we asked for clarification on “plans” it was gathered that they are looking on what to “charge” for this service.
T-Mobile currently offers an unlimited data plan. In markets that have T-Mobile’s growing HSPA+ Network users see speeds faster than other variants of “4G” including Sprint’s “Wimax”. To some, the HSPA+ network, coupled with unlimited data may be just the thing to attract new customers, however if T-Mobile is considering charging for hotspot we can’t help but speculate that there maybe some shift in T-Mobile’s data pricing.
If T-Mobile keeps it’s pricing the way that it is, with affordable unlimited data, it would make the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Tab the most attractive to those in HSPA+ coverage.