T-Mobile customers on the Full Monty tariff will no longer be able to use their phone as a de facto mobile broadband dongle, it has been announced.
Tethering a phone to a Wi-Fi-enabled device and using the phone’s 3G connection and data allowance is now not an option on the carrier’s all-you-can-eat-data plan for new T-Mobile customers.
However, those who signed up with T-Mobile before August 8th will still be able to tether their handset. At least they will presumably until their existing contract runs out.
T-Mobile states: “From 8th August, tethering is not permitted for new customers under the terms and conditions of the Full Monty.
"We have a range of smartphone and mobile broadband plans that include tethering for customers who want to stay connected on other devices."
The network’s move to bar tethering on a plan it touts as offering unlimited data naturally makes it seem a lot less ‘unlimited’. But it’s perhaps not altogether surprising given UK networks’ long-term prevarication over whether to allow tethering.
In the meantime, if you’re in the market for an unlimited option that does allow you to tether your phone, you might want to try out Three’s One Plan.