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The good news: HTC Sensation owners on T-Mobile’s network are getting a software update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich along with HTC Sense 3.6. The bad news: It will cost $14.99 monthly to keep using the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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As they say, you win some and you lose some. HTC Sensation owners on T-Mobile’s network fall squarely into that maxim now that their handsets are getting a software update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The update is scheduled to appear for download tomorrow, adding a much improved version of Google’s mobile platform and HTC Sense 3.6. Unfortunately, once updated, customers will need to pay T-Mobile $14.99 monthly to keep using the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

PC Magazine noted this change in T-Mobile’s official release notes for the upgrade and received this statement from a T-Mobile representative:

“T-Mobile began offering a Smartphone Mobile Hotspot plan in November 2010. However, due to technical limitations with software, customers were not being charged for the feature on select T-Mobile products. Customers who choose to upgrade their HTC Sensation 4G to the optional Android 4.0 (ICS) software update will be required to sign up for the $14.99 Smartphone Mobile Hotspot plan.”

I’m sure that some HTC Sensation 4G owners will cry foul over this change, even with the software improvements coming with Android 4.0. And why not, when they may have been using the service at no extra change? In fact, it makes little sense to charge for it when T-Mobile’s data plans are already throttled after a set amount. If a customer wants to use their phone as a hotspot for their allotted mobile broadband, they’re obviously willing to deal with slower speeds if they use the feature too much.

The only good thing about the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot plan — if you’re an optimist, that is – is that the $14.99 per month boosts your monthly broadband capacity at full speeds from 2 GB to 5 GB. I think I’ll stick with my Galaxy Nexus, thank you!

  1. So if I just want ICS and don’t wifi tether, will I still have to pay an extra $15 a month to get this update? That’s what their statement appears to say.

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    1. No. If you don’t tether, you simply don’t sign up for the $15 tethering service.

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  2. I have a pay as you go htc sensation…do i loss my wifi if i upgrade my phone?

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    1. No You dont loss wifi, they onlu thing it that if you want to use network sharing you would need to pay an extra $15 a month but you have pay as you go, so you have nothing to worry about, upgrade your phone, i already did, it rocks!

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  3. So if I update it I won’t have free wifi hot spot and if I dont update it i will have free wifi hotspot?soooo lameeee!!!

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  4. im using my htc sensation 4g in India with (provider is not T-mobile) and i have upgraded to ics today, whether i will loss any of the features? please help, thanks in advance

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  5. im NOT using T-mobile network in my htc sensation 4g, wheather i loss my wifi system after upgrading to ics?

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  6. I’m on a grandfathered plan that gives ne 5Gig already….so now I’ll just have to pay the extra $15…just because…lovely!

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  7. Can I upgrade and buy an app for hotspot on play?

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  8. i updated and working good.

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  9. Kenyatta Haskins Friday, May 18, 2012

    And that’s why there’s an app called FoxFi. Free tethering

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  10. i update and i lose my hotspot i cant conect my computer to my cel so it succcc i call t mobile and disconect my internet i pay 25.00 i dont have to pay it more. “DONT UPDATE SO YOU LOSE YOUR HOTSPOT”

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