T-Mobile will reportedly begin rolling out an over-the-air update to HTC G2 owners today that will enable both WiFi calling and tethering, according to a screenshot published by TmoNews. Allegedly captured from an internal system — which hasn’t been updated to reflect the new WiFi tethering plan, apparently — the image points to a rollout occurring between today and Monday the eighth. T-Mobile added the tethering feature along with what may be the country’s cheapest data plan earlier this week, at $10 for 200MB per month. WiFi tethering allows a handset to broadcast its 3G (or in the case of T-Mobile, “4G“) signal to several other devices at once, effectively making it a mobile router / hotspot.
Unlike Magenta’s other implementation of smartphone VoiP, known as UMA, WiFi calling restricts the call to a WiFi network; with UMA, users can seamlessly transfer calls between a home base station and a cellphone tower, or vice versa. While this feature will work without additional fees, tethering costs $15/month on top of a $30/month unlimited data plan.
Make sure to let us know in the comments if the update has been pushed to your phone already, and what your experiences are with the new features.