I am on the Oneplus international plan, unlimited talk+text+data $75 a month, and $25 a month more for unlimited 4g lte hotspot grand total of $100 a month.
So since I have unlimited 4g lte or at least I'm paying for it, I should get it, but my speeds show differently.
Phones I have are a Oneplus 3, and a Lg Necus 5x.
I have had the Nexus 5x on tmobile before with the exact same plan I have before, and had no issues about 6 months to 8 months ago.
I switched to metro PCS for approximately 6 months, then came back to tmobile again on the current plan I had before.
So everything works on the cell side IE: lte/4g side, not hotspot. I get from 25Mbps to 50Mbps in speeds and that's good. When it comes to Hotspot though, my speeds drop drastically, 1Mbps to 3Mbps. That's a drastic difference, especially when you download any files, as they take 7 hours to 2 days to finish, as compared to 15 mins to 30 mins on my cell side/phones side.
I did some research and found what seems to me that Tmobile seems to be limiting hotspot for non--branded (phones bought directly from tmobile or in store) unlocked cell phones. Both my Oneplus 3 and Nexus 5 are unlocked phones, and both suffer from the same issue. I swap out the sim card to each phone, turn on hotspot, and my laptop speeds are the 1-3Mbps speeds. That is horrible speeds.
I headed to a tmobile store on my way home and had the tech in that store try a tmobile branded phone, which was his, since the dummy phones didn't have or use sim cards in them they are just for sample purposes. Once he inserted "my" sim into his tmobile branded phone, I connected to his phones hotspot, and bingo! it worked like a charm, on both my nexus 5x and my oneplus 3. This was my sim so it was my account and service in phone. I got good speeds. So I put the sim card back in my phone oneplus 3, and tested hotspot again with my nexus 5, and speeds dropped again to crappy speeds.
The tech told me another person had brought in a phone that was having the exact same issue, and it was not a tmobile branded phone as well.
So I'm not sure what to think, is this still a hardware issue? It seems my account isn't blocked or hindered in any ways, as I was getting good speeds when the sim was in his phone.
So I am completely confused now.
-Oneplus 3 phone cell works and gets good speeds
-Oneplus 3 hotspot gets 1-3Mbps speeds, crap speeds
-Sim inserted into the 5x phone, hotspot gets 1-3Mbps speeds, crap speeds
-Sim inserted into a branded tmobile phone, hotspot gets good speeds.
Only difference is the 5x and 1+3 are both non-branded phone.
Could it be tmobile is killing non-branded tmobile phones hotspot speeds?
I can't see this as a hardware issue with the phones, because I get the same thing in both my 5x and oneplus 3 phones. It seems something has changed on the tmobile side, because while cell gets good speeds, hotspot does not.