Good news, owners of a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone! The free 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot promo that was originally supposed to run through May 15th has been extended once again, giving owners of the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung DROID Charge, and LG Revolution unlimited 4G LTE hotspot usage all the way until July 6th. When that date rolls around, Verizon says that a software update will be issued to remove the free access. The full announcement from Big Red is as follows:
"Verizon Wireless has extended the Limited Time promotion for Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect on 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Smartphones, ThunderBolt by HTC, DROID Charge by Samsung, and Revolution by LG. The following are the Unlimited Hotspot promotion details.
Limited Time promotion available through 7/6/2011 which allows customers unlimited 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect usage until July 6, 2011 with the purchase of a ThunderBolt by HTC, a DROID Charge by Samsung, or a Revolution by LG, with a voice plan and a data package $29.99 or higher.
The $20/GB (Gigabyte) plan will not be available on 4G LTE Smartphones. On July 6, 2011 a software update will remove the Mobile Hotspot offer. A message will be sent to the end user to contact their system administrator to subscribe to Mobile Hotspot."
It's kind of surprising to see Verizon extend the free Mobile Hotspot offer once again, but hey, we're not ones to look a gift hotspot in the mouth. It's still not clear how much 4G LTE handset users can expect to pay for hotspot access once this offer ends, but with the promo wrapping up on July 6th — barring another extension, that is — we should be learning official pricing soon. Stay tuned!