Tethering on AT&T to cost additional $55 per month?

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Tethering on AT&T to cost additional $55 per month?
So this rumor might come as a shocker and customers may throw fits if it points true. CrunchGear  received some information about the cost for tethering on the iPhone. No, it's not like some small add-on fee for $9.99, but it may come out to somewhere around an additional $55 per month on top of an existing data plan. So in reality, you'd be dishing out $85 over your voice plan just to have the capability. That figure may sound a bit too astronomical in size and may turn some people off from getting it. Sure all that money will probably go to a good cause like network upgrades to increase service around the country. But it's still a big price to pay – it's almost just as much as paying for three data plans. Let's hope that AT&T comes to a happy medium to satisfy everyone.

via CrunchGear

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19 Comments

1. ding2134

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 30, 2008

............... I do believe this constitutes an O-M-G...............

2. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Tethering has been 60 bucks no what what phone you got, why should it change for iphone owners?

12. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

if they have a data plan it should just be 60-iphone data = less of a number.

3. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

Hahahahahahahahah!!!! Sooooooooo good! I can't believe the audacity of at&t! Rogers and fido up north, No additional fee.. But since at&t is the piece of SH#T company it will just data rape all of you apple zombies! Goodness where does it end. Come back to VZW apple zombies when LTE hits and hopefully VZW gets the first 4G iPhone. (tethering is always just 30 more)

4. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

And when is this suppose to happen???

5. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

depending on your data plan... if your on the 44.99 data it would be 15 and if your on the 29.99 it would be 30.....to tether with a device on verizon your data plan must equal 59.99 (the price of bba)

6. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

I mean when is Verizon getting the LTE network up and running?

7. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

two markets this year (testing) I beleive Seattle and DC, then a full launch by mid to end 2010. Verizon has the 700mhz spectrum.. VZW will reign! Nokia signed a deal to finally kill it for VZW, on 4g that is!

8. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Good news

13. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

Verizon Wireless will not have full LTE coverage for awhile. VzW internally expects to be using LTE and Evdo well into 2014. The other point is VzW will not be upgrading their 3G at all. So not to burst your bubble but most users will not be using LTE until maybe 2014 and that is being completely generous. The major issue is this an LTE/GSM device will be worthless on the VzW network due to most people will be in 3G areas. The question is does Apple want to make an LTE/CDMA phone for VzW who is the only CDMA carrier going that route. Or will they opt for just LTE/GSM? AT&T's route is technically smarter due to those not in LTE areas will be in HSPA+ areas. For VzW customers going from a 4g area to a 3g area will be a huge step down, while going from 4g to 3.5g (HSPA+) will not....

14. FreeZW

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

2014??? Did you come up with this in your sleep? Try next year. It's already in testing. Other CDMA carriers that will use LTE are Bell, Telus, and Metro PCS. As for your 3.5g hspa+...typical speeds are between 800Kbps and 1.7Mbps. And that's if you even get a signal. EVDO rev A is from 600kbps to 1.4 Mbps but that's in about 85% of the United States. Do the math Junior.

15. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

Actually you are wrong. VzW LTE Overview (any VzW employee knows exactly what i referenced) VzW does not expect to have full LTE coverage by 2014. They are rolling out LTE in 2010 which does not mean they will have full nationwide coverage. Its like the Wimax debacle of Sprint a few markets will have it but for 90% of the customer base they will be using 3g. HSPA+ typical speed is much higher the 800kbps and 1.7mbs... you just referenced the typical speed of HSPA.. know what you are talking about. AT&T has started the upgrade from HSPA to HSPA+ which is capable of 20mbs and 14mbs. HSPA+ or what is refered to as 3.5g is capable of 42mb to 20mbs. Currently AT&T is HSPA 7.2mb which has the typical speed you refrenced. You need to learn about what you are talking about before you tell someone they are wrong.

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That's exactly what I was thinking. It said that Verizon will start rolling out 4G at the end of 2010 and not 2009 right? And even when they do start building all the towers that doesn't mean that they'll have the whole U.S. covered in a matter of months. This doesn't sound like a short process. And isn't T-mobile still putting up 3G towers? If it was that easy they would have been done months ago.

9. bigdog805

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

At&t and Apple will continue to charge whatever they want because they have iPhone Huggers so cracked out they will continue to come back for more regardless of the price. I'm convinced Apple sprinkles crack on their products so you become soo addicted to it you cant see anything else around you clear. Iphone huggers are similar to the cracked out homeless guy in Menace to Society who will do anything for it including giving you a bj

10. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Haha "data rape the Apple zombies". Can you bame them though? If HALF the people who have iPhones tether at the same time, the whole network would ereperably crash lol

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

A lot of people have iPhones though.

11. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

just today i saw that AT&T had denied these rumors... and btw, the fucking 3G S just came out. calm down with your 4G. Honestly, if you don't like where the iPhone is now, on AT&T, it isn't going to be on Verizon any time soon.. the earliest it would be is next year. It actually irritates me when people do this. The iPhone is released the way it is. If you want, it's available. If you are on Verizon, then you must simply choose whether you want the network that you consider superior, or the phone that you want. It's that simple, it's not a matter of whining bout how you can't get the iPhone on verizon yet. And if there is a 4G iPhone that's on big red, great. I don't care, I'm sticking with AT&T and my iPhone 3G S. Oh and the other thing, it's ok not to like the iPhone. It's a matter of taste. Just cuz I do doesn't mean everyone else is going to. But don't disparage users and/or supporters of the iPhone for that. Because it only degrades your own image, and never is anyone going to force you to get a phone that you don't want. So just chill, it's ok. You can keep your phone, and imma keep my iPhone. However, I do agree that if all of us tethered our phones at the same time, the AT&T would not only crash, it would die. lolz

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I feel the exact same way. My 3G is the best phone that I've ever had. I use to always switch cellphones before having it for a year. I had my last phone for less than 7 months. I bought the phone when it released last year on July 11th and I think I might even go the full 2 years with it. If you love your phone great. It really annoys me with all this iPhone haterism. Everyone is criticizing and complaining but honestly I don't see what more they can put on the freaking device. iPhone finally got copy/paste and MMS. But people are still complaining that it took so long (since it was announced in march). We already know, it took forever. Now move on. The only thing I can think of that can be added to the iPhone is full multitasking like the pre and windows mobile. But they already made it clear that they don't plan on doing that anytime soon because they think it kills the battery life. But hey, I'm okay with that. It doesn't really need it anyway. But if you still have problems with the phone, .... Just don't buy it. :) Its that easy.

19. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

the things people do to get a stupid iphone.............wow yeah uh that would be at least like $1200 a year for ONE PHONE? my family spends that much for 4 PHONES

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