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Verizon: iPhone Personal Hotspot to run $20 monthly

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Verizon has revealed that iPhone owners will need to pay an extra fee in order to use the Personal Sharing feature of their handsets. Speaking with Macworld, Brenda Raney, Verizon Wireless’s Executive Director of Corporate Communications, said the feature will cost users an extra $20 per month on top of required voice and data plans, the same cost that applies to current Verizon smartphone owners. Notably, the feature comes with its own 2GB monthly data pool with overages charged at $20/1GB, unlike AT&T’s $20 tethering charge, which uses the data customers have already paid for. Announced at the Verizon iPhone event earlier this month, the Personal Hotspot feature will allow iPhone users to share their 3G connections over Wi-Fi with up to five devices; Verizon Wireless will launch the iPhone 4 on February 10.

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1

Verizon is giving one of my cow orkers tether for nothing on his Pre for free. WTF?

Posted by xf on January 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

2

Like others I think data should be treated as data.  If I’ve got an unlimited plan why do I need to pay an extra $20 for 2GB of tethering data?

That said, this is better than what AT&T offers.  With AT&T you have to give up your unlimited plan if you want tethering, and you only get 2GB shared between your tethering and iPhone use, all for $45.  And of course they don’t offer the wifi hotspot capability at all, requiring you to tether via cable or bluetooth, though its POSSIBLE this will be changed once iOS 2.3 rolls out to other carriers (but based on how long AT&T took to offer MMS or tethering compared to other carriers around the world, I wouldn’t bet on it).

Posted by Fanfoot on January 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM (PDT)

3

To be fair, the fact that they’re charging extra for tethering on an unlimited data plan makes sense.  The carrier is only giving you unlimited data on the assumption that you’ll be using it on a single device.  Since you could potentially use six times more data with the Personal Hotspot feature, an extra charge is reasonable.

What’s ridiculous is when carriers provide a limited data plan and then still charge extra for tethering.  In this case, the carrier is giving you a block of data and shouldn’t care how you use it as long as you don’t go over whatever the limit is. Charging extra in this case is not reasonable since the carrier gave you a finite bucket of data and it therefore shouldn’t matter how, when or where you use it.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on January 27, 2011 at 7:32 AM (PDT)

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