Its the last thing I ever though of but it turns out tethering can physically harm your iphone. I left my phone tethered to my macbook pro last night and after about 2 hours I realized it was really hot. I went to shut it down for an hour to let it cool and noticed that the phones screen was very dark in spots which is because of the heat in the iPhone (I have seen similar things happen to a clock I had when I left a lamp pointed at it for an hour). The screen did go back to normal but this really can't be that good for the phone. This doesn't happen to computers because the screen is not an area that gets hot but the iphone has its screen in the area that gets hot and therefor the screen can get hot and damage the screen.