O2 tethering charges!!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by maverick808, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. maverick808 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
  2. Littleman macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2008
    shocking init.

    even putting me off os3 just to keep pdanet and cycorder
  3. afd macrumors 65816

    Apr 12, 2005
    Especially since you can get both mobile and home broadband for a total of less than £20 from o2
  4. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
  5. macjock macrumors regular

    May 30, 2008
    Tethering was going to be a big plus for me, but at these prices I won't be getting it :mad:

    I would use it for about 7 hours per month maximum, but it was going to be really handy for those 7 hours.

    I was at least hoping for some sort of PAYG tethering. At these prices O2 will not be getting my custom.
  6. John89 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    I dont understand why they charge extra? They have unlimited internet on the iPhone already, which can open any intertnet page a computer can.

    Absolute joke
  7. adm531 macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    ridiculous. Although at least O2 is better than At&T. No tethering or MMS until the end of the summer.
  8. Carniphage macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2006
    Sheffield, England
    O2 no you don't!

    I don't think many people will take advantage of tethering at these prices.

    For me, tethering is not something I regularly need. It might be once or twice a month for emergencies. At these prices, my infrequent usage would cost £7 per use.

    They need to rethink prices for low or infrequent users.

  9. speed12 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2008
    I think I'm with 90% of people here who are in the "occasional tethering would be really handy", but the £15 is a joke really. To their (slight) credit, it is month by month so its not "as" bad but I was really hoping for a pay-as-you-go option, something similar to the £2 a day for 500mb (or £7.50 a week for 1Gb) they offer for the 3G dongles.

    Or even just a plug it in, use tethering and charge however much per Gb which is added to your bill (just as calls over your tariff would). That would at least get some money for them and I would use it on those odd occasions when I need to send an email from my MacBook, have a browse on something bigger than an iPhone etc.

    Of course free as part of the tariff would be even better!

    Oh well....we shall see.......
  10. psollitt macrumors newbie


    Have just rung up the Trading Standards in the UK
    That O2 are advertising on one hand Unlimited data , while on the other hand trying to charge £15 per month for tethering..
    They think that with the advertising of the tethering charges that O2 are possibly committing a criminal offense ,under a potential breach under consumer protection regulation .

    we shall see what the out come is ..
  11. Mkz macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Good idea. Your points seem to have no immediate flaws. It should get somewhere..

    In the mean time I'd like to encourage people to sign this petition to show how annoyed customers are.

  12. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
  13. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The only problem I can see is that O2 have always made it very clear in their terms and conditions that tethering is not allowed, so they can legitimately charge for this as an extra service should they so wish.

    Here's the bit from their Ts and Cs
  14. Carniphage macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2006
    Sheffield, England
    It's just bad business

    I'm happy to pay O2 for occasional tethering use. Although obviously I would prefer if it were free. Just don't want to pay £14 for byte number one.

    If O2 enabled tethering for everyone, they could start charging per megabyte and make money where currently they are making none.

    Bolt-ons would be attractive for heavy users who want a lower cost per megabyte.

    O2 have effectively killed a revenue stream with this dumb pricing.

  15. speed12 macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2008
    Absolutely, I would be happy to pay for the data used per Mb as I would use it very very occasionally but would be incredibly useful. Then, as you say if it became useful more often then the bolt-on is there to allow it to be a bit cheaper (and guaranteed income for O2).

    Oh well, we can but hope!
  16. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    I will be sticking with my 3 dongle. £10 a month and it works great :)

    Before I got my iphone I was on tmobile and used to connect that to my laptop and use the internet connection that I got on my phone. There was no extra charge, just the £7.50 a month I paid to get the internet on my phone
  17. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
  18. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Works just fine :)
  19. i-John macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2008
    The Republic of Texas
    How is it a criminal offense? They say in their terms of service that tethering is not allowed. This allows them to add a tethering feature for whatever they want.

    Unlimited data and tethering are two different things.
  20. psollitt macrumors newbie


    No, it is data , pure and simple , data !! It should be up to the USER to decide how it is used, not the operator to impose draconian charges on one way of internet connection.

    The simple way for O2 to fairly do this would have been some sort of inclusive tethering charge , then a per meg charge AFTER the inclusive limit was reached.
    Then everyone would have won .. unlike the stupid narrow minded way O2 has decided to proceed with this.

    The trading standards agreed with me that it is the way the website says unlimited data on one page which is in-fact misleading when it comes to tethering.
    That is the criminal offense they appear to be breaking under consumer law.
  21. iSimx macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2007

    fantastic idea. Keep us updated!
  22. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Please people. You get FREE DATA on ALL plans, and your moaning about them charging a little extra for tethering?

    No, this is definitely not shocking.

    What other countries can say this about the iPhone? You don't realise it yet, but O2 is the single best carrier for an iPhone plan.

    Tethering is not widely used, therefore it's not a necessity, it's a luxury.
    If you want it, expect to pay through your nose for it. End of.

  23. The Duke macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    I find it outrageous that O2 want to double charge customers for the same service. iPhone customers are already paying for mobile internet access (it is not provided for free). To charge customers twice for the same service seems unfair. Especially if there are no alternative operators in the UK able to provide iPhone customers with phone and internet service. Arguably O2's behaviour is anti-competitive from an EU competition perspective.

    see, http://ec.europa.eu/competition/sectors/telecommunications/overview_en.html
    and, http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/ecomm/current/consumer_rights/index_en.htm
  24. Jowl macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2006
    This is the biggest 'Crime' of O2 i think.

    I understand that they don't want people hammering their network for 20gb plus every month. But why not a softcap of 1 or 2gb per month as part of your iPhone data plan.

    £15 is f***in stupid.

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