So even be an effective tetherer you would need atleast 5-6gb of data to use. Most people are on the 1/2/4 gb plans and connecting multiple devices will burn up the space very quickly since on Verizon everything is shared data.
I thought they dropped the fee? I know on Verizon it is free iirc from a recent google search. The only thing I know about using data is AT&T no FaceTime over celluar without mobile share. I guess that is their way of trying to reduce server load. But what good is a share plan if you're single?
I remember when I had a feature phone & was on prepaid... Telecom had to make the plans weird amounts: For example, $12, $18, $6, $21 etc purely because they knew the top ups only went up in tens $10, $20, $40 etc so you'd have to buy a $20 top up for a $12 plan, buy a $40 top up for a $21 plan... And you might think that you could just use the leftover money next time, but they take away the money if you don't spend it quickly
Its price is driven by the market. They must be selling plenty or they would lower their prices. Basically they want to keep the data hogs limited speed, quantity and or cost to keep their networks working for the rest.
Get mad if you want but it is NOT going away, in fact I suspect the cost will get higher and higher!