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Macworld received official word from Verizon about the pricing of the new wireless hotspot feature announced earlier this month.
Raney said that Verizon iPhone owners will be able to take advantage of the 3G wireless hotspot feature for an extra $20 per month on top of the iPhone’s required voice and data plans--that’s the same price that applies to current Verizon smartphone owners.
The wireless hotspot feature allows Verizon iPhone users to share their 3G internet connection over Wi-fi to up to 5 other devices, such as your laptop or iPad. This $20/month fee would be on top of the existing voice and data plans and is said to include 2GB of additional data.

AT&T presently offers single device tethering for the same cost ($20/mo extra) and is said to be exploring offering the same wireless hotspot tethering. This feature will be included in iOS 4.3, but will be dependent on carriers to provide support for it.

Article Link: Verizon iPhone Wireless Hotspot to Cost an Additional $20/Month
 
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Celtic-moniker

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Meh... Business is Business.

Here in Australia, the networks allowed tethering at no extra cost. I reckon they'll do the same with version 4.3 of iOS as well.

One of the few occasions where it is cheaper to be in Australia than the USA.

Tough break guys. But feel free to petition your phone company. Realistically, having the company charge $20 extra for something that they themselves aren't actually providing does seem rather steep.
 

bushido

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this is so stupid, its the same data ...

gotta love my german plan that doesnt charge me extra for tethering either <3
 

mdriftmeyer

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Most of the folks here and elsewhere fantasized that AT&T is the evil money grubber. Welcome to reality. Having been with Verizon I'll be glad to move to AT&T in June.
 

jclardy

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Well, there goes my hopes of free tethering.

I should have figured, it is Verizon we are talking about here.

Now I am just hoping enough iPhone users jump ship from AT&T that they will reduce their tethering charges.
 

chris975d

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The fact that the article also says that the $20 Hot Spot option "also adds an additional 2Gb of data" tells me that Verizon's iPhone data plan isn't going to be unlimited. If it was unlimited, why would you need "additional data" allowances?
 

paradox00

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With an unlimited plan it is somewhat justifiable, but at the end of the day you're still paying the carrier for a service your phone, not the carrier, provides. I don't know how they get away with this.
 

GFLPraxis

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Macworld received official word from Verizon about the pricing of the new wireless hotspot feature announced earlier this month. The wireless hotspot feature allows Verizon iPhone users to share their 3G internet connection over Wi-fi to up to 5 other devices, such as your laptop or iPad. This $20/month fee would be on top of the existing voice and data plans and is said to include 2GB of additional data.

Wait, what?

Isn't Verizon's plan unlimited?

Unlimited plan but 2 GB cap on tethered data?

I was about to say that Verizon charging to tether made sense since they are providing unlimited data, but...if they're capping it...
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Honestly, what does Verizon hope to do by keeping all of the pricing veiled?

People are still going to realize "Holy crap, retreat back to AT&T" because they will eventually find out (and likely before they abandon AT&T and buy a Verizon iPhone.)

Unless... maybe Verizon is going to have some kind of amazing prices they'll reveal next week just before they start accepting orders?

Not likely, but I'd start considering getting an iPhone 5 on Verizon rather than AT&T.
 

Scott90

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So I guess that means the "unlimited" plan that was announced earlier is only unlimited for that phone, and if there are actually people out there that would purchase this option, they can have 5 devices that can tether for a total of 2GB...?
 

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Tough break guys. But feel free to petition your phone company. Realistically, having the company charge $20 extra for something that they themselves aren't actually providing does seem rather steep.

How are they not providing anything? It includes an extra 2GB of data allowance doesn't it?
 

Celtic-moniker

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..... I might just add, that although it's the 'official word', this news is still coming third hand. It oddly conflicts with the 'Unlimited' access news that was also 'The official word'. Don't believe it till it's in black ink on white paper.
 
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