Why Teather?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Raegor, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Raegor macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Based on the ATT prices I'm wondering why anyone would choose to teather with their iphone... Yea saving $5 but still...

    If you teather you're paying $25 + $20 for iphone data and only have 2 gig a month to share among the two devices.

    If you don't you're paying $25 iphone + $25 ipad but you have 2 gigs on each device.

    I don't know what ATT is thinking. Yea if you have other wifi devices that might be the only reason but you're still limited to 2 gig a month so thats lame.
  2. PapaSmuffs macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009

    Jailbreak and get MiWi and never look back :).
  3. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    What he said.
  4. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    If thinking iPad / iPhone would make more sense to not tether.

    $25 + $20 = 2GB


    $25 + $25 = 4GB

    No matter which way you look at it 2GB is not impressive though
  5. Screwball macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    I, for one am getting the Wifi iPad, so when 4G phones start to roll out, i'll have a superfast connection wherever i want it ;) I won't want to be stuck with 3G..sadly it's not the s@%#
  6. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    Exactly why I got the wifi version. I have debating lately on getting the evo, too bad sprints charging 30 bucks a month. Sheeesh but I know it can be rooted to tether for free.
  7. aaarrrgggh macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2007
    ...and with a 3G unit, you get that functionality at that time as well, only you can use 3G now when you need to.

    The problem with the tethering debate is that there are two common use cases that aren't easy to differentiate in plans: Opportunistic Tethering, and Contingency Tethering. Opportunistic use is continuous, with no regard for the inherent limitations of a wireless utility. It becomes a home or office internet substitute, and leads to excessive use. Contingency use is for places between home and office without WiFi, or when traveling.

    Contingency tethering should not be charged a $20 premium per month... $5 might be reasonable, but it really should be free.

    Opportunistic tethering is quite damaging to the telco if the service is considered unlimited. It is unrealistic to think that this type of use should be free, even if you are within the 2GB limit, because you will saturate your connection when you do use it.
  8. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    .....ummm. Ya :confused:
  9. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    Your argument is only valid for users who purchased the more expensive 3G version of the iPad. If you have the WiFi-only version it makes perfect sense to tether. Besides that, AT&T is claiming that something like 95% of their users consume less than 2GB per month (65% consume less than 200MB), so those users could tethering and potentially save up to $60 per year in fees to AT&T.
  10. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    That's what was missing. Since most of us are wifi iPad users, tethering makes perfect sense if you want to use it somewhere without a wifi connection.
  11. ipadfanatic macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    Hmmm, Why tether.

    My iPad Wifi + T-Mobile G1 phone + T-Mobile Unlimited data for $34.95 = better price (T-Mobile does not charge extra to tether your phone).
  12. D-Love macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Because I already have a wifi ipad and have had one before the 3G came out, thats why.
  13. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
  14. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
    Because AT&T said you can't tether your iphone to an iPad.
  15. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Terra Australis
    Tethering is not required since data is included on contract and prepaid devices anyway, plus wifi is quicker.
  16. Treebark macrumors regular


    May 24, 2010
    By superfast 4G connection I assume you mean you live in a market where Sprint has (or will be soon) rolled out their 4G network???? The iPhone "4G" isn't 4G in connection speed, but 4th generation. Even if it is 4G network, like Sprint's 4G phone, it would be ahead of the times. Most markets haven't seen a 4G network. Didn't Sprint say it will take them until 2012 to get to the top 100 markets with 4G coverage?

    OP: One reason to tether (and not go with iPad 3G service) IF tethering was ever allowed between iPhone and iPad would be if you also want to tether your iphone at times to a different device, say, a laptop.
  17. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    This. Thanks Maaz, nice to see someone's paying attention.
  18. MacModMachine macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2009
    regardless....miwi is garbage...it kills your phones battery so quick...i have tried on several phones.

    thats hardly a solution to 3g.....
  19. Screwball macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    Mate, notice the absence of "i" before phone! I never said i wanted to use iPhone for this purpose, and indeed i don't intend to! BTW I live in Europe where there are already 4G networks in testing stages, and in a few countries 4G is already available to customers! And the results are amazing..so thank you no 3G iPad for me..although i'm still going to tether from my current E series Nokia to my Wi-Fi only iPad if the ocassion calls for it! ;)
  20. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    To each their own. It does hurt battery life if you use it for prolonged periods of time but for the short bursts of time I generally need 3G on my iPad, it's a perfect solution--saves me $360/yr (at current data prices, of course ;)). And yes I'd need the larger data plan because even with periodic usage via MyWi, used about 600 MB last month.
  21. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    I enjoy those who purchased 3G iPads getting up in arms about tethering. "it runs down the battery!" Haha. Awesome.
  22. Run23 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2010
    Tethering is fantastic. Just started doing it recently, and now I'm glad I didn't get the 3G iPad and pay an extra $30 or whatever a month for iPad data.
  23. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    Again: With AT&T's $20 tethering add-on, you DO NOT get to tether your iPad. This works only with desktops/laptops. Tethering an iPad to your iPhone's cell radio connection requires the use of jailbreak utilities, such as MyWi.
  24. tttexxan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007


    ITs like a bad reapting line of code.................................Guys come on!!!

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