updated 03:30 pm EST, Tue December 22, 2009
Rogers, Fido users get tethering reprieve
Rogers sent word this afternoon that it would extend a promo offering free tethering on its data plans. Previously set to expire at the end of the year, the deal will now last through at least May 3rd of next year. The offer continues to apply to any Rogers or Fido smartphone data plan with at least 1GB of bandwidth, including the iPhone, Android devices and any other phone that allows sharing its 3G connection with a computer.
A representative didn't provide an official explanation for the gesture.
It's believed that the last-minute extension is a response to Bell and Telus, both of whom began offering the iPhone and many of their HSPA-capable smartphones with tethering already factored into the plan. It may also serve as a means of heading off early adopters of WIND Mobile, which promises unlimited data in its 3G coverage areas but hasn't said whether this includes tethering.