updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue March 29, 2011
O2 UK drops tethering fees
O2 UK took a cue from Canadian carriers on Tuesday and dropped the premium tethering fee on its monthly plans. Any of its regular Bolt On plans, including the basic £3 ($4.80) 100MB plan, offer tethering for free. It had previously asked for £7.65 ($12.23) regardless of the tier and often more than doubled the price of data.
The strategy is similar to some European carriers and virtually all major Canadian networks, where data isn't given special treatment based on which device is using it. US carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have often demanded a separate fee for tethering and have in recent years imposed a separate limit. AT&T's more recent DataPro tethering plan is a slight change as it increases the data cap but is still required to do anything while the phone is attached to a computer.