Originally Posted by yfan
Tell you what, I do know what you mean, and it's not a good idea. There's a reason why unlimited and unthrottled data plans usually forbid tethering in the contract. You should pay for the data you use. Data isn't free, bandwidth isn't free, and mobile bandwidth is certainly not free. If you want to tether, pay for it, and get a plan. That way, our data networks don't get congested because responsible users are essentially subsidizing irresponsible use.
Thing is modern smart-phones, like Android, iOS, WinPhone, can use as much data as a PC anyway. Streaming music, video on demand, Google Maps, Skype, IM, browsing full websites not cut-down mobile versions. You can run bittorrent on a cell-phone, talk about wireless bandwidth hogging.
To me the idea of paying extra for tethering is a relic from the dumb-phone and WAP era, when cell-phones didn't use much data at all. And IMO certain carriers keep it on as a means to gouge you and increase their profits.