Originally Posted by yfan
Great, then why do you need to tether at all when everything you need to do can be done on your phone? Seems to me that you are making the case that tethering is antiquated, not that it shouldn't be paid for.
Unless that really isn't the case. Unless, as I suspect, you would much prefer to consume data on your laptop, desktop or tablet rather than on your phone. Unless there are some factors that just limit your usage on the phone... after all, when you are on a phone call, it's much easier to surf the web on your laptop than your phone. You may also prefer seeing full size web pages on your laptop or desktop or even a tablet. You may prefer to view Netflix on a larger screen than a phone. That you *can* use as much data on a phone as on a computer doesn't mean that you *do.* If you did, you would have no need for tethering, and thus this would be a moot question.
That's your opinion, and it's a fine one. You do, however, sign a contract. If you don't like the terms of it, find a different service. I hope THAT isn't a relic from some bygone era - the concept of having to abide by, or change, contracts we willingly sign.
OK video streaming would consume more bandwidth on a PC because of higher resolutions. But that's about the only thing, isn't it?
I'm going to be consuming data either on my smart-phone or my PC. The modern smart phone is a computer. For my uses, I don't think I'm going to be using any more on either. So why should I have to pay extra for the data coming from my laptop, over what's coming from my smart-phone?
TBH I've never had to pay extra for tethering, not in the UK or China. Is it mainly a US carrier thing, because they can get away with it? I know 3 in the UK charges extra for tethering, but then that's not a particularly good carrier, and will gouge for everything, not just tethering.
BTW I've just pre-paid for another month, the China Mobile doesn't care what I do with the SIM or what I use it for, I can use it in my phone, tether it, or I can even put it in a 3G modem and use it purely for data. On my particular plan the internet is metered by the number of hours I use, and not the amount of data.