Do You Try To Avoid Additional Tethering Fees? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you whether you had an always-on internet connection, because we wanted to know how many of you could still play games that require an always-on connection. It seems that most of you do have an always-on connection, but some of you who commented are upset that games require such things all the same.

We collected a total of 505 votes, divided like this: 87% voters have a reliable always-on internet connection; 7% voters have an always-on connection which is not reliable; 5% voters only connect to the internet when required; and 1% voters have no internet connection of their own.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Although many users have reliable internet connections, there are still 13% of voters who would be unable to play games which required an always-on internet connection.

This week’s poll question is: Do You Try To Avoid Additional Tethering Fees?

Many smartphone providers have recently taken steps to make users pay more for basic services. Tethering laptops and other devices to a smartphone used to be an included service on most phone plans (not all), since the process of tethering was available with the phone and both parties considered tethering data costs as included in the phone’s data plan.

Now things have changed and many providers have begun to charge additional fees for use of a tethering service. Some have even gone a step further and have begun to block applications which attempt to get around tethering costs. The tethering fees range from modest monthly fees to outrageous daily fees, but the issue at hand is whether you agree with them in the first place.

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Consider this: If your phone OS has tethering as a standard feature (like Android) and you’ve already got a plan for your data, are you going to try to avoid being charged extra to tether your laptop? What do you think is fair?

What fees does your provider charge for tethering? Do you think it’s fair for these fees to be charged? Was tethering mentioned in your contract? What do you use to get around tethering fees? Let us know in the comments!

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Jerry Ireland

I am a verizon customer.I was told that my tethering fee would be an additional $29.00 a month..Well after I Rooted my droid using SUPERONECLICK I downloaded Wireless tether off the internet since Verizon has blocked then from the App Market,And started using it.Well it has been 4 months and I still have not had any additional charges on my account so it must be working..Oh and I still have the Unlimited Data plan still so just be careful


Eric Darchis

I find it utterly stupid that Apple is limiting tethering to iPhone. IPad has much more battery power and is be essence connected to a data 3G network.
I already tried MyWi with the jailbreak until I switched to a data-friendly plan on my Android phone.


Jack Cola

Where’s the option for “My phone provider doesn’t charge tethering fees”

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