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Why does tethering cost extra?

Why does tethering cost extra with a lot of networks? Why doesn't it just come out of your data allowance? Are we being scammed?

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:34

Likely as it pretty much ensures you will use a lot more data. The costing on the allowances will be based on an average usage well within the allowance and so using even close to the maximum each month is probably costing them more than they'd like.
Even unlimited on a phone you'd be unlikely to use many gb, on a computer or to a lesser degree a tablet I could get into dozens of gb easily.

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Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:34

Likely as it pretty much ensures you will use a lot more data. The costing on the allowances will be based on an average usage well within the allowance and so using even close to the maximum each month is probably costing them more than they'd like.
Even unlimited on a phone you'd be unlikely to use many gb, on a computer or to a lesser degree a tablet I could get into dozens of gb easily.

AhmadCentral  Dec. 10, 2012 at 14:21

BECAUSE MOBILE NETWORKS ARE EVIILLLLLL!

What pondlife said is exactly spot on. With tethering you are likely to use more data and hit your allowance. mobile companies would rather you not tether and use less of your allowance thus saving them money.

You can get around it by rooting your phone and using the clockwordmod tether app from Play store if you have an android phone.

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