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Droid tethering likely to cost less than iPhone's

updated 06:05 pm EST, Tue November 3, 2009

Verizon promises cheap Droid tethering

Verizon today noted that it plans to add a data tethering option for the Motorola Droid. A representative tells Gearlog that, regardless of the open nature of Android, the new smartphone will eventually support the same $15 Broadband Connect add-on plan as other devices and can share its 3G connection with others. The support should go live in early 2010 and will carry the same 5GB transfer cap as Verizon's regular tethering and 3G modem plans.

Adding tethering to the Droid is a symbolic but additional blow to AT&T. It alluded to iPhone tethering coming sometime in 2009 but has yet to show signs of nearing its target and just recently warned it may not activate tethering until 2010. When asked, AT&T has explained the months-long wait as the result of necessary network improvements to prevent its network from buckling under the added strain.

Verizon's service also stands to cost less. AT&T hasn't announced its iPhone tethering rates but typically charges $30 for tethering on top of its regular $30 data plans.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. leonpro

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Can you smell that?

    It's the smell of competition in the morning that brings us consumers a break for better products and service.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    If you have n iPhone.....

    Why are you on your computer?

    - A

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Space

    I sometimes have to do an emergency fix for a website. FTPontheGo is a GREAT program for this, but sometimes I would prefer to use dreamweaver for a design fix. Tethering is a great option (IF it becomes available).

    But this whole article is conjecture, since there is NO TETHERING on ATT

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Right...

    The iPhone can do everything a computer can, so there's no need to even have a computer. In fact, I'm sure Fast iBook, that you've sold all your computers and just use the iPhone for all tasks. I mean, the only good a computer is for is reading email and web surfing, right.

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