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Verizon's Droid tethering plans to match iPhone's

updated 05:20 pm EST, Fri November 6, 2009

Droid tethering to cost $30, have 5GB cap

Verizon late Thursday confirmed that it would add tethering to the Motorola Droid but clarified its plans. Contradicting a prior statement, it now says tethering when ready will cost $30 in addition to the phone's existing voice and data plans. It will also have a 5GB bandwidth cap before overage fees begin, though the tethering rate will be separate from the Droid's regular data.

The rate is comparable to that for AT&T, which also charges $30 and institutes a 5GB cap. A handful of users that subscribe to the National E-mail plan, which omits web access, will pay the previously stated $15 but will be rare given the Droid's heavy emphasis on the web and online apps.

The news negates a possible advantage of the Droid over the iPhone and is compounded by Verizon's timeframe for tethering, which now only has the feature being available sometime in 2010. AT&T has alluded to a similar indefinite timeframe for the iPhone. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney explains the delay in a similar manner to AT&T's iPhone delays and explains that tethering is being tested separately from regular mobile data, although data congestion is not considered a potential risk.

"It is not uncommon for us to introduce the phone and continue to test the service and offer it later," Raney says.




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  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Actually

    It's BETTER than the iPhone's NON-EXISTANT tethering plan. AT&T you suck!

  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Read the article...

    Verizon doesn’t offer tethering for the Motorola Droid either. “... sometime in 2010”...

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Matched non-existance

    That's the power of competition for ya.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Bah

    Both of these are ridiculously expensive for consumer plans. Personally, I would not use tethering nearly enough to justify $30 per month, but it would certainly be nice to have on occasion. I guess I'll keep using these jailbroken tools to do tethering for free when needed. s**** you AT&T and Verizon for bending us over and raping us with these ridiculous prices.

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