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Rogers extends free tethering through May

updated 03:30 pm EST, Tue December 22, 2009

Rogers, Fido users get tethering reprieve

Rogers sent word this afternoon that it would extend a promo offering free tethering on its data plans. Previously set to expire at the end of the year, the deal will now last through at least May 3rd of next year. The offer continues to apply to any Rogers or Fido smartphone data plan with at least 1GB of bandwidth, including the iPhone, Android devices and any other phone that allows sharing its 3G connection with a computer.

A representative didn't provide an official explanation for the gesture.

It's believed that the last-minute extension is a response to Bell and Telus, both of whom began offering the iPhone and many of their HSPA-capable smartphones with tethering already factored into the plan. It may also serve as a means of heading off early adopters of WIND Mobile, which promises unlimited data in its 3G coverage areas but hasn't said whether this includes tethering.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...AT&T still hasn't brought us tethering for the iPhone...

    Yeah, it's the phone not the network...suuuuuure...

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who doesn't figure data

    into their data plans? It's all data, tethered or not. It's just another way to grab more money from you for something you can already do, or could have already done. I already have a data plan, thank you. :

  1. rje

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's very hard to tether an Android phone. With the iPhone it's a dream. I'm on Fido and it's seamless

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Who doesn't figure data

    into their data plans?

    Except the amount of bandwidth most people use on a phone (like the iPhone) is considerably less than what one uses when connected to a computer.

    The $30 price they are charging is for use of their data network using a mobile device like an iPhone. The cost and capacity are figured into that.

    When (if?) they just turned on tethering, then people would be using a much larger swath of bandwidth than what is currently being used, and more than the cost of what most would have paid for.

    I already have a data plan, thank you. :

    And maybe you should go read the TOS of that data plan you signed up for.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ rje

    >> It's very hard to tether an Android phone....

    Oh really? I suppose you find it difficult to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    I'm using Pdanet tethering my G1. Connect usb cable, turn phone app on, and with two mouse clicks on the computer I'm connected. Does not seem difficult to me.

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