In UK, O2 to hobble free iPhone internet tethering

Karen Haslam
24 June, 2009
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O2, the iPhone service provider in the UK, claims it will disconnect anyone using the new tethering feature in the iPhone 3.0 update without signing up for its bolt-on data package.

iPhone owners who have installed the iPhone 3.0 update are reporting that it is possible to use the new tethering solution to hook up a laptop to use an iPhone’s internet connection for free. [ed. -- In Australia, Optus had initially announced it would charge $9.95 per month for tethering capabilities but has since backed away from that charge; users on Telstra and other networks are using widely-publicised configuration settings to access tethering capabilities for free].

O2 intends to roll out a tethering Bolt On with the launch of the iPhone 3G S today. O2’s iPhone tethering bolt-on will cost up to £29.36 ($A61) a month. However reports indicate that iPhone users have been able to get around this requirement.

O2 has threatened to disconnect anyone using tethering, as it will be in breach of their contract. “Any use of this particular feature without the purchase of the bolt-on is specifically prohibited under our terms of service,” O2 said. “Under those terms, we reserve the right to charge customers making modem use of their iPhone or disconnect them.”

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