FCC Attacks Verizon Tether Charge – Why AT&T is Not Next

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Geek Smack: Verizon Loses Tether Charge in Court. Why AT&T or Sprint are NOT part of this.

Verizon was given a $1.25 million dollar fine for charging customers that tethered their phones to another device. The courts declared that must reinstate the application in the store. It only applies to Verizon, so that begs the question – Why one and not the other?

In 2008, Verizon bought frequencies for 4G service with a caveat – they cannot restrict the customers’ ability to use the devices. That is why they were sued by the FCC. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint did not have that deal with their 4G frequencies. Unfortunately, that means you might still be paying $50 a month to tether your computer to your phone.

Tethering fees are actually a sad one – Someone with a phone that has a 3 GB cap should choose how they hit that cap – through phone, tablet or computer. After 3 GB, I’m getting charged extra anyway. Why wouldn’t the phone companies want you to go over on your usage? It’s a lot easier to do when you can tether another device to your phone.

Maybe someday, it will be to the point where we have to be connected. Tethering will be a necessity. Hopefully then, we won’t get charged for that option.


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