Re: Why is this different than tethering?
said by rradina:its not, its all data either way you look at it, they want you to pay more for it and the plan, in other words AT$T is doing the old saying (double dip)
A few years back when the iPhone/AT&T (not sure who had to update/permit what) finally started offering tethering, I had to give up my unlimited plan because I wanted tethering. I still have that plan and the 4GB, use-it-any-way-I-want-to, monthly limit.
Facetime and tethering probably have similar bandwidth appetites so I'm not sure why anyone believes the Facetime debacle is different than tethering.
Now what I do think is ridiculous is if those with tethering packages cannot use Facetime on their phone when they could do so on their tethered MacBook Pro/Air devices. That's insanity.
I don't know if cellular data app size download limits still apply but that restriction is equally ridiculous. In the Summer of 2011, I wanted to download a Yellowstone park map app and I couldn't over cellular data because the app was over 20MB. However, I had three kids with iPod Touch devices tethered to my phone. I had one of them download it which, of course, was permitted because the HotSpot looks like wireless to another device.