Originally Posted by Mrdzone
Does this make tethering available without paying for the tethering plan? I have the unlimited data/email 39.99 plan, but when I said I wanted to use it "with my computer to connect to the intnernet" they said it would be an extra 50 or 60 a month!
As an aside I've heard about software to turn your phone into a wireless router type hotspot? Does anyone know anything about this?
You want to be very careful with tethering this thing - I have been doing the tethering thing with VZW since my VX7000... Originally, they billed data by the minute, not the MB... They have since changed and with the new plans (the $29.99 Smartphone Data/Email and the $44.99 Wireless Sync or the $59.99 Broadband Connect - including Wireless Sync) they are monitoring data usage closely.
What you will first run into is the 'unlimited plan' has a ceiling of 5GB, which on a phone is tough to reach, but on a laptop, you can reach it pretty quickly. The second part is that VZW is very strict about data calls and will begin to throttle your data speeds if you exceed your bandwidth allowance.
The second part, is the browser you are using can be traced by their servers. If you log in directly - instead of using a program that masks your computer like PDANet - they will see that you are using IE or Chrome as your browser and begin tagging the extra $30 or $15 on to your account - or cancel your service completely.
Overall, there are many ways to get around paying for the tethering service, but they are all to be considered at your own risk type things. As far as the WiFi routing option, the GSM router hack doesn't seem to work correctly (at least not for me) yet...
That's just my 2 cents, and hopefully that helps a bit and eliminates some confusion.