Optus: $9.99 to use iPhone as modem

Optus has outlined the additional cost its iPhone customers face if they want to use their device as a modem.

in brief Optus has outlined the additional cost its iPhone customers face if they want to use their device as a modem.

Optus today put an end to speculation over whether it would charge for tethering — a feature made available in the OS 3.0 update Apple issued today which enables the iPhone to act as a mobile modem.

The telco has opted for $9.99 per month flat fee which applies to all data packages and unlocks the tethering feature, and will only be available to post-paid customers, Optus said tdoay. For example, iPhone customers on the $59 500MB cap would pay an additional $9.99. To activate the feature, customers needed to call customer service. They won't be able to use the feature until Monday 22 June, however.

The telco has yet to announce pricing for the iPhone 3G S, which has been released in the US but is due in Australia on 26 June.

Optus has not yet posted full details about the terms and conditions but said it expected to do so via its website on Monday.

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