Verizon offers free tethering on iPad 4G plans

Verizon offers free tethering on iPad 4G plans

Summary: Also offers a budget 1GB per month plan for $20.


Verizon has confirmed that 4G data plans for the new iPad will include the tethering hotspot feature at no extra charge.

The change was confirmed by a spokeswoman to GottaBeMobile:

The tablet data plans include the mobile hotspot just as they do today. Data plans begin at 2GB for $30 and go to 10 GB for $80 and includes the mobile hot spot. The iPads have one additional option of 1GB for $20.

This is in line with Verizon's other tablet data plans. This gives the Verizon plans a clear advantage over AT&T's offering. Another advantage is that Verizon offers the budget 1GB per month for $20, whereas AT&T's cheapest plan (sensible plan at any rate ... $15 for 250MB is ridiculous pricing) is 3GB per month for $30.

Back in January, here's what I wrote about tethering:

Seriously, I don’t see why tethering is considered a premium product on capped data plans. I understand that people might use more data, but on a capped plan the carriers win if that happens. The only time I see the need to charge a premium for data plans is when the plan is unlimited (and I mean truly unlimited, not limited to some silly ‘fair use’ policy), then charging extra for the option is justified.

It's good to see Verizon bundling tethering for free with its iPad plans. So if you're looking for free bundled tethering, this could be the deal for you.

Image credit: Apple.


Topics: iPad, Hardware, Mobility, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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  • I never did understand this...

    Verizon offered this for all their tablets! I don't get it because I am more likely to tether to a smartphone than I am my Tablet. The feature just doesn't make sense to me.
  • 1 GB = $10?

    I'd like to see the wireless carriers' justification for charging $10-15 (even up to $20) per GB. There's no way it costs anywhere near that amount to deliver data.
    • $100,000 per tower

      Somebody has to pay for all the new plant and equipment as they roll out 4G LTE from sea to shining sea. That's a lot of billions. It isn't going to be paid for by the bandwidth fairy.
      Robert Hahn
    • Simple...

      It's called economics. It's all about supply and demand. As long as users are eating up all the bandwidth they can set prices as they see fit. Is it right? Depends on which side of the field you're viewing it from.

      Personally, I have a feeling that once these companies are able to fully upgrade their systems and networking protocols are refined more to better handle all this traffic, prices will come down. We are a long ways from that but it will eventually happen.
  • And this is why I use Sprint

    My phone already has a Wi-Fi tether and unlimited data. If people are stupid enough to buy a 4G IPad then they deserve what they get.
    • But, Sprint's Coverage is not there

      Compared to Verizon. If you ca live with the spotty coverage, especially for what Sprint calls 4G, then I guess that is good. I cannot live with that. On a regular 190 mile drive I do to the eastern side of Washington State, I get Verizon 3G/4G without interuption all the way, even through the mountains. With Sprint (and T-Mobile for that matter) it cuts out several times, in some cases for over 10 miles at a time. I cannot live with that, especially when I am working and my spouse is driving. Dropping a call when on a conference call is just not acceptable. Neither is loosing my data connection in the middle of uploading an important schedule or presentation
  • Don't confuse hotspot with tethering

    a mobile hotspot, it that's what Verizon is offering, is far more useful than tethering. With tethering, you would use your iPad as a modem for your PC. Ugly. With mobile hotspot, the ipad becomes a wifi access point, and you can piggyback your PC, a friend's PC, and your phone (simultaneously, probably) onto the iPad's 4G signal. You'll need to watch consumption (unless your friend is buying dinner), but used wisely, it's a great tool.
    • Neither one is a "product"

      Its simply a characteristic of the network, and since you are paying for data usage anyway, its just another way to gouge the consumer by "providing" absolutely nothing.
      Like saying "we'll throw in usage of the zero key absolutely free".
  • Data Plans, LTE and the Cloud

    Printers are inexpensive because the equipment manufacturer makes money selling us toner and ink in the after-sale market. Could things be moving in the same direction with the iPad? We are being encouraged more and more to use the Cloud and soon we may need to be buying addition space. And we are also being warned that we may face 4G LTE data caps.
  • Pricing plan stupidity...

    They should just let it go for 10$ per Gig and stop with the stupid Data plans. If initially 1Gig is 20 bucks and 2Gigs is 30 and 5Gigs is 50 then they already acknowlege it's 10 bucks per Gig (with a 10 buck setup fee on the first Gig) and shouldnt have these "plans". If you hit a preset cap and you need more you will still be charged extra so why not just have a rolling 10 per Gig where i get charged each month on what i used ... you can even warn me on each Gig so im not supprised. (oh and free tethering or hotspot will just make me use more data and they make more money)