We pay good money for unlimited data plans. What exactly does unlimited mean, and why is it that we need a new data plan for every single device we buy? Doesn’t make much sense to me, and I’m sure a lot of you might be in the same boat.
So, why doesn’t a data plan for an iPad make sense for some of us? It’s because we have an iPhone in our pockets, and the last time I checked some of us were capable of tethering that device to a computer. This might not be the case in all countries, but up here in Canada Rogers is currently letting us tether our phones. We call them up, and they enable access. Pretty simple stuff.
Mr. Jobs never announced that we’d be able to tether this device to any other device in our arsenal, but he did announce that the iPad had bluetooth. The fun thing is that the iPhone allows for tethering over bluetooth. See where I’m going here? I think Jobs got it right when he said that most people can survive on 250MB of data on their iPhone’s, and I’m sure that for most people, they won’t even bother with the 3G data plan, but for those of us who need it once every fifty-two weeks, a tethering option would be optimal.
The logistics will probably come down to semantics, and Telecommunications companies will probably do everything in their power to make sure that tethering isn’t an option, but on the rare occasion that a company has the balls to be a little bit different and afford us the option with our devices, being able to tether over bluetooth will be a valuable tool.
This is all pure speculation at this point, but it’s one question that I’d like answered. If I can tether my iPhone to an iPad and save myself $150.00 plus an additional monthly charge, I’m going to do it. I’m sure most of you would too.