Any ideas on how this plays out in the UK?
I believe that all the carriers (Orange, O2, etc) restrict tethering unless you bolt on a tethering bundle which provides a separate data allowance (at least that's how it is with the iPhone's hotspot feature and Orange). I understand that Three is the only carrier not making a distinction between data used natively by the handset and data used via a tether.
My mate has an Android device and is amused by the iPhone restrictions ("data is data, no need for a tethering bundle" he says). Is Android equally becoming more controlled in this respect in the UK too?
I guess it comes down to the apps that are allowed to run - the iPhone is able to effectively restrict thethering to the official built-in capability under the control of the carriers, while a jailbroken device (or an Android device) can presumably install any tether app they can find and follow the "data is data" route without paying for an extra tethering feature?
It's hard to feel sorry for the carriers when they bleat about all those users straining their infrastructure with their video and internet services. The emerging smartphone frameworks, and the control they afford over their users, might as well be a flock of golden geese.