Tethering on smartphones isn’t anything like as widely used as you might suppose from the furore that networks’ policies over the feature have caused, a survey has revealed.
Tethering, a feature of Android since the first phones running 2.2 version of the Android OS appeared and of the iPhone since the 3G model, enables smartphone owners to turn their handset into a portable wireless hotspot to get online with other 3G-enabled devices.
The feature was initially blocked by a number of networks – presumably on the grounds that it would cause a downturn in dongle customers, as well as worries that it would see customers making more use of their allowance every month.
Other carriers charged extra to use tethering, prompting a series of outcries from piqued customers angered that they were liable for an additional charge to use a mobile data allowance they had already paid for.
However, it seems that for all the validity or otherwise of the obloquy directed at carriers, many have never even used tethering. And we’re assuming that a good deal of these probably won’t even have been aware what tethering is.
In an informal onsite poll conducted by uSwitch Tech, 47.56 per cent of those quizzed admitted they had never used tethering, leaving just over 52 per cent who have.
The findings come after T-Mobile recently announced it will no longer allow customers on its Full Monty tariff to tether their phones as part of their monthly allowance. This is despite the fact that the Full Monty is billed as an all-you-can-eat data plan.