Look at AT&T, using the new social network Facebook to break news. How cute! The news: rumors of a $55 tethering plan are false. AT&T didn’t reveal, or even hint at, the actual price, so we’re left to speculate for a little while longer.
The announcement on Facebook also went into the wherefores and whatnots of pricing in general. AT&T subsidizes the cost of a phone, yada yada.
Mr. Gruber rightly points out that many international carriers don’t charge extra for tethering, but rather impose a bandwidth cap. If I were an iPhone user—and it’s safe to say I never will be—I think I’d be OK with a reasonable bandwidth cap. I’d rather deal with that than pay hand over first for bandwidth I allegedly already paid for.