O2 has threatened that it will disconnect customers trying to tether their iPhones to their computers without paying the additional £14.68 a month charge.
Tethering is when you let your computer leech off the iPhone’s Internet connection, which is currently included and unlimited with all of O2’s iPhone contracts. However, the additional £14.68 a month payment only gets you 3GB of data.
You’re only able to tether your iPhone to your PC after having altered or hacked its firmware, and tethering amounts to a violation of the terms of service, O2 claimed to Mobile Today.
As O2 said, “Any use of this particular feature without the purchase of the Bolt On is specifically prohibited under our terms of service. Under those terms we reserve the right to charge customers making modem use of their iPhone or disconnect them.”
Exactly how closely O2 will monitor iPhone users’ Internet usage will determine how potent this threat will turn out to be, but it could seriously affect a large number of iPhone users if O2 clamps down.