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Old 05-12-2011, 04:00 AM
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Default Telus Now Offering No Cost Phone + Tablet Data Sharing Plans for Android and RIM Tablets

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.telusmobility.com/en/AB/tablets/data.shtml?INTCMP=HomeBANC2data' target='_blank'>http://www.telusmobility.com/en/AB/...P=HomeBANC2data</a><br /><br /></div><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//lpt/auto/1304959308.usr1.png" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>My fellow Canadians, take note: Telus has dropped the gauntlet on the other wireless carriers in Canada by offering a new <a href="http://www.telusmobility.com/en/AB/tablets/data.shtml?INTCMP=HomeBANC2data" target="_blank">no-cost data sharing plan</a> between your phone and your tablet. Let me repeat that: <em>no cost to share the data plan</em>. This is a big deal, because traditionally the carriers have added a fee to allow this functionality. There's a catch though: this Telus plan only works with Android and RIM tablets because it apparently relies upon tethering instead of a direct network connection.</p><p>This was, previously, a very expensive proposition -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/carriers/rogers-carriers/want-to-share-rogers-6gb-data-plan-itll-cost-you-30-extra/" target="_blank">iPhoneinCanada.ca has a great post on this topic</a> from two months ago: as of February 2011, Rogers was charging customers an extra $30 per month if they wanted to share their 6 GB data plan with another device. This is a network-level data share, so it applies to iPad 3G's for instance and isn't exactly the same as tethered sharing, but the concept is the same: two devices sharing a pool of data. $30 per month extra on top of the $30 or so that the customer is already paying for the 6 GB plan. Ouch. That's some mighty expensive data sharing!</p><p>I hope that Telus' move here places pressure on Rogers and Bell to re-position their sharing plans and pricing. And, I might note, it makes me long for the day when Windows Phone 7 allows for either Bluetooth tethering sharing or, better yet, full-fledged WiFi hotspot functionality. When I'm out with my WiFi iPad 2, I can only stare at my Windows Phone 7 with disdain and think "You know, I could do this sort of thing with Windows Mobile 6.5...".</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> It looks like the parallels I was trying to draw were inaccurate; Rogers has allowed no-charge tethering on all data plans over 1 GB, and tethering is a different scenario than a directly connected tablet with a SIM card. Apologies for the confusion!</p>
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