Vodafone Dumps Tethering Charge For Infinite Plans

To say that Vodafone's decision to charge extra for if you use the data allowance on its Infinite plans for tethering was unpopular would be an understatement. So it's no big surprise that Vodafone has now backtracked on that proposal, and says that tethering won't attract additional fees.

In response to a thread on Whirlpool which kicked off following our original story, a Vodafone representative said that the plan to charge for tethering had now been dumped:

A quick update – as of 28/03/2011 tethering is an included call type on the Infinite plan.

It's worth pointing out that as of this writing, that apparent change isn't reflected at all in Vodafone's terms and conditions, which still specifically mention extra charges for tethering. If the only thing that had been holding you off one of these plans was the tethering clause, I'd still wait for that to actually change before considering signing up. We've contacted Vodafone for clarification, and we'll update this post if we learn anything more.

Update: Vodafone has confirmed the changes, and says its terms and conditions will be updated "soon". There's no tethering charges being applied as of March 28, but no backdating or refunds for existing customers who have already paid the charges in the past.

Thanks Anonymous Commenter for the tip!



    If only they can fix the network woes…

    I can barely get online and good call quality in Parramatta (where I live) and city (where I work).

      Yeah, I wouldn't worry too much about the tethering charge - it's not like VF's data network works anyway...

    I work in the Melbourne CBD and have trouble getting online and the call quality in very poor. Hope they upgrade their network soon!

    No Tethering charges as of May 28? As in two months from now? Or as of two days ago? When can everyone start to burn through there data allowance?

    as of May 28? or Mar 28?

    No problems with call quality, but data usage is no go for me - both inside and outside of Brisbane CBD. I have a 1.5GB quota but am able to use less than 100MB of this per month. So bad is it, that I've had to resort to a Telstra SIM in my iPad. Half-tempted to quit Vodafone and move my iPhone over to Telstra too. A case of too big, too soon for Voda?

    I have no problems with data usage, this is great. It always urked me that I couldn't use the data I'm paying for the way I choose.

    About time

    I had been considering emailing you about this one Angus.

    After reading your story about the tethering costs, I wandered down to my VodaFail store to ask, they had no idea what I was talking about and said that tethering was not an extra charge.

    Interesting albeit completely unsurprising that the VodaFail staff had no idea about this, I was going to email to ask >.<

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