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iPhone tethering: My fridge, my beer.

Up until now, when you bought a fridge, you could put anything you like in it. And when you bought beer and put it in your fridge, you could do whatever you like with the beer.

Now there’s this new fridge out that’s got a special deal with all the breweries  (like the deal between Apple and Optus) where you have to pay an extra fee if you give the cold beer to a friend.

What’s that? I bought the fridge. I bought the beer. I can put the beer in the fridge and drink it. But I have to pay an extra fee to pass the beer onto my friend? Just because it’s a new fridge? RUBBISH!

And so, Apple’s tethering deal with Optus is clearly a money grab for the convenience of something we’ve always been able to do with other phones. (At least every Nokia phone I’ve ever had with bluetooth could tether data from any access point).

Does anyone know if there’s a petition against this?

What about some regulation that this practice is unfair for consumers? ACCC? TIO? Anyone?

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optus fusion = corporate greed

I nearly signed up for an Optus Yes Fusion earlier in the year, and it turned out that Optus was unable to get a connection to the line in the unit where I’m renting. At first, it seems like good value, but there’s something in the fine print that’s ridiculous.

When the data limit is reached on most plans, the ISP usually does one of two things:

  • speed limit for remainder of month, or
  • charge for excess usage.

I don’t know anyone who likes to pay excess usage. Particularly when the price for the excess is exorbitant. Most excess usage is around $6/GB (see whirlpool) but sometimes it’s as ridiculously high as $150/GB.

The Optus fusion plan gives you the worst of both. How? They charge you $300 for the first 2GB over the limit, and then shape speed.

So Optus reserve the right to make $300 off you for 24 months contract period if you go over your data limit in a month.

I’m glad to say that my ISP, internode, defaults to shaping but gives the choice to buy more data for the remainder of the month, at a reasonable price of $2.50/GB. I’m happy to have the choice, and the price is fair. That’s what you don’t get with Optus Fusion.

Say No to corporate greed, say No to Optus Yes Fusion.