Originally Posted by nkhm
A lot of people are mistaking restrictions put in place by AT&T for restrictions being put in place by Apple. Apple allow tethering in other countries, the only different factor is the network operator. Maybe you Americans should be shouting at AT&T.
While AT&T is a problem, it's not just AT&T, it's other carriers, too. Tethering is an additional cost and if you buy a USB card for a PC the cost is $60/month, usually with a hard cap of 5GB.
Part of the problem is technological limitation of competition since the CDMA-based carrier phones are inherently locked to the carrier and the two GSM-based carriers are only compatible on '2G', but not '3G'.
Another issue is the socially accepted and rampant subsidization model locking customers into a company for 2 years. You can't have proper competition if you are only competing at purchase. I'm in the minority, but I'd have preferred to pay full price for an unlocked iPhone with a lower cost plan, but it would still be locked and the plan wouldn't change so what is the point.
Even the unlocked
iPad is still effectively locked in the US market as it doesn't have the 3G spectrum needed for T-Mobile USA. This squarely falls on Apple as they could have made the HW with the additional 3G radio. This also gives me doubt that Apple is letting go of AT&T if they couldn't even make this unlocked device work on T-Mobile. Hopefully the radio is in there but not announced as Apple sometimes does.