Is tethering free?

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I read here that it used to be free, I wanna know if it's still so.
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Eli Wettenstein

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It's free in the sense that it is possible, yes. Be aware though that tethering uses a lot more data usually, so make sure you are on a generous plan!
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Thanks
Why does it say here (11) "Tethering rate of 5¢/MB applies within Canada"?
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Because that is a document from May 2013, when the situation was different.
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srlawren

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@David :)

Thank goodness they got rid of El Tabador.  I did not care for that marketing strategy at all!
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El Tabador is better than Choose Happy
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@Dennis difficult to pick the lesser of two lame duck evils, but I'd still probably have to side with Choose Happy....  to each their own I guess eh?  ;)
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Some US providers, who offer more generous data plans (10-50 gig), block tethering if you read their fine print, but that's not the case in Canada by and large.
Just be aware that the full version of web pages for desktops can dump 5-10 times the data that's requested for the mobile version of a site. Using a laptop to check emails and do minor surfing for an hour can easily chew up 100's of megs of your allotment.
Best to check your account's data consumption during a short session before going overboard.
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Do keep in mind that your overages if on an older plan may not be the same as the current ones. Also, when tethering, remember to set your connection as metered if the OS allows for it (Windows 10 does), which stops updates and some other background sync.