I switched to a BT sim because I assumed (wrongly) that BT had taken over EE and thus would get grandfather rights to the same service. Clearly this was not the case - I've now switched back to a Tesco sim only (which is part of O2) and tethering works fine (but the speed isn't as good as EE/BT which is a shame).
Bait and switch is a pretty low tactic - as are all the various gotchas on using data abroad. Very disappointed loyal BT customer.
You can tether on an android phone, I have the £12 tarrif for my work and it hasnt charged me or stopped me using it for my ipad connection.
I'm looking to move my personal number across from 3, and move to the £20 tarrif. Ill keep you posted as I have an iPhone 6 so be interesting to see if it works on that. If it doesnt Ill be using the 14 days grace to move back to 3 (win - win)
I am also on the £12 tarrif?
Are you saying that you haven't been hit with any additional data charges? (The usage app is good as it tells you what additional charges you have built up as the month progresses)
I can confirm from personal experience that "Personal Hotspot" aka tethering is disabled in the BT SIM in its initial configuration. However, it can be turned on as BT sent me a configuration file which needed to be installed and maybe some changes to the APN. I was able to see "Personal Hotspot" and tether from 21st May until today when I updated IOS to 8.3. Its not always 3G but you can get speeds of up to 20m. I used it last night (download IOS 8.3) as my mac would not connect to the BT Hub for any length of time (another known issue). After a month Ive only used about 3gb so dont understand why BT has an issue. The supprt team say "We as a company don't support tethering, but thats not true as you can get BT Business Mobile which clearly does support "Personal Hotspot".
My experience started when I moved povider to BT and got a BT Mobile (lured by the 20GB unlimited calls and text on 4G). I initially cancelled it as BT did not tell me the contract would start as soon as it arrived. I confirmed with BT Sales that "Personal hotspot" would work and then I placed a new order.
When the SIM arrived I activated and soon noticed that "Personal Hotspot" was not there. Figured I was looking in the wrong place but after a while I phoned BT and they said yes it should work after checking, but I needed to speak to Technical. I did after a while trying to figure how to get through. They said its not supported but if it works then its not an issue and I would not be charged or downgraded. I complained to BT and they agreed that I could decide if I wanted to leave.
I gave technical another go and I spoke to someone and explained I was disappointed with BT misleading me and wasting my time. Why should I not be able to use the 20GB I pay for how I want to use it. I was told that BT don't want customers to run up large bills by using several devices. I said I had no intention as I usually use WIFI but have had tethering as a backup ever since I started using iPhone (thinking about it I did also use tethering on a nokia before). The BT Tech guy phoned me back on my landline and started helping me resolve the problem (wish I had taken notes).
Hope BT isnt going to be doing the same to EE after it takes over. I thought being a BT Residential customer for Phone, Broadband and mobile would be a better idea, but I'm having the same arguement with BT that I had with Vodaphone 4 years ago.
To be honest, I think the only way BT (and any other company) is going to listen and be fair is if OFCOM steps in and says it must be allowed. I can understand it not being allowed for unlimed data plans, though even then they could apply a cap and fair usage policy.