I totally agree with the comments and I too find it frustrating for the small number of times that I wanted to tether and can't.
But I also get why they don't allow it, I'd say there's a few reasons:
BT was the first of EEs MVNOs which offered 4G (I'm guessing it was a thanks from EE for BTs interest in the buyout)
EE would have charged BT more to offer tethering (remember they're still 2 separate companies)
BT only wanted to pay EE the minimal and therefore wanted to pass on these savings to the customer in terms of 3 cheap plans
Those plans were then beefed up by what BT could offer themselves (wifi and sport) so they appealed attractive
My gut instinct is they'll lift the ban when the buyout is complete. When all the contracts have been signed and they figure out where they're heading in the market. I'd say with the 500MB and 2GB plan you will be able to use all of that allowance for tethering and with the 20GB plan they'll do something similar to Three's All you can eat data where you can use a defined amount for tethering, say 6GB.
Also interested in what plans they have for extra coverage, will we see mini transmitters inside street cabinets, more masts on their exchanges, 800mhz spectrum rolled out to more rural locations, 1800mhz 4G boosted in terms of mast output power?
If anyone has a link to a discussion about that let me know..
I also didn't read the T&Cs 😞 so could have got away with a lower plan! I do also find it disappointing though as I have a caravan on the east coast and there is no BT WIFI HOTSPOT and it was nicer to be able to use my iPad on tethering than my small iPhone screen 😞
I just moved from EE where for £4 more I would still have had 8gb Data but would have kept my tethering, I'd rather pay the extra but will have to wait til my contract is up! Will definitely read the restrictions on usage in future!
I've just read that the BT/EE take over has gone ahead now. My existing BT mobile contract is up in April, and as I really wanted tethering I was going to switch to EE. I'm now wondering whether BT will be allowing tethering on EE in the future for new customers. I really can't see them wanting different rules for each "provider". However if EE is allowed to continue tethering and BT mobile don't, isn't that going to result in a mass exodus from BT to EE?
I doubt there will be a mass exodus if the pricing difference stays the same. It's quite possible that the two brands will be kept separate. If so then it will all depend on how much you are prepared to pay for tethering.
You say "if the price difference stays the same", but from what I'm reading here, a lot of people are prepared to pay the extra premium to regain the ability to tether. I for one will move when my existing deal expires.
I agree that there are numerous posts here from people who want to tether but how many are there compared to the number of people who have BT Sims? You do get what you pay for, how many Sim suppliers out there give you tethering for £5. A lot of the complaints here are from customers who switched before reading the T&C's. Clearly if you want tethering then you will need to find a provider who will give that but I'm sure you will now read the T&C's before switching.
how many Sim suppliers out there give you tethering for £5.
Don't know, but mine does for £7.50. I've used it occasionally, usually in an emergency when the local broadband is down or non-existent. The point is that those wanting to tether regularly would be looking for a higher tariff. BT's top level is good value on the face of it, and my guess is that real reason they won't entertain tethering is because it would be tempting for some to use it to replace BB.
You're right in principle about the T&Cs but can see why others think it was a sneaky move.
I was quite intrigued by BT Mobile's current offer. I took it all the way through to placing the order. When I read the T&Cs and saw the line http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/static/terms/mobile-service.html relating to their crazy tethering policy. I contacted customer support to confirm. They gave some awful responses to my question so I wonder how effective they are at detecting or stopping tethering. But I refuse to sign to a package that does not allow the freedom to tether. I live in a superfast "notspot" and worse still, the connection I have on a monthly basis drops below par for days at a time. I use tether to cover those times.
So yeah, yet again, bt does it again *golf claps*.
So out of touch.
I have their BT infinity 2 product and decided to switch to their mobile plans as they were quite competitive. Its was only after I switched, I realised they had disbled the Hotspot functionality on my iPhone. As many have stated, I'm not sure I follow their logic in doing this. I only need this functionality infrequently, but when I do its important. Fortunately, I was within the 14 days cooling off period and cancelled the contracts and went back to O2.
If they change their stance on this, I switch back.