Potential Motorola Droid owners have some good news and some bad news this morning. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first — Verizon will be charging $30 a month for tethering, which is double what the previously expected charge was. That’s about the most I’d pay for any phone tethering. But according to Engadget, the good news is that you get double your monthly bandwidth. The Droid requires a data plan just for the non-phone usage and that data plan is capped at 5 GB per month. The additional $30 fee gains you five more gigabytes specifically for the tethering. So it’s not all bad, considering I’m paying $60 a month for 5 GB right now on a USB adapter with Verizon. In fact, if I could get another 5 GB for tethering at this price on my iPhone 3GS or Palm Pre, I’d likely do it.
The one thing I’m not yet clear on is if the extra $30 a month is a plan feature or not. If it’s a feature, you should be able to add and remove it at any point during your contract. I used to do just that with my old XV6700 on Verizon back in the day. My expectation — hope, really — is that this is how it will work. I’m not sure I’d want to commit to the extra $30 for the length of my contract, but that’s just me. Oh and no truth to the rumor about the keyboard blanks — they’re not used to start and stop the tethering. ;)