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3 UK Says Yes To Mobile Tethering On Unlimited Data Plan

UK's smallest mobile phone operator, 3 UK, announced earlier today that it will offer its One Plan as an unlimited data one to allow its users to consume as much data as they want.

Marc Allera (opens in new tab) wrote on the official Three UK blog that the carrier will not implement any restrictions or crafty fair usage policies that contain "hidden data caps".

Allera confirmed that you will be able to use your phone as a dongle, something that handsets that use Android OS 2.2 or later are capable of thanks to their Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

It is unlikely that 3 UK will put any restriction on users who want to use a "One Plan" SIM card in a laptop like the Dell Vostro V130 or even Google's CR48 Chrome OS notebook.

But then, the network operator has been by far the cheapest when it comes to data allowance; it costs as little as £1 per GB on its 15GB per month mobile broadband contract while the cheapest "One Plan" starts from £25 per month.

We're understandably suspicious of everyone (and anyone) who offers something for nothing or for very little which is what the unlimited data plan really is.

3 UK says that they are "bucking the trend in an industry that seems to be scaling back, not giving more" and have invested heavily in their 3G network to make sure they can scale, rather than buckle, under demand.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.