Vodafone Ireland are launching the iPhone in a few days time.
However the "standard" iPhone plans won't offer all the features that they could do. If you want "tethering" you're expected to pay more.
Most smart phones have bluetooth, so if you're stuck somewhere with a dodgy internet connection you can use your phone as a modem. For some stupid reason the Apple iPhone does not have this feature enabled by default, so you have to get it turned on by carriers.
Vodafone Ireland want to charge an extra €10 / month for this!! (The cost varies depending on the plan type)
So even if you have a data plan already ie. you're already paying them for bandwidth, they want an extra €10 / month to turn on an option.
How can Vodafone justify this??
According to Vodafone Ireland's Twitter account:
"Tethering on an iphone works differently to that on other handsets, so this service isn't included in your package."
Wow! That's the best non-answer I've seen this week!
One of the other mobile operators came out with this clanger:
"iPhone tethering costs more as it uses a lot more data than traditional browsing on your iPhone itself"
Welcome to rip off Ireland!