Originally Posted by Stinsonddog
Well the VZW modem is faster, yet with 3G (does that Pearl have 3G), you can do voice and data at the same time. If you are in major cities with solid 3G, I think the tethering is fine. If you are not on 3G, EDGE only, then the VZW modem will kick ass.
He is located in the San Francisco Bay area so I'm pretty sure thats a 3G area. Looking at the data plans for ATT, for $30 more he can add the tethering option instead of paying $60 for the USB service on top of what he is already paying for his share plan (w/mom). Is tether secure compared to using the USB service? I mean will it be safe for him to buy things online or do his online banking?? I guess that would the bigger concern aside from saving $30.