To the best of my knowledge, there are no free options. If you want to play like a sport.....
In the past, I paid the $15 a month to Verizon. I found I did not tether a lot and so I purchased Tether ($49) and it works well. Subsequently, I dropped the $15 monthly plan with Verizon.
Now, on to the legal issue at hand. If Verizon discovers that you are using the handheld as a modem and not paying the $15/month, you can be held liable for the data useage. This type of data useage is not included in the $44.95/month Unlimited (5GB) Blackberry data plan. That is why they charge the additional tethering fee. I use it sparingly (only when I have the need) and I have never had a problem. But that chance always exists.
Good luck in whatever you decide.
“Some spend their entire lives wondering if they have made a difference in this world. The Marines don't have that problem.” President Ronald Reagan
Last edited by scassel : 06-28-2010 at 11:50 AM.