I know I’m late to get on the bandwagon, but I finally tethered my phone just for kicks. Actually, if you must know, I really did it in response to the AppleInsider article stating rumors that Apple was talking with AT&T to charge extra for a tethering plan. I’m actively against this, and that’s why I tethered my phone.
I surely don’t tether my phone instead of using available wifi (which is literally everywhere I go). There are some negatives to tethering, most important of which is the drain on the battery life of the phone. The initial load time when making a request was slightly lagging (maybe one second), but once the page started loading it was screaming fast.
Screaming fast for a phone (to me) is the measured 1564 kbps download speed (195.5 KB/sec) and the 338 kbps upload speed (42.3 KB/sec) that I got when using speakeasy’s speedtest.