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I can only speak for myself - but for me, I have long since eliminated all tethering and have a dedicated SIM for each device.

Why is that? Simple:
1) power: My smartphones battery hardly lasts a day anyway. If I would also tether it would be dead within hours.

And as you can call yourself lucky to get even _one_ power socket in a train these days, how would I want to rely on getting _two_ (laptop & phone)?

2) it's just not convenient:
Why would I want to pull my phone out of a pocket or bag and switch on the hotspot everytime I want to check mail on the ipad... It has a dedicated SIM, I don't care about my phone...

Tethering was nice in the days when it wasn't even called that way - when hooking your laptop via cable to a GPRS phone was almost the only thing you could do to get internet at all. But today?

I don't know how other people handle this, but I could imagine that there's not a huge demand for tethering any more: You do get a multicard with almost all kinds of contracts for small money, so if your main contract's data package is large enough, you can go with that...
(Or (like me) you take advantage of the fact that data-only contracts come a lot cheaper than smartphone contracts with big data volume.)

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