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Tethering Option

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Enjoy Internet connection by connecting a notebook PC or tablet with an au smartphone.

In addition to an Internet connection on your smartphone, with subscription to the Tethering Option you can connect your notebook PC, tablet, game consoles and other devices to the Internet by using the tethering function on a 5G/4G LTE smartphone.

Service features

What is tethering?

Tethering is a function that enables you to connect various devices such as a notebook PC, tablet or game console to the Internet outside the home by using a smartphone as an access point.

There are three types of tethering (connection methods between a smartphone and device) to choose from: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and USB. Choose the method that suits your use.

  • The type of tethering that can be supported differs depending on the smartphone model.

Usage fees

Eligible data (packet) flat-rate services or rate plans

Monthly fee

Application

  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G ALL STAR Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G TV Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack (P)
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G DAZN Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G with Amazon Prime
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G
  • Adjust Plan 5G
  • Adjust Plan 5G (s)
  • Smartphone Start Plan (Flat) 5G
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G TV Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G Netflix Pack (P)
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G Netflix Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G DAZN Pack
  • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G
  • Adjust Plan 4G LTE (New au Adjust Plan N)
  • Adjust Plan 4G LTE (s)
  • Smartphone Start Plan (Flat) 4G
  • Mobilephone Simple Plan
  • Mobilephone Unlimited Calling Plan
  • VK Plan S (N)
  • VK Plan M (N)
  • VK Plan E (N)
  • Plans whose applications are no longer accepted
  • Data MAX Plan 5G ALL STAR Pack
  • Data MAX Plan 5G TV Pack
  • Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack (P)
  • Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack
  • Data MAX Plan 5G with Amazon Prime
  • Data MAX Plan 5G
  • Data MAX Plan 4G LTE TV Pack
  • Data MAX Plan 4G LTE Netflix Pack
  • Data MAX Plan 4G LTE
  • au Adjust Plan N (s)
  • au Data MAX Plan Netflix Pack
  • au Data MAX Plan Pro
  • au Flat Plan 7 Plus N
  • Keitai Kakeho Plan/Keitai Super Kakeho Plan
  • VK Plan
  • VK Plan S
  • VK Plan M
  • LTE Plan S
  • au Data MAX Plan
  • au Flat Plan 7 Plus
  • New au Adjust Plan
  • au Adjust Plan (s)
  • Flat-rate Data 1/2/3/5/8/10/13
  • Flat-rate Data 1cp/3cp/5cp
  • Flat-rate Data cp (0.8GB)
  • Junior Smartphone Plan
  • Senior Plan

Free

Required

  • Tablet Plan 20
  • Plans whose applications are no longer accepted
  • au Flat Plan 20N/25 Netflix Pack N
  • au Flat Plan 20/25 Netflix Pack /30
  • au Flat Plan 5 (Exclusive for Student Discount)
  • au Adjust Plan
  • Flat-rate Data 20/30
  • U18 Flat-rate Data 20

¥550/month

Data (packet) flat rate services and rate plans other than the above

¥550/month[1]

  1. Receive an additional monthly data amount of 500MB. However, there is no amount increase during the 2-year free special benefit period.
  • The names of rate plans and data flat rate services for 4G LTE (au VoLTE) Android™ smartphones have "(V)".

Notes

  • If you receive an incoming call while using tethering, calling is prioritized so you will not miss any important business. Data communications will automatically resume once the call is completed. (Due to app or server conditions, you may need to load or download data again.)
  • The monthly usage charge of the Tethering Option is not calculated on a prorated basis.
  • Additional packet communication charges are incurred at the time of use. The packet communication charges when using tethering are eligible for your contracted data flat rate service or rate plan.
  • If tethering has not been activated even after applying for the Tethering Option, turn the power OFF and back ON again. If tethering is still unavailable even after turning the power OFF and ON, turn the Internet sharing setting OFF and ON.
  • If you change between a rate plan/Flat-rate Data service that makes the Tethering Option monthly charge free and a rate plan/Flat-rate Data service that makes the Tethering Option monthly charge ¥550 (tax included), your monthly charge in the month of your device change is ¥0. However, the 500 MB data increase benefit that comes with changing your monthly charge to ¥550 (tax included) applies to the month of your device change.
  • When connecting to the Internet via tethering, it may not work correctly depending on your usage environment and external connected devices.
  • EZweb sites are not available.
  • If you apply for the "Tethering Option" between 9:00 and 20:00 by using au Customer Support (Web), tethering is available approx. five minutes after you apply. If you apply after 20:00, tethering is available from 9:00 the next morning.
  • The flat rate is applicable to tethering communications with the World Double-Teigaku and Overseas Double-Teigaku during overseas roaming.

Restriction of communication speed

  • Customers who have used a large amount of data within a certain period of time are subject to data transmission speed limitations during traffic-heavy times of the day.
  • Regardless of whether you are subscribed to a data (packet) flat rate service, your line may be temporarily suspended if the cost of the packet communication you use becomes high.
  • If the total amount of communication exceeds the monthly data amount, the maximum communication speed for sending and receiving until the end of that month will be 128 kbps. (The communication speed restriction will be removed on the first day of the following month.) For tethering and data sharing, or data communication with World Flat-rate Data, the upper limit on the data amount is as follows.
    • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G ALL STAR Pack/Data MAX Plan 5G ALL STAR Pack: total 80 GB
    • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G TV Pack/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G TV Pack/Data MAX Plan 5G TV Pack/Data MAX Plan 4G LTE TV Pack: total 70 GB
    • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack (P)/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G DAZN Pack/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G with Amazon Prime/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G Netflix Pack (P)/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G Netflix Pack/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G DAZN Pack/Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack (P)/Data MAX Plan 5G Netflix Pack/Data MAX Plan 5G with Amazon Prime/Data MAX Plan 4G LTE Netflix Pack: total 60 GB
    • Unlimited Data MAX Plan 5G/Unlimited Data MAX Plan 4G/Data MAX Plan 5G/Data MAX Plan 4G LTE/au Data MAX Plan Pro: total 30 GB
      For data amounts purchased with Data Charge or if you apply for the Extra Option, the communication speed constraint does not apply.
  • All of the indicated amounts include tax unless otherwise specified.
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