Wearable Tech Is Free from Monthly Connection Costs, for Now

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Smartwatches and smart glasses will have a tough time taking off if they require a monthly data charge. Thankfully, wireless carriers aren’t trying to collect any tolls right now.

Representatives from AT&T and Verizon Wireless told me that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch will not require a tethering plan or any other separate charge beyond your smartphone’s existing plan. The same will likely be true for T-Mobile, which also plans to sell the Galaxy Gear.

Meanwhile, the Google Glass Explorer Edition is getting an update that allows data connectivity without tethering, Engadget reports. Previously, users had to set up their phones as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi hotspots to create a data connection for Glass. With the update, the data flows through the companion MyGlass app for Android phones via Bluetooth, so there’s no need to create a separate tethering connection.

Google Glass exemplifies why this is tricky territory for wireless…

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