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Data Tethering From Your Phone

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by ghostman1960, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. ghostman1960

    ghostman1960 Static Nomad

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    Does anyone tether their cellphone to their PC? I'm on a pay as you go plan from Net10 on a 4G phone that has unlimited data. I just downloaded a tethering app and it works great.

    Its pretty fast on my PC for what it is and I can watch video and other streaming media with no problems.

    Every once in a while the app closes but all I have to do is restart it again and away I go.
     
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    I'd bet Net10 T&C prohibit tethering.
     

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    Supreme Court ruled that providers are no longer allowed to prohibit tethering.
     
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    Well in that case I'd lose my bet. :)

    We've used our phones to tether to a netbook when wifi wasn't available. But not very often anymore. We don't have unlimited data however, so it couldn't replace our regular connection.
     
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    How about a few details about the app? Do you have to have a router to connect to the phone or what?
     
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    I'd imagine it's either connected to the computer via USB cable or WiFi.
     
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    The app is called Faveset klink and it tethers via a USB cable. Its a very easy app to operate and is easy to set up.
     
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    Not exactly. They still let Verizon prohibit it, and they are the ones who lost the lawsuit.
     
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    I missed everything about this, what is AT@T policy on tethering?

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  10. Lesh

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    I use an app called "EasyTether", which cost $4.95 and works great. I works with Verizon. It the only app I have ever paid for.
     
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    ATT lets you but you have to pay a extra $30 a month or something like that. Plus if you have a data cap you will hit it fast while tethered to your PC.
     
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    If you have an Android phone, just root it and you will have all the features on the phone unlocked. Pretty easy to do these days, just Google it. I use my phone (4g hotspot) + laptop everyday,while at work......like right now. :)
     
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    When Verizon licensed their LTE spectrum, the auction's original agreement stated that the licensee "shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee's C Block network, subject to narrow exceptions."

    The FCC ruled that the prohibition of tethering violated that. Verizon settled, but this will have an effect on their service plans. Since the other major providers licensed different spectrum from auctions with different regulations, they aren't bound by this (although, since we are licensing public resources to these companies, I'd like to see more such FCC regulation for such spectrum auctions in the future).

    It's technically possible to enable tethering without a tethering plan, but it may be a violation of contract. Not that AT&T will notice the difference unless they're inspecting your traffic.

    AT&T does, in fact, inspect traffic to catch unauthorized tethering, but whether it's out of kindness or limited resources, they tend to only look (or at least only bother going after) the most troublesome/most likely culprits. So, (hint, hint) if you aren't going over their caps they probably aren't going to bother to look.
     
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    So its illegal on Net10?
     
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    I found it not allowed per their T&C yesterday. Whether or not it's legal for them to terminate you for tethering, I have no idea.
     
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    There's no legal issue one way or another with tethering on Net10. It's simply a contractual issue with them.
     
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    We recently drove to Florida and both my kids tethered their wifi iPads to their iPhone with an app called Tetherme. Since all out iPhones are jailbroken, the app is free. I have used it many times with no issues
     
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    I with verizon and have easy tether on my phone. I dont use it that much, but it sure comes in handy sometimes. Speed is pretty decent too.