this thread is full of people who actually get it, and people who refuse to see it...its pretty clear cut whats happening, why AT&T is doing it, and the differences between "unlimited data" on your cellphone and tethering. the people who are arguing that they "pay for unlimited" just refuse to make the distinction (i refuse to believe that they really can't comprehend the difference...clear cut case of trying to justify something you know is wrong)
I have had the wireless tether application installed for almost a year now and I have used it once when the power went out - by no means is it a home service replacement however it is nice in case of an emergency
I see both sides of the story but seriously...at 80-100 dollars per person, I think these companies are making enough money as it is. They just found that enough people do it bc its an amazing resource, so what's better than to charge for it. "Not on my watch" is all I hear from the smug dude who really cares. Everything uses data. And for you concerned citizens who need to hear yourself say do the right thing, go stop a crack dealer. Not someone using their phone for the internet.
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Again, it's funny that people really think that VZW is just charging "for the hell of it!" Like all the bigwigs are in the conference room going "Larry, we're quadrillionaires, now its time to mislead and screw our customers muhahaha!"
The awesome thing is the only thing that you can do is make posts on these forums complaining about it, because you're completely insignificant to Verizon (as am I, and everyone else here)...
Good. People that tether should have to pay for their internet service like the rest of us do. If you don't like the caps, get dsl or cable internet. No one is forcing you to use Verizon's network as your only source of internet.
Occasional tethering is fine, like in an emergency. But using 50 gigs a month is just slowing the network down for the rest of us.
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*Sigh* I miss Alltel. I could get truly unlimited mobile broadband with them for $59 a month, or add truly unlimited tethering to my phone for $20 a month.
I did finally break down and give up my Alltel plan on my phone about a week ago in order to try to improve my service, but I do still have my $59 unlimited mobile broadband.
You'd think these guys could take a hint. Alltel was an excellent provider with excellent pricing, and although they were not the biggest provider, they were growing quickly, and had the lowest debt ratio of any of the big guys, meaning they actually made lots of money.
This thread is very close to being shut down. Please control the swearing and tempers in here. No more warnings.
As for the data usage, if you want to tether, then you can pay for it. VZW is not a non-profit organization, last I checked it was a for profit company. If you don't understand the difference between unlimited data from your device and tethering, then you need to do a Google search. If you can't afford the cost to tether if that's your main internet at home, then you probably need to go to a pay as you go plan and a cheap non-smartphone device.
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