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    Tethering: Why does VZW care when what I see on laptop is same as phone?

    hi

    great forum i found here.

    what im trying to say is..........I go on the SAME sites on my droid x as I do when Im tethering to laptop.

    Only diff is I see a larger screen, the date TX and RX is the same amount so why would VZW care about tethering at all if you do the SAME thing on the laptop as your cell?

    Also its better for my eyes !
    Last edited by boo99; 07-21-2010 at 10:18 AM.
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    It's what more you can do off the phone. They're worried about people torrenting, or constantly using it as a replacement for regular broadband. There was some kid I saw that posted he was up to over 60 gigs one month because he was using it constantly for XBox Live.
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    my 20mb down connection is even flaky with xbox live sometimes. I can't imagine trying to use a 3g connection for it????
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    Haha yeah I'd never do that. The latency for FPS must be awful. That's a kid I wouldn't want on my team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkay View Post
    It's what more you can do off the phone. They're worried about people torrenting, or constantly using it as a replacement for regular broadband. There was some kid I saw that posted he was up to over 60 gigs one month because he was using it constantly for XBox Live.
    hey there, thank you for the speedy reply.

    that is what I thought really. Kiddies that stay on there with like you said, 60g...........60 GIG! S--T........

    now thats the whole reason carriers need to police the tethering---->Abuse.

    dam shame.

    So if I just do it for what I normally use it for on the PDA Net, will it be cool? I know it violates TOS but I only used barely 1G in 3 weeks.

    Also very interesting that PDA Net is on the Market but VZW doesnt technically allow it.

    My guess is they have to say its not allowed to avoid the problem you said above; some kiddie using it for x box live....how lame.
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    Its all about bandwidth my friend. Something like that is fine but, you have people that abuse it like using it to play their xbox or playstation, or even stream things like netflix. And what that does to the bandwidth is kill the speeds for the rest of us. What makes me laugh is people that use it for playing xbox or ps3 this wasn't really meant for that kind of streaming, stop being cheap and get a local high speed internet carrier and if you can't afford it why do you have a smartphone.

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    General rule of thumb is if you don't abuse it, they won't care. They *could* track certain locations/ports/etc to find people tethering, but it's not worth their time and money. It's easier to just look for people using way too much bandwidth and flag the offenders that way. When I was on AT&T the unspoken cap was about 2GB before they started taking notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FnTwizted View Post
    Its all about bandwidth my friend. Something like that is fine but, you have people that abuse it like using it to play their xbox or playstation, or even stream things like netflix. And what that does to the bandwidth is kill the speeds for the rest of us. What makes me laugh is people that use it for playing xbox or ps3 this wasn't really meant for that kind of streaming, stop being cheap and get a local high speed internet carrier and if you can't afford it why do you have a smartphone.

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    I guess I should have said in the OP ----

    Will I get slammed with charges for the tethering I do to check e mail, pay bills and etc.

    I guess VZW is looking for HUGE amounts of GBs and not the small amount I use be in on the cell or laptop.


    I know the Mobile Hotspot was separate when I briefly had a Palm Pre Plus.....it would show up separately under the data.

    Can they even tell then you tether with PDA Net vs viewing web on the phone?

    Odd the offer the 2mb Mobile Hotspot plan for 20.00 on the Droid X but PDA Net is free in the market.
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    If they did deep packet inspection, sure. They could see the user agent reported by your browser and know you're not running IE/FF/Chrome on your DX.

    Are they going to do that, though? No. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkay View Post
    If they did deep packet inspection, sure. They could see the user agent reported by your browser and know you're not running IE/FF/Chrome on your DX.

    Are they going to do that, though? No. :-)
    hmmm ok. maybe i should just get the 20.00 mobile hotspot thing before im charged for an inspection ----lol:-)
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