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    Tethering Detected message with PdaNet and Easy Tether

    Hello I'm new to the forums and to Android, please bare with me if this has been already addressed else where, I searched for my problem in the Forums but didn't find a solution.

    I've recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy 3. I purchased unlimited data for my phone and I told the customer service rep that my intention was to use it as a HotSpot, since internet service in my home area is lame. I was told by that customer service agent that there were Android apps I can download to make it into a HotSpot. After researching I found both PdaNet and Easy Tether.

    But every time I activate either I get a message on my phone that says:

    Tethering Detected
    Tethering and Portable WiFi Hotspot service requires a subscription plan. Call 611 to subscribe.

    Mind you I called my provider again but of course you get a different representative every time you call in and I was told that they could not help me, since they were not aware of any 3rd party app that could help my situation.

    I read all the reviews and FAQ...I found that with Easy Tether, I can use the USB connection and that the String Agent for my computer and smart phone should correlate in order for the message not to be triggered since "Some carriers inspect your HTTP traffic for the so-called user agent string in order to detect tethering".

    After following the instructions I'm still getting the message "Tethering Detected". I've searched the internet and haven't found any other solution. Can anyone assist me?
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    Not sure who your carrier is, but I'm going to assume that if you want to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, then I'm betting there's an extra monthly fee on top of your current data plan so you can use that feature. At least on Verizon, technically it's not legal to tether using just a data plan which is why they have a mobile hotspot plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dezymond View Post
    Not sure who your carrier is, but I'm going to assume that if you want to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, then I'm betting there's an extra monthly fee on top of your current data plan so you can use that feature. At least on Verizon, technically it's not legal to tether using just a data plan which is why they have a mobile hotspot plan.
    Interesting...I was not aware it was ilegal...and neither time was I told my my service provider that what I was doing was ilegal, in fact like I mentioned above...the rep herself suggested that I can find an app to assist me in making my phone a HotSpot. Both times I called the reps did mention that I could purchase a HotSpot plan...but that it would only limit me to 2g...and I told them I needed it for my online biz...thus I purchased my unlimited data plan. How confusing...not being techy doesn't help the situation...sigh. Thanks for your input
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    I have used PDAnet for several months with no problems at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magickhapns View Post
    Interesting...I was not aware it was ilegal...and neither time was I told my my service provider that what I was doing was ilegal, in fact like I mentioned above...the rep herself suggested that I can find an app to assist me in making my phone a HotSpot. Both times I called the reps did mention that I could purchase a HotSpot plan...but that it would only limit me to 2g...and I told them I needed it for my online biz...thus I purchased my unlimited data plan. How confusing...not being techy doesn't help the situation...sigh. Thanks for your input
    Well I know on Verizon it can be considered a breach of contract, from what I've been told. Verizon has tethering plans for a reason, to make more money. Not sure about your service provider

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    I believe the "official" ruling is that hacking the Hotspot feature built into the phone to use the Verizon Hotspot itself is a violation of TOS, but due to a recent FCC settlement with Verizon and overriding ruling regarding the 700mHz band on which 4G runs, third party apps such as PDANet which essentially "tether" the phone through software can not be considered a violation of the TOS by Verizon, since doing so essentially violates the rights of use dictated by the FCC.

    This means, if it can be installed and run without modifying the phone or firmware, it is considered legal. Verizon may not like it, and they'll try to change the firmware with updates to circumvent any exploits ("holes") in the system that are taken advantage of to effect the wireless tethering, but there's no legal recourse available to them.

    See below;

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-574...ns-to-you-faq/
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    I'm curious how the OP recently purchased the phone and Unlimited Data.
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    I don't think the OP is on Verizon...he said "my provider". There are carriers that offer "unlimited data" - some it's still "throttled", though at least one (Sprint), claims true unlimited data.

    Truly Unlimited iPhone Data Plan: Sprint Vs. AT&T & Verizon

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    Quote Originally Posted by wcjeep View Post
    I'm curious how the OP recently purchased the phone and Unlimited Data.
    Hi, I just moved to a new state and my service provider that I had for years can not provide me with adequate service, so I had to go to the local service provider for this area...US Cellular...could only purchases Androids. There was some issues with my billing and when I called to rectify it, that was when I mentioned about my internet service being lame out here as well. The Rep offered me their special on Unlimited Data service for the phone and told me that there are Apps that I could use so I could download that would make my phone a HotSpot, and I could link my computer to my phone and use it for my biz. The second time I call that Rep told me that there are 3rd party Apps that don't "piggy back" on their services that I could use but he didn't know of any to offer me. Android is completely new to me I've only used Iphones before and this tethering is also new to me...prior to moving though my internet service wasn't spectacular it was better then this so I've never looked into making my phone a HotSpot before. All this tethering is so beyond my knowledge so it's very confusing to me. It's been a frustrating journey to figure all this out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxKat View Post
    I don't think the OP is on Verizon...he said "my provider". There are carriers that offer "unlimited data" - some it's still "throttled", though at least one (Sprint), claims true unlimited data.

    Truly Unlimited iPhone Data Plan: Sprint Vs. AT&T & Verizon
    What does "Throttled" mean?
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