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    If Verizon ever has an issue with data consumption it doesn't appear it will be an issue of "how much" as opposed to "what" was using it. From the article I posted from cnet, since you are still required to pay to hotspot tether on an unlimited plan, that is where you could find trouble, however the only way they could prove you using a third party hotspot, hacking the vzw hotspot is to have data sent back to them on apps you download as well as apps you access, just because its on your phone does not mean you use it.

    The only other issue I could see is if your use of 146gb of data was slowing down the network for the rest of us, then you may see a throttle down in your speeds, but again, how much doesn't appear to be a real issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesars View Post
    Agree, I'm about to hook up ps3 and watch Amazon instant upload movies .

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    While I agree 100% that we SHOULD be able to use our "unlimited" data as we see fit, I ask one simple question: If Verizon did suddenly decide to start demanding financial compensation for past tethering use, would YOU want to be the person who finds out the hard way? (note, this isn't directed to anyone in particular, just a question to stir up some thought). I know i'd HATE to be the person who found out the hard way by having my service terminated OR getting a huge bill in the mail. I personally do not enjoy playing with fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave12308 View Post
    While I agree 100% that we SHOULD be able to use our "unlimited" data as we see fit, I ask one simple question: If Verizon did suddenly decide to start demanding financial compensation for past tethering use, would YOU want to be the person who finds out the hard way? (note, this isn't directed to anyone in particular, just a question to stir up some thought). I know i'd HATE to be the person who found out the hard way by having my service terminated OR getting a huge bill in the mail. I personally do not enjoy playing with fire.
    Quite honestly, they could terminate my contract for all I care. Huge bill? [heck] no! I'd take their candy [butts] to court.
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    Both my wife (iPhone 4) and myself (Bionic) use about 60-80 GB each a month. My wife hardly ever tethers, and I used to alot. As much as you do, and on 3G at that. Ive been doing it since my OG Droid with PDANet, and have never had any consequences.
    I invite anyone to comment on this that is SUPPORTIVE, however more TOS badgering will result in my abandoning this thread entirely. Everyone knows the TOS violation argument and those who perpetuate it have too much time on their hands. I've participated in it before and it gets nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelou22 View Post
    Quite honestly, they could terminate my contract for all I care. Huge bill? [heck] no! I'd take their candy [butts} to court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graymayre View Post
    Both my wife (iPhone 4) and myself (Bionic) use about 60-80 GB each a month. My wife hardly ever tethers, and I used to alot. As much as you do, and on 3G at that. Ive been doing it since my OG Droid with PDANet, and have never had any consequences.
    I invite anyone to comment on this that is SUPPORTIVE, however more TOS badgering will result in my abandoning this thread entirely. Everyone knows the TOS violation argument and those who perpetuate it have too much time on their hands. I've participated in it before and it gets nowhere.
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    Well said
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelou22 View Post
    Quite honestly, they could terminate my contract for all I care. Huge bill? [heck] no! I'd take their candy [butts] to court.
    In YOUR case, you would be fine I believe as you're not resorting to any hotspot hacks, and are not using a 3rd party wifi tether workaround. You are using a built-in function of your device, and I think that argument would hold up in court since at no time does the built-in USB tether app inform you that you are using a paid service. My question above was more aimed at the people who use workarounds to tether wirelessly. I just looked up "Mobile Broadband Connect" and the Bionic isn't even listed as a compatible device (AND it doesn't require their VZAccess Manager app to get online) so I don't think they could even use that argument. The ONLY LTE devices that even support the plan are the MiFi devices and the 4G modem "sticks" that plug into the USB port. Even if for some odd godforsaken reason Verizon honestly expects people to pay for USB tethering on their 4G smartphones, there's no way on earth the average person would have ANY idea whatsoever. I think you're fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graymayre View Post
    Both my wife (iPhone 4) and myself (Bionic) use about 60-80 GB each a month. My wife hardly ever tethers, and I used to alot. As much as you do, and on 3G at that. Ive been doing it since my OG Droid with PDANet, and have never had any consequences.
    I invite anyone to comment on this that is SUPPORTIVE, however more TOS badgering will result in my abandoning this thread entirely. Everyone knows the TOS violation argument and those who perpetuate it have too much time on their hands. I've participated in it before and it gets nowhere.
    "Nothing is true, everything is allowed"
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    Wow, 60-80GB each month on 3G?????????? You and your wife must CONSTANTLY be messing with your phones *LOL* I didn't know there was enough hours in a month to accomplish that!
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    I used 6 gigs once watching quite a few episodes of sitcoms on Netflix. At the end of the month I looked back and thought..."What a waste of time staring at a 4" screen." I can only imagine what using 50+ gigs would be like.

    If you have to use the tether function because the BIONIC is your primary internet provider and you gobble up the gigs, have at it. If you just can't put down the phone and socialize with your family, friends, or the outside world because of YouTube, Netflix, and hours upon hours of pron, maybe it's time for an A&E Intervention.
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