ATT Going after tether-ers

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  1. czerdrill

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    Its about time if you are tethering huge date either to run your home network or to stream torrents you reap what you sow. I have tethered only a few times when I could not connect to a network with my laptop not very noticable on my data usage. But come on if you have been tethering ungodly amounts of data what do you think,they will catch up with you. A few people who do this have ruined it for the rest of us. And now we are surprised that they are cracking down. Its not a right to steal bandwidth by tethering if you want to tether pay for it and stop stealing and penalizing others.
     
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    I'm also "for" this, I hope they all start doing it.
     
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    The (modified) Natey2 Pricing Model/Formula for Smartphone Data v1.2, which I recommend Carriers to adopt immediately:

    F = K * GB^2 + C

    No, this formula was not inspired by the KGB :)

    F is the monthly fee to be charged by the Carrier.
    K is the connection speed coefficient, e.g. with 3G being 1.0, and 4G being 1.5
    GB is the amount of data transferred by user.
    C is the fixed/base amount the Carriers want to make monthly regardless, e.g. $30

    So, someone using 2GB on 3G will pay 1 x 2 x 2 + $30 , or $34 for that month.

    On 4G, that would cost 1.5 x 2 x 2 + $30 , or $36 for the month.

    Someone using 5GB?
    On 3G, it would cost $55.00
    On 4G, it would cost $67.50

    And that guy using 20GB on 3G will pay $430 for the month :)


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    Let me guess, you must use wifi and don't watch YouTube or Netflix. Am I right?

    MIUI
     
  6. czerdrill

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    Correct...doesnt make a difference though cuz I'm on an unlimited plan...and I suspect so are you...so yes I agree with carriers doing this
     
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    Have to agree and I'm also unsympathetic.

    Also, the plans are a little better now, so people can't make that argument as easily - 4 gigs for $50 including hotspot, which is basically $20 extra for up to 3+ gigs of tether.

    There's still not a pay-as-you-go type deal that might make the rest of us more honest, but I doubt VZW cares if you tether a little on occasion. The one's they want to monetize are those tethering consistently AND using over probably 1 gig or so a month.
     
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    you people make me laugh

    you just admitted to tethering. so you stole bandwidth. so you should lose your unlimited data plan ...right?
    get off you high horse that its ok for you cause you only did it a little bit.
    you illegally tethered(although legality is really questionable)
    if i got rob a bank and only get 5 bucks i guess its ok since most bankrobbers are gettng thousands.
    where do you get your logic.


    That in mind if some is using a llarge amount of data and they can prove it was tethered they shoudl get 1 warning.
    if they continue than i dont have a problem with them changing their plan.
    (which they can do since in the contract it does specifically mention this)

    But to talk down to them after admitting you did the same thing makes no logical sense.
     
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    Meh, it doesn't seem like vzw cares if you tether a little, I'm sure everyone who's rooted has at least tried it just to see what it's about. But if you're dumb enough to replace your isp, you deserve a plan change...no warning required, if you are tethering you know it's a violation of tos
     
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    Agreed, I have tethered a little but I also knew when I was doing it I was risking getting caught and having my contract terminated (albeit a small chance of that happening). I like the one warning idea, they could even do a mass e-mail or mass mail flyer explaining that tethering is clearly against ToS and if you are caught you will be terminated by public stoning and or a firing squad......but most likely they will just adjust your bill accordingly.
     
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    I tether every once in awhile, but I have also been over 9 gigs before with no tethering. So tethering itself is not the issue. Its the fact that its easier to use more data tethering, than it is just on the phone.

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    well

    it wasnt you too i was annoyed at :) i understand their stance.
    i just dont like someone talking to some like they are a piece of trash because they are tethering.
    I dont think it should be used as an isp especially if you do have alternatives.
    I dont have any land based internet. so I looked at my options. I went to tmobile for their 4g hotspot. and payed tethering for the g2x so i can get internet . kinda sucks only having 15 gigs amonth. :)
    i use the droid to watch netflix, but dont tether since its just 3g and service here for verizon actually sucks.
    so dont have a problem with them charging. but for someone to say well i did it but now you blankers ruined it for me. just irks me.