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how much bandwidth have you tethered?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by droijo, Jul 26, 2010.

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    I basically want to know how much you guys have tethered and the most risk (if you can call it that) you have taken while tethering? I.e.torrent, 1gb files, etc..

    I've only done 11mb because I'm still paranoid, so i'd like to see how far you guys have pushed it and if you guys do so consistently month to month.
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    Few hundred megabytes here. I just use it for web though. It would be stupid in my opinion to blatantly use computer only applications while tethering.
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    forum search is a great tool
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    last month usage was right at 3 gigs for me
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    Find me a thread answering all my questions so you can look cool.

    @rsswg, do you consistently use this much bandwidth and any particular program you use that takes the bulk of the bandwidth or just online browsing?
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    to be honest this is the first time i have looked at the data usage.its mainly only browsing, with a few roms and themes downloaded..email download to
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    Thanks for the info I feel a little better now. If everyone else can input more info that'd be great!
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    Maybe 20 megabytes a month? The only time I ever tether is if I need a different IP address for something (rarely, if ever.) or if I'm driving somewhere with my brother, and he wants to get on Facebook on his iPod Touch or something.
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    the most ive risked is just around 16 GBs

    played MW2 for a while/few days ended up around 16gb of data

    surprising how much more Upload there is than download
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    I only do it when I travel too like at hotels where ill have a better piece of mind tethering than using a hotel wifi. I'd like a general idea so that I know incase I ever need to use it.
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    Wow. I'm surprised 3g is fast enough for that. Thanks for the input.
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    yea i dont know exactly how but like with my wifi at home i can download a good 25 MBPS on my comp easy, my phone usu does around 1.5 3g at home but with 3g im always picked as host as if i had a better connection
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    That's my plan. Have only done some testing, a few megs, to see what optimal channel is with my laptop.

    I view a little tethering if you are on the road as perfectly within the spirit of the contract. Technically, stealing, but their overages are 10 cents a meg....so what are a few megs here and there?

    Here's the thing: they have just two plans available for tethering: $20 for 2 gigs and $30 for 5 gigs, but nothing smaller and no pay-per-use. Some hotels charge $10-$15 per day for internet (always the nicer ones, go figure), so break-even would be 2 days of usage a month (pretty reasonable from that perspective). Not sure if it's data card or a tethering plan, but they offer a daily 100mb for $15 (funny, that's the price hotels charge but theirs is high-speed and unlimited).

    Just seems high pricing for a convenience factor - I can browse on my Droid but the bigger laptop screen is preferable. Any files I need to send via email I can just as easily move to my Droid from PC to send and vice versa. Offer a data plan with 250mb tethering allowance per month (realize N/A for rooted users) for $5 additional and I bet they would sell a ton of those plans.
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    What ROM are you running Droijo??

    I haven't tried the tethering yet. I'm off on a business trip this week and I plan on trying it then.
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    Thanks for all the inputs.

    @mikec, I'm on BB.4

    How many of you guys do this consistently month to month?
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    Ive had my Droid for about three weeks and I use it as my only internet provider. And before everyone starts yelling "Bandwith hog!" please understand I have no other option besides dial-up.

    With that said I have only used 1.6Gb since Ive had my phone. And I also play MW2 using tethering. MW2 uses about 25Mb an hour with voice. I wasnt too sure 3G would be able to handle Xbox live but it runs great. I have never had DSL, just cable internet at my old home, but I would compare a good 3G connection as being comparably to DSL. I rarely lag while playing Xbox live. And I figurd it up, it would take somone playing MW2 for 6 hours a day for a whole month to reach 5Gb.

    I really dont understand why people look down on tethering, I mean whats the difference if I use MY data on my phone or my PC. I can access the same internet from my phone and PC. Im not saying go out and download Gigs and Gigs but as long as you stay under 5Gb it shouldnt be a problem. And wait till LTE comes out, everyone and their brother is going to be tethering. It will most likely replace alot of peoples DSL and Cable line internet.
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    I've used really no more than 5-6GB a month and I tether my ipod touch and my laptop when I travel. I don't sit there and torrent though, if I need higher capacity I just use my home connection or the hotel at that point. I see tethering as getting me access to the net for a little while when there is no other way to do it. Like if I am mobile and need to sync up my Outlook to work on, only takes maybe 20MB or less and only a few minutes to sync it up. I use Slingplayer which does eat up a good bit though at times. I wifi when I can, 3g when there is nothing else. Using it 100% for Internet for my house though would just be dumb.
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    I don't really have an issue with such usage, I don't really care how much people use until the network starts slowing down, then they should be throttled and/or pay more.

    Plans for tethering are ridiculously overpriced for what we are already paying, assuming what I consider "fair use" of a little here and there when traveling (since you can physically move files back-and-forth, it's more a convenience charge than an access charge). Limited tethering (say 250mb per month) should cost $5 a month. I bet that's a rather large opportunity for VZW - I think a lot of non-rooted users would take advantage, but they probably worry about losing too many wireless card people paying $20 a month.

    Now LTE comes out I'd gladly pay $60 for unlimited and replace my home broadband and tether to my heart's content (my home internet is about 2X as fast as LTE and I think it's mostly overkill since I don't stream movies or game). But if you want to cap that at 5gigs then it's not a viable option, hence that's a lost opportunity for VZW to make an extra $30 off me.
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