how much can i tether before Verizon notices?

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  1. searayman
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    How much can i tether before verizon gets mad at me for tethering?
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    Depends on VZW mood.... Some people say 5G but according to some actual VZW employees that are on the forums VZW has the 'ability' to tell if/when you do ANY tethering so... Technically the can bill you (or worse) for ANY tethering but the consensus is (unofficially) that they will ignore you until you go over a few Gigs. I haven't heard of anyone actually being billed/penalized yet but thatcould be for any number of reasons.
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    Why would anyone torrent or download iso's with there phone...
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    Stay under 5gb and you should stay under the radar...
    I've seen some stories of people using 25gb+ and not having a problem. But I smell BS.
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    This is a screenshot of someone I know, who uses on average, 15-20GB per month using PDANet, and has for a couple of years.
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    When I used to be on the blackberry forusm, I heard a few complaints of people being billed, so I think it definetaly does happen.
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    I have never heard a first hand, or even a verifiable second hand report of someone being billed for tethering.
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    I have consistently been tethering using either pdanet tetherberry and now tethering on andriod and usually use anywhere between 3-10GB a month and not even a small peep out of verizon. i have done this for about 4 years now.

    before it use to raise a flag when people went over 5gb of data on a crappy winmo phone but with todays devices which offer similar to desktop quality apps for maps, videos, music, etc id say you would have to go over 25Gb before it MAYBE raises a flag
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    it seems really dumb that they (and ATT, sprint, etc) limit the aircards and wifi hotspots to 5gig for 60 bucks a month when we get truly unlimited for 30 bucks. seems really strange. the people using aircards should just get a phone that can tether and do that with no restrictions for 30 bucks.
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    Out of curiosity, does anyone know what the penalty is if you are caught? Is it a per MB charge or would it be a flat fee for using the service?
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    Idiots like your friend are the ones that cause problems for people that legitimately use their phone and lightly tether.

    Sorry, but this issue makes my blood boil. Dumb asses that tether and use such huge amounts of bandwidth will ultimately ruin it for everyone and contribute to massive congestion on networks.
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    I believe per Mb...Could be wrong tho...
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    I have to agree here...
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    Thought I would throw this in...

    When I got my Droid about a month ago, the guy at Verizon said "Yah, and a cool thing you can download is PDANet. It allows you to Tether for free". So, I ask, "Well, I had a BlackBerry before and I know you could not tether without the Verizon (screwy) additional monthly free". He says "Yah, that was for Blackberries, that doesn't apply for the Droid".

    haha. I know this ISN'T true, just thought it was funny. Wonder if I could point to that guy when I get a $10,000 bill for tethering 80 gigs :p
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    Sure! I just KNOW he will be happy to pay the bill for you!

    How about WiFi? Isn't that the "today" way of tethering? cuskit
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    25 Cents a meg is their official cost. However, we had a user at work who chose to disconnect their internet service and just use their usb wifi adapter, put up a ton of usage and verizon cancelled him, at least that was his side of the story, but it let me know not to go too crazy, it's a nice option to have when I am out and need to access my work vpn, otherwise, I have my cable modem at home.
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    They take your Droid and give you an iphone.
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    I agree as well. People can think they can simply abuse tethering and don't think or worse, care, about the consequences. Before congesting the system by using such large bandwidth, perhaps you should think about what that is doing to the system and to others.
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    My Verizon rep told me the same thing. Of course I already knew about it, but I was surprised to hear it come out of his mouth.
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    OK, I got to ask the question. Why do people tether? No wireless network?
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