Ileagal to Tether

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  1. jgumphress

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    I was wondering if anyone has actually bean caught by Verizon for tethering using a private app like PDAnet or something similar. If so what did Verizon do.
     
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    ive not seen anyone get caught for normal usage (no xbox/ps3 tethering) but u dont wanna be the first.

    i suppose they could cancel your account...
     
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    That is kind of what I thought. I've read many times in this forum of individuals using a tether app all the time. I use the VZW Broad Band Wireless right now and I'm not to happy with the speed. But with tether it is several time faster, go figure. So I was considering not updating my broad band device when it ends and using tether. Maybe even signing up with VZW's tether service.
     
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    im pretty sure VZWs tether service is still limited.
     
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    if you pay for tethering it follows the same rules as the wireless broadband card. 5gb max bandwidth per billing cycle.
     
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    thought so. just wasnt positive.
     
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    unfortunately i'm well aware of the 5gb max as i go over that every month with my work provided broadband card... Usually have to find a hotspot or use wifi tethering.
     
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    but to answer the OP's question...


    its not illegal to tether but it is against the Terms Of Service agreement that you signed. If caught you can either be charged per megabyte for the data you used and/or have your contract cancelled which you would still be responsible for a $350.00 early termination fee per line.

    The per megabyte charge is $1.99 per megabyte, and per gig its $2,037.76

    To my knowledge nobody has been caught using wifi tether but thats not saying there not going to start looking into it.
     
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    I've been using USB tethering built-into Froyo, and so far no problems (I should mention that I am rooted and running Project Elite v2 rom). Had a power outage a few months ago, and needed to use it for 2-3 days. No problems or extra charges.
     
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    I can't remember where I read this, but the way I understand it is that so long as you aren't doing anything excessive (ie, reaching 5 GBs in two weeks), you'll be fine as VZW turns a blind eye to things. So, no downloading Iron Man 2 in 720p.
     
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    After Googling "theft of service" this is what I found:

    Theft of service is defined by state laws, which vary by state, but typically define the crime as knowingly securing the performance of a service by deception or threat, diverting another's services to the actor's own benefit, or holding personal property beyond the expiration of rental period without consent of the owner. Intent to avoid payment may be presumed under certain circumstances, such as failure to pay for an applicable rental charge within 10 days after receiving written notice demanding payment.

    That is as far as I read but here is the link:

    Theft of Services Law & Legal Definition

    I personally doubt that Verizon would file criminal charges but civil charges for reimbursement is highly likely when Verizon finally decides to enforce this.
     
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    And good luck winning the class-action suit that would result since VZW already claimed the Droid is incapable of wifi tethering.

    I don't expect them to do anything since tiered plans appear to be inevitable. Why care how people use their 5 gigs as long as they are paying for it? Plus, people who tether will make a decent % of users who would sign up for the highest priced tiers, so it wouldn't make a lot of sense to alienate them.
     
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