Root + Free Wifi hotspot is illegal

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    Aren't you stealing if you hotspot for free? Cuz the carrier charges for it if u didn't root.
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    Only if you kiss and tell!!!!
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    ^^I don't get it. You said it is illegal in the thread title but your post was a question of its legality.
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    I'm usually againts piracy and stealing and although I don't tether myself (no use for it) I support those who do.

    If you want a smartphone you are forced to get a data plan for it, if you are forced to pay for data you should be able to use it however you want.

    People who tether might be doing something illegal but it's Verizon who's doing something wrong.

    And don't get me started on all that crapware they preinstall on almost all phones.

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    This sounds like a instigating topic, that's going to lead to nothing but a counter productive thread.
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    Sorry I meant to present my point of view and ask others (especially those who work for a carrier) what the actual law saws about this
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    Using the Rooted WiFi or the non root Tether without adding the Mobile BroadBand Connect feature to your account is not "illegal" but it is against the Terms and Conditions of your service agreement with VZW.

    If for some reason your account get flagged for review and it turns out you are tethering via a third party app or with Rooted WiFi then your account could be disconnected due to violation of the T&C agreement you entered with VZW.

    Does this happen? Not often but it can happen. If your average data useage is 1-5GB per month on your handset and then jumps to 50-100GB a month you should not be surprised to get a call/email/letter from VZW.
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    Rooting your phone is NOT illegal, it just violates the TOS and your Warranty. However some of the apps and or things you can do with a rooted phone MAY be illegal.


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    Sounds to me like someone is upset cause they can't figure out how to hack apps...

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    Possibly, thread could go in multiple directions at this point..
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    was about to say the same thing ...
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    In a sense, it's illegal because you're technically stealing a service. I can't justify it, and I'm not going to try, but I do tether.

    I really don't feel bad now that VZW is giving iPhone users tether access for free.
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    [leaving and keeping my $.02]
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    Nobody ever said the tether access on the iPhone will be free. They just mentioned that the option is in the menu. It will STILL bring you to a VZW signup page if you try and use it.
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    VZW has openly stated that it's free, as they're trying to makeup for the inability to talk and use data at the same time.

    In fact, iOS 4.3 is installing the free wireless tether app on all iPhones.
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    Not if you agree to the TOS which states otherwise.

    Perhaps but that's a matter for the courts.
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    I think Verizon just wants the ability to go after users who abuse their device. Yes, us Droid users have been able to tether (rooted) for a long time. Yes, Verizon had the option of charging us for tethering but never did. Of the thousands of droid users tethering, Verizon hasn't done anything about them, why? Because they stay under the 5GB limit and don't abuse their wireless data. I've called Verizon Wireless probably 10 times and gotten every tech to say it is ok to Tether as long as I stay under 5GB and that there is no way to pay for tethering (I even asked to pay so I could do it without breaking the TOS) -- and they said they couldn't and that it was ok to tether as long as I didn't go past 5GB.

    I think the TOS is there to legally slam users doing XX GB tethering on their droid loading up the network.
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    i hope you got those techs' names if vzw ever does come after you haha...but seriously i doubt they'd ever try to stop you, itd be a waste of their time
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    There is a $20 plan that will allow the use of tethering via 3G Hotspot.
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    Not for the D1 there isn't. Verizon's official stance is that the D1 does not have the hardware for wireless tethering.
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