USB Tether Pricing

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  1. ab41681114
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    Okay, so with all this talk of Verizon's Tiered service and them adding caps to there "unlimited data plan" If I were to USB tether with PDAnet or Wifi Tether with Barnacle is that costing me money or using any type of data limit?

    Basically, when I usb tether am I racking up the bill without knowing?

    If so, is there a free workaround type app?
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    No, you have unlimited data.
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    Unlimited data does NOT cover tethering. That's not to say you'll definitely get charged for it but don't think you are entitled to tether because you have unlimited data.

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    He did not ask it it was OK or not. Yep it violates the TOS you signed, but there is no "fee" associated with it. Tether at will but at your own risk.
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    I wasn't answering if it was ok or not. If you get caught there most certainly is a fee with it. Do it at your own risk yes, but if you do happen to get caught expect to pay the fee. I tether once in a while so I am not anti-tether but I also understand if VZW happens to find out I am going to be charged. Your unlimited data has absolutely nothing to do with tethering.
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    So, if I were to tether for around 12 hours (ride down to Myrtle Beach, sc) would that be pretty noticeable?
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    Honestly I can't say nor do I think anyone really can why some people get caught and some don't. I know a large number of people in this forum have never been charged so I don't know how VZW cracks down on it. Just know there is a risk involved. I have tethered for a couple days on my comp and didn't hear anything about it.
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    They will not let you add their tethering service to an original Droid because they took it out of the OTA and said the device does not support tethering. These are your options....

    1. Upgrade to a newer device that they say is capable of tethering and pay for the service.
    2. Use an app and tether it against their TOS.

    Either of those 2 are gonna be all you can do.
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    u used to have a black berry an i could use the "unlimited internet" on the phone on my computer however they were charging $30 a month to use it
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    I have tethered 10gigs a month and never heard nothing. Yes you could have to pay...no one i have ever heard of has got billed for tethering.
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    Ah.. alright well then, I'll take my chances, how bad is the fee if caught?
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    First offense they chop a hand off, no biggie though you have another one
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    It is $30 a month for a 5GB tethering data cap using their service. The Palm Pre is unlimited tethering (for some stupid reason they get it free). I'm not 100% on if they charge for Blackberry now or not. I know they didn't before but I THINK they may have changed that, don't hold me to that statement though.

    I know people who have added a line and put a Palm Pre on it just to tether.
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    Hi all, have been lurking for a while now but new to posting...

    Have followed some tethering threads for some time, & decided that it would be best to bite the bullet & sign on for Verizon's plan. This morning I called a VZW store to ask about it, and was told to install pdanet from the market, load their software on my laptop, & I was good to go. Asked again for pricing, & she said it was free for droid owners. Sounded too good to be true...

    So I stopped in after work at a different VZW store, and asked the same questions. The tech who helped me told me the exact same thing, and a manager-type that overheard us echoed him. Said that was the beauty of the Droid (mentioned N1 as well); services like turn by turn nav & tethering were no extra charge. He even took my phone, found pdanet free, & installed it. Told me to google search the computer software & load it on the laptop. Still a little skeptical, I asked again how much this would cost per month, and what the limits were. Again, both fellows said it didn't require any fee other than the unlimited data plan I already have, and that this was what made droid so desirable.

    So I'm typing this on my laptop -tethered to the Droid for internet access- still thinking it sounds too good to be true. Used to tether with a Blackberry from Cincinnati Bell, & paid $30/month for the privelege. But... hell, I TRIED to do what I thought was right (pay for the service), giving them multiple chances to sign me to a plan... and three different employees at two different stores INSISTED I just load a free app & tether to my heart's content while paying only for the unlimited data plan I already had.

    Would be greatly interested in hearing about other folks experiences when asking Verizon about tethering plans (specifically for the Motorola Droid & Nexus One)
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    Well, exactly. If they ever claim you were tethering and try to get you to pay, ask how they can look you in the eye and expect you to pay for doing something with your phone that the hardware doesn't support.

    I would love to see what would happen with that one...
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