Why is 3G so slow? *Pics Inside**

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    I have tethered my laptop with PdaNet for a few days was was doing some speed tests and they are not so speedy!

    Why is that?

    ALSO: Will Verizon charge you more when you tether? The Droid does have unlimited but you never know.

    This is with (2) Bars of 3G

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    Teathering is a feature on the Droid or any other phone that you get through verizon and the charge for the feature is 30 to 60 dollars for having it on your plan.
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    You mean by using PdaNet to tether they will charge me $30.00 a month extra?
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    Tethering by hacking like PdaNet is free unless you get caught.
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    If they find out, it'll be a lot more.
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    How do you *Not* get caught? I'm using it now :)
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    Don't use an extravagant amount of data per month and you'll probably go undetected. No guarantees though. As they say, use at your own risk.
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    Add it on to your plan. They deffinately can tell by your data usage. I have seen it happen.
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    The problem as it stands right now is that I don't believe there is an official tethering plan for the Droid, so it can't be added.

    To the OP - how are you tethering ?? USB or Bluetooth ? I got great results with PDANet last week (able to watch a complete hour of House on Hulu).

    I don't tether much, only if I'm in an area with no WiFi and need to do something on my laptop.
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    You know you may be right about that.. I can't check if it can be added to my phone because I can't change or add features to my account. But you may just be right. I try to talk people out of teathering and into data cards all the time so IDRK but they can see the data usage and compare to the general population. They see everything.......:icon_eek:
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    i think i got "caught" using PDAnet because i noticed a $6 bill toward "data" on top of the $30.00 monthly access
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    did you use over 5gb of data? They can't tell based on useage, there are peeps who streem music and video all day.
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    I am using PDANet now (USB) trying to watch a movie on Hulu and I cant view it. As you can see my photos posted my 3G speed is terrible and the movie is just buffering and doesnt do anything else :mad:

    Seem like I have dial-up!!!

    P.S. This would be great for me because I have limited satellite internet.
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    Are you sure you're actually getting 3G service (not 1X) ? What does the symbol on the phone indicate ? Have you done a speed test without tethering ?
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    I would call Verizon and ask them what that $6 charge is... I'm curious.
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    3G service- 2 and 3 bars. Just did a speed test without tethering SAME THING. Sloooooooooow 42KB Download. Why?????
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    Hmmmm...not a clue! First thing I would probably try is a battery pull/reboot. If that doesn't fix it, I'd probably put in a call to Verizon. Maybe try in another area if you can (to narrow down if it's a phone problem or cell tower problem).

    I feel for you in regards to Sat Internet. Had that years ago when it was the only thing available where I used to live. Not I can get 10Mb DSL!
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    Highly doubt that's from you getting caught tethering. It's against their TOS, not just an extra charge if you use it. I'm about 95% sure they'd do more than just throw an extra $6 charge on your bill and not say anything for that.
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    Sat Internet and Dial-up is all our town can get. What "should" the speed be of the 3G Network? I'm getting 42KB now :icon_eek:

    Oooo, one more thing I did ask Verizon about towers and they would not tell me where they were but they did say the closest one for me was 2 1/2 miles away, which is not good for me.
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    I downloaded the SpeedTest.net app from the Market and got 789 kbps down and 609 kbps up.
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