Will tethering on droid get you in trouble with VZW?

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  1. Vulcan1600

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    And you're going to be the first one to post on here that you got caught and how unfair VZW is. Trust me, some accounts bring up big old red flags and you could be a target, especially if you're using that much.
     
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    eh nothing yet and dont see anything coming soon. SOO TIME TO GET ME SOME NOOBS
     
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    well reguardless ill post up in a couple of months and see what happens. Time to go to bed. See you guys later
     
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    So, your original post said the VZW store manager looked at the TOS with you and found nothing, can you tell me what store this was? It seems like all your posts after that were just you bragging about all the GB of data you have used. I worked for VZW until recently, and I'm telling you to be careful.
     
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    This is why VZW may be looking into charging folks. Come one people a lil common sense. You are going to tether off your droid like it is a cable modem at the house, really.
    Its the 10%. I bet you using a lot of torrents aren't you; downloading netflix, music, whatever. How about get call the phone company or cable company for a modem for your xbox and movies; and just use the droid to tether sparingly.
    Vzw may or may not be tracking it now; but if you fools keep burning through a bunch of bandwidth they gonna make it an issue. So, in other words, you folks being stupid burning through all this bandwidth is going to draw more attention and cause problems for everyone.
     
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    Agreed. For Verizon Wireless, finding people for violating their TOS is as simple as pulling up a spreadsheet of users in a specific area and sorting by bandwidth used.
     
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    I bought my Droid from Verizon, from the sales manager there. he's the one that told me about PDAnet and tethering because I specifically asked if it costs extra to tether, he said no and that there is no tethering package/fee associated with this phone, only with blackberry devices (guessing they can only get away with that since it's not as open a platform as android market is.) I asked him if there were any bandwidth limitations, he said no. So take the paranoia with a grain of salt, I'm not worried in the least bit. :D
     
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    Is it me or does a lot of sales reps say you can tether the droid without any additional costs?
     
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    Not to be a nudge - but the article said:

    " ...on receiving the first bill, Bob St. Germain called Verizon and discovered that the two-year promotional period, which neatly allowed free downloads, had expired."

    So, all the tethering he did during the promo period is not at issue from Verizon's standpoint. He is only being charged for data usage after the promo expired. Thus - tethering with an "Unlimited" data plan, is not a problem.

    The software including instructions on how to tether, came WITH my previous phone ( & unlimited data plan). Verizon even walked me through setting it up. AND, when I upgraded two days ago, to the new HTC Incredible, I specifically asked if software was onboard to do this. I was told to simply download the App and I'd be good to go.

    Tether on, my Unlimited Data Plan, friends....
    Willow :greendroid:
     
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    They have no legal means to charge you an astronomical bill per kB for tethering if you have unlimited data plan. There is no paragraph in the contract that addresses that . The only thing that they can do is to cancel your contract and make you pay a ETF , or charge you extra 30$ which is their price for tethering . Either way I use a proxy and SSH tunnel so there's no way to tell if I'm tethering and the speeds are pretty good , >1.5MB/s thanks to the fearful people that are not using the bandwidth leaving it wide open for us .
     
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    Not sure how many times this has to come up.

    From another thread by Romple.

    "So I was bored and this thread is precious so I went to the VZW customer agreement.

    I don't care about who says it's legal or not. Just quoting it cause a lot of people apparently have never read it. This is technically what we all agree to when we sign up.

    If you cancel a line of Service, or if we cancel it for good cause, during its contract term, you'll have to pay an early termination fee. If your contract term results from your purchase of an advanced device after November 14, 2009, your early termination fee will be $350 minus $10 for each full month of your contract term that you complete. (For a complete list of advanced devices, check verizonwireless.com/advanceddevices.) Otherwise, your early termination fee will be $175 minus $5 for each full month of your contract term that you complete. Cancellations will become effective on the last day of that month's billing cycle, and you are responsible for all charges incurred until then. Also, if you bought your wireless device from an authorized agent or third–party vendor, you should check if they charge a separate termination fee.

    What Are Verizon Wireless' Rights to Limit or End Service or End this Agreement?

    We can, without notice, limit, suspend or end your Service or any agreement with you for any good cause, including, but not limited to: ............ or (ii) if you, any user of your device or any account manager on your account: ......... (d) modify your device from its manufacturer's specifications; or (e) use your Service in a way that negatively affects our network or other customers. We can also temporarily limit your Service for any operational or governmental reason.

    Unlimited Smartphone and BlackBerry Plans and Features

    These Wireless Email plans and features cannot be used: (1) for access to the Internet, intranets or other data networks except as the device’s native applications and capabilities permit, unless you subscribe to Mobile Broadband Connect; or (2) for any applications that tether your device to laptops or personal computers other than for use of the Wireless Sync or the BlackBerry solution, unless you subscribe to Mobile Broadband Connect.
    We may monitor you compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with these terms and conditions, but we will not monitor the content of your communications except as otherwise expressly permitted or required by law. [See verizonwireless.com/privacy.] "

    The Droid's "unlimited data plan" is NOT "Mobile Broadband Connect." The latter is a separate service plan that provides up to 5 gigabytes of download/upload per month for an additional $30 per month.

    Information about whether such a plan is available for the Droid is inconsistent, to say the least, but even if it IS available the plan limits tethering to five gigabytes per month.

    On the other hand, tethering apparently IS allowed for the Droid Incredible. VZW even details how to do it on their website IF you subscribe to the Mobile Broadband Connect plan. Thus, I'd expect such a plan to be extended to the Droid, as well. However, once again, such a plan has a five gigabyte per month limit. Period.
     
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