Will Verizon Catch Me Tethering My Droid? ;)

Discussion in 'HTC Droid Incredible' started by Whiskas, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Whiskas
    Offline

    Whiskas New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2010
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I am going to be hanging out at my luddite manfriend's for a week. He's a mountain hippie and doesn't have The Information Tubes. Will Verizon catch on if I tether my MacBook using PDANet? My understanding is that to catch somebody tethering illegally, they look at the amount of data the person downloads. I won't be downloading anything; just watching Netflix instantly.Do you think The Man will catch on?
  2. Atook
    Offline

    Atook New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have no idea if they'll catch on, but 'just watching Netflix' instantly is a huge badwidth suck. I haven't measured it, but I'd guess about 300MB per 2 hr movie, that's quite a bit. Not to mention that is streaming netflix is something the phone cannot do.
  3. Droid101
    Offline

    Droid101 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    687
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    New York State
    The one thing I don't suggest tethering on is streaming movies.
    1. Because they use ALOT of bandwidth and
    2. A tether over 3g is only so fast so video quality and loading speed wont be too bad.

    But after saying that even if you do I don't think they'll care as long as you arent downloading 7GB each month lol. I say go for it!

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
  4. sillyrabbitt123
    Offline

    sillyrabbitt123 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    892
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    not to hijack but is pdanet legal to use? if not why would google put it in the market place?

    thanks
  5. Juggernaut
    Offline

    Juggernaut New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Triad, NC
    Come on now don't you know the Droid Does dancedroid.;):D I had a friend test to see if it would work after hearing about people using XBOX live and indeed it works. It took about 10 mins to load and didn't have the best picture quality (didn't have great 3G at the time) but it played without twitching.

    The app is legal but tethering is against VZWs terms and conditions. They want you to pay for tethering.
  6. doug piston
    Offline

    doug piston Premium Member Rescue Squad Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,203
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Unplug your intratubes, wear a tinfoil hat and hide in the basement... Big red is coming for you..
  7. jkhonea
    Offline

    jkhonea DF Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3,016
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Snellville, GA
    Yes, tethering through PDANet is against the TOC's and if, somehow, you pop up on Verizon's radar using it, you can face charges and possible account issues. This seems to be very rare and like others have said, if you aren't dumb about how you use it, meaning don't constantly stream movies and such, you should be just fine. Basically, don't over do it.
  8. ChugIt
    Offline

    ChugIt New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Indianapolis, IN.
    I overdo it all the time. I use 10-15GB every month and have been since it has been available. I've shown screen shots to prove it several times. You're fine, tether.
  9. sillyrabbitt123
    Offline

    sillyrabbitt123 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    892
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks for the info. using it now.

    I have a usb stick but i had to lend that to the wife then i was stuck with access i can honestly say the DInc and Pdanet BLOW away the usb727 stick I was using night and day cannot believe it.

    the only thing i miss is now my phone is in use and cannot make calls tried my vonage softphone but the connection sucked.
  10. aminaked
    Offline

    aminaked New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2010
    Messages:
    2,186
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    California, USA
    VZ doesn't seem to mind people using tethering apps. I tend to think that they are "throwing us a bone" for getting on the bandwagon so early.
  11. webby
    Offline

    webby New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I've used PdaNet for a long time now, but only use it when traveling or when our broadband at home goes out. I don't stream movies, that sort of thing. It does the job for me, but I don't abuse it.

    Recently my wife and I were in LA at a convention in an expensive downtown hotel where the Wifi cost $12.95 a day + the usual high hotel taxes. We of course, were tethering our laptop to our Android phone, and since we were there for 6 days, PdaNet saved us quite a bit of loot.

    Once you pay your onetime PdaNet $29 license fee, you can transfer it from phone to phone when you change phones. And you can use it on multiple computers. I have it set up for our laptop, our netbook, and even our desktop for when our broadband goes down for maintenance. It's nice to have a backup!
  12. jkhonea
    Offline

    jkhonea DF Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3,016
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Snellville, GA
    Agree completely. I've been using PDANet since my old Windows MobileOS phones. I use it for tethering in the car when I'm travelling, definitely not often. As said above, I make it a point of not streaming movies. Nor do I use it to download large amounts of files. Primarily to websurf and check e-mail. Never had a problem over several years.
  13. huskerkate
    Offline

    huskerkate Premium Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2010
    Messages:
    2,651
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    WOW! i've been tethered for months, but generally only use it at home with my work laptop. but i was on vacation a few weeks ago, and my usage jumped "way up" to 2 gb for the month. i was freaking out a little that VZW might flag me. but now i'm not so worried - thanks!! dancedroid

  14. Droidorexic
    Offline

    Droidorexic New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I am having similar concerns over tethering except mine involve Easy Tether Pro and online gaming.

    The story of my life involves a clash between horribly slow internet connections and a love for online gaming. Right now, we have satellite internet and I have a deep, almost sacred love for the game War Rock (a game I have been unable to play for over a year because of our connection).

    So, when I discovered that the phone in my possession (Droid Xdancedroid) could connect to my laptop and share its unlimited 3G data plan with it, a joyful tear came to my eye. I took complete advantage of this and reconnected with my long lost multiplayer friend, War Rock. Those two hours were the best I've experienced in a long time (not to mention, they were completely lag free :-D). Too bad that the stupid logic center in my brain started putting negative thoughts in my head like, "What if Verizon doesn't allow this?" I decided to play it safe and listen to my gut.

    SO, I did some research and found out that this does violate Verizon's TOS, and that tethering is risky business, etc, etc, etc. My heart was broken. I thought I had found a solution to my slow internet problems only to find out that Verizon forbids it.

    But of course, why would I fear Verizon if just about no-one has been caught by them? This is the only way I can fulfill m passion and I do not plan to ignore it. I just need to know one thing, does online gaming come across as extra noticeable to the Verizon police?

    Thanks!!!
  15. tribbey
    Offline

    tribbey New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    dayton ohio
  16. liberty1
    Offline

    liberty1 New Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Best not to abuse tethering. AT&T and Verizon are both checking usage.
  17. incrediblesense
    Offline

    incrediblesense New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Edit: Verizon does NOT have a data cap. However, people say it's better to play it safe and stay under 5 GB when using un-authorized tethering.
  18. jf7609
    Offline

    jf7609 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Upstate New York

    Oh come on, over do it? Talk to me when you match my 50 gigs last month. :p I actually just saw on another forum someone put a screen shot from their phone showing they had used 128 gigs. Now that's some serious data for a phone!
  19. jf7609
    Offline

    jf7609 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Upstate New York
    There is no 5 gig cap for unlimited. Unlimited is unlimited. I used 50 gigs last month and 35 the month before. Download speeds never fluctuated.
  20. paulman
    Offline

    paulman New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You and Me already paying them "Unlimited" data plan, no reason for them to come after anybody.
Search tags for this page
can verizon catch me tethering
,
can verizon catch you tethering
,
does tethering cost money
,
does usb tethering cost me money
,
easytehter pro
,
how would verizon catch you tethering
,

is pdanet legal

,
pdanet has verizon caught anyone
,

verizon catch tethering

,

verizon caught me tethering

,
verizon pdanet netflix
,
will verizon catch me tethering