I search on this here, but I couldn't find anything, so I'm starting up a new post. Let me know if this has already been discussed.
I typically tether my Cliq to my laptop via PDANet. Usually I never noticed anything funny, but recently, when I copy and pasted the URL of an image to a friend of mine, I noticed that the URL was something like this:
I kept seeing something like "http://188.8.131.52/" at the beginning of the URL of the image. I did a reverse DNS lookup, and it's some IP in Lyndhurst... To make sure it was from tethering, I connected to my neighbor's wireless network, pulled the image up again, and got the URL. No weird IP.
So it appears that this is T-Mobile compressing images (or at least doing something with them). The problem is that the 2nd hop seems to be significantly slowing down my browsing... pulling images up on my phone actually appears to be quite a bit faster, which it did not before this happened.
Anyone know any way around this? I set my user agent in the browser of my laptop to an Android user agent string, thinking that it might think I'm on my phone, but that didn't appear to work (but I might have gotten the user agent string wrong).
EDIT: Just a thought, but couldn't a carrier determine whether you're tethering (for free) or not based on the user agent string of your browser? I mean, if I keep sending out a user agent string that says I'm using Chrome, well...