Does Sprint charge you extra for tethering?Support

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  1. blindnoir

    blindnoir Member

    I remember last year when I wanted to tether my blackberry to my laptop I read that i would have to get an addition to my plan that was like $25 to tether or something. What's the deal now with Sprint and tethering phones. I currently have the Unlimited plan with 450 minutes.

    Thanks guys.

    P.S. I totally realize this might be a noob question.

  2. edp

    edp Well-Known Member

    it's still not technically allowed by sprint(for free that is) but a lot of ppl do it anyways using pdanet or similar programs.
  3. LincKraker

    LincKraker Well-Known Member

  4. Eazail70x7

    Eazail70x7 Well-Known Member

    So what happens if you get caught using pda net?
  5. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Actually sprint no longer allows tethering.

    (They want to sell data plans)

    If sprint catches you, they kill your account.

    Just don't tether alot, and you'll be fine.
  6. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    i use to tether all the time and used well over 200 gb of data and never got a warning and did it for a few months. now with that being said i ave heard of sprint calling and "checking up and giving warnings" but i never got one and like i said i used to dl alot of torrents and other things with no problems at all.
  7. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Head over to

    The cracking down has been a semi-recent thing. And they started really enforcing it after the recent 5GB cap has been added.
  8. Covert_Death

    Covert_Death Well-Known Member

    i think they got rid of tethering because they now have specific devices for it as well as 4g which is much better for tethering (for carrier and customer)

    the evo will have "MiFi" hotspot built in which is tethering so i think their game plan is to just allow it on devices actually made for tethering / 4g devices

    i wouldn't worry too much though just don't over do it and make sure your in a 3g area or else they might start to notice
  9. LincKraker

    LincKraker Well-Known Member

    up until about 2 months ago i tethered at work everyday. i'd only use it for casual browsing and would only rack up about 2-3gb a month but i'd tether for about 5-7 every day. never a warning. never had any problems..
  10. zcarman

    zcarman Well-Known Member

    I used to tether before 'tethering' existed. When I was a rep with AT&T back about 10 years ago, we used the data transfer cables they'd send for transferring numbers out of an old phone to a new one to hook to our laptops - then use the internal WAP connection on the phone as a wonderful 56k modem!

    As far as today goes though, there's actually a procedure that most carriers use for tethering prevention...

    5GB is the target number they use - unless you crank up over that they won't flag your account. Once you are flagged, you will first be throttled (data speeds will be cut) and they will monitor you for 90 days. If you continue to go over the 5GB mark, they will supposedly begin checking the IP's of the sites you are visiting. If they find things like MegaUpload, LimeWire, RapidShare or other Torrent sites, you will get dropped like a rock...

    Other than that, with the streaming apps now, there's not much they will do to you - except for charge you for any overages over the "mythical 5GB cap" that they use on their Mobile Broadband Devices. Unless 4G gets here before then, in which case, they may not even care at all with the cheaper prices that affords them.

    As far as the 200GB's? 200 GB's is a gigantic amount of data and will get your booted off Comcast, Xfinity, Fios, DSL or just about any other non-business carrier today. I have no clue how you snuck that much data off on a cell connection, but on Sprint I can't even download fast enough to get to that number. I think if I ran mine 24/7 for 30 days, I'd probably be able to hit about 40GB per month simply due to connection speed limitations - could just be the Moment is that slow on the data transfer though?
  11. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    been there don't believe for one second that they can tell you how to use your plan if you pay for unlimited data phone and everything else like i do and have for over 6 years, sorry but if sprint was to call me tomorrow and tell me that i needed to quit using my data plan then i would just cancell my entire plan which by the way costs my almost 200 a month its not like they can tellur tethering they just see that ur data has gone up.
  12. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Actually, yes they can. Tethering is against the ToS.

    Also, the moment speeds are just fine. I get a steady 3meg down and .5 to 1 meg up. Same for my TP and mogul.
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  13. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    how can they tell?
  14. cds36

    cds36 Well-Known Member

    Wow I used over 2,687,198 kb this month and haven't herd anything from sprint. I use the same amount of data each month. I'm on a unlimited plan so I doubt there is a 5gig cap, maybe for other plans who knows. Ill be the first to leave sprint if they were to tell me anything about my data usage.
  15. Yay 4 Juggs

    Yay 4 Juggs Member

    Before my moment days I would tether constantly with my sanyo 9000 amd all winmo devices...I always exceded the cap when there was one but was never questioned about it other than a tech rep saying wow you love the web don't you...I replied with yeah sprint tv and radio are my fav apps...he came back with yeah I can see those apps adding up the unless sprint wants to look deep enough...they can't really tell nor do they care if its not abused...if they do ask justify the data usage by saying you use the sprint tv/radio app a lot and they will leave it at that.
  16. zcarman

    zcarman Well-Known Member

    Ummm, 2.6GB isn't enough to trigger anything with Sprint... You need to at least double that for them to start looking at you...
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  17. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Ha stole the words out of my mouth.

    How do they determine it? Packet inspection. They look for ips you've visited etc. Also, they watch the history. If you suddenly spike out of nowhere, that grabs their attention.
  18. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    ok welll i have comcast and the limit is 250 gb last moth i used 210gb my computer stays on and and connected pretty much 24/7 i do use a lot of torrents also.
  19. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    What does this have to do with tethering?
  20. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    zcarman posted that the limit on comcast,verizon,and acouple other was 200 and thats fine but he was i said i have tethered with the past 3 devices i have owned "the tp and the pre" and i used the shit out of the data including about 100 wii game downloads and more than enough movie downloads.within about 3 months time i have used more than 100 gb worth of data so how can anyone even say that there is a limit sry i just don't see it!!!!! if they were so worried about there 5 gb cap then what i guess i just flew under their radar right!!!!!i also have the the mifi from sprint and no there is no 5 gb cap on it the deal is that if you go over the 5 gb cap you pay for it but like most people i have the everything plan so i can and i will use as much as i want and if thats a problem with sprint then they need to change their plans to say just that"its the everything plan just don't go over the time limits we set" cause if thats the case then i want a refund plus a lower monthly plan.......
  21. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    I highly dount you tethered to do all that. Comcast doesn't even offer wireless service. :rolleyes: you guys do know there's a difference between landline and wireless....right?

    Besides, how, exactly, do you tether to a wii?
  22. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

    and i guess you didn't really reaf the post at no point did i say i tethered to a wii i said i tethered to DOWNLOAD wii games.and yes your right comcast doesn't offer wireless unless you use a wireless router.i had documented my data usages when i was tethering on my pre i went back and this was the daa usage in january 94718538 and i never heard a word from sprint about it.
  23. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    If this is true, id expect a phone call soon. Sprint aso reserves the right to charge you par per nyte for an excess of the 5gb softcap, if it is deemed you are abusing the service. 13 times the limit, is clearly abuse. At $.05 per kb, at 94000000 kb, they could legally charge you 4.7 MILLION dollars. 100% legal. However, they realize that would be ludacris, and they cap it at $250.00. Your treading dangerous waters bud. Is it really worth it to tempt them?

    Also, you don't know much about technology I assume. Even if your using a wireless router, that doesn't mean you have wireless internet service.
  24. htcman724

    htcman724 Well-Known Member

  25. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator


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