[T-Mobile] tether with tmobile on htc one

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  1. alea

    alea Member

    i'm kind of new to this, so this might be a silly question:
    can i tether on unlocked but not rooted htc one using a prepaid tmobile plan?
    if so what's the speed of tether vs cable internet?

  2. LoyalServant

    LoyalServant Well-Known Member

    I don't know if they allow tethering on prepaid, someone else will have to chime in with the answer to that.

    Assuming they do allow tethering like they do with their postpaid plans...
    It depends on whether or not your phone is on EDGE, HSPA,DC-HSPA or LTE, network conditions, etc.

    Tethering is NOT a replacement for wired internet access and once you go over your tethering allotment you are going to get throttled to almost useless speed, usually 56k dialup speeds for the remainder of your billing cycle.

    That said... on our T-Mobile plan I saw speeds like...
    DC-HSPA - >= 15 down
    HSPA >= 5 down
    EDGE ... don't bother... 56k if that.

    T-Mobile has so little LTE I can't test that and it's not in my metro.
    Best case your going to get 15 or so down.
    Pings will be all over the place on HSPA, anywhere from 80 to 800 ms depending, once again on network conditions.
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  3. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide


    LoyalServant is correct,tethering is not included w/pre-paid plans on T-MOBILE.

    W/that said,there are various means of tethering,as I'm sure you're aware of,as most typical users don't even know what rooting is,or tethering,for that matter.

    Use the search functions in some of the forums here,or GOOGLE search for such,the information is out there if you're interested.

    Even if you choose to tether & do so successfully w/decent speeds,if you're on a limited data plan,you'll chew through your allotment in no time flat on a desktop/laptop/tablet.

    I've been down this road myself & the experience of trying to substitute tethering for a dedicated ISP is a frustrating experience @ best.

    If you just plan to tether rather sparingly,then it's a decent option.

    Keep us posted as to how things turn out. :)
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  4. LoyalServant

    LoyalServant Well-Known Member

    Yeah I tether but it's part of my plan.
    I usr maybe 500 megs to a gig a month if I am lucky.
    It's a good thing to have for support calls and stuff but definitely not a replacement for an isp.
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  5. alea

    alea Member

    thanks all for the input.

    I'm still a bit puzzled by the views that tether is not a reasonable substitute for home internet. Tmob 30$ prepaid plan provides HSPA for 5GB with I think 15$ extra for a hotspot. Is it a question of tether stability, 5GB not being enough for netflix, convenience, or anything else? Just trying to understand. I really hate paying comcast 40$ for internet if I can manage without it...
  6. LoyalServant

    LoyalServant Well-Known Member

    Let's look at an example of our internet usage.
    We use netflix several times a week, or more.

    Take a look at the image below..
    This is our UVerse gateway and it shows the bandwidth used over the various interfaces.
    Note this ... it's uptime is 111 days... nice number too :D
    I have atypical internet usage because I am a software developer and I work from home a lot.
    I would say that since I started working from home I used 1/3 more bandwidth than usual.

    Basically, if you add everything up and divide it by days I get 5GB a day.
    At least 1 or 2GB of that is going to be a netflix stream.

    Sure, you can tether and watch netflix on your computer, tv, tablet, etc.
    Your going to kill your 5GB allotment in anywhere from a day to 3 days.

    This is why I say that tethering is not a replacement for wired internet access. I am a poster child of high bandwidth usage but not anywhere like torrenters :D

    I get where you are coming from, really... but it's really not practical.
    Not from a price standpoint, or resources.

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  7. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    I tether but only when I have to. The native Hotspot work on Nexus 4. No root or other software required. I have the $70 prepaid plan.
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  8. alea

    alea Member

    my feedback on my htc one buying experience:

    acting on suggestions here and elsewhere to go with t-mobile version due to 1700 support, i did.

    the trade-offs:
    1. you have to pay tax
    2. you have to wait for unlocking anywhere from 1 to 2 months depending whom you are talking to.
    3. they dont give you prepaid plan immediately, they sign you for post-paid (collecting your private data in the process), which you can cancel immediately after getting phone, but it is still a hustle.
    4. returns are much more restricted than at htc

    so it's a wild, wild west in this domain, murky waters and all, but it's probably worth it to finally escape from the jail..

    i envy the europeans, it's like buying a car over there: you go to the store, fixed price, clear conditions, no smoke and mirrors, sales people don't treat you like a criminal on the run, 15 min later you have your phone/car
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  9. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    I got this upsale message below when I tether with the Tmobile Hotspot on my prepaid $70 plan.


    Turn your Smartphone into a Mobile HotSpot!

    Your monthly plan does not allow sharing your phone's web connection with additional devices
    To connect to the web through your phone's web connection, you can purchase the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot service by clicking the link below:


    I am going to get it rooted this weekend.
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  10. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    I got my Wifi tether to work after I root my phone.

    I use with why desktop VPN. Always do that unless you like unprotected stuff.
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  11. scotty85

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    i believe tethering is alowed with the new "no contract" plans. for $50 you get 500mb of high speed,but for another $20 you can get unlimited highspeed(4g and lte)

    i personally would not want to have my phone be my source of internet. IMO its a hassle to set up everytime i want to go online,plus i tend to leave my PC connected 24/7,wich i could not do if used my phone to tether.

    plus im sure i use more data on my home internet than you can shake a stick at,since im constantly downloading and uploading roms and ruus for various phones,wich are up to 900 mb a pop :eek: i wouldnt want to put my phone thru that abuse.

    if your internet needs are different,it may work ok for you,but the $30 a month i pay for DSL is well worth it to me(plus you can likely find faster for cheaper if you look)
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  12. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    That's correct Scotty. I am paying $65 for my cable modem. Comcast monopoly.

    I will use tether when I am on vacation or sometimes at work to get away from the firewall.

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