Tethering, Is it free?


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  1. HtcEvoLemon

    HtcEvoLemon Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi, I found a program at tether.com, that says you can use your phones unlimited data plan to get internet on your computer.

    however, it also says you have to use your carriers APN, and charges may apply.

    so i'm confused... is this free or not?
    If I use t-mobiles APN will it charge me, or will it just use my unilimited data plan to get internet?

    thanks!
     

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  2. RavenWulf

    RavenWulf Well-Known Member

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    If you are rooted head over xda-developers.com, look for the section for our phones, from there select development and look for a thread about wifi thether working on all roms, goto page 2 of that thread post 15 and I posted a link to the app that gives us a working tether, and it just goes through your phone to thed net like a router and there are no extra costs. I would have just posted the link but am sending this with my phone

    edit: just parked my truck for the night, here is the link or if you have the bar-code scanner on your phone the bar-code that will download app straight to your sd card where you can open and install using Astro file manager

    http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/downloads/detail?name=wireless_tether_2_0_5-pre3-test3.apk

    [​IMG] wi-fi tether app
     
  3. chadmd23

    chadmd23 Well-Known Member

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    Actually tethering is against the TMO user agreement, so use at your own risk.
     
  4. HtcEvoLemon

    HtcEvoLemon Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    What if I don't want to root my phone. I found something on Android market called PDAnet... will that work? seems free, but will t-mobile charge me?
     
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    HtcEvoLemon Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I left t-mobile to purchase the evo from sprint. Then customer loyalty from t-mobile tried their best to get me back, and well t-mobile won, I came back.

    But your statement about tethering being against TMO user agreement. That may be true, however the customer loyality rep from TMO is the person who introduced me to tethering, I had no clue what that was.

    He told me I should get the HTC HD2, or Android phone, download free tethering from market place, and I could have 3g HSPA+ on my laptop. I had never heard of this before, and I asked him, "this is free?" He said "yup...I cancelled my dsl, I just use my HD2 tethered."

    The reason I came to this forum and asked if this is free, well because this sounds too good to be true, and also tether.com says your carrier may charge APN charges? I don't even know what APN means.

    So ya, just thought I would throw that out there. Customer Loyality directly from TMO told me about tethering, and even suggested I get the mytouch slide or hd2, that way I can get 3g HSPA+ speeds on my tethered laptop for free.


    If this is against TMO rules, why are their own employes doing it, and telling customers about it?
     
  6. RavenWulf

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    others both on here and at XDA-Developers have had good luck with PDAnet but I had multiple connections errors so I uninstalled it. no TMO won't charge you.

    I had a similar experience concerning tethering both the CSR that was helping me get out of a pair of 1 month old BH2's and into a pair of MTS's told me about tethering and the sales rep at my local retail store was the one who showed me which apps to try in the market.
     
  7. rleal2010

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    i use pdanet and it works vey well. Now I have unlimited web, however I don't think you can use tethering with a way to connect to the internet.

    So either you have unlimited data plan, or you can find a way to connect to wifi (which is pointless becuz your computer could connect to wifi without tethering).

    Everything else is breaking the rules
     
  8. rleal2010

    rleal2010 Well-Known Member

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    Pda rulesz! Ok that was uncalled for but I accidentally double posted so I can back to edit this
     
  9. NatDroid

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    I have used pdanet for a while now, just to surf the net. Just stay away from downloading and you will be fine with tmobile. I also recently purchased easy tether for 10 bucks and works nice. With pdanet, u can use for 2 weeks free and see how you like it, and then you have to pay i think 35 bucks...But just stay away from downloads..
     
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    rleal2010 Well-Known Member

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    What???? Noooo pda net is free.

    Ii thought it doesn't let you connect to secure sites, which is why you have to donate
     
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    What???? Noooo pda net is free.

    Ii thought it doesn't let you connect to secure sites, which is why you have to donate
     
  12. rleal2010

    rleal2010 Well-Known Member

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    Ok I'm having double post problems when using my slide, but I guess android forums has solved this by not allowing the user post within the 20 second time interval
     
  13. HtcEvoLemon

    HtcEvoLemon Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well I called t-mobile today to ask them about thethering, and to confirm what the first rep at tmobile had said, that this is free with no charge. The rep today confirmed, that as long as I have unlimited data, I can tether, and tmobile won't charge me fees. He also gave me a web link to instructions on how to get free tethering to wok on my phone.

    This is now 2 reps who told me I can tether. I don't know if these reps are mis-informed, but going out of your way to show the customer how to do it, I guess shows that t-mobile doesn't care too much.

    Anyways, I'm not planning on tethering as my main source of internet on my laptop, no way will I download endless stuff, lol.

    I just want the option, you know, if i'm at a coffee shop, or somewhere with no wifi internet, to tether and use my laptop. I prolly will only use it once a week, if even at that.
     
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    Actually my desktop in the bedroom does not have a wireless card and I use my phone with pdanet through wifi to get on the net when i am in there.
     
  15. RavenWulf

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    I'm pretty much the same way I only use the tether when I park the rig somewhere I don't have wifi
     

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