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  1. i.am.root

    i.am.root Member

    For the next 6 month I will not have regular access to broadband internet or wifi hotspots. I was wondering if I used my phone to wifi tether to my laptop will Verizon freak out? I am going to use a lot of bandwidth over the 3g network for large file downloads, streaming audio/video, and to play online games; probable a few gigs a month...

    Is there anyway for Verizon to know that I am doing this and will they cut me off or something? I will be going from 200mbs a month to 2gbs or more a month on 3g...lol there's no way they're not going to notice.

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  2. irmac

    irmac Well-Known Member

    You should be fine. Monitor your data and just make sure you don't surpass 5GB a month. That is when the system flags yours account and they take a look at it.
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  3. i.am.root

    i.am.root Member

    Really??? :confused: 5GB is all I get on my "Unlimited" plan for $30 a month??? :confused:

    Verizon is evil...what happens after I've been flagged? Can they tell how I have used up the 5GBs?
  4. quickaudi

    quickaudi Well-Known Member Contributor

    5 gb is a lot for a phone

    he's not saying the world will cave it, but that's the generally accepted "soft limit" for VZW - you can go over it, but they will possibly monitor your account
  5. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    Something that I find odd is how easy it is to wifi tether via bluetooth. There's no restrictions or anything. Surely if Verizon contacts me, I'll just say that I thought it was fine since my computer asked me if I wanted to connect to the internet via phone.
  6. irmac

    irmac Well-Known Member

    ^and potentially throttle your data so you get slower speeds/less bandwidth.
  7. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    HAH! :p
  8. irmac

    irmac Well-Known Member

    Was meant for the post above yours :)

    Vihzel, did you used to have an Eris? Your name seems familiar :p
  9. i.am.root

    i.am.root Member

    Has anyone ever been in trouble with Verizon from using to much bandwidth on the 3g network before? What did they do about it?
  10. apavolka

    apavolka Well-Known Member

    False. I use on average 6bg/month. Never heard anything. I've gone up to 7gb at one point. Lots and lots of internet use.
  11. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    Hehe I know, that's why I said "HAH" :)

    I never owned an Eris. My first Android device was the Droid.
  12. Eris_2.1_2010

    Eris_2.1_2010 Well-Known Member

    Last month I used 81gb and nothing happened. 58gb the month prior, and still have been able to hit 300kbs! In good areas. And thats not from tethering all the time. Most data is used from my X.
  13. irmac

    irmac Well-Known Member

    That is a ridiculous amount of data. Is your primary internet for your computer the android phone so tethering is constantly running?
  14. Eris_2.1_2010

    Eris_2.1_2010 Well-Known Member

    I tether maybe 2-3 days a week but usage is under a gig there. I'd say that 90 percent of data used is just from the x itself without tether
  15. irmac

    irmac Well-Known Member

    I am in no way trying to be rude but I can't believe you use that much data from the X itself..It doesn't use that much data browsing webpages
  16. Eris_2.1_2010

    Eris_2.1_2010 Well-Known Member

    I do alot of streaming and downloading. My current usage is at 15.6 gb now.
  17. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Well-Known Member


    You can expect Verizon's 'Mechanic' team to be paying you a visit any minute now...
  18. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    BE CAREFUL. Not wanting to sound pessimistic but I think Verizon knows about this already. Data usage like that wouldn't just go unnoticed.
  19. apavolka

    apavolka Well-Known Member

    There's no reason to "be careful." Its an UNLIMITED data plan. As stated most of the data does not come from tethering. So there's nothing to worry about. I'm sure there are others, myself included who use their x as their main computer. Nowhere in the contract does it state that using so much data will make them cancel your service. Just saying. No reason to get people worrying... Now if you use tether to download illegally, that's a different story. My cable provider (when I still had cable) didn't have to look into anything because of a lot of use during the month. Also keep in mind, almost every app in android uses internet access.
  20. i.am.root

    i.am.root Member

    I will be mostly streaming movies and shows on hulu. I can already see myself going over 5gbs a week just on hulu. Then, on top of that, there will be the regular internet browsing, facebook, email, ebay, youtube, music downloads, and online gaming.

    What's the worst Verizon can do? I doubt they will shut me off. Just like the post above, I will tell them I stream a lot of videos on youtube or something.
  21. scotthanna

    scotthanna Active Member

    No, you get much more than 5g on your "unlimited" plan. It is unlimited usage ON YOUR PHONE. That is what they agreed to and that is what you agreed to. People that tether typically use much more bandwidth. So they charge more for that.
    Why are they evil because you want to change the agreement midstream and use the device in ways that they did not agree to?

    I think it would be evil if they decided NOT to live up to their agreement and start charging you for things you didn't agree to. Just as I don't agree with you not wanting to live up to your agreement.
  22. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to clarify something here, people who tether don't use anymore bandwidth than those who don't simply because..... well they can't. 3g only operates in the 5ghz range of the bandwidth (I believe, or maybe it was the 3ghz range? Oh well, either way it's very narrow). Now the big advantage to 4g is that it will operate all the way from 1ghz to 20ghz, which will allow users to GULP data soooooo much faster than 3g ever did.

    Wanna stream 1080p high def video instantly? On 4g this will be cake. 4g is a monster compared to 3g, hence the capped data plans that are rumored to come. Think 81 gigs of data for the month is high? On 4g you could probably hit that mark in a days time if you REALLY tried!
  23. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    Verizon Droid Tethering Will Cost You - PCWorld Business Center

    I don't know if things have changed since then. From what I've heard also, Verizon Wireless can cancel your account for "abuse". So unless things have changed since then... BE CAREFUL.
  24. cultldr

    cultldr Well-Known Member

    Have a 4g mobile broadband usb device and have seen speeds as high as 20 meg down 6 up with the average around 16 down 3 up. I could definitely see people dropping their home internet service and going with a device like this but I can also see people eating thru 5 and 10 gig (the plans they offer here, 50 and 80 dollars a month, i think it is) in no time flat.
  25. PSkeptic

    PSkeptic Well-Known Member

    I didn't agree to an unlimited amount of data on my phone. I agreed to an internet connection using the CDMA modem of my phone, that is un-metered.
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