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Good idea to cancel my internet connection and just tether with evo?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jonathanzx10, May 29, 2010.

  1. jonathanzx10

    jonathanzx10 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have time warner right now and pay 55 a month. I have 4g coverage in my area and I think this would be the only way I can afford this phone. Is tethering reliable enough to be my only internet source?

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  2. ImmaSlave4U

    ImmaSlave4U Android Enthusiast

    I'd say it depends on how much time you're going to spend being online...phone use I limited when tethering.
  3. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    Only if you just occasionally browse the web on your laptop at home. It's doable, but the device isn't geared toward being a full time router and it would mean your connection leaves home with you. It means you would need all computers to be on Wifi which isn't good for gaming or even sometimes streaming computers. Most of all, it's kind of overkill. You can get Wimax service at home for something like $25-35/month and use a dedicated Wimax router optimized for reception and constant uptime whereas the Evo is designed to be a phone capable of accessing a Wimax network when you are out and about.

    Still, your call :)
  4. lyons238

    lyons238 Android Enthusiast

    i wouldnt dude. i know that if any carrier notices high data they can limit you on data and your evo will be slow. also if ur constantly tethering with it your going to kill your battery fast. if you keep it plugged in you risk the chance of constantly putting too much heat to the phone.

    imo tethering is nice when you need internet while on the go, but its no substitute for your home internet service.
  5. mrk

    mrk Android Enthusiast

    There are no caps on the Evo, lyons238. But I wouldn't use the phone as a full-time internet service replacement, either.
  6. sagedil

    sagedil Android Expert

    I thought briefly of doing same. Then realized that wife would have no internet if I was not home.
  7. blake247

    blake247 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good excuse to pick an evo up for her..hah
  8. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Agreed. I wouldn't rely on it as my home internet connection.
  9. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    This has been discussed in several other threads already.

    Unless you don't use the 'net very heavily or very often, I would not recommend this. Do you really want to beat up your phone, keeping it on and hot, for hours at a time, days at a time? It's a smartphone, not necessarily a dedicated internet access point.
  10. Rob_A

    Rob_A Android Expert

    Get rid of Cable modem and get Fios. I have 20mbit upload and it kicks everything elses ass... but that's for another messageboard.
  11. mx7

    mx7 Well-Known Member

    I would use it as long as I have 4G and am not downloading heavy data files continously. Sprint does leave the option of tethering and you're paying $10 extra for unlimited data.
  12. Aridon

    Aridon Well-Known Member

    Do you game? Wireless isn't conducive to gaming because of the inherent latency. If you aren't gaming I'd say you should be fine.
  13. SprintFun

    SprintFun Android Expert

    My time warner would crush even the best 4G could offer, so I'd never consider it :D



  14. mx7

    mx7 Well-Known Member

    Ok dickweed. No one asked you about your service.
  15. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    Dude, your upload SUCKS!

  16. SprintFun

    SprintFun Android Expert

    If you're going to insult me at least use the best result.

    The evo 4g =/= home internet for many reasons, such as speed, dependability, permanent uptime, allowing access when the phone isn't home, etc. Now if you live home alone and never surf, then sure. But even downloading songs would take quite a while.
  17. mrk

    mrk Android Enthusiast

    SprintFun: You dirty son of a bitch. :|
  18. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    Not so sure about that. I used to go nuts for the fastest ISP available but honestly, I switched to home Wimax for service just because it was so cheap and even with just my usual 5-6Mb/sec downloads I have no problem downloading songs. 500MB tv episodes still only take like 20 minutes and downloading albums from Amazon takes like 4 minutes. I used to go nuts with torrenting and stuff back in my younger days but now that I basically just need to be able to stream video and download the occasional album or TV episode, I'm going for cheap. I will probably stick with this for the time being and then maybe get fiber if Google picks our city for their project or the city puts out a less expensive alternative to Fios. Obviously YMMV but long story short, 5MB/sec is perfectly fine for average downloading.

    I just don't think turning a $500 smartphone into an always-on router is the best way to do it if you are trying to save a buck.
  19. Alchematron

    Alchematron Newbie

    I use to have Road Runner cable

    I don't remember the speed being fast as yours

    Is this now common???

  20. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Android Expert


    Bad idea to drop your home service in exchange for relying on your phone. It's still just a really good phone.
  21. stroths

    stroths Well-Known Member

    Even with dedicated 4g services, they aren't going to be as reliable as a wired connection (DSL, Cable, Fiber, etc). I looked at setting my wife's office up with Clear 4g as it was a higher speed than her DSL provider could handle. However, I read cases where people had 4g outages for days sometimes as well as other issues which made me drop that idea.
  22. drksilenc

    drksilenc Android Enthusiast

    you can download like no other but ur upload is worse than mine on my hero lol
  23. jam4775

    jam4775 Lurker

    I think people are kidding themselves if they think they're going to use the hotspot as their primary internet service... the only exception is maybe a college student staying in the dorms. This is why I think the $30 charge for it is absurd and sprint is just being greedy. I would have considered adding it if it was only $10.
  24. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Android Expert

    I think using it as a dedicated service may be a bit underwhelming too.
  25. I absolutely would not do this. Regardless of speed, there's a reliability problem with switching to a Wimax network for your permanent internet connection. You don't want your internet to be down when you badly need to get something sent out on your home computer.

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