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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Jon_LTD, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Hi all

    I'm able to upgrade on Sunday, and I am intendening to get the SGS3 on T-Mobile (UK) on the Full Monty plan (2000 mins, unltd texts & data) however after a bit of research I have noticed they have stopped tethering for new customers. I am quite miffed about this as at the end of the month I was going to treat myself to a Nexus 7 too with the intention to tether where required.
    Am I right in thinking there are no ways around this? Such as using 3rd party apps (such as FoxFi) or perhaps using a custom rom? I am asking as I was wondering if it's the carriers stock rom preventing me? Or rather something else with no work arounds? If this is the case, I'll simply go to Three where they do allow this. I'm just a little bit hesitant about leaving T-Mobile as I've had absolutely minimal trouble with them. :eek:

    Cheers all, and I'm sure you'll be seeing me quite a lot around this neck of the woods before long.
     



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  2. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You

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  3. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Hi XplosiV,

    Thanks for the link, but it doesn't really shed any light on the use of 3rd party apps? Or if using a custom rom will re-enable this function? I guess I just can't get my head around how they are able to disable this function when there are apps dedicated to enable this and getting rid of the stock rom which may have it enbedded in there. :eek:
     
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    They basically remove the option in settings. At least that's what the US ones do. Other companies like O2 just say "don't do it".

    Every other carrier, foxfi seems to work...as far as I can tell. Don't take my word as Gospel though
     
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  5. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    I guess it's not worth the hassle if T-Mobile throttle/limit my speeds or even cut off my 3g through my tethering.. But that means I'm going to have to wait another month as I'll have to wait for my current contract to expire!
    Bummer to say I've been looking forward to this since the SGS3 was released.
     
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Indeed although traffic from your s3 is traffic from your s3. They can't tell the difference between tethering or not
     
  7. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    This is what I thought, how can they possibly differentiate between usual 3g traffic and tethering? So by them "not allowing it" is basically them not providing the ability to do so under their settings despite a good availability of 3rd party apps. How can they possibly enforce this?
     
  8. davoid

    davoid Android Expert

    Well I have heard stories about people on Three with unlimited data, but without tethering, receiving a blocked internet webpage returned when attempting to tether. And that is even using the sim in a mobile wireless dongle for the pc. So I don't know how they 'detect' it, but apparently they do.
     
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    In a dongle makes sense as it would probably alter the apn since this is not encoded on the sim.

    If an app uses a different apn the that too would make sense.

    If its all going through one apn, the traffic is not being differentiated, so that doesn't make sense.

    Easy test, get a t-mobile payg sim and test it.

    O2 said no tethering yet it worked fine for me and no repercussions
     
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Here's a thought. Browser identification. Maybe that's what they used
     
  11. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    I believe this is the case as I've seen some FireFox/Chrome plug ins for a workaround for this issue.
     
  12. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Looks like it's 3. Any feedback since you've been with em, Dan?
     
  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Unlimited tethering not that I use it. Never had to call customer services. Wish signal ws better where I live and work though.

    No issues tbh
     
  14. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Strong enough to stream youtube vids and load heavy sites in a reasonable time? The 3g coverage map shows my area should be pretty good but all the feedback I've heard is that the signal was consistently poor. I thought as it's been a few years and this may have improved.
     
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Coverage map looked but signal is up and down, mainly down.

    Fast when signal is good
     
  16. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    i think its the same with all carriers.
    3g cells sites are over saturated with iphones and androids. cant get decent speeds in slightly built up areas anymore.
    blame facebook
     
  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yep. The village im moving too, its all great :)

    Better than through broadband ill be getting
     
  18. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Yeah, I'm sure like all carriers signal varies from time to time, I just hope it's consistent. I'm now more miffed at the fact I have to stick it out another month and go through the rigamirale of porting my number. Knowing my luck 3 will up the price and block tethering in that time.
    Oh, and hi Rasta! :D
     
  19. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    hello there chap.
    this phone is too easy, i dont post much
     
  20. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Well, I folded and bought a blue S3 on 3 :D! I went in with the intention of asking few questions but came out with a new toy. Time to root I think :p
     
  21. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Just a quick note, 3 seems absolutely fine as far as speeds/connection is concerned. Well, in my area at least. I just need the PAC code ASAP so this bad boy can be my primary device :)
     
  22. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    welcome, set a screen protector. contrary to belief these phones can still get scratched screens. mine scratched in my pocket some how.
     
  23. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Ouch! I got a screen protector/gel case to prevent any scratching on the screen or body. Had the same on my Desire since day 1 and it's in absolutely pristine condition. No matter how good Gorilla glass claims to be at resisting scratches, all it takes is a coin/keys etc in the pocket to give it a scratch.
     
  24. Jon_LTD

    Jon_LTD Android Expert
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    Well, I'm rooted. Piece of cake compared to the Desire to be honest (or I'm just more familiar with these processes). Looking forward to researching the current roms, but the Cyanogen Jellybean looks right up my street :D.
     
  25. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I strongly recommend sticking with samsung roms at first. Almost half of the features are lost going to aosp.

    Have a read of the 'coolest feature' thread
     

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