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General Is it okay to use T-Mobile hotspot as my home wi-fi?

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  1. andyacecandy

    andyacecandy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 7, 2009
    If I have unlimited data on my T-Mobile plan, couldn't I just use the Nexus 5 as a hot spot for my home internet?

    I get 30mbps download speeds in my house, which is faster than what I'm currently paying for with Time Warner.

    Are there any cons in doing this?

    Edit: I see that T-Mobile charges $40/month for unlimited 4G data but only 5gb of mobile hotspot data... is there any way for them to not recognize that I'm using my device as a hotspot? Lol


  2. OhSeven

    OhSeven Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2011
    Before you go through the trouble, try tethering as your main internet connection and see if you like it. I find the performance isn't as good as it might sound on paper
  3. andyacecandy

    andyacecandy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Dec 7, 2009
    Just did and got over 25mbps download speeds and 5mbps upload

    I'd definitely do this... but I think T-Mobile would catch onto me after a while. Any way around them not figuring out how much I'm tethering?
  4. jlede

    jlede Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    If you plan doesn't say anything about tethering not allowed then they wouldnt care I use tethering with metro(basically T-Mobile just a different store) and they haven't throttled me or anything so just don't go over kill with it makes sure to use some data on your phone to make it believable that you are using your phone
  5. Tarzanman

    Tarzanman Active Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I went through this with T-mobile. I bought a G1 back in 2008 and kept that data plan even after my contract expired. This was an unlimited plan with throttling after 5GB.

    The original terms of the plan said nothing about tethering. This means that it niether allowed it nor disallowed it. I started buying nexus phones and regularly using the built in tethering. I used it when I moved (my wireless router at home can use the phone as its internet gateway) and then almost everyday at work to get around our filters.

    Eventually, T-mobile noticed that my usage was hitting (or getting very close to) 5GB/month and they started blocking my tethering. I called in and spoke to some customer service folks and eventually reached an agreement.

    In my case I had been a customer for many years, was no longer under contract and was not violating any of the terms of my original agreement, so all the changes made were administrative on their end. I got to keep my same level of service at the same price point.

    A few things: Your phone was not made to be a full-time router. It will heat up if you pull a lot of data through it and the heat cycles will eventually break something. I know this because it happened to my wife's old Galaxy Nexus which we had been using as a wireless Netflix box for a few months on our plasma TV (via an MHL adapter). One day the phone just stopped sending a picture to the TV, even though everything else worked (probably busted an internal capacitor or something).

    You might want to consider a service like CLEAR, or a wireless repeater and sharing wireless with a neighbor. Failing that, get a back-up phone so that you don't lose all communications if something does go wrong.
  6. g01851

    g01851 Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    just south of Los Angeles, CA, USA
    I believe if you use the FoxFi app your phone won't show your hotspot data as coming from being used as a hotspot.

    If you do anything online that requires a good ping time (some online games) you may see the difference there.
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  7. akmsr

    akmsr Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    forest hill, fl
    some thoughts about this.
    mobile data service is truly not a replacement for home internet regardless of speed. its easy to use half a terabyte of data in a month on a home connection without even realizing it. its designed for that. in wireless data service anything over 20 GB for couple of months in a row may flag you as a heavy user. so unless you truly need it.....
    that being said with foxfi app, VPN, user agent switcher uses it is possible to mask tethering per se but the data has to come through their tower. at the end of month they will know how much data you are using.
    i use around 45 GB a month with a lot of video streaming so i get speed throttled during the afternoon and evening. between 4 pm ~11 pm it goes down to agonizing 2G speeds (for me) of 256k or lower :mad:
  8. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Sep 22, 2010
    Jinan, China
    Is it truly unlimited data? There's no throttling or fair usage policies is there? Like if you go over 5GB or something you could be throttled or face other penalties.

    They can do deep packet inspections. Something like "Microsoft Windows" in a browser user agent string could give the game away.

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