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usb tethering.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bcltoys, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. bcltoys

    bcltoys Android Enthusiast
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    I know that the Razr can usb tether to the lapdock with out a charge from Verizon but what about a laptop or a Chromebook.Also is there a setting to enable usb tethering.
     



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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Hello bcltoys. Here's a link to Verizon's tethering policies posted here in the Carriers section of AF:

    http://androidforums.com/verizon/455585-verizons-official-tethering-policy.html

    AF can't allow discussion of anti-Terms of Service, which includes attempting to obtain "free" tethering without a data plan which includes that feature. Sorry. :(
     
  3. you2

    you2 Android Expert

    There was a post somewhere either here or the rezound forum where one of the mods dug out that usb tethering did NOT violate verizon term of service. Only wireless tethering (without a mobile hotspot plan) is not allowed.
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    Hum. Not sure now; I know there was a post because the mod was debating to lock the thread; but can't find it. The tos does seem to indicate it is not legal:
    http://support.verizonwireless.com/terms/products/iphone_service.html
     
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  4. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Absolutely. Wireless tethering is the big bugaboo now.. even though it's still hard to find a concrete statement about USB.

    But you're right, [​IMG], I should have made that clear in my post up there that we're just trying to head off *wireless* tethering/mobile hotspot talk without the data plan.
     
  5. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    In my opinion connecting the Razr to a lapdock is, in fact, a form of USB tethering. It is, however, a special case where an intelligent device (the smartphone) is being connected to a not-so-intelligent device (the lapdock). The lapdock, in this case, does not have a cpu that is capable of allowing it to operate independently (without connection to the smartphone).

    By connecting a laptop or PC to the phone you are establishing a connection between two intelligent devices... where the laptop/PC can utilize the smartphone's Internet connection independent of the smartphone.
     
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  6. you2

    you2 Android Expert

    One thing that is interesting is that the TOS clearly does not mention bluetooth tethering. So I presume that is clearly legal (or is my presumption incorrect; could one claim that bluetooth is a form of wifi ?)
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    Actually I think I'm kidding myself unless there is another document that contradicts the one I linked above given this statement:
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    Data packages may not be used to tether your smartphone to a computer or tablet, or as a Wi–Fi hotspot, unless you subscribe to Mobile Hotspot/Mobile Broadband Connect.
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    It doesn't really state how it is tethered. Bleh.
     
  7. bcltoys

    bcltoys Android Enthusiast
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    Not my intent to start a firestorm please LOCK THREAD.
     
  8. you2

    you2 Android Expert

    Well; i woudl be interested if someone could find that document that indicated that usb tethering did not violate verizon tos. I'm pretty sure it was a recent post.

     
  9. bcltoys

    bcltoys Android Enthusiast
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    With the crap service that I get from Verizon at my house because of overloading of tower's I could careless about their term;s of service I will tether when I dame well please I'm lucky if I get 100kbps at home on my best day I could tether 24-7 and not go over a 1gb a month.But that's all I have.
     
  10. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    ...lol.. "firestorm." Seems pretty calm in here to me. :)
     
  11. bcltoys

    bcltoys Android Enthusiast
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    You were the first one to jump on the term's of service just to cya ,not your's but Android forum's.
     
  12. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    "Jump on the Terms of Service." :D Well, the Terms of Service are there for a reason. ;)

    And, yes, as part of my job here as an AF Staffer I have to point things like that out. ;)

    I'm not sure your reaction to this is what any member or other Staffer here had in mind when they/we posted the info for you. Here is the Suggestion Box and Feedback forum, where you can post your thoughts/feelings about what's come up in this thread, etc:

    http://androidforums.com/suggestion-box-feedback/

    And here's the Site Administrator's PM, he's a good listener:

    http://androidforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=275 :)
     
  13. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    This pretty much sums it up. :)



    In regards to TOS, while this is a free forum for all to use it is up to the owner to decide what's allowed to be discussed in the site that he personally owns and operates. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), the Moderators and Guides don't make the rules and are rather those that have to enforce them.

    Per the Forum Rules:


    Since the original question has been answered and the thread appears to be going in a direction that, well, is useless. I'll go ahead and lock this one down per the OPs request.
     
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