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Verizon ALLOWS Tethering?!?! WTF

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by onthefence, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. onthefence

    onthefence Member
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    I don't know if I just got transported through the space time continuum to a bizzaro universe, but I just went into Wireless settings and saw a new section where they allow you to setup USB or WiFi tethering. IT'S BUILT IN?!?!

    Can someone pinch me please?

    So far there have been no popups stating that they will begin to drain my bank account if I enable the setting. Why have there been ZERO news stories about this? How new is this? I feel like either I just stumbled onto a great new discovery, or I've been living in a cave.

    (BTW, this is for a Droid 2 Global phone thru Verizon)
     



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  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    You got it through Verizon or was it unlocked? Its normal for unlocked international versions to have that option.
     
  3. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    Wired (USB) tethering through Verizon has been legit for as long as I've used them. Was an option on the DX.

    Wireless is where they want yo' monies.
     
  4. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

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  5. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

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  6. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Android Enthusiast

    ...learn something new every day!
     
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  7. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    how long have you been using it?

    after 3 months.. and you get no bills from RED... then you got a winner
     
  8. onthefence

    onthefence Member
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    Yeah, I thought it was weird. Well, it's getting weirder, or normal-er. I've tested in the office via wireless option and it works without any issues or notices. This is a locked phone from Verizon btw. And I just tried it for the first time yesterday.

    However, I tried doing it from my car and I could not get traffic on Maps on my tablet. Then I opened a browser and got a stupid Verizon landing page which blocks you from browsing saying something about subscription for mobile data access at $30/mo. That sounds more normal.

    But then, I tried one more time from the office and I don't seem to get that Verizon page. I can browse with no separate agreement or plan. I'm starting to wonder if it's actually using the office WiFi to connect rather than the mobile data network, and that's why it's not blocking me (even though WiFi on the phone is turned off).

    Well, I got excited for a moment, but alas, it's sounding like yet another tease from Big Mobile. [​IMG]
     
  9. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    I'm thinking you're connected to office wifi. Both VZW and AT&T have locked down on tether usage pretty hard. Sprint is half-heartedly doing it. I'm not sure about T-Mo, I think they were more focused on getting bought out.
     
  10. lextacy

    lextacy Lurker

    but you still have to accept that end of the agreement BEFORE they can charge you. If its not in the contract there is no TOS breach.
     
  11. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    And you have to accept that to get service from them.

    The tethering clause in the Verizon contract has had the wording change as the tech and their policies have - but the clause has been there forever and a day, seems to me.
     
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    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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