You could use a VPN
I have the T-Mobile $30 plan with the 100 minutes and 5GB of data. I've had it for two months and haven't used above 1GB. Haven't even hit 500MB. I am always connected to my Wifi at home. My internet went down so I needed to tether and was able to get about 300MB of usage out of the tether, but then T-Mobile started redirecting me to offers for a tethering plan.
Now, I'm ready to go ahead and switch carriers because I don't understand why they give a damn how I use my 5 GB. But I wanted to know if there was a way to get around this for T-Mobile? I also wanted to know if there was this limitation on Straight Talk, but I'll go ahead and ask that in the Straight Talk forum.
You could use a VPN
How did you initially tether before they blocked it? What phone?
I've "enabled" tethering on my Exhibit II now for about 5 months, I don't use it much.. but my sister used my hotspot feature to use her smartphone in an area where she had no VM service. She used about 300MB without a problem.
I've also seen people say if they tether alot using one browser, the next time they'll get a block on that browser but can go around that by using another one. Pretty sure you can also mess with the browser agent settings.
I don't understand either why they care how you use the 5GB, and especially ask $15 to use it in tethering. Pretty crazy.
I would think they identify the traffic as tether, when used with non-mobile user-agents, like a laptop.
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How is any other carrier gonna be any different? KeK, at least Tmo doesn't have BS overages... Use a VPN, it's not that difficult. If you wanna complain, call the CEO. Oh wait, he quit.
using FoxFi here, ever since last Friday at 5pm when the power went out. Have used 1.5GB of data since, with regular web browsing and tablet use and Kindle and whatnot for the whole family.
Second of all do you need WiFi tethering, or are you okay with USB tethering, because PdaNet will hide your tethering and make it seem like it's used on the phone natively.
Third, T-Mobile's tethering detection mechanism is a simple one. All it does is detect what your browser agent is, hence the reason why one can tether their phone to a tablet without a problem.
Changing the browser agent to a mobile one on your computer's Web browser will take care of the problem.
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Thanks for the help thus far.
You could have asked about what VPN's are available rather than blow off @ Tmobile because they want you to pay extra to tether...who doesn't? You're already getting a substantial bargain at $30 prepaid for 5GB @ 3.5G speeds w/o overages or threat of cancellation, unlimited text, and the voice minutes which are just a bonus. Pay extra for tethering inexcusable?? SRSLY??
Ever heard of Google? VPN, should have been enough of a nudge...what is with the laziness these days?
But for sake of helping others, I guess I'll cave. You might have luck using Hotspot Shield.
You asked for help, which I gave a perfectly viable solution for, yet you ignored and proceeded to complain. What kind of answer were you looking for? Why ignore a solution to your problem? Didn't think it was possible?
Just to add some more data to this thread, I tethered today while at work for a few hours and had no issues at all. I'm using an unlocked and rooted G2x. Tethered my phone to a work computer for web browsing and to stream some Pandora through the nice speakers on the computer, used about 750mb of data during that time according to the "My Account" app from T-Mobile (checked usage before and after tethering).
I've tethered for short periods of time every since I switched to the $30 5GB plan months ago and I've never had problems.
I helped you, quit your complaining, all carriers charge extra to tether from a phone..now knock it off.
You can argue all day that data is data is data...not gonna change the way things are, if one carrier decides to start charging extra for something eventually all of them follow suit. Use the advice given and be happy with what you got, it only gets worse with other carriers.
Last edited by overdrive31; 07-05-2012 at 02:55 AM.
Only in a system in which you literally pay by the MB can you reasonably say "data is data" and have an expectation that you'll pay the same amount per MB whether accessed directly on the phone or via tethering. There *are* carriers that use such a plan, but I don't know that you'll find one where 5GB of data works out to less than what it is on the plan you are on currently. The ones I looked at all come out well over $100 for 5GB of data. I have no doubt someone somewhere might offer something cheaper, but again, it's not you're going to find T-Mobile's pricing out of line here.