Can I overuse MyWi?

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  1. wnxgenral macrumors 6502

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    Im leaving for a 7 hour train ride here in a few hours. Im wondering If Im constantly tethered if ATT will notice??

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  2. scubasteve03 macrumors regular

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    Just don't do a bunch of data intensive activity. You will def need some sort of power to charge. That app drains yours battery faster than any other app. I have a almost new 3GS and I'm getting 2.5 hours when I use mywi to tether. It shows how much data you have used. Don't go over a gig in one setting or for sure they're gonna think something is up. Enjoy!
     
  3. RalfTheDog macrumors 65816

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    If you do, you will go blind and you will grow hair on your iPad.
     
  4. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I don't see any problem. You could argue that you stream and watch youtube videos on your iPhones for 7 hours, as long as it doesn't exceed the data cap of your monthly plan.
     
  5. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    You have a phone that lets you watch streaming video for 7 hours on a single charge? Sign me up.
     
  6. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Based on my off-the-record conversations with an AT&T capacity planning engineer, they are using deep packet analysis to monitor and log unauthorized tethering from all devices, including iPhones. Frankly it's trivial for them to identify a device that is acting like a router. That said, they don't really care. it's not a big enough issue (right now) to justify the PR fallout of taking action. Just keep your use under 5G/mo and don't worry about it.
     
  7. greenlander macrumors member

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    I keep meaning to give MyWi a try but I've heard grumblings about heat issues on the 3GS when using it.

    Do long usage periods such as the one the OP suggested end up heating things up in a way that could damage the 3GS?
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ^ The iPhone should shut down if that is ever an issue. I could be wrong.
     
  9. JajoPGH macrumors regular

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    I'm curious about something..

    I use MyWi to connect my MBP to a network on roadtrips via iPhone 3G.

    Does the quick draining of the battery have a lasting effect? In other words, does it make the battery weaker in the long run?
     
  10. greenlander macrumors member

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    I know the iPad shuts down when it is overheated, but I hadn't heard of the iPhone doing that. It has never happened to me through 3 iPhones, but then again I don't think I've ever done anything to overheat them.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Well yeah, my phone has gotten real hot. 1.5 hours on MyWi and it never shut down but it was pretty hot and a bit worrisome. I have read people have gotten messages that would say the iPhone was overheating but I don't know for certain if it shut down.
     
  12. gwynne macrumors 68000

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    I've had an iPhone 1st-gen overheat due to a runaway process or something (was 'stuck' like that for about an hour and couldn't even be turned off; Genuis Bar guy was impressed). My 3GS has never gotten anywhere near that hot even when running MyWi for 40 minutes; it doesn't get above what I would characterize as 'warm'.
     
  13. Kawjumper201 macrumors member

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    If im going to be using mine for a long time i try to turn it off when im not using for example if I download a game I turn it off if im going to play it etc. That way its not going all the time and gives it a little break.
     
  14. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    They'd probably frown if you end up with 25GB on your bill, just keep it within reason ;)
     

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