Netshare questions/comments/discussion

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by justanothernerd, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. justanothernerd macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I did a search through the forums, and I found a lot of information about Netshare and such, and I'm trying to make a decision about whether or not I should risk getting burnt by AT&T for tethering.

    From the iPhone Terms & Conditions:

    They explicitly make the point that tethering is a no-no. However, they do say that streaming music is wrong, but we still have applications like Simplify and Pandora out and no one seems to be getting in trouble for that. I mean, according to the Terms & Conditions, "telemetry applications" (aka, Google Maps) aren't allowed! So is this just AT&T making an idle threat, or do people actually get caught for this sort of thing?

    From everywhere I've search on these forums, I haven't seen anyone get caught using Netshare. Does anyone know exactly how the traffic is routed to AT&T? It would be a dead give-away if iPhone traffic is funneled into certain ports, but if I were to use my laptop on the go for email and internet, the only ports I would be using are 80 (for http), 25 (for SMTP) and 143 (for IMAP). How would my browsing signature be any different for my laptop if I only use functions that an iPhone would use anyway? Will AT&T pick up what browser I am using?

    For the legal types on the forum: are those Terms & Conditions even legal? It seems strange to me that a company can say "unlimited data", yet impose both caps and severe restrictions on how one can use it. It's almost if an ISP were to say you could only use your connection on a Mac, but not a PC (or in this case, a phone and not a computer). Didn't Comcast Cable get in trouble a few weeks ago for restricting P2P? If I recall correctly, the FCC busted them for violating Net Neutrality. If one were to treat AT&T Wireless as an ISP (which it basically is), wouldn't their Terms & Service violate the principle of Net Neutrality?

    Anyway, I'm contacting the FCC to find out - at the least, I don't think AT&T Wireless should be able to advertise a 5 gb/month data plan as being "unlimited."

    -Adrian
     
  2. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

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    I use it and att has not charged me i dont think they even notice;)
     
  3. nimda0 macrumors 6502

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    They don't. I don't care what anyone on these forums CLAIMS to know about tethering. They don't notice, and as a company don't care, and yes it's an idle threat to prevent the masses from doing it. They make the policy just in case they ever need or want to stop you.

    At the moment, they do not care, and make no attempt to stop you. I know someone who works for At&t, and i've talked to NUMEROUS area managers from this company, and 1 person from the corporate office. All of them said teh same thing.... we don't come out and say you're allowed to do it, and the policy clearly says you AREN'T allowed to do it, but they don't enforce it and cannot recall any instance where they've ever had to.
     
  4. speedracer3000 macrumors 6502

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    BTW, if you think Netshare is cool, you might want to look into PdaNet from Cydia (jailbreak) for the TRUE tethering experience.
     
  5. buccsmf1 macrumors 6502

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    yea, there are lots of people on this board that will tell you at&t is going to charge you a ton for using this. these are the people that are bitter that they didn't nab a copy while it was available so they're trying to rain on everyone else's parade. they don't care if you use netshare, its a fact
     
  6. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

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    Is that better than Netshare?
     
  7. nimda0 macrumors 6502

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    It's supposed to be faster
     
  8. speedracer3000 macrumors 6502

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    yes, with Netshare I was only able to use Safari, pretty limited. With PdaNet ALL the apps are available, this includes FTP, Mail, skype voice and video, Firefox, VMWare etc. It's just like if you have a laptop connect card, without paying additional $$$/mo for it. It's also easier to setup than Netshare and works perfectly well on both Mac and PC.
     
  9. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

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    Thats cool i might jailbreak to get this but then i feel i purchased netshare ($10.00) for nothing!
     
  10. mtfield macrumors 6502

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    I really wish I had bought netshare when I had the chance... I don't have a need to tether much, but several times a year I take a fairly long train ride and would love to be able to have internet on my mbp while in route... So if apple and att did come out with a tethering service I wouldn't want to purchase it because of how rarely I use it... I would jailbreak, but I had a fairly bad experience with it with my 2G iphone.. so i'm a bit stuck i suppose...
     
  11. rKunda macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure it's possible that AT&T notices—or could find out if they wished. But I have to imagine that the entire amount of users that bought netshare in its total time available was pretty low. Even lower is the numbers that use it... and lower still for those that use it with any frequency.

    If I had to guess, AT&T, if they even consider it anymore, cut their losses at the app being pulled.
     

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