T-mobile tethering block

yum114

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I currently have the unlimited plan(which includes I think 2.5GB of hotspot)
Well, a little past the hotspot amount, it got shut off, it now tells me I don't have the service or need to purchase more. I've tried everything to circumvent, even used flasharmyknife, and when I use an app on the phone that has a user agent switcher, and I change it to firefox, even browsing on the phone will give me that message. Anyone know how to bypass this message??? and continue to use the hotspot feature?(my data is unlimited)
 

jav6454

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Only way is either:

A. Changing the carrier files (which can't be done unless you SSH into your phone or make a custom file)

B. Jailbreak your iPhone as mentioned above.


Both options not plausible at this time. So, what to do? Nothing, but bite your tongue.
 

yum114

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This is driving me insane. I am trying to browse the web(on my phone) using an agent switcher app just so that I can get the desktop version of websites(like video sites so that I don't have the view the low quality versions) and my phone brings me to the hotspot tmobile page because it THINKS I'm tethering smh. Tried calling tmobile and they told me to contact the app developer smh
 

darricksailo

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This is driving me insane. I am trying to browse the web(on my phone) using an agent switcher app just so that I can get the desktop version of websites(like video sites so that I don't have the view the low quality versions) and my phone brings me to the hotspot tmobile page because it THINKS I'm tethering smh. Tried calling tmobile and they told me to contact the app developer smh
When you switch your user agent to a desktop OS (whether it be windows of Mac), it will consider that as tethering and not mobile data usage

It's one of the methods that carriers use to track whether you're tethering or not. The APN is another way. There are more out there but no one really knows how they do it
 

yum114

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When you switch your user agent to a desktop OS (whether it be windows of Mac), it will consider that as tethering and not mobile data usage

It's one of the methods that carriers use to track whether you're tethering or not. The APN is another way. There are more out there but no one really knows how they do it
Yes, that's foolishness to me since... IM NOT TETHERING?!

I think it's foolish to sell someone an iphone. Not a flip phone, but an iphone which one of its biggest selling points are the apps and things you can do with it, only to tell me I can't use these apps because they think I'm using an actual computer or completely seperate device smh. And yes, most sites do have desktop versions, but not all.
 

Consultant

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Bring it to a T-Mobile store, show them your problem, and see what they can do to help.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Bring it to a T-Mobile store, show them your problem, and see what they can do to help.
Nothing.
What do you expect them to do change their whole system for his app?
Its a specific app that's causing this issue and there's millions of apps on the appstore. They're not going to make their network compatible with every devs app.
The way it usually works is the other way around.
 

yum114

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Nothing.
What do you expect them to do change their whole system for his app?
Its a specific app that's causing this issue and there's millions of apps on the appstore. They're not going to make their network compatible with every devs app.
The way it usually works is the other way around.
That's just it, it's not one app. It's ANY app that will make a website believe that it's a desktop browser. I know they wouldn't change their system. I still think it's stupid for a phone to believe I'm tethering because I'm using firefox( on an iphone) and the tethering is turned OFF. they need to find better ways to detect tethering. Simple as that! It may sound good to you, that is until you want to use an app that they believe is tethering. Smh.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
That's just it, it's not one app. It's ANY app that will make a website believe that it's a desktop browser. I know they wouldn't change their system. I still think it's stupid for a phone to believe I'm tethering because I'm using firefox( on an iphone) and the tethering is turned OFF. they need to find better ways to detect tethering. Simple as that! It may sound good to you, that is until you want to use an app that they believe is tethering. Smh.
It doesn't sound good to me but that's the way Tmobile has their system setup unfortunately to be triggered by that.
I don't think that happens with every carrier.
 

Vetvito

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It's not tmobiles fault that you're switching user agents.

You switching the user agents to Firefox basically is saying that you're no longer using a mobile browser.

I can't go in the bank with a gun and stick them up and say I want your money. Then get caught and say I'm using a toy gun, this isn't real.

I can't put on a police uniform and write people tickets and not expect some repercussion because I'm actually not a police officer.


C'mon
 

yum114

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It doesn't sound good to me but that's the way Tmobile has their system setup unfortunately to be triggered by that.
I don't think that happens with every carrier.
Yea, sprint doesn't. Not sure about the other carriers.

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It's not tmobiles fault that you're switching user agents.

You switching the user agents to Firefox basically is saying that you're no longer using a mobile browser.

I can't go in the bank with a gun and stick them up and say I want your money. Then get caught and say I'm using a toy gun, this isn't real.

I can't put on a police uniform and write people tickets and not expect some repercussion because I'm actually not a police officer.


C'mon
Umm... Are you high?
 

Vetvito

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Yea, sprint doesn't. Not sure about the other carriers.

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Umm... Are you high?

Um no.

Sprint will get you the same results.

T-mobile offers 2.5gb of tethering, which you are essentially doing on the phone by switching the UA. You've used the 2.5 and want more because you can't be without a desktop UA.

Get a different phone plan. Problem solved.
 
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