Tethering from a rooted Android has saved my household from a crisis!

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mclld, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    Or so my kids would tell you! My internet has went down since yesterday and I have techs coming out tomorrow. Since yesterday I have been using my rooted Android as a hot spot. I have tried it on a non rooted phone and it prompts you for the provider tethering service, none of that crap with a rooted phone!

    I think the whole business of tethering be separate is ridiculous, what difference does it make if I use my allocated amount of data on my phone, tablet or computer? I get 3 gigs LTE then throttled after that on each phone
  2. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    I'm lucky on the regard of my carrier doesn't have a tethering policy, they don't care how I use my data because in the end, I paid for it.

    Glad you managed to get out of a crisis though :)
  3. mclld thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    I told my kids their mom and I grew up and survived without the internet, they couldnt imagine it.
  4. TechGod Suspended


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
  5. McCool71 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2012
    I am amazed at the artificial restrictions the carriers in the US impose on their customers.

    If you have a certain data limit (or no limit at all) it should not be of any concern to them what you actually use it for. 1 GB downloaded directly to the phone or 1 GB downloaded to your PC/Tablet/whatever via tethering generates the same amount of traffic in the cell phone network.

    Luckily I live a place where rules like this does not apply - I have unlimited data use with a soft cap of 5 GB a month. Everything above that gets throttled to 120 Kb/s, which is more than enough for casual surfing on the phone, downloading podcasts, syncing music and so on.
  6. OceanView macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
    You are lucky you don't live in the most capitalistic country in the world.
    The corporations only care about money here.
  7. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    T-Mobile doesn't impose this. You can pay $50 a month for what is unlimited data. You get 1GB at 4G/LTE speeds and then they throttle you to 3G speeds (or even 2G), but there is no data cap. And that is one of the main reasons why T-Mobile is adding so many extra customers a month from the likes of AT&T and Verizon.
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    AT&T never had any issue with me tethering. :eek: I've been doing it since iPhone 2G too. It's only this last month that I'm actually on a 10GB plan now with it enabled.
  9. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    No internet = crisis ?

    First world problems are terrible. Forget genocide, war torn streets, starvation and hunger, earthquakes, aids ..... None can live upto the crisis of 'no internet for a day'.......

  10. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    I'm sure when I say this to my daughter in a few years she will be equally clueless lol. We used to go to the library and search for the information using our brains in my day even though we just about had the internet (circa 1994) in my house. It cost too much to stay online for too long!
  11. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    ^^ this. I gave up my unlimited plan that I was in for years but I don't care as I never go above 2-4gb anyway. They don't throttle until you cross 10 either.
  12. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    Whilst I agree, I can see that it makes a difference though. Let's ASSUME you got a piece of crap phone which can be used for tethering, you might not use the phone to stream videos but use a laptop / tablet instead. I think it is likely people use more bandiwidth when tethering than they do 'natively' on the phone.

    For example, at some workplace I had a stupidly great connection. So I tetherd my laptop to phone (in the office) to download all sorts of stuff. The HSPA+ connection there was three times as fast as my home broadband.

    At some point I downloaded 80 GB in just one week (no nonsense unlimited plan).

    I wouldn't even be able to download that sort of data to my phone. So I personally definitely use more data whole tethering.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm on Verizon and I can tether without any added fees. I was able to easily create a hotspot with my old iPhone 5 and this has saved me a couple of times.

    I lost DSL for a couple of hours while working from home. I was able to get my work done and for that I was quite grateful.

    People love to knock VZW but in this instance I didn't have to go through any hoops or incur extra costs to have tethering

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