iPhone TetherME/Verizon

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by dave3x, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. dave3x macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2013
    Loooong time since I've posted here, can't even remember what my old username, or pass even are, LOL..

    Anyhow, I have an iPhone 5 with Verizon, Unlimited Data, and am currently paying the extra 30.00 for mobile hotspot. I don't so much mind, given I can use it pretty much anywhere, anytime, so that's really not a big deal.

    I am however, debating Jailbreaking, and using TetherMe (or maybe PDANet), but I'm trying to find out what, if any, the odds are that I'd get caught doing so. I've read all kinds of things about this FCC ruling and the 700 MHZ whatever, and from what I gather, it only applies to the newer "Share Everything" plans (as far as the end user being allow to use 3rd party apps to tether).

    I generally use about 7-8 or so GB a month (streaming video, from time to time downloading stuff, etc), so I'm not sure if me dropping the hotspot, and continuing to use the same amount would throw up any flags or whatnot.

    Also my bigger concern is that when Apple releases 6.1.3, and the fact that it's going to close the jailbreak (of course I realize I don't *have* to install it), then I'll be back at square one -- if however, me using TetherMe, and saving 30 bucks a month will work out, I'd rather go that route. I have no issue paying the cost for the app (I believe in supporting the hard work of devs), so that's also not an issue.

    I just wanted to see, more or less, if anyone with Verizon has been using TetherMe (or any other tethering app), and been able to remain under the radar, either because Verizon doesn't care, or because they CAN'T do anything (again based on the FCC ruling for block C spectrum or whatever).

    Any insight would be appreciated.

  2. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Read this thread , read post 11 twice.


    Bottom line yes you could get caught. But what you got to lose try it and if they say anything then stop.
  3. gsugolfer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Just as an FYI, any limited plan can tether using a third party app. That doesn't help you, because you use considerably over the 2GB limit, though.
  4. dave3x thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2013
    Thanks for the replies. I ended up writing to Verizon, to see what they'd say, and this is what I got back ...

    Dear Mr. :

    Thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless with your concerns of using third party tethering applications on 4G LTE devices.

    Verizon Wireless continues to provide our customers with the most advanced wireless broadband services available over our next-generation 4G LTE network. VZW has always allowed our customers to use the lawful applications of their choice on its networks, and it did not block its customers from using third-party tethering applications.

    Tethering Options:

    Our existing Mobile Broadband Connect feature ($20/month) is still an option for customers on qualifying price plans.

    Share Everything pricing that includes this feature at no additional cost.
    A variety of third party applications that may provide the tethering function.
    Customers are able to use third party applications with unlimited data plans.

    For your convenience, you can stay updated on current data offerings at www.verizonwireless.com. Also we encourage you to manage your data with all metered data plans.


    I'm not sure, based on what I'm reading, where they said "Customers are able to use third party applications with unlimited data plans." means exactly what it sounds like, which to me, is, ITS OK TO DO IT, or if they're telling me I can use a 3rd party app *IF* I'm also paying 20.00 for Mobile Broadband Connect (which I don't even see as an option on their website).

    I wrote back for clarification, since to me, it seems they're telling me that I can use 3rd party apps w/ no issue (where I'm not clear is if they mean with Mobile Broadband Connect, or by itself).

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