What are the risks of tethering/PDANet?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 2A Batterie, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. 2A Batterie macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone have any horror stories of AT&T redflagging them for tethering? I want to start using PDAnet, but since it would be my primary source of internet, I'm afraid of getting service terminated or some crazy usage fees. Any advice?
     
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    The iPhone is adequate for short duration tethering but besides that it's a really expensive wireless modem. The phone gets extremely hot and the battery can't be charged enough when its tethered so it will die on you. I have to think this problem has an effect on the iPhones lifespan.
     
  4. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Ya, the advice is don't use it as primary internet.
     
  5. ziggy3055 macrumors member

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    If you were to go thru with this the cap on ATT is 5GB so unless you can deal with letting the phone get hot and can keep it under 5GB then you shouldn't have a problem.
     
  6. jdmass macrumors member

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    In contrast with the previous posters, I think PDAnet is a great app. The complaint about overheating and battery drain are based using PDAnet in wireless mode. The app now supports USB mode where data is transmitted via USB cable rather than wireless. There is no overheating or battery drain at all. I've used it for periods as long as 8+ hours and it works perfectly.
     
  7. 2A Batterie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was under the impression that USB tethering only works on Windows machines? I'm a Mac user.
     
  8. Opie macrumors 6502a

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    I have used pdanet for 3 months and only use it about an hour a day on average and have never had any problems with at&t.
     
  9. aerospace macrumors 6502a

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    Also using pdanet for the past 3 weeks. It's currently my only home internet.

    Trying to keep my downloading to a minimum, did about 2.5gig up+down this month(for a few must haves programs you know)
     
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  11. 2A Batterie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would but my career has me traveling so frequently that I'm never in one place for more than a week or so.
     
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  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If your career requires it then I would look into getting a USB or ExpressCard based cellular modem.

    Because if you get "flagged" then you will be one who ends up paying ETF and no phone plan.
     

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