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Plausible to tether for home internet using any of the big

by newdad28 / April 29, 2011 4:12 AM PDT

carriers right now? I've been doing this on TMO for about the last 30 days, and finally hit their ceiling and received several text warnings about being shut off/throttled.

I'd rather not sign up for a local ISP since I'm already paying for unlimited data, and my speeds have been very good (5-10 down) with my 4G access through TMO on my HTC G2. That's been my thinking...until these warnings.

I've already talked with TMO customer service and confirmed...unfortunately, I've hit the wall there and it's got me looking at the competition. It looks like Verizon also promises "unlimited" data, but there's fine print. Anyone have experience pushing more than 10 gigs per month off tethering from their unlimited Sprint or Verizon plan?

I HATE AT&T and will never go back, so they're not an option.

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Unlimited
by bill012 / April 29, 2011 5:08 AM PDT

For now the only plan you can get unlimited is from sprint... until they stop offering it. All the other unlimited plans are ONLY for use on the phones themselves. If you tether them they have caps and extra charges.

Don't think you can sneak a tether past them. They can easily tell from the type of traffic if it is a PC or a phone. Your web browser will tell on you with every request since it include the OS and other info.

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Not trying to pull a fast one
by newdad28 / April 29, 2011 6:51 AM PDT
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I'm not trying to sneak anything by anyone - I'm wondering if tethering to a smartphone is a realistic alternative to having to get home internet (yet)?

If there is a carrier where I can legitimately do this (my guess is I'd pull around 15 gigs per month of data), then I'm going to jump ship on TMO.

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Home use
by bill012 / May 1, 2011 6:33 AM PDT

Sprint works great if you are in their 4G coverage.

The LTE from verizon is very fast... unless they do down like last week..

ATT is just starting to roll out LTE so I have not used it.

Tmobile is selling a system that ATT calls 3G. It is faster than many 3G systems but not really the same speed as other 4G systems.

Really LTE and WiMAX(sprint) are the only true broadband speed wireless option out their.

If you don't care about the price get whatever system you can get good reception on. Most have no hard caps on the data they just charge extra if you exceed it.

The only system that works very fast and is cheap is from sprint. So check if you are in their 4G coverage area. If not I would go with verizon next even if you have to pay when you exceed the cap.

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