Solution for incorrect T-Mobile US Prepaid "upsell tethering" error?
I'm having a problem with T-Mobile incorrectly flagging my phone for "against the rules" tethering. I'm pretty sure I know exactly why it is happening: I'm running Chrome configured with a desktop-like User Agent and whatever connection snooping Tmo does is accidentally flagging all that traffic as tether. Please take it as a given that my usage patterns require my current methods (chrome + desktop UA, etc). I'm wondering if there are any other clever ways to fix this problem (meaning prevent Tmo from giving me redirects to their Upsell Tether page for just about everything except Google.com)?
Here's a screenshot of what's happening when I try to load a page by clicking on a Google Search result:
I'm on the new(ish) T-Mobile prepaid monthly plan for unlimited 4G data and 100 min @ $30/mo (yes, I'm aware they throttle after 5gigs and that's fine by me). My Nexus 4 is running stable cm10.1.2 right now.
I've escalated this issue within Tmo to the point where what I believe is a Tier 3 support manager claims he's going to conference call me with a local engineer. The support guy asked for my home zip and address so he could make sure he got a local guy, however, I'm quite sure that's crap since I've traveled and seen the same issue in many places. This clearly has nothing to do with specific Tmo towers and has everything to do with Tmo's network snooping.
Creative ideas are very welcome here!!
P.s. for all the googlebots out there, the exact url and text are:
Smartphone Mobile HotSpot
Turn your smartphone into a mobile hotspot!
Share your smartphone's high-speed internet connection with your laptop, ipad, ipod, or any other wi-fi enabled device.
You have reached this page because you do not have Smartphone Mobile HotSpot service or have exceeded your included service allotment.
Click here to learn how to add the Smartphone Mobile HotSpot service to your account.
To learn more abut smartphone mobile hotspot service visit to FAQ.
If you feel you reached this page in error, or have questions about Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (Tethering) service, please call T-Mobile Customer Care, 1-800-937-8997.