Hotspot vs cable tethering vs price
Before anyone mentions, yes, I've searched around and haven't found much good info on this.
I've got the 30 dollar a month wifi hotspot thing, but I'm really finding that I don't use it enough to justify the cost. Additionally, since the battery life is so bad on the EVO, it doesn't really make sense to use it as a hotspot.
I downloaded an app called easytether and that works great, plus it keeps the phone plugged into my laptop, charging it.
My question is, if I cancel the 30 dollar charge for the mobile hotspot feature, can I still use easytether?
- 06-29-2010, 09:48 AM #2
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According to the contract you signed with Sprint for service, no.
Your Terms of Service (TOS) state that without adding an additional plan, like the wifi hotspot, you will not connect your mobile phone to other devices to share data.
So, if you tether your phone, you are breaking your contract.
Can you still do it? Yes. However, breaking a contract and then continuing to use those contracted services is (IMHO) rather unethical.
Before the Evo, I paid for Sprint's unlimited phone as modem feature. I know a lot of people told me to cancel that and then just do it on the sly. When some of those people got their service suspended, cancelled, data capped/throttled back, or were told that they'd be charged for future data... they were mightily pissed, but they only had themselves to blame. So, if you do it, you do it at your own risk.
- 06-29-2010, 09:49 AM #3
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- 06-29-2010, 09:58 AM #5
That being said, would it even be possible for sprint to find out that I'm using the phone this way? I would assume they would have to check for red flags like high bandwidth usage, but I'm not downloading movies or anything, actually I'm usually just writing e-mails since it's easier with a real keyboard.
- 06-29-2010, 10:50 AM #7Treo 650> Moto Q> Moto Q9c> BB Storm> HTC Touch Pro> iPhone 3G> Palm Pre> iPhone 3GS> Droid> Incredible> EVO 4G
- 06-29-2010, 11:17 AM #8
If you are somewhat tech savvy, then read up on rooting the phone. Rooted phone will allow you to use WiFi tethering apps without having to pay the $30 hotspot free, and it works for both 3G/4G.
Froyo/2.2 is suppose to have hotspot built into the rom thus bypassing the sprint app, but speculations are that sprint will probably disable that function in froyo.
- 06-29-2010, 12:28 PM #9
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i.e. it appeared from what I saw online that if you kept your tethering to checking emails or reading newsfeeds... you wouldn't have a problem.
I think it's more an issue of whether you want to be the type of person who breaks their word over $30... but that's just me.
- 06-29-2010, 01:30 PM #10
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- 06-29-2010, 01:59 PM #12
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This is one of those few cases in which I don't have any moral dilemma with breaking the terms of service. I pay for unlimited data, it shouldn't matter how I use the data. There's no reasonable explanation Sprint (or any other carrier) can give that justifies the additional $30 tethering charge, other than "because we can."
- 06-29-2010, 02:01 PM #13
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- 06-29-2010, 02:46 PM #17
Absolutely insipid idea.
All you missed was some hitler reference and the slide down your slippery slope would be complete.
- 06-29-2010, 02:56 PM #19
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Maybe it isnt the fact that they merely can , so they do ... Maybe they just put that "premium" charge to keep the traffic down ... 1/3 of the customers may use the "paid" tethering ... 1/3 may opted out ... 1/3 may use the "free" tethering ... If Sprint just said you can have a free for all it would build up HEAVY traffic because people will use it just cuz ... I feel its a filter of sorts because they cant really monitor it or totally stop it from happening if you tether by means other than the "premium" ... They're are alot of "do-gooders" out there that would not think of crossing that line ... and those are the ones that are being weeded out ... Just my opinion.
- 06-29-2010, 02:59 PM #20
A company whether the US goverment, Sprint or that Mom and Pop pizzeria around your corner, is just that. A company/business. The service they provide, according to your Einstien level thinking, is irrelvant. Just the size of said company.
See how utterly dumb it is to generalize.
- 06-29-2010, 02:59 PM #21
Ignoring the moral issue, if the OP uses tethering modestly, and not to download movies or bootleg copies of Office 2010, the odds of Sprint noticing are slim to none. PDAnet has sold many thousands of copies of their program, and reports of people getting caught using it are extremely rare.
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- 06-29-2010, 03:03 PM #22
One will cost me money, the other will cost me money, the third will cost me my car, money and more money and perhaps jail time. I am under no dilusion of the choices I make and there consequences.
So who is being harmed?
- 06-29-2010, 03:06 PM #25
Yes, I have taken the time to read the Contract, the EULA, the fine print, notices and all other Sprint verbatim on service agreement with me.