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    Default Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    I asked a question about wifi thethering in another thread but decided i might as well make a thread myself on the subject because i have a few questions. im a rooted user running the latest stable cm10 and noticed today that there is a wifi tether part in the settings.

    i was told by a user on youtube that if you have an unlimited data plan on sprint, then there is no way the carrier will know that you are using wifi tethering. is this true?

    so it is impossible for sprint to know when you create a wi-fi hotspot, usb tether, or bluetooth tethering? or can they only not detect usb tethering or bluetooth?

    if wifi tethering is indeed free for rooted users, i cant wait till i get my nexus 7, it will be a great help to be able to do this
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    I used about 10mbs earlier to check amazon website just to see how fast the Internet would be on my laptop

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Generally Sprint has not penalized rooted users at this point. If you get really carried away with it, they may bill you for tethering or terminate your contract at Sprint's discretion. can they tell? Sure they can if they want to. All they have to do is look for traffic being generated by non-Android devices or browsers.

    That said I have used as much 50GB of tethered WiMax data in a month, though I average about 2-3GB tethered most often; and to date have not been billed for tethering. Now I'm just waiting to see how soon Seattle actually starts getting LTE since tethering 3G is just wrong, though I have in a few outlying areas over the past several years.

    Phones I have tethered would be:
    Moto Razr V3 via USB on Cingular/AT&T
    Samsung Ace (Windows Mobile 6.1) via USB on Sprint
    Samsung Epic 4G via WiFi/Bluetooth/USB on Sprint

    Next will be my current phone, Galaxy S3; which will be rooted and rommed this weekend.
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    I had a small stretch on the road where I had to tether. I used 16gb or so in a week. Nothing ever came up about it. This is on verizon. From trolling the rez forums, many people do and do not hear a peep, many swear that there is no way to tell.

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Thanks for the responses guys, I don't plan on tethering alot but I really find the ability to tether to be something that I would use in situations in which i don't have wifi for my pc

    And this also allows me to purchase the regular 32gb version of the Nexus 7 instead of the 3g version, since I can just tether whenever I want

    I rarely use my service at all when in out, I normally have it off, unless in checking pulse, android Central or anything, I don't even touch the 300mb marker, the most I think I've ever had was 176 or something because I usually use my phone alot only when there is wifi available

    3g is awfully slow at times, especially when loading images so I rarely even bother lol


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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    Thanks for the responses guys, I don't plan on tethering alot but I really find the ability to tether to be something that I would use in situations in which i don't have wifi for my pc

    And this also allows me to purchase the regular 32gb version of the Nexus 7 instead of the 3g version, since I can just tether whenever I want

    I rarely use my service at all when in out, I normally have it off, unless in checking pulse, android Central or anything, I don't even touch the 300mb marker, the most I think I've ever had was 176 or something because I usually use my phone alot only when there is wifi available

    3g is awfully slow at times, especially when loading images so I rarely even bother lol


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    That is exactly why I have it, just in case. Outside the one time I absolutely needed it (if I couldn't have tethered I would have bought a hot spot, that is how bad I needed it) I may have used it 4 other times for less than 6 mb

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    If you think they can't tell that you're tethering you're fooling yourself. Unless somehow it's concealed, everything that connects through to your phone is identified. Get on your computer and Wi-Fi tether through your phone and do an ip check. When I do that it shows my computer, not my phone.

    Even so, I use Wi-Fi tethering fairly often. I let my daughter connect her iPod so she can watch cartoons while on a road trip or talk with family through facetime. Or I'll use it to connect my laptop to the net sometimes while we're away somewhere. I've never been flagged or anything by sprint. I'm not worried about it.
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Quote Originally Posted by gilbequick View Post
    If you think they can't tell that you're tethering you're fooling yourself. Unless somehow it's concealed, everything that connects through to your phone is identified. Get on your computer and Wi-Fi tether through your phone and do an ip check. When I do that it shows my computer, not my phone.

    Even so, I use Wi-Fi tethering fairly often. I let my daughter connect her iPod so she can watch cartoons while on a road trip or talk with family through facetime. Or I'll use it to connect my laptop to the net sometimes while we're away somewhere. I've never been flagged or anything by sprint. I'm not worried about it.
    Thanks for the reply!

    So it seems like everyone says use it, but don't go overboard, because you may get caught but more than likely they don't care, but they are aware



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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Quote Originally Posted by gilbequick View Post
    If you think they can't tell that you're tethering you're fooling yourself. Unless somehow it's concealed, everything that connects through to your phone is identified. Get on your computer and Wi-Fi tether through your phone and do an ip check. When I do that it shows my computer, not my phone.

    Even so, I use Wi-Fi tethering fairly often. I let my daughter connect her iPod so she can watch cartoons while on a road trip or talk with family through facetime. Or I'll use it to connect my laptop to the net sometimes while we're away somewhere. I've never been flagged or anything by sprint. I'm not worried about it.
    That is all well and good what you say. The thing is the phone requests from the network, not the computer. If I am right, the local routing table on the phone then passes the data through to the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piizzadude View Post
    That is all well and good what you say. The thing is the phone requests from the network, not the computer. If I am right, the local routing table on the phone then passes the data through to the computer.

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    I guess we need skunkape in here for a correct answer on this part

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    I have always understood that Sprint could tell if you are tethering if they suspect it. The key word is don't make them suspect you! I have been tethering with sprint ever since they took away the free tethering several years ago. I have gone through at least 5 maybe more different phones with tethering and have never had an issue with Sprint suspecting my tethering. Reason being. I DO NOT ABUSE IT!
    I use it to scan and send pdf files on the road and on occasion check news or something when I want a bigger screen. I am an over the road driver and do subscribe to the truckstop wifi, but sometimes I get caught in between truck stops and have to send something, so I always have my option of tethering. I do not youtube on tether or watch movies, or download large files, anything else. I know some guys have used it allot, but for me, WHY? It's really not fast enough to be comfortable with, it's simply another option out of necessity. It's your choice how you want to use ,but I have been using for a long time the way I have and plan to continue using it just like this for a long time.
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    I guess we need skunkape in here for a correct answer on this part

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    Lol... I really don't know the correct answer to this. However I'm in the camp that says that they can't tell what is drawing the data.

    Just like my old Wi-Fi connection. It was not encrypted and while I am sure my neighbors were getting free access I couldn't prove it.

    When the cable company came out to replace a bad modem, I ask him to see if my neighbors were using my connection. I was told that he couldn't tell. As he explained it to me. The Wi-Fi isn't pulled from the the router by the computer. The router was pushing the signal to anything that wanted it.

    However the amount of data that is being used may be a giveaway. As I'm pretty sure that the bandwidth taken to play xbox on line is a lot more than anything I would be doing with the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    Lol... I really don't know the correct answer to this. However I'm in the camp that says that they can't tell what is drawing the data.

    Just like my old Wi-Fi connection. It was not encrypted and while I am sure my neighbors were getting free access I couldn't prove it.

    When the cable company came out to replace a bad modem, I ask him to see if my neighbors were using my connection. I was told that he couldn't tell. As he explained it to me. The Wi-Fi isn't pulled from the the router by the computer. The router was pushing the signal to anything that wanted it.

    However the amount of data that is being used may be a giveaway. As I'm pretty sure that the bandwidth taken to play xbox on line is more is a lot more than anything I would be doing with the phone.
    This is pretty much what I was getting at. Vzw does not have access to the routing table on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    Lol... I really don't know the correct answer to this. However I'm in the camp that says that they can't tell what is drawing the data.

    Just like my old Wi-Fi connection. It was not encrypted and while I am sure my neighbors were getting free access I couldn't prove it.

    When the cable company came out to replace a bad modem, I ask him to see if my neighbors were using my connection. I was told that he couldn't tell. As he explained it to me. The Wi-Fi isn't pulled from the the router by the computer. The router was pushing the signal to anything that wanted it.

    However the amount of data that is being used may be a giveaway. As I'm pretty sure that the bandwidth taken to play xbox on line is a lot more than anything I would be doing with the phone.
    Lmao, actually I would love to see someone wifi tether their xbox to their phone and play call of duty on it all day, I wonder how much gigs that would run up

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    I think someone around here was trying but couldn't get it to work for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by piizzadude View Post
    I think someone around here was trying but couldn't get it to work for some reason

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    Ahh man, I would love to see how much data it would run up in an hour if someone got it going

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    Ahh man, I would love to see how much data it would run up in an hour if someone got it going

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    My old neighbor used his 4g hot spot for his xbox all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    My old neighbor used his 4g hot spot for his xbox all the time.

    It was his only connection and he ran his entire house on it.
    Lmaooo, that's insane

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    It is actually very easy to tell if someone else was using your wifi.

    Check router logs or history of mac addresses. That should say who connected, when, etc. You could even set further detailed login and see what porn they were watching.

    But maybe you really dont want to know.

    Can Sprint know if you are tethering? My opinion is yes. Remember the old Carrier IQ stuff?
    Ive used it, but have not abused it. Thats when you get in trouble.
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Carrier iq had nothing to do with tethering nor where the packets were going. Nothing at all

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    I have personally used over 61 gigs in one month on my sprint evo 3d.
    just got my galaxy s3 today and rooted it.
    but on average i use anywhere from 30-40 gigs a month.
    depending on what im doing ill either hook my laptop up for internet access or ill use it at my gfs house so everyone there can have internet for a few hours at a time.
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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Hey I tether 3g albeit its damn slow. XD

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    I was actually having am issue in which my computer recognized the wifi tether bout couldn't connect because of dns server thing

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    Default Re: Noob question: Wifi tethering for rooted users is completely free on sprint? can you get caught?

    Yeah, since they have unlimited data plan you can create as much traffic as you want they could care less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piizzadude View Post
    Carrier iq had nothing to do with tethering nor where the packets were going. Nothing at all

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    Point was that the carrier do sneaky stuff without letting you know. Fortunately for us, Sprint doesnt care as long as you dont do illegal stuff (download child pron), or roam too much.
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