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    Default Sprint and free tethering

    Does Sprint really care if you tether without the add-on?

    I've had Sprint for almost 2 years and have tethered the whole time as my primary source of internet (I live in the middle of nowhere with no good home internet services available). I've used as much as 30 gigs in a month with no problem (Constant Netflix streaming). However, I just got an upgrade and got a 4G phone. I've blown through 2.5 gigs (just tethering, another 2.5 gigs on phone) in 3 days since I got the phone. The only reason i'm worried now is due to the fact that on 4G you can blow through so much data, so fast.

    Have any of you gotten the infamous letter from Sprint? I don't want to screw up my account because it's a family plan with the whole house on it. Should I be worried? I've been tethering 3G for 2 years with no problems but 4G uses way more data.

    Edit: I remember seeing a thread on the Sprint Forums where a Sprint admin said to keep it on the down-low (Exact words, too), but 30 gigs isn't exactly on the down-low.
    Edit2: Incase it matters it's LTE not WiMAX.
    Last edited by Matthew Entrop; 07-10-2013 at 11:52 AM.
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    Do they care? Of course.. They want you to pay for it with the limit on it as well.

    Now.. If your asking are they going to do anything about it? Most likely not.. They are very busy with NV and upgrading the towers to LTE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    Do they care? Of course.. They want you to pay for it with the limit on it as well.

    Now.. If your asking are they going to do anything about it? Most likely not.. They are very busy with NV and upgrading the towers to LTE.

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    That's a better way to say it I suppose.
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    I haven't necessarily been tethering but I've used a lot of data(38.71Gbs to be exact) and i haven't seen any slow down in data speeds nor received any letter from Sprint.

    From my Sammy Galaxy S4
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    Quote Originally Posted by SenseMonkey View Post
    I haven't necessarily been tethering but I've used a lot of data(38.71Gbs to be exact) and i haven't seen any slow down in data speeds nor received any letter from Sprint.

    From my Sammy Galaxy S4
    Well he means if he tethers that much will they threaten to cut his service.. Such as ATT will force you to the appropriate plans if you are on a grandfathered plan and start tethering.

    If he used 50GB non tether he isn't doing anything wrong since it's the device.. But tethering is not covered on that. So could they be mad? Sure.. But will they catch him at the moment? Highly unlikely.

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    I have a Motorola photon(home hotspot) and a gs4(primary) and an iPhone on my plan. On average my photon uses over 50gb WiMax per billing cycle. My s4/s3(just did upgrade) uses over 12gb per month 3g(lte isn't in Pittsburgh yet). I've only ever gotten a letter from them about my iPhone which is in a area that roams allot. And I've been with them doing this process for over a year.
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    Good luck with your guy's' roaming with the new Network plan. It states you get 100mb of roaming a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantJay View Post
    Good luck with your guy's' roaming with the new Network plan. It states you get 100mb of roaming a month.

    Sent from my Sprint Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    This thread has nothing to do with roaming.. It has to do with tethering.

    Good job reading the thread.. Valuable input!

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    The LTE in Pittsburgh is building out right now and is active in around the area.



    So your might see your 4g indicator come on depending where you are at the time.
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    Yeah I know it's coming, I work in downtown and only get it on the 23rd floor. Ground level doesn't have it which I find weird. But the areas I'm in its not here and where I do have it is no better than ehrpd. Accept munhall which has full lte speeds.
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    Sorry for the replay
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    I say if you have been doing it for 2 years then just keep going! They probably don't care currently. So it's win, win for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgardnervt View Post
    I say if you have been doing it for 2 years then just keep going! They probably don't care currently. So it's win, win for you!

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    I think they are to busy with the network upgrades to police it at the moment. Just my opinion .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    I think they are to busy with the network upgrades to police it at the moment. Just my opinion .

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    I agree with you there. They do need to work on it. Sounds like they are. But then again by that time free tethering might just be free anyways! Not sure what Sprint sees in its future in that aspect.
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    I have a dilemma and I’m not sure what to do. I’m hoping a few of you more experienced folks can help me make an informed decision.

    I currently have a HTC EVO 4G LTE with factory installed Android 4.0.4 and a mobile card with the old unlimited 3G plan.

    I've been unemployed for a while and I have to cut my expenses so I’m seriously considering canceling the mobile card plan and start tethering to my phone to help make ends meet.

    Can Sprint or will Sprint force users to move off of the unlimited mobile plan, anyway, or would I be grandfathered in till whenever? I’m also wondering if Sprint will start cracking down on “free” tethering and will I regret not keeping the unlimited mobile plan.

    I have a USB cable and a HTC EVO 4G LTE with factory installed Android 4.0.4. Is any special phone app needed? Can tethering be done without rooting the phone? Does anything need to be installed on the laptop? Does tethering work with 3G and 4G?

    Sorry for all of the questions but I just don’t know what to do at this point.

    Thanks, Jeff
    Last edited by poorboyjeff; 10-18-2013 at 10:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboyjeff View Post
    I have a dilemma and Iím not sure what to do. Iím hoping a few of you more experienced folks can help me make an informed decision.

    I currently have a HTC EVO 4G LTE with factory installed Android 4.0.4 and a mobile card with the old unlimited 3G plan.

    I've been unemployed for a while and I have to cut my expenses so Iím seriously considering canceling the mobile card plan and start tethering to my phone to help make ends meet.

    Can Sprint or will Sprint force users to move off of the unlimited mobile plan, anyway, or would I be grandfathered in till whenever? Iím also wondering if Sprint will start cracking down on ďfreeĒ tethering and will I regret not keeping the unlimited mobile plan.

    I have a USB cable and a HTC EVO 4G LTE with factory installed Android 4.0.4. Is any special phone app needed? Can tethering be done without rooting the phone? Does anything need to be installed on the laptop? Does tethering work with 3G and 4G?

    Sorry for all of the questions but I just donít know what to do at this point.

    Thanks, Jeff
    Hi Jeff & welcome to A|C!

    First thing I think you may be confused about... Sprint data is unlimited for smartphones and it seems they have no plans on changing that anytime soon. They only have a cap (I think its 5gig/month) on the mobile card plans.

    Now, if you decided to tether using your phone (and eliminate your mobile card) then NO, Sprint will not say a word. In fact, there is another post on here where a guy says he tethers and used like 300gig in one month & Sprint didn't care. I wouldn't recommend pushing it that far but I'm just showing you. Personally speaking, my wife & I have both been tethering for about 5yrs now using an average of 2-3gig/mo each.

    With a factory installed ROM which you say you have, Sprint has added in an entitlement check. Meaning that when you turn on the WiFi AP (tethering) built into Android it will check with your plan to see if you are allowed to tether. You have 2 options to get around that.
    First, download PDAnet+ which used to be called FoxFi. Sprint hides it in Google Play so go to or for a link to get it. The free version will kick you off every 30 minutes or so but the paid version is on sale for $8 right now. With this you can tether over WiFi, USB or Bluetooth. Try it out, if it works then Good for you! But, there are some devices that it won't work for.
    Second option is to root your phone. Then you can try .
    Third option is to root your phone & install a custom ROM. Any of the custom ROMs remove the entitlement check that Sprint shoved in there to screw us. Then you can use the native WiFi AP that is built into Android.

    As far as installing anything on the laptop, it depends on how you plan to connect. Over WiFi, NO you don't need to install anything. Over USB or Bluetooth, you need to install the PDAnet+ desktop client which is free from their site.

    I'm pretty certain you can tether over 4G but I have not had the pleasure yet. 4G is just getting to my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prolongExistence View Post
    First thing I think you may be confused about... Sprint data is unlimited for smartphones and it seems they have no plans on changing that anytime soon. They only have a cap (I think its 5gig/month) on the mobile card plans...
    Thanks for the info!

    Sprint used to offer unlimited mobile card plans back before 4G was available. I've been with Sprint for around 15 years and I do actually have a mobile card plan with no cap but it's 3G only. I'm currently "grandfathered" in because I never let the plan lapse even though I've been out of contract for quite sometime. I hate to cancel but money is tight. Not to mention the speed has gotten horribly slow over the past couple of years and it's just not worth the monthly fee anymore. I've hung in there because they keep promising the bandwidth will improve.

    I will try PDAnet+ and post back. I didn't want to root the phone because I've never done that and I am afraid of loosing all of my settings and data.

    Have you rooted? Is it very difficult? I recall there being many different ROMs is there a "best" one and/or easy one to install?

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prolongExistence View Post
    First, download PDAnet+ ...
    Sweeeeeet!

    Thank you so much for suggesting PDAnet+

    A quick test of the free version proved to work so I went ahead and bought it. So far, so good. Later, I will try and find the ever elusive 4G network in my area and post my results.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to type such a helpful post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboyjeff View Post
    Thanks for the info!

    Sprint used to offer unlimited mobile card plans back before 4G was available. I've been with Sprint for around 15 years and I do actually have a mobile card plan with no cap but it's 3G only. I'm currently "grandfathered" in because I never let the plan lapse even though I've been out of contract for quite sometime. I hate to cancel but money is tight. Not to mention the speed has gotten horribly slow over the past couple of years and it's just not worth the monthly fee anymore. I've hung in there because they keep promising the bandwidth will improve.

    I will try PDAnet+ and post back. I didn't want to root the phone because I've never done that and I am afraid of loosing all of my settings and data.

    Have you rooted? Is it very difficult? I recall there being many different ROMs is there a "best" one and/or easy one to install?

    Thanks again.
    Quote Originally Posted by poorboyjeff View Post
    Sweeeeeet!

    Thank you so much for suggesting PDAnet+

    A quick test of the free version proved to work so I went ahead and bought it. So far, so good. Later, I will try and find the ever elusive 4G network in my area and post my results.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to type such a helpful post.
    Glad it worked! Try out PDAnet for a while & then when you're satisfied that it works for you go ahead and cancel your mobile card. As far as rooting & custom ROMs, I can't really answer specifically for you since we have different phones. Usually there's a command line method & then a simple 1 click method to root. Once you're rooted & unlock the bootloader, then you can install a different ROM. Either check out the forums for your device here at A|C or for ROMs head over to xda-developers.com & find your device there.
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    Works with 4G as well.

    Since the hide tethering options in pdanet are only available for the USB connection, is it not safe to use the Wifi connection? WiFi is so much more convenient than having to look for and attaching the USB cable.

    Will Sprint be able to detect WIFi tethering? I know I can change the user agent in Firefox. Is that all that's needed to hide tethering? I may tether multiple times a week but never any heavy downloading or streaming. I read elsewhere that other carriers use the user agent and other methods of detecting tethering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboyjeff View Post
    Works with 4G as well.

    Since the hide tethering options in pdanet are only available for the USB connection, is it not safe to use the Wifi connection? WiFi is so much more convenient than having to look for and attaching the USB cable.

    Will Sprint be able to detect WIFi tethering? I know I can change the user agent in Firefox. Is that all that's needed to hide tethering? I may tether multiple times a week but never any heavy downloading or streaming. I read elsewhere that other carriers use the user agent and other methods of detecting tethering.
    I don't think I've ever heard someone say Sprint caught them. Personally speaking, my wife uses Foxfi (PDAnet) with no special configuration. My Gnex is rooted & I have a custom ROM so I use the native tethering but I have used Foxfi, WiFi Tether for Root Users & Open Garden in the past. Never heard anything from Sprint. IMO, Sprint is just happy to have customers, they're not gonna **** anyone off.

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    Thanks for the additional info.

    For the first few years, I was averaging just over 1Mbps almost everywhere I went. Sprint has already **** me off because of the speed deterioration over the last 2-3 years. I travel all over two states and now there are very few areas where I get decent speed. I've been with them for 15 years and I've hung in there hoping they will make good on their promises but nothing yet. I've noticed minor improvements in certain areas but the average speed is no where near 0.6Mbps. I could live with that speed but I'm not even getting 0.2Mbps around my home (15mile radius). That's why I'm dropping my mobile card plan and not feeling the least little bit guilty about tethering.
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    How could I enable this to work with Viper Rom (Android:4.1 Version)?
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