- 04-05-2011, 12:23 AM #2
- 04-05-2011, 02:55 PM #3
- 04-05-2011, 03:11 PM #4
- 04-05-2011, 03:25 PM #5
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- 04-05-2011, 06:18 PM #7
- 04-05-2011, 07:14 PM #8
The percentage of those who root vs those who don't could very well be worth the carriers time and MONEY to drop the rooted users. Don't forget the throttling announcement a month or two back, that is clearly targeted towards those who tether (via root).
I fully agree we should get everything we are due, and by due I mean the money we pay monthly to the mighty carriers.
It is not illegal to root your phone, but the carriers TOS can and do say you are not allowed to tether without paying for it. I don't agree with their position, but they do have the ability to know more than we think. They can monitor, shape and inspect traffic. Cisco has the routers capable and the carriers are buying them.
Its a game of cat and mouse and honestly if the carriers didn't bloat the frickin phones up I would be happy.
- 04-05-2011, 07:19 PM #9
- 04-05-2011, 07:26 PM #10
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There is no reason to keep yelling fire, until there really is a fire.
- 04-06-2011, 03:40 AM #11Banned
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- 04-06-2011, 09:48 AM #12
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I'm sure this will happen in the future, and if you illegally tether I can see you getting the boot. But Carriers are not going to kick people off (and therefore not get paid) for people like myself that root just for custom roms and don't steal any service. It may be used against me if I try to put in a warranty claim, and I completely understand the reasoning behind that and it is a risk that I take by rooting. But you won't be banned (IMO) for simply rooting.
- 04-06-2011, 12:11 PM #13
You never know, maybe that's what they're developing. Rooting will raise a red flag to your carrier and then they'll watch your account more closely and take action only if they notice something out of the ordinary.
- 04-06-2011, 12:13 PM #14
- 04-06-2011, 02:18 PM #15
- 04-06-2011, 02:37 PM #16
They can already "packet sniff" people they suspect of illegally tethering their phone to a laptop, tablet, etc. This seems like a bit of a stretch of truth right now IMO.
In a few years I'm sure they might be able to know, but right now? No way.
- 04-06-2011, 04:36 PM #17
- 04-06-2011, 04:49 PM #18
- 04-06-2011, 06:58 PM #19
What the carriers will be doing is seeing which phones have excessive data usage that would not be the norm for a smartphone. If you are d/l say 50-100GB a month my guess is you are tethering and they will certainly monitor your traffic.
Verizon has already stated if you are in that "small percentage" which I estimated was around 1.5 million customers (based on the % they quoted, I forgot what it is) they will throttle you for the current and following month.
I like custom ROMs, but the cat and mouse game is getting old already. Apple does this, I left Apple, if Android is going this way I will leave Android and look towards something else. The choices are not great but there are still choices.
In the end all I want is debloat the crapware, change my bootscreen and sound and be able to BACKUP my frickin phone GOOGLE. I don't tether I have a XOOM so I have no need.
- 04-06-2011, 07:12 PM #20
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- Stock, (for now)
I'll tell you though... I'm not rooted yet, but if I was a Xoom owner, (soon) I would have it tethered to my TB for sure... I pay $30 a month for unlimited data... I wouldn't pay again for the same service, just on another device. And then even if you pay th $$ for tether, you have a cap! If they would go after customers for root tethering, they should make a joint data plan per account, not per device so people could feel better about the limits THEY put on OUR devices. I understand its all TOS and contract stuff, but I mean... COME ON!