1. krazy's Avatar
    The other day I was at a major airport. I decided to be a nice guy and turned on my thunderbolt's 4G hotspot without a pw with the name: "Free 4G". Within 45 seconds 5 people were connected. Is there any problem that people can see with doing something like this? Security or other issues?
    04-01-2011 08:14 PM
  2. Ter1990's Avatar
    The other day I was at a major airport. I decided to be a nice guy and turned on my thunderbolt's 4G hotspot without a pw with the name: "Free 4G". Within 45 seconds 5 people were connected. Is there any problem that people can see with doing something like this? Security or other issues?
    The only problem i forsee with this is if/when our data gets capped, you would be wasting a significant majority of your usage letting someone else use your data. And on 4g, it would get used very very quickly. (As i am sure whenever the "free" hotspot trial is over, you will get capped at how much data you can use thru the hotspot)
    04-01-2011 08:20 PM
  3. Jude526's Avatar
    I would be careful with it, that is for sure........cause when it comes time to be paying for it....anyone other than yourself you will be the one who is charged
    04-01-2011 08:23 PM
  4. mc21's Avatar
    I would be careful with it, that is for sure........cause when it comes time to be paying for it....anyone other than yourself you will be the one who is charged
    since its free and they're trying to promote hotspot, i doubt he will be charged anything extra. (for now)
    04-01-2011 08:25 PM
  5. Forgetful's Avatar
    How much did the leechers use?
    04-01-2011 08:28 PM
  6. the one and only M's Avatar
    I probably wouldn't do that. You'll get a whole 5 minutes of battery life before your phone dies.
    04-01-2011 10:26 PM
  7. Ripper3785's Avatar
    Could it be just other phones auto-connecting to a nearby open network? In that case it wouldn't be folks intentionally stealing your wifis.
    04-01-2011 10:33 PM
  8. willdogs's Avatar
    Wait until the feds come after you for sharing child porn over your "Free 4G" Network.

    Try and explain that somebody at the airport probably used your phone to transfer files unknown to you. I'm sure they'll believe you.

    Seriously though, not a good idea to let strangers use your internet connection. You don't know what they are doing on it and you are 100% responsible.

    Child Porn Rings, Identity Thieves, etc etc... Love using anonymous public wifi hotspots.
    04-01-2011 11:40 PM
  9. dubge's Avatar
    Wait until the feds come after you for sharing child porn over your "Free 4G" Network.

    Try and explain that somebody at the airport probably used your phone to transfer files unknown to you. I'm sure they'll believe you.

    Seriously though, not a good idea to let strangers use your internet connection. You don't know what they are doing on it and you are 100% responsible.

    Child Porn Rings, Identity Thieves, etc etc... Love using anonymous public wifi hotspots.
    while child porn was not the first thing to come to my mind, I was thinking in the lines of file sharing
    04-02-2011 02:56 AM
  10. Mike_is_Mike's Avatar
    The only problem i forsee with this is if/when our data gets capped, you would be wasting a significant majority of your usage letting someone else use your data. And on 4g, it would get used very very quickly. (As i am sure whenever the "free" hotspot trial is over, you will get capped at how much data you can use thru the hotspot)
    Free HS is over May 15th. $20 a month after that - don't know what the cap is.

    One of the reasons I bought the TB is for the HotSpot feature for my iPad.
    As it turns out I have only turned it on once in over two weeks....and I couldn't get it to work.
    04-02-2011 07:27 AM
  11. Mike_is_Mike's Avatar
    Wait until the feds come after you for sharing child porn over your "Free 4G" Network.

    Try and explain that somebody at the airport probably used your phone to transfer files unknown to you. I'm sure they'll believe you.

    Seriously though, not a good idea to let strangers use your internet connection. You don't know what they are doing on it and you are 100% responsible.
    Remote bombs......
    04-02-2011 07:28 AM
  12. Edwill86's Avatar
    Free HS is over May 15th. $20 a month after that - don't know what the cap is.

    One of the reasons I bought the TB is for the HotSpot feature for my iPad.
    As it turns out I have only turned it on once in over two weeks....and I couldn't get it to work.
    $20.00 gets you a 20gig cap for the Hot spot.
    04-02-2011 09:21 AM
  13. paulmike3's Avatar
    Wait until the feds come after you for sharing child porn over your "Free 4G" Network.

    Try and explain that somebody at the airport probably used your phone to transfer files unknown to you. I'm sure they'll believe you.

    Seriously though, not a good idea to let strangers use your internet connection. You don't know what they are doing on it and you are 100% responsible.

    Child Porn Rings, Identity Thieves, etc etc... Love using anonymous public wifi hotspots.
    +1. Never share any of your internet connections (home wifi, hotspot, etc.) with anyone you don't know. While most criminals are stupid, the smart ones (and usually the worst offenders, like mentioned above) know not to use their own internet for their illegal activities. Very bad idea to supply it for them.
    04-02-2011 10:14 AM
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