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Tethering Apps Get Negative Views

Category: Mobile
Posted: May 2, 2011 07:59PM
Author: gebraset

Though many applications are available to consumers for free tethering, it is now getting to the point that carriers are starting to ban them all together instead of just making users subscribe to a paid per month plan, making consumers pay for their over the phone traffic. Sprint right now is the first one to jump on the train, cutting reins to applications such as PdaNet, which allows users to tether off of their phone for free, getting around the traditional system which is an add on plan to current wireless offers. Other carriers are also looking at this, possibly ending the idea of free tethering as the world knows it. Sadly, this means more money per month on top of the already high prices, if the crack downs are fully successful regarding all of the tethering applications, but it will surely benefit the revenue of the top wireless carriers.



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Munkypoo7 on May 3, 2011 04:23AM
PdaNet for iPhone can mask your data traffic [keeping tethering alive], and since it's only available through Cydia / Icy, ATT and other carriers can't block it. Kinda ironic how android being the "open" mobile OS is getting locked down as such while iOS roams free :P
dlsolo on May 4, 2011 07:41PM
Service providers don't have to worry about blocking the app from working, all they have to do is distinguish between smartphone browsing and bulk data tethering. Then they can charge per instances or per kilobyte for illegally tethering. I, personally, don't understand why I must pay to use the data I'm allotted per my monthly plan, to tether my own laptop. I paid for the monthly bandwidth.
medbor on May 9, 2011 07:49AM
Stupid corporations... if i paid for something is should be able to use it! Data is just data, even if it originates from a laptop... Lucky me to be in Sweden!
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Pogi on May 9, 2011 09:37PM
This is just another greediness from phone companies. This just shows they cant support the services they advertized. They just cant handle it.so they need to curb usage and same time gain more money. Just greed greed greed and greed!!!!

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