Ma Bell nerfed my tethering!
May 3, 2011 11:49 PM Subscribe
Ma Bell nerfed my tethering! I'm long off contract from my 3G and happy to switch carriers/OS's. Which smart phones on which providers would you recommend? They must have reasonably priced and effective tethering availing.
posted by Chekhovian to computers & internet (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Last year I got rid of my home internet and started relying on my jailbroken iphone's tethering capacity (MyWi) for internet access. I don't spend much time at home so it wasn't much of an inconvenience for the saving $50 a month. It was fantastic on the road too. Heck sometimes it was even faster to tether to my phone than use my girlfriends top-shelf comcast cable plan at her place (comcast internet here is fantastically unreliable and slow). I wasn't a heavy user, just a few GB a month.
AT&T now says the game is up and I can start paying extra dough (and lose my grandfathered in "unlimited status") or never tether again. They claim they have a team of crack scientists and supercomputers that can tell if ever tether on my own again. I find it repugnant to pay again for something I already paid for. Imagine having to pay more to burn your gasoline on the highway than on a normal road. I paid for the bandwidth, I should be able to use it however I want. Frankly I think the whole system of wireless networks is a big collusive scam.
I've heard all these rumors that Sprint unlimited is actually unlimited. Supposedly T-Mobile unlimited is actually bandwidth capped after a certain point (and its maybe sort of merging into bellville anyway)? Verizon unlimited seems to be the same as AT&T unlimited only when use is limited. But then there are these new rumors that most of the networks are eliminating tethering apps from their Android stores. Sorting through the technicalities of the options available from the different carriers has me at wit's end.
I'd like a reasonably smart phone with a reasonably largish data plan + tethering at reasonable rates, is this unreasonable?