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Unread 01-31-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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Blackberry and Tethering - will this piss off AT&T?

I need some information here. My dad travels for weeks at a time for his job. Sometimes he can't pick up a wifi signal when he needs internet. He currently has a blackberry with an unlimited data plan through Cingular. While he can get internet that way, it's still clunky to use and applications like flash for instance won't work, so it makes for a pretty crippled internet experience.

I setup the phone to tether to his laptop, tested it and all is working. This way, he can use his blackberry and dataplan as a modem and connect to the internet everywhere he's at without having to purchase a special 3G card and laptop plan.

Is this a bad idea? I haven't used it yet because I'm not sure. Worse comes to worse I'll call up cingular about it, but I was wondering if anyone on here has done this and experienced any problems. ???


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Unread 01-31-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Its debatable. ATT can very well (and its been known to happen) send a bill for all the tethering when they find out. This could be a very large bill. People get away with it all the time, but it's up to you
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Unread 01-31-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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If you don't have tethering as part of your plan, then you're no supposed to. However, if you're just browsing the internet, and checking email, you'll be fine. If you want to download files and watch YouTube videos, that could be a problem. For example... if you normally use about 250MB of data on your data plan per month, and all of a sudden it jumps up 2000MB, your account will be flagged for investigation. So as long as you're not using an obnoxious amount of bandwidth, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You can monitor your data usage on the AT&T website too.
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Unread 01-31-2010, 05:19 PM   #4
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I took a 25ish hour road trip and tethered off my iphone the whole time (actually it was so another person in the car could use the internet on a laptop) but i know there were i few things downloaded like pictures and songs for a presentation and i never got in trouble for it....Never got caught...But i did just do it that once so far...and i also watch youtube and download pics on the phone itself alot maybe it would take a little more to flag my account then someone that never uses there phone for that...
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