- 11-17-2011, 10:47 AM #1
Got a message from AT&T saying they had detected tethering on my phone. (I never used it for much before, but damit I need those 3 episodes of Breaking Bad). Anyway...
Instead of confessing I played dumb when I called. The at&t person asked me all kinds of questions about possible ways I had tethered. When she asked if I had connected to a tv to watch Netflix I said yes. She well that would do it.
She then said I could just stop doing it or she offered me a tethering package. I asked if my focus supported that. She said yes.
I told her I didn't want to lose my grandfathered unlimited data plan, so I'd think about it but stop watching Netflix in the time being.
Well I thought about and decided that if I could go on the up&up and tether I would.
So I called and they said the focus would tether.
So we changed my plan and then they switched me over to a tech to tell me how to do it.
Tech says "the focus doesn't support tethering".
Now they say they can't switch me back to my old unlimited.
Moral of the story, never give up your old unlimited plan!
- 11-17-2011, 11:06 AM #3
the focus does support tethering... if you dont have the update yet , there is a work around. if not the update should be coming soon.
NEVER take to heart what a CARRIER rep say to you , tech or customer service 99% of the time they are idiots. they knwo the plans and the system. they dont know the actual phones
even techs simply follow a step by step Trouble shooting that there computer tells them, you can be a completely technology illiterate and still be a tech . LOL
- 11-17-2011, 11:15 AM #6
The "video out" alibi just seemed like my best plausible deniability.
The funny thing is the the diagnostic/usb tethering was working for me after mango. But about two weeks ago I had to do a hard reset and its been on and off since then. Mostly off.
- 11-17-2011, 11:32 AM #7
- 11-17-2011, 11:39 AM #8
- 11-17-2011, 11:42 AM #9
Also, ms does have in their demo devices, video out, for demonstration purposes, but they say it is not working well in many ways, so that's why we don't see it in our devices :(
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- 11-17-2011, 11:50 AM #11
This all boils down to the "Net Neutrality" issue in the states.
A few home cable providers wanted to charge Netflix for streaming video to peoples homes, or else they threatened to block their IP address.
The FCC said home home cable couldn't do that, but they are allowing wireless carriers to do what they want.
To a wireless carrier, "Net Neutrality" means no government interference.
To the FCC, "Net Neutrality" means if you purchase 5GB of bandwidth, you should be able to use it however you see it.
- 11-17-2011, 01:18 PM #13
some Tvs do , my buddy has a 3D Samsung Tv (1years+ old ) with internet access on it. that also support tethering.
believe it or not but other technologies are actually playing catch up with WP. lol
WP is set up for the ecosystem to all work together, but almost nothing supports it yet. hahaha
- 11-17-2011, 01:57 PM #14
At&t approved my switch back to the unlimited data plan. Very nice!:)
I guess my renegade tethering days are behind me. I'll play it straight from now on.
On the upside I had been tethering in small doses since I got my first razr back in '05, so really I can't complain.
But if at&t ever turns on WP tethering I'll sign up and pay happily.
- 11-17-2011, 02:04 PM #15
- 11-17-2011, 02:54 PM #18
The email I received and the original conversation said, if tethering continued I would automatically be switched to the 4gb tethering plan.
That 45$ a month as opposed to the 30 a month for the old unlimited, so if it had worked I'd have had no issue paying it.
- 11-17-2011, 02:58 PM #19
You were only usb tethering the phone to DL a torrent, right?
On a similar note there SHOULD be no way they can tell if you were doing Netflix through the app on your phone and then HDMI out (if the phone supported it) to the TV. As long as it is the Netflix app then the data should look the same. I want to know how they can claim that is tethering or even find it out.
- 11-17-2011, 04:52 PM #23
- 11-17-2011, 05:35 PM #24
One thing I would love to happen is we break the cycle of buying phones from carriers but I know that will never happen any time soon.
We don't buy computers from Comcast, Cox or AT&T for home internet and I would love to have the same thing for wireless.