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palandri

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Let me preface this by saying, I think if a person buys 2GB of data/internet from a wireless carrier, they should be able to use it however they want. Whether it's on their phone or laptop.

I read an article recently that said Verizon is going to start crackdown on tethering like AT&T has. AT&T adds $45 a month to your bill for tethering. U.S. wireless carriers consider it a theft of service and a violation of your contract.

I think it's bogus that you can't use your 2GB of data/internet however you want, but just keep that in mind. They could charge you for it and cancel your contract.
 

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Couldn't agree more palandri. I'm just glad my network has genuinely unlimited data and you can use it as you see fit, they allow tethering no problem.

It's rediculous that most networks frown on tethering, what the heck difference does it make to them what you do with your data limit. Grrrrrrr
 

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It was a big debate in the states called net neutrality. Home internet providers were threatening to block online movie providers at one point. The FCC finally stepped in and said that home cable/DSL providers couldn't demand cash from online movie providers, but they put no regulations on wireless providers. So wireless providers can do what they want in the states.

I am guessing the next big debate will be over unlocked/unbranded LTE phones. I am guessing that wireless providers in the U.S. won't allow an unlocked/unbranded LTE phone on their network, or allow a Verizon LTE phone on an AT&T LTE network.
 

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I agree that unlocked LTE phones will probably be a big fight.

With all the major carriers going to LTE, it will create an environment where there could be true competition for services. And I don't think carriers are happy about that.
 

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I agree that unlocked LTE phones will probably be a big fight.

With all the major carriers going to LTE, it will create an environment where there could be true competition for services. And I don't think carriers are happy about that.

I agree! I also think some of the small carriers are starting to scare the big carriers. Numerous Cricket Wireless stores have popped up around me, and I think the offer unlimited everything for $55 a month and there's no contract.
 

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