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FCC Forces Verizon To Allow Tethering Apps

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Jarahawk

Jul 31, 2012, 3:33 PM
Thank you Google! I remember when this spectrum was auctioned, Google lobbied that it be open access. There was a threshold which had to be met before the rules went into effect and Google bid up the spectrum to that number buy ultimately Verizon won all the spectrum which it wanted. Those of us wise enough to keep our unlimited data plans will now eschew the onerous thirty dollar hotspot feature Verizon offers.
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chriscell420

Jul 31, 2012, 3:49 PM
...until they throttle you.
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dlmjr

Jul 31, 2012, 4:05 PM
or you want a new device and don't want to pay full retail for it
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Andras888

Jul 31, 2012, 4:23 PM
I think they don't have enough competition or regulation. Why should they be allowed to sell the same service multiple times? Once when you get "unlimited" data, and the second time when you want to use that data for tethering.
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smittycal

Jul 31, 2012, 11:55 PM
The reason that service providers charge extra for differnt types of data connections is due to the fact that based on what device your connecting you have the ability to use larger amounts of data on there network.

Mobile devices on there own general dont use the same amount of data as a PC will..or for that matter multiple PC's at potently the same time. Thats why they did charge extra...until the new tiered Share Everything plans launched. Now they can charge heavier users upfront and lower users have the option to stay put or go to a lower data plan.

Of course theres always work arounds but even those 3rd party tethering options started charging for connection. There is one that charges by the year. Its less expensive then 20.00 a ...
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Jarahawk

Aug 1, 2012, 6:25 AM
Blah...blah...blah...*Eyes begin to glaze over*...blah...blah..."Unicorns!"...blah...bl ah...blah...*Rubs eyes with hand sleepily*..."Have we gotten to the part where Verizon justifies why it was perfectly okay to charge customers who didn't use their phones for data AT ALL for ten years, but they happily collected that $29.99 (or $44.99 if the customer were particularly unlucky. Remember when Verizon didn't have a $29.99 Personal Email and Web plan? Sure you do.) I notice Verizon never apologized for ripping those customers with mandatory data plans (if they had Blackberries) off. It seems only when this data usage results in the customer's favor does Verizon become interested in 'fairness'. For all the clueless ones who only carried a ...
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Jarahawk

Aug 1, 2012, 6:34 AM
I have already determined that my days of subsidized equipment are over. Verizon is quite serious about this. If one calls them for any reason, the rep sees the unlimited data plan and goes into a spiel about how Shared Data will save you money. Insidious.
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timvideo

Aug 1, 2012, 9:35 AM
Yeah Verizon new move has motivated me to upgrade a lot more often and keep current phones at full retail price. I sale my phone while I can still get half of full retail value. If verizon goes as far to change my plan on their own i will get a galaxy nexus unlocked and then get straight talk sim!
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