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    Can I use my T-mobile Android Data plan with my laptop?

    I have a T-mobile contract with a Data plan which came with an Android phone which I’ve since sold so I’m wondering if I can use the data plan with my laptop somehow!
    I presume I can’t use it in a T-mobile USB dongle but is it possible to tether a mobile with a laptop?
    I have a SE W595 and Nokia 5230 at the moment but would happily ditch the Nokia for a phone that I can tether with a laptop.
    I understand that Android 2.2 supports tethering but I’m not assuming this means that all Networks will allow this. Is this correct?

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    The sim should fit a dongle if you have an unlocked one knocking around?

    You can link a phone via bluetooth or cable and use that on the laptop, but bare in mind you'll be going through data faster than on a phone and could fall foul of T's fair usage policy ??

    Original Poster

    steve1221

    The sim should fit a dongle if you have an unlocked one knocking around?


    It will definitely fit but it’s more a matter of whether T-mobile allows it to be used which I doubt.

    steve1221

    You can link a phone via bluetooth or cable and use that on the laptop, … You can link a phone via bluetooth or cable and use that on the laptop, but bare in mind you'll be going through data faster than on a phone and could fall foul of T's fair usage policy?


    It’s a 3GB allowance which is fine for my needs.
    I’m aware that tethering is possible but am asking specifically what you can do with a T-mobile phone contract in this situation.
    Does anybody have first hand experience of this as I need hard facts before I buy a new phone or dongle to use for tethering?

    I asked a t-mobile worker about if I could use the desire hotspot without any extra costs and said "to be honest t-mobile don't know how you use your data", so chances are they will not be too bothered.

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    Lost Symphonies

    I asked a t-mobile worker about if I could use the desire hotspot without … I asked a t-mobile worker about if I could use the desire hotspot without any extra costs and said "to be honest t-mobile don't know how you use your data", so chances are they will not be too bothered.


    Thanks. Is the Desire’s Hotspot HTC’s version of tethering?

    Agharta

    Thanks. Is the Desire’s Hotspot HTC’s version of tethering?



    Kinda, it can turn itself into a portable hotspot so items without 3g connectivity (like an iPod Touch or Wifi iPad) can use it just like a router, you can straight up tether as well.

    While you can use your phone to connect a computer to the internet, you can't do it off your data allowance with your package. You need a booster called web'n'walk plus, I'm afraid. That's what they told me when I asked, anyway.

    cookiemonster83

    While you can use your phone to connect a computer to the internet, you … While you can use your phone to connect a computer to the internet, you can't do it off your data allowance with your package. You need a booster called web'n'walk plus, I'm afraid. That's what they told me when I asked, anyway.



    They told me that that's BS, I have been tethering with my laptop for AGES with my android phones (was previously a MyTouch 3g) and they havn't batted an eyelid, even the guy I spoke to said hes been tethering with no questions.

    EDIT: plus theres PDAnet which works absolutely perfect and is 100% untraceable as tethering. (not that tethering can be traced as tethering)

    Just a ploy to get money from customers who might not want to break a few rules.

    Lost Symphonies

    They told me that that's BS, I have been tethering with my laptop for … They told me that that's BS, I have been tethering with my laptop for AGES with my android phones (was previously a MyTouch 3g) and they havn't batted an eyelid, even the guy I spoke to said hes been tethering with no questions.Just a ploy to get money from customers who might not want to break a few rules.



    I avoided doing it on that advice, purely because I wasn't prepared to risk running up a massive bill! Fair enough though if it's something that can be gotten away with, with no recourse.

    Original Poster

    It turns out that my Nokia 5230 supports tethering so I’ll try that first.

    Banned

    Nearly all nokia's have supported modem features. I used use dial up over the phone back in the day when it wasn't forbidden in their T&Cs. Then along can usb modems. What i pointless device when mobiles have exactly the same capabilities.

    Original Poster

    It works using Bluetooth or USB; just need to try it in a 3G area now.
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