Tethering: Should providers really be able to dictate what you do with your connection other than decide on limits

Experimenting with tethering capabilities on the San Fran and lack of providers who allow tethering in their contracts made me think.

As providers do not seem to restrict what sites you access or what you can download on your phone should they really be able to dictate what you do once the connection hits your phone. Surely if you are not breaching fair usage limits it is your business what kind of equipment you have linked to the phone.


Would this condition really stand up to legal scrutiny?

Could a laptop with telephony capabilities just be called a really really smart phone?

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How can they tell?

I don't think I'm meant to with T-Mobile, but I've never been charged. I don't think they mind as long as you don't go over the limit...

ISPs do restrict what you can download and all but two restrict speeds for torrent sharing at peak times even if you stay well under your fair usage policy,they have all these clauses written into their policies so it would be practically impossible to find a get out ,And if you did they would just terminate your contract which they reserve tha right to do for whatever reason they like,

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tonyg1962

ISPs do restrict what you can download and all but two restrict speeds … ISPs do restrict what you can download and all but two restrict speeds for torrent sharing at peak times even if you stay well under your fair usage policy,they have all these clauses written into their policies so it would be practically impossible to find a get out ,And if you did they would just terminate your contract which they reserve tha right to do for whatever reason they like,



When you say restrict what you download are you talking about legal content etc or other?

I know very little about how they monitor torrent sharing as I don't indulge, but I a purely talking about the casual internet user looking to browse and download the odd doc, pic etc.

TBH bandwidth is still limited on mobile networks so they try to limit the impact by imposing linits

If you want internet on your PC use an appropriate product

Internet on your phone is designed for email and casual browsing

if all the kids were allowed true unlimited downloads they would all be on youtube all the time and the normal user would not geta look in - or the network would have to invest in much more capacity which cost money and would raise costs

simple really

EliTom

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elitom

TBH bandwidth is still limited on mobile networks so they try to limit … TBH bandwidth is still limited on mobile networks so they try to limit the impact by imposing linitsIf you want internet on your PC use an appropriate productInternet on your phone is designed for email and casual browsingif all the kids were allowed true unlimited downloads they would all be on youtube all the time and the normal user would not geta look in - or the network would have to invest in much more capacity which cost money and would raise costssimple really :)EliTom




I am talking about casual browsing. I am also not talking about unlimited. I think you have missed my point. I am saying if the networks want to restrict usage for "fairness" that is one thing and I am for the sake of argument in this thread saying so be it. However given they are restricting you as they manage the network then what you actually do your casual browsing on should be your choice.

well when you sign the contract aren't you agreeing to stay within the rules of the contract?, so yes they can limit you.

you cant really moan if they limit or kick you off for going against the T&Cs ,

three allow for unlimited tethering with oneplan.

but really I could care less what MSPs rule!
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