Tethering with PdaNet

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    Tethering with PdaNet

    Today I installed PdaNet using the "free edition" app found on Android Market, and PdaNet (Android) 2.41 on my Windows XP laptop. Installation was seamless, and the USB cable tethering works great!

    Does anyone think that AT&T can and will monitor these phone-as-modem connections, especially since they're collecting $30 a month from us for "unlimited" data usage?

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    PDA Net has been around for a long time, I had it for my iphone. You are safe AT&T can not track it at all
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    I wouldnt say track..surley they dont know that your using it as a teather device, but, im sure if they see, for example, bittorent traffic on there, then they will start to care, but so long as your just browsing the net, checking emails, and so forth, I think you will be fine.

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    Once you go over 5GB of internet usage thats when it will cause a red flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tae_254 View Post
    Once you go over 5GB of internet usage thats when it will cause a red flag.
    I'm aware that "unlimited data" on Verizon really means 5 GB. Does AT&T have the same limit?

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    Its really iffy. They wont charge you for going over 5GB but when you go over 5GB it brings up a red flag and thats when they'll start thinking tether. 5GB is a lot of internet use, especially on mobile phones.

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    So... I read this and got really excited, I couldnt wait to try it out. Then I went to the market and typed in pdanet. No dice. So I tried tethering. No dice again. pda net, again, no hits. So I got confused and started looking around the internet. I ran across an article saying that google has pulled all tethering apps off the market. Does anyone know of a work around for the backflip? I looked at Pdanet's website and all it had was the desktop client, not the software for the phone.

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    Well, I checked the ToS for ATT's data services and here are the sections regarding data usage/tethering.

    Prohibited and Permissible Uses: Except as may otherwise be specifically permitted or prohibited for select data plans, data sessions may be conducted only for the following purposes: (i) Internet browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access (including access to corporate intranets, email, and individual productivity applications like customer relationship management, sales force, and field service automation). While most common uses for Intranet browsing, email and intranet access are permitted by your data plan, there are certain uses that cause extreme network capacity issues and interference with the network and are therefore prohibited. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; (ii) as a substitute or backup for private lines, landlines or full-time or dedicated data connections; (iii) "auto-responders," "cancel-bots," or similar automated or manual routines which generate excessive amounts of net traffic, or which disrupt net user groups or email use by others; (iv) "spam" or unsolicited commercial or bulk email (or activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email); (v) any activity that adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use either AT&T's wireless services or other parties' Internet-based resources, including "denial of service" (DoS) attacks against another network host or individual user; (vi) accessing, or attempting to access without authority, the accounts of others, or to penetrate, or attempt to penetrate, security measures of AT&T's wireless network or another entity's network or systems; (vii) software or other devices that maintain continuous active Internet connections when a computer's connection would otherwise be idle or any "keep alive" functions, unless they adhere to AT&T's data retry requirements, which may be changed from time to time. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers, web broadcasting, and/or for the operation of servers, telemetry devices and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition devices is prohibited. Furthermore, plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/smartphone to computer accessories, BLUETOOTH® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose. Accordingly, AT&T reserves the right to (i) deny, disconnect, modify and/or terminate Service, without notice, to anyone it believes is using the Service in any manner prohibited or whose usage adversely impacts its wireless network or service levels or hinders access to its wireless network, including without limitation, after a significant period of inactivity or after sessions of excessive usage and (ii) otherwise protect its wireless network from harm, compromised capacity or degradation in performance, which may impact legitimate data flows. You may not send solicitations to AT&T's wireless subscribers without their consent. You may not use the Services other than as intended by AT&T and applicable law. Plans are for individual, non-commercial use only and are not for resale. AT&T may, but is not required to, monitor your compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with AT&T's terms, conditions, or policies.
    Smartphone/BlackBerry Plans: Smartphone/BlackBerry plans may ONLY be used with AT&T-certified RIM BlackBerry devices, and smartphones for the following purposes: (i) Internet browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access (including access to corporate intranets, email, and individual productivity applications like customer relationship management, sales force, and field service automation). Data Services sold for use with AT&T RIM BlackBerry devices, and smartphones may not be used with other devices, including but not limited to, Personal Computers, PC Data Cards and the like, either by tethering devices together, by SIM card transfer or any other means.

    Smartphone/BlackBerry Plans with Tethering: Smartphones/BlackBerry plans with Tethering may ONLY be used with AT&T-certified RIM BlackBerry devices and smartphones for the following purposes: (i) Internet browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access (including access to corporate intranets, email, and individual productivity applications like customer relationship management, sales force, and field service automation). Smartphone/BlackBerry plans with Tethering may be used to tether such smartphone and BlackBerry devices to a Personal Computer. If you are on a data plan that does not include a monthly megabyte allowance and additional data usage rates, the parties agree that AT&T has the right to impose additional charges if you use more than 5 GB in a month. Prior to the imposition of any additional charges, AT&T shall provide you with notice and you shall have the right to terminate your service.
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    So, from above, even on a tethering plan, if you go above 5GB they may smack you with overage charges. I'd definitely keep it under that to reduce any suspicions that you may be using a tethering app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C2k View Post
    So... I read this and got really excited, I couldnt wait to try it out. Then I went to the market and typed in pdanet. No dice. So I tried tethering. No dice again. pda net, again, no hits. So I got confused and started looking around the internet. I ran across an article saying that google has pulled all tethering apps off the market. Does anyone know of a work around for the backflip? I looked at Pdanet's website and all it had was the desktop client, not the software for the phone.
    Just go to junefabrics.com and you can download PDANet from there. They have a handy installer with instructions on how to load it by USB. It takes all of 5 minutes and works really well. There is a nice little widget that goes with it too.

    The app is like 20 bucks but the free version, once the trial expires, locks you out of https sites.

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