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Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering 286

Posted by timothy
from the nickels-and-dimes-and-dollars-oh-my dept.
tekgoblin writes "Verizon, like AT&T has now started blocking jailbroken phones from using un-sanctioned tethering apps. Verizon will now require users to be subscribed to a mobile tethering plan to be able to use tethering at all." So which mobile company's actually any good for 3G tethering, voice service aside? My Virgin Mobile MiFi (bought under a plan no longer available) is theoretically unlimited and "only" $40/month, but has had too much downtime for my taste, and atrocious customer service.
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Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering

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  • by green1 (322787) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @12:04AM (#37029674)

    Not only does TELUS allow tethering, they actively encourage it. When they updated my Motorola milestone to froyo they bundled a tethering app that was not previously there. Additionally they are selling wifi only tablets and bragging that you don't need a separate data plan, you can simply use tethering. (according to the website "Share one data plan between your smartphone and tablet at no extra cost. It's easy, affordable, worry-free and secure." (bold text in original))

    Now as for the plans themselves... these need major work, the biggest plan you can buy from TELUS is 5gig. They simply don't sell a bigger plan than that. I find this rather abysmally low.

  • Re:How do they tell? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @11:19AM (#37033034) Journal

    Oh yes because God fucking forbid the me generation can't have every God damned thing NOW NOW NOW! Did you even bother to read the link I posted? Are you gonna say "Well fuck them honey bees, what do we need them for besides...well food crops? Fuck them I got YouTubes LOL!".

    Here are some simple facts, like them or lump them...1.-the carriers have MASSIVELY oversubscribed.2.- The freqs we are using now for 3G ARE killing bees, and 3.- to build the kind of MASSIVE tower rollout that will allow every smartphone carrying ass to blast through YouTube on 3G will cost TRILLIONS that the carriers are NOT gonna pay.

    So here are your choices sparky, again like it or lump it...1.-Deal with horribly shitty service, missed calls, and general phone suckage, or 2.-Quit sucking down the damned 3G and actually be able to make calls!

    While I pretend there are choices with my AMAZING physic powers let me predict what WILL happen, watch and be amazed! The ME ME ME NOW NOW NOW spoiled asses will keep slamming the living shit out of everything they get their hands on, because God fucking forbid they should have to wait until they get to work to see that kitteh video, the towers will be such overloaded about to fucking meltdown that service for ALL will go to absolute shit, and then the ME ME MEs will go "Waaaah, I can't get decent service, waaah!".

    And THIS is why we can't have nice things. It is a classic "tragedy of the commons" sitch because when faced with a LIMITED common resource the douchebags WILL fuck it up for everybody else. like I said in most places in the south bars don't mean shit anymore, you can have 4 bars and be standing still and have the call dropped. Why? because right next to me is an iPhone user blowing through 3G liks shit through a goose!

    So waste your modpoints, hide your little heads in the sand, and be sure to pretend reality doesn't exist! But that won't make 1+1=3, it won't magically get the teleco duopoly to spend trillions rolling out nationwide fiber to all the towers or buying up even more freqs, nor will it make the honeybees go 'Oh my bad, I didn't know you had to see teh kittehs!". like it or not like oil,like water, and like clean air there is a LIMITED AMOUNT of freqs and capacity, and it has ALREADY been massively oversold and is ALREADY causing environmental problems. But God fucking forbid the gimmie generation scale back on anything, God fucking forbid!

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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