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Comment Re:Wha? (Score 1) 217

They don't throttle anything if you turn BingeOn off by logging in to

But when I'm watching on a phone or tablet, I'd rather use less data and stream at 480p than 1080p - I've personally found the difference to be negligible. I even used my TM Z915 Hotspot to stream Netflix from my Tablet to my Chromecast in a hotel room a couple of weeks ago and it was perfectly fine (and not having to put up with the hotel wifi made it even better).

Disclaimer: my company is a value-added reseller and has the ability to sell services utilizing all 4 of the major carriers, but, I prefer TM because overall I like most of what they're doing (even though we aren't allowed to offer BingeOn as a benefit to our own subscribers... yet).

Comment Re:Tmobile's problem is coverage (Score 1) 83

They're nearly matching VZW in terms of population now, and based on reports they're only working to increase that... probably even take the lead in addition to adding more towers where they already exist (speculation on my part).

As for the coverage, yeah, that's a frequency problem. But they're starting to roll out LTE Band 12 (700MHz) now which is supposed to increase coverage and building penetration.

I would think that the combination of these two things will largely resolve the service issues.

(Disclaimer: Not an employee, but I like what they're doing with the network and my company offers some services atop TMUS).

Comment Re: So much for net neutrality (Score 1) 346

There's no meddling on the device - it simply connects to a different APN on the provider network according to the use case (i.e. phone or tethered).

Maybe another way to look at it is like a user reaching a company via it's toll-free 1800 number versus dialing the local number - in the event you are on a plan without unlimited calling (or if you live in a country where 800 calls are not charged and local/long-distance calls are), one would cost and the other would not, even though the endpoint is the same.

Or yet another way to look at it is if your ISP offers a failover internet connection when your regular connection is down or when you're not at home: for example, under normal circumstances, your DSL/cable/FTTx is always on, but the ISP might have a dialup number or free wifi at isp hotspots as backup with say 20 free hours and if you go over the 20 free hours you get charged for it per the contract.

Same basic principle applies here: you have unlimited data on your *phone* but not unlimited data on the device(s) you tether to your phone - and naturally I can see the ISP getting pissy if you were somehow able to disguise the 20 free hours usage in such a way that the usage was never counted by the authentication mechanisms put in place by the ISP and I would imagine that defeating the authentication mechanisms is against the ISPs ToS and possibly even illegal in many countries.

None of this argument has anything to do with whether you own the device and how you use it or the devices connected to it, or whether the provider is "meddling with your device"; it's all about defeating the authentication and accounting mechanisms of the provider which is what is allegedly being done by these people.

Comment Re: So much for net neutrality (Score 1) 346

I would suggest phone traffic is what ends up on your phone and tethered traffic is what goes through your phone when its used as a modem or hotspot, and that the latter states in the marketing and agreement that there is a limitation on data transfer, I.e. tethered data is not unlimited.

To make a comparison you could look at a triple-play connection: traffic going to the ISP issued IPTV box is not measured and the IPTV is a separate line item on the bill, but devices tethered to the DSL/Cable modem/router might have a data cap. On a home internet connection, you are tethering by default.

But to answer the question my understanding is that phone and tethering use separate apns in the same way the IPTV is on a separate VLAN, and that is most likely how they distinguish, not by (as you claim) sniffing your traffic/content. The way these people are using their connection is a specific violation of the terms of service because they are using workarounds to get around the established tethering limits.

On my networks I can easily see how much traffic has been passed by a given subscriber... That is a basic statistic. Seeing where that traffic was going and what was used and how many devices are on the LAN side of the router (assuming it is one we issue and the customer continues to grant us access to, which isnt common) is a whole different idea and not something we really employ, but even at the most basic level I can implement a control to mitigate the effects of excess traffic if you're a disruptive subscriber without knowing specifically what you are doing... It's not really a privacy issue, its just seeing that "oh, hey, this guy is continually transferring 2TB a month which is a bit excessive, we should probably do something about it"

Comment Re: So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

Even my Nokia has that ability but the vast majority of people don't attach external storage to their phones so it's kind of beside the point and my previous statement still stands.

As has already been mentioned by myself and others, they are pretty explicit about the limitations on tethered data both contractually and in the marketing materials, and whether or not *you* believe there should be no difference, there is - for obvious reasons - and no deception has actually taken place here as the people in question have been using workarounds to disguise their usage.

So while it could be hailed as a technological victory that the network handles this kind of usage with little ill effect, super excessive usage isn't really fair to the rest of us who take unlimited to mean "reasonable and responsible" rather than "100% saturation for 720 hours a month" and who stay within the bounds of our contracted tethering limits.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

Yes yes, data is data etc however as it has been pointed out by others, they explicitly state that tethering is a non-unlimited addon which comes with (depending on who you ask) 5 or 7GB worth of data.

The average phone has 32 or 64GB of storage, so the assumption probably is that even the heaviest user will sit at around 50GB even if they download and entire phone worth of stuff every month, meaning that 50GB of usage is, for all intents and purposes, unlimited.

If you are using your tethering through your phone as your primary Internet connection (places where wired Internet is not available notwithstanding), you're doing it wrong anyway.

And downloading 2TB a month? Over mobile? Come on, seriously?

Comment Re:So much for net neutrality (Score 1) 346

Incorrect. The unlimited data applies to phone traffic, not tethered and they make that pretty clear.

So they're going to selectively cut off subscribers who abuse tethering by using apps to disguise it as phone traffic, whereas tethering is explicitly limited to 5GB or so in marketing materials and contracts.

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