The contract you signed also is for a specific plan, that states you have UNLIMITED DATA. Dan Hesse himself even stated that UNLIMITED means "no limits, no throttling and no data caps" - meaning you legally couldnt limit data, based on the actual plan a subscriber signs on a contract.
Sprint also states that as part of the Android platform being Open, one is able to download and use any apps the customer sees fit. That would include tethering apps. Part of Net Neutrality that Sprint also agrees with the FCC on is that customers can not be limited what they access or how they access the internet, this would include using the phone as a modem as a device how they access internet.
Also if you want to discuss morals and ethics on contracts, Sprint also states that any materially adverse charge/change in the contract will result in waivers of early termination fees, so not only is limiting someones data a materially adverse change/charge, but so is raising the Administrative Fee like just happened, to which Sprint breaches their own contract. With that being said, if Sprint can breach the contract so can a customer, because in order for a contract to be legal, BOTH PARTIES MUST AGREE TO ALL CLAUSES, and since one changes it on a whim, the contract isnt agreed to by both parties, thus, the contract isnt legal and is null and void.
Im sure the customer who decides to bring this to small claims or arbitration would win the case.
They wont terminate your service for many reasons..
1. They are already losing customers, even with the new phones they introduced and unlimited plans they currently offer.
2. They know customers can get the SAME EXACT PLAN for LESS on prepaid through Sprint's own prepaid division or through other networks that are more solid and have better 3G and 4G speed and coverage like T-Mobile.
3. Sprint knows they wont get the termination fee from most of their customers, and they would rather make their $80+ per month than to spend more money just to get a $200-$350 early termination fee from a customer. On a side note, most people chose Sprint because they have bad credit anyway so getting more from the customer isnt gonna happen.
4. Its a media headache after their last fiasco with cancelling people who had legitimate reasons for calling Sprint repetitively a few years ago.
5. They know they cant send lawyers or afford to send executive teams to every single small claims case that customers file against Sprint for termination of their contracts for Sprint's own choice to terminate. It would result in Sprint spending up to 20x the amount of the termination fee would be in return.
Shall I continue?
LOL. I am prooof that you can NOT use PDANET or EasyTether to tether your EVO to a laptop. I was just terminated by Sprint, and the rep i spoke with could not accurately tell me why (he thought it was because I was using a torrent site to act as a host - not the case). Turns out it had to have been PDANET tethered to my laptop for much of the day. I had no idea. Sprint would not reinstate me after I called to say I would suspend the use of this tethering software. Oh well, it's weird to clobber a 15-year customer whose family Sprint bill is about $205 a month! But i see their point. The good news is, no early termination fee, so props to Sprint for not dickering around about that. So, Verizon, here I come (can't wait for the Droid RAZR MAXX!) along with my family when their contracts are up. Cheers, and watch your tethering
If tethering was allowed it would come stock on your phone. It is considered stealing and is only a matter of time before Sprint finds a way to put an end to it. I hope soon, then maybe my data speeds will increase and I will get more than 200kbps and actually be able to watch youtube
Tethering capabilities do come stock on almost all phones, But in order to use it per the terms you need to subscribe. Sadly Sprint will only allow it for consumer customers on phones with the built in hotspot, Business customers can add it(PAM-Phone as Modem) on any device that is capable.
Thats what I meant to say. Cause when you tether you are giving you other devices internet access for free. Sprint does not allow you to do this. You will have to activate the Hotspot for the $30 a month. If you root/jailbreak and tether your phone, you are then stealing the data from Sprint. In turn, this is also stealing bandwidth from other SPrint customers who are paying the same rate as the customer stealing it. It is then sucking down potential bandwidth from other customers and one of the reasons I am getting 200kbps and why I now pay a $10 premium charge.
technically no it is not stealing because the phone could be using the same bandwidth. that is why it is bs to charge extra for this service. almost all european carriers dont as well as tmobile usa. its all the same pipe what goes down a smartphone is no different than what goes down a computer.
If its against Sprints policy to do this and people still do this, then its Stealing. People think they are entitled to it because they have "unlimited data." This is one of the reasons why other carriers went to the capped options. This helps eliminate the tethering of these devices. If someone only had 2 or 4GB a month, Sprint probably wouldnt care if you tether because they would get money for your overages. AndI'm pretty sure I can use more GB's surfing the net on my computer over my phone. And Im not even going to go into the wireless tethering other people do allow them to connect multiple devices at once
For the thread technically it's wrong. Although I don have a problem with carriers not being held to enough standards that they place on customers.
You are getting 200kbps because sprint has done a **** job of handling their network for years. Backhaul, equipment, investment, etc. The number of people who tether without paying is relatively small. Other carriers deal with it also. Wouldn't be fair to compare Sprint to a HSPA+ network so I won't. But Verizon sure doesn't average 200kbps on their 3G network.
I use my Motorola Photon Android phone as a tethering device for my Kindle Fire, since the Kindle Fire only has Wi-Fi and not 3G. If I'm within Wi-Fi range I don't need to tether, but some places don't have Wi-Fi so I have to tether to use the 3G to surf the internet, check emails, etc. as well as read my vast library of books.
Sprint are lame, You can tether all you want if you aren't blatant about it. If you tether and expect fast while downloading huge files or gaming your going to get hammered.
Did you not know that all the local provider is not sprint? if you catch the IP of the local trunk box your hardwire or wireless signal comes from it isnt sprint, right? so if you know other telecomm operators have methods for monitor of data flow....uh huh.
Think about it, have you ever seen a truck with a work platform or linemans tools on it? I sure haven't. Sprint are a mockup bunch of punks with alot of different contracts in areas of the lower 48. If you compared the customer service reps and the amounts of depts they have that only relate to account collections versus what they REALLY can actually do over the systems they run...its almost a joke to anyone with half an ounce of common sense to think they are even legit.
Sprint can barely trouble shoot the devices they sell, they can barely reset the IP address without making concession to the local telecomm operation that they have contracts with because....well you figure it out, it isn't rocket science by any means.
Theres tons of droid apps for masking IPs anyways, all your doing on this form is telling them the methods you plan to use.
This reply is a general knowledge wake up call, not directed at any one person or member, I should be booted off this server soon as it is. Lucky if anything I post stays up at all:)