I have been a T-Mobile customer for quite a while now, but I have never really paid much attention to tethering. My plan is:
Even More Plus 750 Talk + Unlimited Text
• 750 whenever minutes
• Unlimited weekend minutes
• Unlimited weeknight minutes
• Preferred Android Web
I got a Google Asus Nexus 7 for Christmas and I just bought a Google LG Nexus 4 recently. Anyway, now that I have been using both of them I have been wondering about tethering when I am not within wifi range for the Nexus 7. I seem to recall reading that tethering can be an issue. I called T-Mobile to add tethering, but they wanted to change my whole plan.
Anyway, when or if I decide to tether, what is the best way to do it? Should I select:
I suspect that tethering via USB is always going to be faster than either Bluetooth or Wifi, isn't it? Also, if I am in an area of poor wifi, can I use a phone as a "repeater"? For example, can I place my phone in an area and receive wi-fi and then send data via Bluetooth to my Nexus 7? Or, is wi-fi to wi-fi tethering possible?
Also, with regards to battery life, I assume that either Bluetooth or wifi tethering will use more power than USB tethering. I suppose if I connect a charger it won't matter.
What about range with Bluetooth vs. sifi? I seem to recall reading that wi-fi range is better than Bluetooth. Is Bluetooth only allow a range of 20 or 30 feet and wifi perhaps 150 feet or is that way off?
What cable(s) do I need for wired tethering? Since both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 use micro USB, do I simply need a cable with micro USB connectors on each end or do I need something more? Also, are these cables easy to find at MicroCenter, Best Buy, or Radio Shack?
Also, when tethering T-Mobile cellular data, is HSPA+ considered 4G thus truly unlimited or will the truly unlimited T-Mobile 4G only be when there is LTE coverage?
Finally, I have read LOTS of conflicting information about restoring LTE on the Nexus 4. I have read that it both can and can't be done. I have read that if it can be done it doesn't have the correct hardware for LTE. Anyway, can anyone advise me of the definitive answer on Nexus 4 LTE?
LTE can be done. It is however illegal to do so. You can potentially go to jail and you also can be sued for licensing infringement.
Tethering has a data limit you will be throttled after a certain amount. Your data plan is an old plan that doesn't allow tethering.
Thank you for the reply. I don't have LTE in my area yet, so I was just curious. What is the data limit on tethering? Would it be 5 GB in the case of my plan?
You will have to change your data plan to one of the newer ones in order to tether. That data plan is tied to an old terms and conditions which you agreed you would not tether, and there wasn't a tethering option available at that time. Your limit would be based on what you pay for. If you got the data plan just after that one you have it would have been 5GB.
My nexus 4 (and one s running cm10 actually) tether to the nexus 7 perfectly fine on my unlimited plan. No blocks or anything.
because you are using CM10 and stealing(by definition of the law).
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