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04-10-2011, 15:24   #1
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Does tethering use up more data?

Interested in the emobile select smart unlimited plan,has 15GB data included.Rang a rep to enquire could I tether on this plan,he said yes but its not recommended as tethering uses lots more data than just browsing on the phone.I'd be an average user,prob use around 5-7GB a month on a pre paid dongle.So would it just eat through this?

On a related point,how exactly do I tether a phone?I'm looking at Galaxy S2.Do I need to install software?Or is it just connect with USB and surf away?
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Possibly, pc's and laptops have many more services running therefore could be using data in the background without you knowing or consciously browsing.
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Has anyone tethered with a Galaxy S2 before?How exactly is it done?
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Possibly, pc's and laptops have many more services running therefore could be using data in the background without you knowing or consciously browsing.
Yep.
Desktop OSes are written with the assumption of a permanently-connected, unmetered network connection. That makes authors do things that are poisonous if you have to pay for every byte...

Imagine using your entire data allowance up on some stinking .NET or Java auto-update.
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But will it not just stop using your data allowance when you untether it?I'm not very technically minded!
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Has anyone tethered with a Galaxy S2 before?How exactly is it done?
I normally just turn on the portable hotspot on it.
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Correct. Once you're un-tethered, only your phone will use the data allowance.

The problem is mainly that a typical PC is much more data-hungry than mobile phone, so while your PC is tethered to the phone, you will consume much more data.
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The problem is mainly that a typical PC is much more data-hungry than mobile phone, so while your PC is tethered to the phone, you will consume much more data.
So do you reckon my laptop would eat up 15gb of data pretty quickly while tethered?I'm not a heavy user,mainly general browsing,check email,watch YouTube,download an album now and again.
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Is 5-7GB a month average use? That'd be the guts of a year for me I'd say! Edit: sorry, on your PC not your mobile - that makes more sense!

The phone might have some usage stats on cellular data used, so you can keep an eye on it and just reset it every month.

Also, you could check to see if there's software for the PC that can tell you your bandwidth usage.
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You'd be doing a lot of surfing while tethering to hit a 15gb download limit per month. Just avoid downloading big files such as iTunes movies. You should be fine for web browsing and some Youtube watching.
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You'd be doing a lot of surfing while tethering to hit a 15gb download limit per month. Just avoid downloading big files such as iTunes movies. You should be fine for web browsing and some Youtube watching.
YouTube can be heavier than iTunes, depending on what quality you watch. 15GB isn't much for a desktop pc to consume in a month, but ample for a phone and some light tethering
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Does anyone know if the Galaxy S2 has usage stats,like what Eoin mentioned above,so I can keep track of usage when tethering.Don't want to end up with major bill!
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Does anyone know if the Galaxy S2 has usage stats,like what Eoin mentioned above,so I can keep track of usage when tethering.Don't want to end up with major bill!
There are some on the market
https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
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YouTube can be heavier than iTunes, depending on what quality you watch. 15GB isn't much for a desktop pc to consume in a month, but ample for a phone and some light tethering
Most people would use tethering as a backup to when they're not around wifi or in their own home. so yes as Pog says, it's not a replacement for your primary internet but rather for when you need it. Thats how I use it anyway.
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If you're careful with it you should be fine. Probably the biggest things to look out for which could potentially over do your data are torrenting programs and to a lesser extent windows update.

Youtube videos are about 25mb/video btw, it's worth noting for the prepaid dongles in particular how much all the things you use are actually costing you.

Personally I wouldn't update any of my programs when using a prepaid dongle.


If anyone is looking at this thread and want to tether, but their network or phone doesn't let them, then they should check out PDAnet, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pdanet&hl=en

It's pretty good(at the end of the month trial you can just re-install to keep it free)

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