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Old 01-23-2008, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the 8830 for Sprint with the data plan that does not allow tethering. Is there another way I can use my phone as a modem? I saw mobishark as an option. Are there others? Will I get hit by Sprint for using that?
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just a bit of advice. You aren't likely to get much response when you ask how to get a paid service for free.
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What plan do you have? I have the Sprint Blackberry data plan and tethering is free. I do it all the time. I'm using my tethered Blackberry right now.
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I have the 30 dollar data plan the new plan that just came out that included unlimited sms but will not allow you to tether. Also I am not looking for a free alternative I simply am asking if I will get hit with a $3,000 monthly bill for using MobiShark or the like.
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if Sprint suspects you of tethering, they will most likely charge you for it, and on a lesser scale cancel your data plan/account. if they decide to cancel you, it is because you are breaking the terms of service that you signed in the contract. why not just use the $50 plan that includes PAM though you forgoe the GPS functionality.
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Considered it but I give unlimited SMS and navigation. I used to use PdaNet with my Sprint Treo before I had my BB and was safe.
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I also just read that I can pay 15 bucks a month for PAM..
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Obviously eventually the decision is yours to try and tether or not, but if you get caught it is very unlikely that you would be able to get out of that bill. Simply speaking your plan does *not* include that feature. If you want it see if you can add it. They may still have the plan that adds PAM on for $15/mo
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I had been with Sprint for seven years, and I have been through all of the scenarios with Sprint/ Nextel.
I bought a BB7100i because I wanted to stay with them and use direct connect. The 7100i had miserable connection speeds through mobishark. It wasn't mobisharks fault, the Nextel/Sprint network would only support 19.8 kps, on this phone.

If I had wanted to continue to stay with a nocompetitive cellular phone company and pay rather high prices for phone/internet/email. And use equipment that I didn't really like, I may have suffered through dealing with many many communications with Sprint, just to stay loyal. That being said they did come out with a press release on the Pearl 8130 that all blackberry plans included among other things (PAM) Phone as tethered modem.

Yes there are people that got the sweet deal on BIS through Sprint for $30.00 including (PAM). I went around with them about this one last time and they insisted that they couldn't find the plan that I noted. They don't have the Curve and for comparable service to what I now have at Tmobile, would cost me more than $105.00 per month + taxes, 900 minutes unlimited nights and weekends, bb unlimited, + 500 text.

Tmo = 1000 minutes free/nights and weekends, 400 text, bb bis unlimited and tethered, $65.00 per month. And I got the 8320 Curve for $250 + tax. My tethered modem speeds aren't extrodinary, but for what I'm paying, I think 115kps is tolerable. I would imagine they will get the speeds up as time goes on.

If you really want broadband like speeds I suppose you may have to look to and air card. I can say from first hand experience that VZ wireless was giving 5 mps or better.

I have really come to the conclusion that sprint doesn't really care about remaining compettitive and they think that the Gov't will keep them in biz. Well maybe they're correct. But they are going to lose the civilian sector if they don't rethink their biz model.

I hope tha the good CS reps I did get to talk to at Sprint find new jobs when they realize what is going on. Especially the Reps west of the Mississippi.

I don't claim to be an authority on this issue, just sharing my experience.

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