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Old Jul 21st, 2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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"Tether" Using your iPhone's internet connection for your laptop

For recreational purposes only:

Feature: Use Your iPhone's Internet Connection On Your Laptop

Haven't tried this, can't attest to it, do not attempt without the 6GB data plan unless you want to sell your house or car to pay for that mistake.

Otherwise, tether away.
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Old Jul 21st, 2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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An alternative, especially in airports is to subscribe to the Bongo service. I did this month's ago when I was in an airport in the US and had a few hours to kill. I signed up for a 3 month promotion but they have kept the price at $9.95 per month for unlimited wifi. One of the benefits that I discovered is that they have a partnership with Bell Mobility in Canada and since Bell has all of the Starbucks wifi, I'm covered in a lot of places.

It has been one of the reasons I've been able to survive without a data plan on my 1st gen iPhone up to now. I think that all of the airports in North America are covered by Bongo as well. While it is not the same as what the iPhone 3G will now provide legitimately in Canada, it has worked out pretty well. I will probably keep subscribing at $10 a month even after I switch to a new iPhone with plan.
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Old Jul 25th, 2008, 12:13 PM   #3
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An alternative, especially in airports is to subscribe to the Bongo service. I did this month's ago when I was in an airport in the US and had a few hours to kill. I signed up for a 3 month promotion but they have kept the price at $9.95 per month for unlimited wifi. One of the benefits that I discovered is that they have a partnership with Bell Mobility in Canada and since Bell has all of the Starbucks wifi, I'm covered in a lot of places.

It has been one of the reasons I've been able to survive without a data plan on my 1st gen iPhone up to now. I think that all of the airports in North America are covered by Bongo as well. While it is not the same as what the iPhone 3G will now provide legitimately in Canada, it has worked out pretty well. I will probably keep subscribing at $10 a month even after I switch to a new iPhone with plan.
starbucks wifi is free anyway, so you would be covered without paying!!!
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Old Jul 25th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #4
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starbucks wifi is free anyway, so you would be covered without paying!!!
Not in Canada it ain't. It costs anywhere from $7/hour --> $45 a Month, depending on your provider.
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Old Jul 26th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if Rogers can track this? I only want to use it for sending/receiving emails while on the road, and light web browsing (no downloads).
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Old Jul 27th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #6
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Does anyone know if Rogers can track this? I only want to use it for sending/receiving emails while on the road, and light web browsing (no downloads).
If you're referring to tethering, of course they can. Data is data is data. "Light web browsing" tethering a cell phone to a computer is going to burn data like nothing you've ever seen. Doing it all the time would put even the 6GB/$30 plan at high risk. Don't do this for even one minute--really, not even for a minute--without a data plan. Really.
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I successfully tethered my 3G to a MacBook. I have the 6GB plan, so would assume that I will be okay.

I only did some light web surfing for about 5 minutes. No heavy duty sites or downloads. I hope that Ted doesn't mind if I do this once in a while at a cafe or the airport.
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I successfully tethered my 3G to a MacBook. I have the 6GB plan, so would assume that I will be okay.

I only did some light web surfing for about 5 minutes. No heavy duty sites or downloads. I hope that Ted doesn't mind if I do this once in a while at a cafe or the airport.
I'm not sure why you're asking the way you did, I guess. "Ted" doesn't care so long as you don't go over your 6GB in a month, and don't expect any warning if you do.

But if what you're actually asking is if you're using the café connection, as in wifi, or the airport connection, yes you might be paying separately for that, if you sign in and agree to it.

Otherwise, it doesn't matter if you're in a café, at the airport, or in a strip club in Sarnia. If you're using Rogers' wireless data, it's covered by your 6GB plan. The 6GB plan allows tethering. Other Rogers' data plans, not so much.
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I'm not sure why you're asking the way you did, I guess. "Ted" doesn't care so long as you don't go over your 6GB in a month, and don't expect any warning if you do.
I actually suspect the opposite... Ted and gang would love us to exceed our 6GB limit. That way they can rack up OBSCENE data charges against us. Let's face it, they're in the game to make money before the wireless bandwidth auction affects them. Hence, no warning... use it to your hearts content for all the Rogers gang cares, but be prepared to pay for it!
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I actually suspect the opposite... Ted and gang would love us to exceed our 6GB limit. That way they can rack up OBSCENE data charges against us. Let's face it, they're in the game to make money before the wireless bandwidth auction affects them. Hence, no warning... use it to your hearts content for all the Rogers gang cares, but be prepared to pay for it!
That's kind of what I meant.

But overages on the $30/6GB plan are "50˘ per MB for the first 60MB, 3˘ per MB thereafter."

The cost of not using a data plan, or tethering with the wrong data plan? That's more like $.05/KB.

Overages on other plans ranges from $0.03/MB to $10/MB.
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