I have a similar question. I am currently under a VZW grandfathered 3G speed data only plan. Had this plan for 20+ years. There is no data limit with this plan. I use between 45 & 60 GB/mo. Looking at many data only cellular plans, which I understand that after 22 GB of data the speed reduces to 3G speed. I am fine with 3G speed as this what I have now. I travel all across the USA in an RV so my ONLY choice for internet access is cellular.
My question is...Do any of the "new unlimited" data plans (TMO or VZW or any cellular data plan) shut you down or reduce your speed to 2G if I use 45+ GB/month?
AFAIK, the reduction on all "unlimited" cellular data plans (and the limited that state throttling) is NOT to 3G, but to 2G or 128k (check well the fine print on ads to verify...), so that may not work for many...
Also you have to take into consideration that right now cellular data is not as reliable as landline data (particularly if you use it on a constantly moving basis) if you depend on that.
Years ago, once in a while I would use cellphone tethering to access the internet with my laptop -- in another country where/when it was not against the law or against carrier rules.
I didn't even realize that it might be against some American carriers' rules until I saw a mention of it about 5 years ago.
I saw another mention of this restriction last year I think, about how in the US you have to register with your cell phone network provider that you want to do this and pay extra, or risk having your account cancelled, or something? That is even in the case of people having "unlimited" data plans, I vaguely recall.
I don't know more about it than that, but I was surprised that no one mentioned this issue on a thread where the OP is proposing to cancel home internet and go full time to tethering for all internet access at home (in a fixed location).
(I should think that many more people in the US would already be doing that, if it were legal/within-the-rules and easy to set up?)
Obviously, the hotspot thing has become popular in recent years, and maybe carriers have separate plans for people who have hotspots.
(Sorry, I obviously don't know much about it, but I was just pretty sure that you can't do old-fashioned cellphone tethering for computers on a permanent basis in a fixed location in the US without endangering your cellphone agreement.)
You can always do tethering if your ask your Provider (And usually pay a fee).
What almost everyone is looking for (me included) is free tethering, and there are a few apps / rootkits that will eventually get you there. And those people are the ones who alert the providers when they go crazy with their high usage.
Finally after much frustration, I paid the $10/month fee and got a hotspot and tethering. Now I'm happy using up my data and never have to download / modify my tablets with the sketchy programs.
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