Tethering and Mobile Phone Packages
I'm just switching off an O2 contract and thinking of going to Giff Gaff on an 'unlimited' data package. I haven't been using that much data on my phone so far (about 40mb per month apparently) but want to be able to use my phone / ipad to watch TV, listen to the radio etc. without worrying about going over a data limit. The only problem with Giff Gaff and the similar priced packages on Three is that they both don't allow tethering. The question is how do they know? I could legitimately watch a film through my mobile phone but would be breaching the T&Cs if I were to watch exactly the same thing on my ipad via my phone to get a bigger screen which just seems ridiculous. Do they just monitor your data usage and assume that if you use huge amounts of gigs that you are tethering (even though you could just be using your phone) or do they have software that can detect what sort of device is connected? Will they bother stopping you as long as your data usage isn't stupidly high? I can't understand why they don't just have different limit levels rather than claiming it is unlimited data and banning tethering :?