Originally Posted by SuzukiGoat
Guys Ive got a lg e980 on att running kitkat and rooted. Use sqlite to enable tethering.
But the tethering is actually to a Nexus 7 used as a GPS in my car.
Will they be able to see it being used for position location...and worst case a pandora on longer drives?
If they can see it, is their any way to hide this usage. Id rather not pay 30 bucks a month for a tablet plan just so I dont have to bluetooth my phones audio in for gps.
I can't speak for AT&T, but on T-Mobile, using PdaNet+, I can tether my phone to my LG G Pad 8.3 with Bluetooth and it doesn't drain my hotspot data (it does use my regular data, but I have unlimited high-speed). I'm pretty sure doing the same with wi-fi hotspot does the same with my tablet too, as just last night I used my phone's wi-fi hotspot to update Asphalt 8 (1.3+GB) on my tablet, and my usage barely changed (from 290MB to 307MB), while a co-worker was using my hotspot as well.
FWIW, I hacked my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx on Verizon to bypass their tether provisioning for over a year, and they never said or did anything about it. The thing is, legally speaking, data you lease from them is your data
. They can't tell you how you can or can't use it (unless it violates other laws, like kiddy porn or filesharing). Tethering is not part of this law; it's a service they offer, and naturally, they want to charge you every penny they can for it, and will do everything they can to do so. But it's still your data
, as leased to you in your agreement, and yours to do with how you wish.
That said, it's still data, and will count against your plan's allotment.
As far as GPS goes, you can download maps through Google Maps and keep them for 30 days (before having to do it again). You're limited to a certain amount of area, but you can download multiple areas. Doing this means you don't need a data connection, since GPS is independent of mobile data. Perhaps not that useful for traveling across the great plains or the Rockies or across the desert to So Cal, but you can save the better part of a major metropolitan area like Chicago and its suburbs for miles around.