[Q] How do Networks differentiate between mobile data and tethered mobile data?

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By eske4e, Junior Member on 12th June 2012, 07:51 PM
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Just how do the networks track (and bill) what data is used on a phone when used as a hotspot and what's used by the phone itself? Is it through spyware on branded phones?

I found out the hard way that my network (vodafone Ireland) bills differently for mobile data used by the handset itself (browser, podcast downloades etc) and mobile data when tethered to the handset.

I though data was data

my old network didn't make the distinction - I had 8gb of data to use as I pleased - use the phone as a hotspot or browse from it (what's the difference)

So I'm wondering if this isn't an issue on unbranded phones as there isn't the same bloat/spyware installed on them?
8th April 2014, 08:47 PM |#2  
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Good read.

The latest comment is most interesting. It seems that most likely carriers will have greater controls with branded phones.
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9th April 2014, 12:58 PM |#3  
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Yeah I'm going to do a little testing on a non branded phone and see if anything shows up on my bill.
Thanks for the link @csk1jw

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