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How does Three know the difference between data and tethering?

Someone told me when Three first started the network couldn't tell the difference between normal data and tethering. But what has changed? How does any network know you're tethering? Does the phone basically "admit" to tethering?

Most Useful Answer satchef1  Aug. 29, 2014 at 22:32

Most likely the simply look at the browser's useragent. Try visiting http://www.whatismyuseragent.com from your PC and your mobile device. See the difference?

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satchef1  Aug. 29, 2014 at 22:32

Most likely the simply look at the browser's useragent. Try visiting http://www.whatismyuseragent.com from your PC and your mobile device. See the difference?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2014 at 23:41

I'd guess by using the user agent too, so basically, yeah, the phone tells Three it's a phone, whereas the browser on a tethered computer would show up as a non-mobile version.

AhmadCentral  Aug. 30, 2014 at 00:43

Deep packet inspection

cal8889  Aug. 30, 2014 at 00:52

When i had my contract on three where tethering wasnt included i got error message when i tried through my nexus 5 and spare xperia t phones which said it wasnt on my contract to allow tethering except when using a BB Z10 I could tether fine, so some phones wont rat you out to the network lol

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2014 at 09:02

When i had my contract on three where tethering wasnt included i got error message when i tried through my nexus 5 and spare xperia t phones which said it wasnt on my contract to allow tethering except when using a BB Z10 I could tether fine, so some phones wont rat you out to the network lol

Yes, you can tether relatively easy on WP using vpn... I assume it's similar with BB10

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