Tethering

I am trying to teher my ptel blackberry to my laptop to get internet but I need an access point name - it this the misd ? or can you provide ?
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    Martin,
    Unfortunately, per PTEL's terms and conditions, tethering is not permitted on any of the PlatinumTel plans.
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  • I’m sad
    I'd really like tethering to be allowed too, at least on Real PayGo. The data is being paid for... not sure why there should be a restriction on how it's used.
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    I have great news to report. PlatinumTel will permit tethering on the Real Paygo Plan. As an accommodation to our loyal customers, we will trial this method of web browsing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do contact us via phone or email, we welcome your feedback.

    p: 1-866-225-5631
    e: ptelcustsupport@ptel.com
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  • Go to www.youtube.com and search tethering - PTel also has to provide us with some protocol info. however
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    All,
    Tethering is now permitted on the Real Paygo Plan as a trial. To learn how to tether, you must go to your handset's manufacturer website to first see if your handset is tether-capable. It is not at PlatinumTel's discretion whether the handset is tether-capable or not. Each and every phone has different instructions on how to tether, if indeed the handset is tether-capable.
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  • I have bb7130e

    and I tried to use BB desktop to dial
    what is the Dial-up configurations for ptel?

    Access point
    Dial Number
    Account
    Password

    thanks
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  • Sharon, any response to the technical details requested by Leo Luke?
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  • Russell,

    A few months ago, several Real Paygo users requested that PlatinumTel permit tethering and to this request we have responded with a yes (On Real Paygo Plan only). However because PlatinumTel does not typically permit tethering, we do not have the support details. Different make and models of handset have authentic steps and some handsets are not tether-capable.
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  • ok but what if I purchase your Sanyo Zio
    (I am an existing customer on Real Paygo)

    will you provide complete tethering info for your own handset?
    (since while PTel marks up the handset prices, it does not
    provide handset info online - no user manual etc)

    -Bob
    bgold2007@gmail.com
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  • I’m silly
    To tether your cell phone you may have to turn OFF the NAI option.
    To find out how to do this try a google search like this "SAMSUNG NAI"

    For the M800/Instinct:

    ##DEBUGMENU#
    [then enter your MSL, which PlatinumTel gave you when you got the phone, if you ask nicely they'll probably give you again]

    Which is pretty good for a 3 year old freebie Iphone wannabe.
    What sucks most on it?
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  • No apps. But for a free phone it was great. I found that I did use it enough to want to upgrade. I now have the Sanyo Zio. Much better phone! Android market place has everything I will ever need.
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  • 1. re Duanejaeger reply: wrong. i have never owned a contract phone. i compare prices with other prepaid providers or otherwise online.

    2. Re Mark kaplan: what sucks most is any "slide-only" features, ESP.
    to answer or esp. terminate calls. the screens dont like my fingers.

    Also since i had the Seek first (tiny but existing keyboard) i was 'spoiled' by that and by the included Google Calendar app. The Instinct has neither.

    Now I am very happy with my Zio, which has REAL start and end call buttons.
    Also with the recent upgrade to Android 2.2, they have wisely added tap/touch to several functions (home screen, answer/ignore) which were slide-only.
    The touch/scroll ball is also very useful, if a bit tricky.

    Obviously someone is listening/doing something right. (probably kyocera); I wouldn't doubt that the Android marketplace upgrades are the motivator for these as well.

    Although I have the apps, I haven't yet tried tethering my Zio.
    Although it seems to use only the wifi, I wish I had an app that would force it to use only wifi for data. I know I can turn on airplane mode then re-enable wifi only.

    And note did the upgrade dumps the "wifisettings" shortcut; you have to re-enable a shortcut to "settings" which allows wifi to be selected again (not so intuitive as "Applications" to my mind but...)
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  • Actually, I'm starting to like the slide to accept or decline a call feature. No fumbling to find the green button like on some of my older phones! Great when I don't have my reading glasses handy. With a few more calls, I'm sure I'll be able to do this without even looking at the phone. (This has always been a problem for me with "candy bar" models, I don't want just any button to answer a call or make a call by accident.)

    And there are some "jar" (mobile Java) apps that you can download.
    For example m.google.com/maps works okay.

    Plus the built-in email app is decent. Plus the web browser is good enough to look up phone numbers, places, info on the whitepages.com, google, wikipedia (try the m.sitename variants for better "mobile" experience).

    Lots of other "jar"s to be downloaded, but watch out, many (most?) assume a regular phone keypad, I couldn't figure out how to use those on the touch screen only Instinct (You'd hope the Java runtime would "notice" that the app was trying to read from the keyboard and put up a touch screen pad.. but it does not.)

    But you're right in that this phone is 3+ years old and the world of phone apps has pretty much moved away from jar/Java/Mobile to either iPhone apps or Android/davlik/a-different-flavor-of-java.

    Still, since I got the phone "for free" with $100 of call/text/data time, I can't hardly complain much....

    Back to the subject of tethering --- I have an Ipod Touch -- on which there are tons of apps (You want to what? Oh, there's an app for that.) When I get a chance I'm going to try to jailbreak and install iBluever ( http://www.if0rce.com/en/ )
    and then I'll have everything ;-) albeit spread over two pocket size devices.
    I thought I'd have to do that sooner, but with the built-in email, texting, and web - that's 95% of want ("need") when I'm away from my home desk/office - so I'm finding that just carrying the one free phone satisfies me pretty well.

    BTW - I'm transitioning from PagePlus - which has competitive voice/texting but only ridiculously expensive ala-carte data ($1.20/MB). The main reason for coming over to Plat-tel for me was the relatively cheap data - at least it's cheap for "light usage" that averages just a few MB/day to check email and find phone numbers and restaurants while on the go.
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  • Ok - i started this link - i found tether.com has a free trial and it was so easy to use even a cavemen can do it. - and it works for my blackberry - I also found ptelforums - you may get an access point name from there - also www.ptel.ws sells usb modems cheap.
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  • **Update** Tethering is no longer offered by Ptel and would be in direct violation of Ptel's Terms of Service which may be viewed on our website.
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  • I’m confused and sad
    That's interesting, as on Dec. 7 on Facebook (in the comments for "News for December 2012!"):
    "QUICK UPDATE:
    -We will still have the same policy on tethering and roaming as before."
    So I'm a little shocked by this change in policy.
    Again, why is tethering a problem on Real PayGo? If the data is paid for by its usage, it cannot be abused. Please reconsider (and ask the network provider to allow it for your customers, if they are the issue) for the people who pay per MB for data.
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    Tethering is the main reason I keep my account open with Ptel.

    I use tethering to my Ptel phone as a backup/emergency Internet connection when my cable is down.

    For example, I used it to do email and some work related stuff from my laptop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

    At $0.10/MB and at a relatively slow/modest rate of about a megabit/second, neither you nor Sprint are losing anything by offering tethering.

    If you cut me off, so be it.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Definitely want to find out the answer on this in 2015. I am picking between Ptel and a couple of other providers and I'd like to tether in emergencies.

    Since we're paying for every megabyte, I don't see why tethering is an issue...
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    I switched to an H2O (gsm by AT&T) pay as you go account which definitely allows Android's WiFi hotspot.

    I also have a Lycamobile (gsm by Tmobile) pay as you go account - last time I tried it they blocked Android's simple to use (built in) WiFi hotspot - by some trickery I didn't quite understand but I was able to use FoxFi/Pdanet to tether.

    Hmmm... looking at the FoxFi app description on Google play, looks like there is a battle with WiFi but "USB mode works on almost all Android phones"....

    So regardless of PTEL or any carrier's policy, it seems very likely that FoxFi/Pdanet will work - the carrier can't "see" if there's a PC tethered or not.
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    Thx Marc!

    I did a live chat today with H2O and their rep told me they don't support tethering. :-P I am a lot more inclined to believe you because you obviously care.

    How's H2O in general?
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  • Once you're up on H2O you're on the AT&T "towers". So H2O is about as good as AT&T.

    Getting on H2O was easy for me. I got some sims on Ebay for less than $1 each...
    At the time, for pay as you go service, that was cheaper than buying from H2O directly - just go to the h2o website and check it out. (Sorry PTEL!)
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  • There are many good mvnos out there today. Once you have a gsm phone, it costs little to try one on whatever the cheapest plan happens to be. So you have little to lose.

    Also, always keep in mind that you are on Tmobile or AT&T, no matter which you pick - Are there any other GSM towers active in your area?

    AT&T currently still has better "reach" in areas away from major transportation facilities and cities. But T-mobile has accelerated their network build out, so they may be fine for your location(s) and usage.
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  • I’m thankful for Marc
    Yeah I like the AT&T network. T-Mo used to plague my friend (I have a metal roof) but it might be better now.

    Good to hear you were happy with H2O; their site is ugly and confusing, and so I was leery. I will probably switch to them.
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  • Isela (Official Rep) May 20, 2015 20:15
    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting PTel Mobile. Our plans are not intended for tethering or hotspots, thus we cannot offer technical support for the services. If the use of your service for a hotspot falls within the norm for your particular plan and you manage to get it to work with the device you have, then your service will not be interrupted.

    Please feel free to reply to this message if you have any further questions or concerns. 
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