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Re: Sunrise bans tethering and VoIP on their mobile network

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With Sunrise now offering unlimited data is it time to run everything through the mobile and quit the home phone/internet package?

Does anyone have input on their experience with this on Sunrise?

My data speeds do seem lower since this unlimited data introduction but I have not tested this.

Finally from a tech perspective, which should be faster, USB tethering or Mobile hotspot from the phone? Does it make much difference in speed which phone you use for mobile data ie Samsung S4 vs S5/6/7?
Can't answer the last question about USB vs hotspot tethering, but can give some insight on the other issue.

I've had unlimited LTE with Sunrise for the last two years and their data speeds are pretty good and can replace your home internet connection through tethering IF you're a light user. The data is theoretically unlimited, but they throttle you if you use over 1 GB in one day and drop you down to speeds more like 100kbs. Now, this is not exclusive to Sunrise, all mobile providers do it as a "fair use" thing, but you only really have 30 GB a month of LTE speeds and "unlimited" only-good-for-internet-surfing speeds.

I had to hotspot my internet through my unlimited Sunrise mobile connection for about two months while I waited for fiber to be connected at my new place, and 1 GB per day is fine 80% of the time if you don't do anything bandwidth intensive. But if you like downloading or watching HD video or online gaming, you're not going to replace a home internet package any time soon. For the two months I adapted by downloading stuff in standard definition instead of 1080p, small changes like that, but a home internet connection provides flexibility and peace of mine that hotspot LTE can't replace yet.

I find it a little silly that they're now pushing for even faster LTE with LTE-A, when it doesn't really matter because all it means is that you'll burn through your daily LTE allowance even quicker. Unless your mobile data consumption consists of watching 10 minutes of 4K streaming videos per day, I don't really see the point. They should instead work on making normal LTE more ubiquitous and reception better.

tl;dr If you're a light user, go for it. If not, home internet is still the only way to go.
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Re: Sunrise bans tethering and VoIP on their mobile network

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With Sunrise now offering unlimited data is it time to run everything through the mobile and quit the home phone/internet package?
If allowed by contract, it technically is feasible. You are then betting on frequency spectrum to your cell tower of choice not being (over)crowded long-term.

I have done this before (cancelled ADSL and switched to USB stick with 3G), but this was in the old days when nobody was doing mobile Internet, and in an area that at "my" times of day was basically free of competition for bandwidth.

These days, I only would opt for that if I had no minimum bandwidth and reliability requirements at home. (i.e. I do care about Google Drive and Dropbox and I do not trust LTE coverage to be robust enough to make me happy long-term)

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Finally from a tech perspective, which should be faster, USB tethering or Mobile hotspot from the phone? Does it make much difference in speed which phone you use for mobile data ie Samsung S4 vs S5/6/7?
Your best and long-term cheapest option is get the best USB dongle built by Huawei (these are sort of gold standard - http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile...gles/index.htm) and plug it into a dedicated wireless access point which supports dial-up.

Phones offer varying support for data rates. See for instance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...vanced#Samsung for the differences across LTE categories supported. Swisscom, for instance, have LTE+ enabled on their network. Compatible devices do exploit that. When I experienced this first time, it was a relevation.
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