Solved Are ISPs allowed to block gaming servers?

April 4, 2018 at 02:37:54
Specs: Android
Ok. So I use an app for Android that lets users use the mobile hotspot/tethering to other devices without using the embedded hotspot feature on the phone. it does so in a way that if your phone plan does not include use of hotspot or only allows a small amount of data to tethered devices, your use will be concealed.

I've used this for a little while without issues. A few days ago I downloaded an old PC game I haven't played in years. A few days later when I open game
it lists the servers normally ,and when i find a server I want to play in, when I attempt to enter the server the game does nothing for about 10 seconds while it says it's connecting, then it just kicks me back the to server list and says disconnected.

I turned firewall off, made sure game was latest patch, checked to make sure ports we're open, restart phone and pc. Nothing helped.

However when I disconnect from my phone's tether and connect instead with a wireless router from the same phone company but with a different phone number for the device, it immediately connects. Go back and try the tether again, won't connect.

I then downloaded a VPN app to the phone, connected to the VPN, used the tether app and it connected immediately.

So since I can connect to the servers with a different device from the same ISP, it is not something that is universally blocked. It would appear they applied this block only to my phone.

It would then make sense that I could also connect using a VPN since the ISP is connecting me only to the VPN which hides the source of the data. With the VPN they have no way to know what I'm connected to through the VPN.

Is this legal? Are ISPs allowed to single out one customer and block access to a part of the internet based on what they think you are connecting to?


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April 5, 2018 at 00:11:52
Ask your ISP as their policies on fair usage differs from one ISP to another.

Anyway, if you've gotten around the problem by using a VPN I don't see what you need help with - - - you've fixed your own problem so it's job done isn't it?

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April 5, 2018 at 00:15:35
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"it does so in a way that if your phone plan does not include use of hotspot or only allows a small amount of data to tethered devices, your use will be concealed."

That certainly sounds like a breach of contract. And if you have agreed to a phone plan that specifies that you "cannot use it as a hotspot or only allows a small amount of data" then certainly the ISP is allowed to enforce that agreement.


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