Tethering Kyocera DuraXE

Last September I kicked T-Mobile, deactivated my iPhone 6, picked up a Kyocera DuraXE flip phone, and activated that sucker on Ting's GSM network. One of the chief reasons I chose this phone was that I could tether my laptop or deactivated iPhone to it. In day-to-day life I don't want or need a smartphone, but I do travel a lot and appreciate the ability to look up directions or book a hotel on the road.

Problem is, tethering isn't possible on the GSM network unless you have 3G. It's taken me a few months of tinkering and digging to figure this out. And you see, my fancy new flip phone doesn't have access to 3G. This defeats the purpose of having spent extra on a phone with the intention of tethering.

I was wondering if anyone might be aware of a workaround or have any suggestions. For the Ting folks, what allows a phone access to 2G and 4G but not 3G? I'm not the most tech savvy, but I am curious.

This probably looks like a complainy post, but I am a very happy customer. I'm just looking for some suggestions or insights. Thanks a bunch. :)

Luke

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  • Hey Luke, thanks for reaching out with your question. You're absolutely right, for our GSM network tethering is only supported under 3G. In this case, your device does not have the correct physical specifications to access that wavelength. Meaning the Antenna for the 3G band that T-Mobile provides isn't actually in your phone. I'm unaware of any possible workaround for this issue but alternatively, you could look at a different device or if it's not urgent, network upgrades may meet you half way at some point. I hope that helps! :) 

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  • To back up what Andre says, here are Ting's network requirements.

    https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428938-Can-I-Bring-My-GSM-Device-to-Ting-Compatibility-and-Unlocking-Guide

    Here are the specs for your phone. http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=5048

    Ting 3G needs 1700/2100 MHz radio support. Your phone has 1800/1900 MHz. It cannot talk on the 3G network.

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  • Hey Andre, when you say network upgrades may meet me halfway at some point, are you thinking of anything in particular? I'm looking back into this for the first time in, well, about 25 days.

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  • Hey Luke, thanks for getting back to me. I mentioned network upgrades as a possibility because if tethering is made available for 4G trhough our partner the issue would be resolved. With that being said, we don't have any idea when this would happen so I can't really confirm that this would be a viable solution in the future. 

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