Apparently, republic is using the app on my phone to count data – and assuming that all “tethering” data must be “cell data”.
I installed Linux on an old MacBook Air – but the drivers on the CD wouldn’t function with the WiFi hardware. So I need to download new drivers from the internet. As there is no Ethernet port, I tethered the MacBook to my phone (via Bluetooth Hotspot) and used my phone’s WiFi to relay all the OS updates.
Lo and behold, I get warnings that I’m suddenly “running out of data”.
And, before you accuse me of “accidentally” using Cell data somehow – I live 5+ miles from any cell coverage. Part of the reason I have Republic is because it can use my WiFi instead of cell. Friends come over all the time – and no one (from any provider) gets a cell signal here.)
Republic always maintains that my phone may count data usage differently than the cell providers – but it appears that Republic is billing using my phone’s account (since no cell provider was involved). Interesting that they still claim any mismatch between your phone and your bill is the cell provider’s fault…