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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-10, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Shaw Hotspot - Beware

In another move copying Comcast, Shaw is going to automatically start sharing a wifi connection from your home internet.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-10, 12:58 PM
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According to what I read, there shouldn't be any problems. It does not appear to affect your own usage and you can turn it off if you wish.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-10, 01:59 PM
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Great! Ill be waiting for the nice discount they will offer me to spread their network around for them.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-10, 03:07 PM
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The only people who could benefit from this are Freedom Mobile customers. The biggest windfall will be to Shaw itself. It will take large amounts of data off their wireless network. That means lower infrastructure costs and lower costs for acquiring new wireless frequencies.

Don't know if Shaw will bill Freedom Mobile customers for data over wifi but I suspect they will.* What was free with your own, a friend's or relative's personal wifi could now cost a lot of money when connected to Shaw's access point instead.

*Rogers did something similar by offering phone calls over wifi. The fine print explained that rather than being low cost or free, like most wifi calling services, Rogers bills customers at the full rate as if it was over their own wireless phone network. How many people got sucked in by that I wonder?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-11, 06:17 PM
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That is basically a having to opt out scenario which has been looked at as a very negative way to treat a customer. They can assure me of no power cost, no throughput effect, and no security concern, but do I believe any of!
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