Is there any way to monitor 3G tethering usage. ie excluding regular 3G bandwidth. (This is for a UK GiffGaff plan, where normal use is unlimited, but tethering charged per GB.)

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    – ale
    Nov 13 '11 at 13:59
  • Updated as such.
    – mahemoff
    Nov 14 '11 at 8:15
  • @mahemoff: Do you have to use a special tethering app? Because usually a mobile network operator can not distinguish between traffic caused by the smartphone and a thethered computer. I only know special data plans for computers using a second SIM card (and own UMTS modem) on the same contract - but that has nothing to do with tethering
    – Robert
    Nov 14 '11 at 8:46
  • Robert, nope, no special app required. I realise there's no magic way to do it, I'm presuming they just try sniffing for non-mobile packets, e.g. a desktop browser header. I mentioned the plan (see gizmodo.co.uk/2011/10/…) - because no matter how accurate/feasible, they're definitely charging it, so users need to know how to measure it.
    – mahemoff
    Nov 14 '11 at 10:00
  • Mobile networks can definitely tell the difference. I don't know how, but I know they can.
    – Shawn
    Dec 19 '11 at 16:03

If you're rooted you could try Wireless Tether for Root Users.

More info and more recent versions here: https://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/

Besides having way more options than the stock wifi tether application it also allows you to have a look at the bandwith used when tethering is active.

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