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When you VPN using your smartphone as a hotspot, can the VPN tell your location like it can when you VPN over a wireless connection hotspot?

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Please expand your question with some more detail. Are you talking about IP address location or something specific to your VPN? What exactly do you mean by the VPN knowing where you are - like office network vs home network or physical location like GPS coordinates? –  Eric G Apr 2 '13 at 3:22
    
Seems to be cross-posted to SU: superuser.com/questions/576629/vpn-location-with-smartphone –  Adam Caudill Apr 2 '13 at 3:27

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I think the answer to that is 'it depends' - I was looking at something similar recently, for example the IPs issued to the AT&T phones we tested all resolved to an Atlanta, GA address - even though none of the devices were within a few hundred miles of Atlanta.

Different carriers are likely to yield different results though - some may yield more accurate results than others.

Trying to tie an IP to a physical location is often unreliable, it depends on the service provider to provide more detailed information about smaller IP blocks than they typically do. It's that much more management overhead.

I never assume that the location mapped to an IP address is correct.

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