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(GigaOM)   FCC to Verizon: No, you can't block your users from tethering. Not yours   (gigaom.com) divider line 18
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2012-08-01 05:19:03 AM
2 votes:
FFS, Verizon

Dont you read user agreements BEFORE you sign them?
2012-08-01 02:09:06 AM
2 votes:
Also, Verizon kinda saw this coming. The new Share Everything plans give unlimited calling and text, but you'll pay for data. 1 GB starts at $50, but they opened up the hotspot for free on the new plans.

Unlimited data is gone, unless you provide your own phone (bring your own, or pay full retail.)
2012-08-01 09:26:19 AM
1 votes:

Snuffybud: So what are the best tethering apps for a Verizon customer? I doubt I'll need one, but I like to be prepared. I installed EasyTether Lite on my phone last summer when it looked like I was going to be without a wireless connection while on vacation but I didn't need it as I was pleasantly surprised by an unsecured wireless near me. So what do those of you who have used tethering apps like? Which ones don't you like? I'm headed to the mountains again soon, I don't know if the neighbor's unsecured wireless is still going to be available, so any advice would be appreciated!


I use Foxfi. It's free and basically idiot-proof. No need to root or anything. Download from Google playstore, run the program, create a wifi name, create a password...people can connect like any other wifi network.

Personally, I don't use it that much becuase it drains the battery like crazy on the phone. But it is nice to have at, for example, an airport. Last time the wife and I traveled she had an ipad and I had a netbook so it was nice to have internet while waiting for flights.
2012-08-01 09:23:21 AM
1 votes:
Only applies to 4G. And Verizon doesn't let you lock the phone in 4G mode for some bizarre reason. The carriers have been like that for years. When EDGE was the top, I could put my phone in GPRS mode or GPRS/EDGE mode. When 3G came out, I could put it in EDGE mode or EDGE/3G mode. Now that we've got LTE, I can put my phone in 3G mode or 3G/4G.
2012-08-01 09:14:17 AM
1 votes:
Im really getting tired of being raped by telecommunications companies.
2012-08-01 09:05:16 AM
1 votes:

Linoleum_Blownapart: Unfortunately for AT&T customers, the tethering application locked into mandatory Droid builds is broken. So if you have a Samsung Galaxy S more than a year old, you get a 'tethering error' crash for about 30 seconds every time you turn WiFi on or off.


It's not just Android phones they are doing that to
/WP user
2012-08-01 08:36:49 AM
1 votes:
Unfortunately for AT&T customers, the tethering application locked into mandatory Droid builds is broken. So if you have a Samsung Galaxy S more than a year old, you get a 'tethering error' crash for about 30 seconds every time you turn WiFi on or off.
2012-08-01 08:36:05 AM
1 votes:

ecmoRandomNumbers: Um, I already use tethering. It's called FoxFi, available in the Play Store. You don't even have to root your phone.

I also sell Verizon phones and service.


USB works on my Bionic as a built-in feature without an app, and I use that from time to time.

I have rooted by phone (just root, still otherwise stock OS) and use a wifi hotspot app that requires root.

On my old Droid, I used PDANet until I found out that it basically works by going through a proxy server or some business like that. Do you know any details about how FoxFi works? Does it work the same as any generic (root) hotspot app or does it use a kludgy workaround to work without root?

I have a Kindle Fire that my kid uses in the car, and my parents have iPhones with low 3G plans and a wifi-only iPad. I use my hotspot app anytime we're all travelling together. I definitely get my use out of it.

/also, I still have unlimited data. I ain't giving that shiat up until they make me (and then I'll probably switch to Sprint or something)
2012-08-01 08:10:57 AM
1 votes:
It's crazy to read about stories like this being a European (specifically in the UK). Preventing tethering... in this day and age? Sure companies like Vodaphone had their knickers in a knot about that in the early days of 2G... but these days with HSPDA connections no phone vendor really gives a shiat about how you burn your data allowance (although the size of that allowance can vary greatly depending on vendor and package). 3, one of our smaller vendors, even bundles Skype in to the ROM's of every compatible handset they sell and yes it works just dandy on 3G, it's one of the selling points of going with them.

US carriers, it really doesn't matter how your customer decides to burn their data allowance. They paid for it. Crucify them if they try to get around the limits of that allowance or if they go over it sure, but beyond that it shouldn't be any of your business.
2012-08-01 07:55:10 AM
1 votes:
The "share everything" plan is such a scam. If you have unlimited data, use Google Voice for free unlimited texting and Groove IP for free unlimited VoIP. FoxFi for free unlimited mobile hotspot.
hej
2012-08-01 07:25:31 AM
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: unlikely: I wonder if this means that Sprint is going to open up tethering...

According to TFA, no, because the open access to tethering was a part of the agreement when Verizon bought up some spectrum from the government.


The agreement also included open access to tethering for Sprint customers.
2012-08-01 05:34:51 AM
1 votes:
Ah, land of the free to be tied into expensive contracts to get below par service...

/unlimited data 7Mb down 1Mb up
//tethering encouraged (up to 9 computers)
///no traffic shaping, really unlimited (no really, can even host torrents)
////£20/month 2000 minutes 2000 texts 5000 network minutes
2012-08-01 05:09:39 AM
1 votes:
FTA: Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot

We've had the option to download Android apps to tether and hotspot all along. I've been tethering for almost 3 years now and haven't paid a dime to Verizon for the privilege. Well, except the exorbitant fees they charge just to use their service in the first place.

My two favorites are AziLink (hard to set up, works in Linux, is free) and EasyTether (Easy to set up, works in Windows only, is a $10 one-time charge)
2012-08-01 04:31:31 AM
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: unlikely: I wonder if this means that Sprint is going to open up tethering...

According to TFA, no, because the open access to tethering was a part of the agreement when Verizon bought up some spectrum from the government.


This was an auction where Google pushed the bid high enough to hit the threshold that triggered that requirement for Verizon, no less.
2012-08-01 04:14:31 AM
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: unlikely: I wonder if this means that Sprint is going to open up tethering...

According to TFA, no, because the open access to tethering was a part of the agreement when Verizon bought up some spectrum from the government.


Yeah, but to stay competitive with verizon I'd imagine that other wireless carriers would also allow tethering on their limited data plans.

/If I pretend that competition is a major driving force for large companies.
2012-08-01 02:04:50 AM
1 votes:
Um, I already use tethering. It's called FoxFi, available in the Play Store. You don't even have to root your phone.

I also sell Verizon phones and service.
2012-08-01 12:17:52 AM
1 votes:

unlikely: I wonder if this means that Sprint is going to open up tethering...


According to TFA, no, because the open access to tethering was a part of the agreement when Verizon bought up some spectrum from the government.
2012-08-01 12:02:45 AM
1 votes:
I wonder if this means that Sprint is going to open up tethering...
 
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