02-11-2014 10:22 PM
26 12
tools
  1. Wildo6882's Avatar
    I'm making the switch from Verizon to AT&T and finally getting a Nexus 5. I plan on using tether every so often, but wasn't sure how that would work. On my Verizon Moto X there's the Verizon mobile hotspot app. Obviously the Nexus won't have the AT&T hotspot app. So do I download another tether app or go into settings every time I want to tether?

    Thanks!
    02-09-2014 08:29 AM
  2. foxbat121's Avatar
    Wrong. Mobile Hotspot app is built into the Android for a long time (since Froyo). The N5 on AT&T is even better as it has no code to check whether or not you have paid for tethering plan.
    02-09-2014 08:37 AM
  3. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Well I know you can turn it on in the settings, but you're saying there's actually a WiFi hotspot app on the Nexus (haven't got it yet)?
    02-09-2014 08:39 AM
  4. foxbat121's Avatar
    There is no separate app needed. Turn it on/off and that's it. traditionally, carrier branded phones require additional code to force you to pay for the tethering plan but N5 doesn't need this for AT&T. But if you choose Sprint or T-Mo, you still have to pay for the tethering plan before you can use it. (But since you are new to AT&T, most data plans already allow tether anyway).
    You won't get unlimited data plan which is the only reason why carriers want to enforce tethering policy.
    02-09-2014 08:44 AM
  5. patruns's Avatar
    But if you choose Sprint or T-Mo, you still have to pay for the tethering plan before you can use it.
    Almost all T-Mobile pre and post paid plans include some tethering. The 2.5GB and unlimited 4G plans include 2.5GB. There is no additional cost.
    02-09-2014 11:49 AM
  6. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Attached is a screen shot with the Hotspot feature. I don't use it, so can't say of it'll work without a carrier plan unless you are rooted. If it does not, then consider Fox-Fi from the Play Store.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    Attached Thumbnails Finally Getting a Nexus 5 - Tether Question-1391970142997.jpg  
    02-09-2014 12:22 PM
  7. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Yeah, I know it'll work on AT&T, I just didn't know if I needed an app to do it or if I should just go into settings to turn it on since it obviously won't have the AT&T hotspot app.
    02-09-2014 02:54 PM
  8. foxbat121's Avatar
    You are being duped by Verizon for too long. No other carrier needs carrier specific hotspot app. It works on AT&T for me.

    Yeah, I know it'll work on AT&T, I just didn't know if I needed an app to do it or if I should just go into settings to turn it on since it obviously won't have the AT&T hotspot app.
    02-09-2014 04:09 PM
  9. Sentrix's Avatar
    Can confirm the stock mobile hotspot feature works fine on AT&T.
    I have the $60 prepaid plan (unlimited talk/text, 2GB LTE)
    02-09-2014 11:58 PM
  10. bjrosen's Avatar
    You can use tethering on Verizon without their app also, there are apps that turn on tethering without a Verizon tethering plan on an unrooted phone, on a rooted phone it's built in. I had a Verizon Galaxy Nexus before my Nexus 5 (on AT&T). I used one of those apps early on, before I rooted my phone, and it worked fine. The FCC fined Verizon for trying to block the tethering apps because as part of their spectrum agreement they had to allow tethering. However Verizon obscured the fact that you didn't need their permission to tether. Their tethering plan gave you an extra gigabyte in exchange for the $20 a month so technically they weren't violating the FCC rule.

    The Nexus 5 is a true Nexus device without carrier interference (unlike the Galaxy Nexus) so the hotspot feature is front and center, it's on Settings under More.. There are things that look like apps that will get you to the Settings section, but they are really just links.
    02-10-2014 11:36 AM
  11. JConn_Lefty's Avatar
    yes, the n5 comes with tethering. one of the many reasons i switched from my lumia 920 to n5. i freakin like my n5...
    02-10-2014 12:48 PM
  12. foxbat121's Avatar
    The Nexus 5 is a true Nexus device without carrier interference (unlike the Galaxy Nexus)
    Only for AT&T. If you use it on Sprint or T-Mobile, it still makes special check with your carrier to verify that you do have tethering plan.
    02-10-2014 12:55 PM
  13. patruns's Avatar
    Just to be clear, if your carrier does not include tethering with your plan we cannot discuss ways around that to get free tethering. I don't care whether you believe that it is morally or legally right or not, we cannot discuss ways of getting around it in the forums.
    02-10-2014 02:25 PM
  14. Wildo6882's Avatar
    As a side question, does the Nexus display the AT&T logo on the notification bar like it does on the Moto X?
    02-11-2014 06:36 AM
  15. cgardnervt's Avatar
    You can tether on att's new share value plans. I know that much! We have 10 gigs for 2 lines! Its a pretty good deal.
    02-11-2014 07:12 AM
  16. Almeuit's Avatar
    Just to be clear, if your carrier does not include tethering with your plan we cannot discuss ways around that to get free tethering. I don't care whether you believe that it is morally or legally right or not, we cannot discuss ways of getting around it in the forums.
    Not exactly true. There are many threads on the forums that talk about getting around tethering. I've never seen a mod close anything for it yet so not sure if an official rule has been established.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    02-11-2014 07:15 AM
  17. Wildo6882's Avatar
    You can tether on att's new share value plans. I know that much! We have 10 gigs for 2 lines! Its a pretty good deal.
    That's exactly what we're switching to from Verizon. It'll save me about $70 a month and I'll finally be able to use a flipping Nexus!
    02-11-2014 07:59 AM
  18. cgardnervt's Avatar
    Not exactly true. There are many threads on the forums that talk about getting around tethering. I've never seen a mod close anything for it yet so not sure if an official rule has been established.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    On top of that its data you pay for. So you should be able to use it the way you see fit. If you go over then you pay for it or its throttled on most carriers.
    02-11-2014 08:01 AM
  19. foxbat121's Avatar
    On top of that its data you pay for. So you should be able to use it the way you see fit. If you go over then you pay for it or its throttled on most carriers.
    Most carriers give free tethering to those with a capped data plan anyway. It is those with unlimited data plans the carrier worries about.

    - - - Updated - - -

    As a side question, does the Nexus display the AT&T logo on the notification bar like it does on the Moto X?
    Only AT&T branded phone do that. Ugly as hell.
    cgardnervt likes this.
    02-11-2014 08:55 AM
  20. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Most carriers give free tethering to those with a capped data plan anyway. It is those with unlimited data plans the carrier worries about.

    - - - Updated - - -



    Only AT&T branded phone do that. Ugly as hell.
    Thank God. I hate that. That's my biggest issue about going to AT&T. If I get a phone that isn't a Nexus, I'm going to have to stare at that ugly crap all day. People complain about Verizon logos on the back of the phone, but I think this is much worse - and you don't hear the same complaints.
    02-11-2014 08:59 AM
  21. foxbat121's Avatar
    Lesser of two evils At least with AT&T, they can't control which phone you can use with their network. I will never use a CDMA carrier for this reason alone.
    02-11-2014 09:06 AM
  22. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Lesser of two evils At least with AT&T, they can't control which phone you can use with their network. I will never use a CDMA carrier for this reason alone.
    Very valid point. That's one of the reasons I'm switching. That and saving over $600 a year.
    02-11-2014 09:08 AM
  23. patruns's Avatar
    Not exactly true. There are many threads on the forums that talk about getting around tethering. I've never seen a mod close anything for it yet so not sure if an official rule has been established.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    Actually, I have after the thread was pointed out.
    02-11-2014 09:25 AM
  24. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Actually, I have after the thread was pointed out.
    I'm not trying to get around anything, though. I know it will come with my plan as I'll be on a shared plan. A federal appeals court has already said that they can't charge you anything for it on a shared plan as you already pay for that data. I just wanted to know if I needed a specific app or just go through the settings to turn it on. That's all.
    02-11-2014 09:27 AM
  25. Almeuit's Avatar
    Actually, I have after the thread was pointed out.
    Well maybe a mod can tell us. I've seen tons of talk on it without any interjection so not sure .

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    02-11-2014 09:42 AM
26 12

Similar Threads

  1. Nexus 7 (2013) 32 GB and case
    By jdevenberg in forum Marketplace Archive
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 02-24-2014, 01:15 PM
  2. New Nexus 7 changed from 4.3 to 4.2 after update ?
    By dazraz in forum Google Nexus 7 Tablet (2013)
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-13-2014, 05:17 PM
  3. Replies: 16
    Last Post: 02-12-2014, 06:06 PM
  4. Warranty question.
    By J00P24 in forum Google Nexus 5
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-09-2014, 02:20 PM
  5. Lost files from Nexus 7 download folder
    By Wookie2 in forum Google Nexus 7 Tablet (2013)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-09-2014, 07:48 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD