First let me say I'm sure there are many other threads on this topic but in this section I checked the first four pages & didn't find one. Sorry if I'm starting a new thread unnecessarily.
Going to pick up a Nexus 7 after xmas when hopefully I can save a buck or two. I am new to tablets & not sure the best way to go. I know I don't want to pay extra for wifi in airports or submit personal info to access "free" wifi in certain businesses. I've never come close to using the 2 GB of data I pay for each month from Verizon. Going to move away from my phablet for a smaller phone in combination with the Nexus 7. So, should I:
1) Use a third party tethering app (and if so which one)? I've heard these accelerate battery drain on phones.
2) Purchase a mobile hotspot? From what I've seen it looks like with the Jetpack, for example, you still have to pay a fee to access data even without a contract. I don't want to pay Verizon twice for the same data.
3) Try a work-around for Easytether? I know Verizon customers can't access it in the Play Store but I was thinking maybe I could download it onto my girlfriends Tmobile phone & transfer it to mine using NFC.
4) Or something I haven't considered yet?
I'm what you would probably call a casual user and rooting or super technical approaches are likely not for me. Thanks in advance for any advice!
- 12-21-2013, 04:14 PM #2
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- 12-26-2013, 08:40 AM #5
- 12-26-2013, 09:55 AM #6
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I use Verizon's Jetpack and it works great. They have all sorts of plans with different maximum monthly gigs allowed. I have 5. If you get it at Costco if you don't like it you can return it within 14 days with no penalty, but - don't lose the packaging - like I did! - because then they won't take it back.
- 12-26-2013, 11:31 AM #7
You have a couple of options. Most aren't cheap.
Add a jetpack onto a share everything plan:
1) Free with 2 year contract or $200 for month-to-month. I believe its $20 monthly (for adding a line) for a data only device. Use the data from the main line. Negative here is your limited with the amount of data and the extra $20 a month. It's just a stupid fee and I hate stupid fees.
Add a jetpack on a separate plan:
1) Same as above startup costs, but able to choose amount of data. NOT CHEAP. $50 a month ($20 for line access and $30 for 4GB of data - the lowest offered).
Add tethering to existing phone:
1) Free with share everything plan. Depending on your current plan, it may be cost efficient, maybe not. It's not for me as I have an old voice/data plan that's low cost and I would have to change to the more expensive share everything plan, which in the end would be around the same cost as adding tethering with my existing plan.
Beyond these...not much else to use with Verizon. Get out when you can. Just my 2 cents. This coming from a loyal Verizon customer for 15 years. The nickel/dime is just getting to be too much for whats offered.
- 12-26-2013, 12:00 PM #8
- 12-26-2013, 06:11 PM #9
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If you already have a hot-spot enabled Verizon phone, it is lunacy to buy a jetpack, since you will have to both pay for the device (or contract) and a $20 per month access fee. If you are on a tiered share everything plan, there are no additional fees at all to use your Verizon phone as a hot-spot.
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- 12-26-2013, 07:07 PM #10
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- 12-27-2013, 12:26 PM #16
discussion on the Verizon forums goes into the details. It seems like people had issues, but if you scroll down to Dec 9, 2012 and follow the thread, one person posted some pretty detailed instructions on getting it working.
For a Verizon Android device you just launch the "Mobile Hotspot" app change the SSID (if you want) and enter a password. From then on each time your turn on the mobile hotspot you will be able to find this SSID with your other phones, tablets, or computers and connect to the internet. As I mentioned earlier the speed is pretty good. I regularly see 30 mbps.
- 12-28-2013, 09:18 AM #17
I'm back here to report Verizon Personal Hot spot works like a charm. I debated for 5 days on getting the N7, because Big Red will not support it with out a work around. Now I ask why would anyone want to pay Verizon 10 bucks plus tax to use this thing. I using my N7 on LTE for free. Of course I us my data from my share plan , but would use it anyhow if i added to my Verizon plan. For me its a win win situation.....happy as hell....plus i got a great deal on my N7...
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