1. treylaramore's Avatar
    With the Galaxy Nexus being Vanilla ICS and we pretty well assume it will be on Verizon LTE in the US - is there the chance of getting by with Hotspot or Tethering for free since it is built directly into the OS?

    As a current Thunderbolt user I was none too happy when the update to fix constant reboots also added the Verizon program to charge for wifi hotspot.

    Thoughts?
    10-19-2011 10:40 AM
  2. robrecht's Avatar
    No chance.

    Thanks, Robrecht
    10-19-2011 10:44 AM
  3. BigDFSU's Avatar
    Verizon wants your money too badly to budge on this issue.
    10-19-2011 10:47 AM
  4. treylaramore's Avatar
    But How can they do this and still have it be vanilla with updates directly from Google? I don't yet see how it is possible on a Nexus Device - unless they go the standard preloaded bloatware route - which would make me seriously reconsider this device
    10-19-2011 10:49 AM
  5. thirsy1258's Avatar
    it should be an easy root and free teether

    sent from my thunderbolt
    10-19-2011 10:56 AM
  6. NeoLogic's Avatar
    Can't vzw track useage if you're getting it illegally?

    Sent from my DROID using Tapatalk
    10-19-2011 11:06 AM
  7. terrain's Avatar
    it should be an easy root and free teether

    sent from my thunderbolt
    Sure - but this is not a zero hour solution.
    10-19-2011 11:07 AM
  8. SpaceHippie's Avatar
    But How can they do this and still have it be vanilla with updates directly from Google? I don't yet see how it is possible on a Nexus Device - unless they go the standard preloaded bloatware route - which would make me seriously reconsider this device
    Same way they do it with the iPhone. There will be a native mobile hotspot setting in the menu to turn it on and off, and you will be charged. Simple.
    10-19-2011 11:09 AM
  9. mrjackson#CB's Avatar
    Same way they do it with the iPhone. There will be a native mobile hotspot setting in the menu to turn it on and off, and you will be charged. Simple.
    You wont be charged just by turning it on, when used you will get the VZW tether/hotspot page so you can sign up for it. Just like you do when tethering any phone that doesn't have a tethering plan enabled.
    10-19-2011 01:39 PM
  10. soccerfon711's Avatar
    I guess this does worry me a little. Will this be a true nexus if Verizon still has a say in which functions work? I don't think T-mobile or Sprint have blocked tethering in the past on their nexuses.
    10-19-2011 03:19 PM
  11. greydarrah's Avatar
    It's stuff like this that makes me think we're not going to see a true "vanilla" nexus phone on verizon.
    10-19-2011 03:48 PM
  12. wstevens's Avatar
    I have a Nexus S 4G on Sprint. The hotspot feature did work out of the box with 2.3.4, but was later disabled by the 2.3.5 update. Google's Nexus S site did note that the hotspot feature may be subject to additional fees by the carrier. It's still a pure Google experience, the carrier just wants to be able to charge for the hotspot as they do on their other devices.
    10-19-2011 03:55 PM
  13. CynicX's Avatar
    I have a Xoom which is a GED with pure honeycomb. I've used the built in mobile hotspot about a dozen times and it hasn't effected my bill. To be honest I thought it was a free feature, it wasn't until I joined this forum when I started questioning the idea of it being free.

    Anyway, works for me and I haven't been charged for its usage. I don't have an unlimited data plan though so I don't see why they would even want to stop me from using it.
    10-19-2011 04:20 PM
  14. Blitzdroid's Avatar
    Iphone 4s runs pure iOS experience. Does that make it free tethering?
    10-19-2011 04:33 PM
  15. CynicX's Avatar
    Iphone 4s runs pure iOS experience. Does that make it free tethering?
    Is there a setting in the menu that says 'tethering' 'mobile hotspot' in iOS like the is in pure Android?
    kirkpoucher likes this.
    10-19-2011 04:46 PM
  16. Laughing Man's Avatar
    Is there a setting in the menu that says 'tethering' 'mobile hotspot' in iOS like the is in pure Android?
    Yup. However they can easily figure out if your using it. It sends a flag.
    10-19-2011 04:53 PM
  17. MrSmith317's Avatar
    I'm tethered on Verizon using my DX and it hasn't effected me.. I tethered using my OG Droid and I can't see Big Red stopping us from tethering using the Galaxy Nexus. They're going to stop the people not willing to go the extra mile, but beyond that I doubt we'll be down for long.
    10-19-2011 05:58 PM
  18. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    I'm tethered on Verizon using my DX and it hasn't effected me.. I tethered using my OG Droid and I can't see Big Red stopping us from tethering using the Galaxy Nexus. They're going to stop the people not willing to go the extra mile, but beyond that I doubt we'll be down for long.
    The latest Gingerbread updates for Verizon devices inserted something that flags verizon if you try to tether. You will be brought to a verizon page to sign up. This doesn't affect me on my thunderbolt with CM7 because it wasn't built from the official gingerbread release and therefore, doesn't have the inserted marker from verizon. I believe we will eventually be able to figure "free" tether on verizon with the galaxy nexus, however, it won't be a day 1 fix. Team Bamf hasn't removed it from their roms either. I love AOSP too much and will get this device even if I give up my tethering as I only use it in case of emergency. I could always call verizon and activate it and get it pro-rated if I need it before this gets figured out.
    10-20-2011 12:01 AM
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