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    Default Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    I was speechless when I turned on my phone this morning and noticed the Jelly Bean update notification!
    Needless to say, I dropped everything and started to let it update. After it was done, I was loving the
    Jelly Bean goodness... even skipped breakfast!

    My joy lasted less than 10 minutes.

    I have been using the free wifi hotspot tethering apps since December and the worked great and free.

    Now none of they will work. Or more precisely, they will "work" but I can't get any internet connection.
    I tried uninstalling/reinstalling all these apps. No dice. Just read another post on XDA forum and
    other people are apparently having the exact same issue.

    Did Verizon finally figured out what these free tethering apps were doing and closed the loophole
    in the Jelly Bean update?
    If that's the case, how do I roll back to Ice Cream Sandwich?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    I was speechless when I turned on my phone this morning and noticed the Jelly Bean update notification!
    Needless to say, I dropped everything and started to let it update. After it was done, I was loving the
    Jelly Bean goodness... even skipped breakfast!

    My joy lasted less than 10 minutes.

    I have been using the free wifi hotspot tethering apps since December and the worked great and free.

    Now none of they will work. Or more precisely, they will "work" but I can't get any internet connection.
    I tried uninstalling/reinstalling all these apps. No dice.

    Did Verizon finally figured out what these free tethering apps were doing and closed the loophole
    in the Jelly Bean update?
    Again, this has been posted numerous times.

    You need to use the native tethering feature. So far, the apps do not work (or don't work as well as the native feature).

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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    I received the JB update this morning and I have both Foxfi and WiFi Hotspot and USB Tether on my GNex. I have not experienced any issues connecting my Nexus 7 tablet to my GNex hotspot.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by dmmarck View Post
    Again, this has been posted numerous times.

    You need to use the native tethering feature. So far, the apps do not work.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk 2
    doesn't the native tethering cost money?

    oh... I never read any of the Jelly Bean threads... so this is an issue with the Jelly Bean only?

    my other Galaxy Nexus hasn't received the Verizon update yet... if it comes, can I refuse to allow the update?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    doesn't the native tethering cost money?

    oh... I never read any of the Jelly Bean threads... so this is an issue with the Jelly Bean only?

    my other Galaxy Nexus hasn't received the Verizon update yet... if it comes, can I refuse to allow the update?

    Thanks!
    When JB first released the apps didn't work. I use native tethering. Works every time.

    The user above your post said his apps work, so I don't know honestly what the deal is at this very moment. But the JB + tethering thing has been posted a lot with the same concerns you just posted .
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by dmmarck View Post
    When JB first released the apps didn't work. I use native tethering. Works every time.

    The user above your post said his apps work, so I don't know honestly what the deal is at this very moment. But the JB + tethering thing has been posted a lot with the same concerns you just posted .
    thanks! I just saw the other post above you... so I guess there must be something wrong on my end.
    I have already tried the usual uninstalling/reinstalling/rebooting/battery pull tricks.... will try them a few
    more times until I figure out what's going on. don't suppose I can call Verizon Wireless to ask for
    tech support on this issue? (JUST KIDDING! )

    I'm only 15 minutes away from the Verizon Wireless headquarters here in NJ... perhaps that's why
    I got the update so quickly? Probably not...
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    thanks! I just saw the other post above you... so I guess there must be something wrong on my end.
    I have already tried the usual uninstalling/reinstalling/rebooting/battery pull tricks.... will try them a few
    more times until I figure out what's going on. don't suppose I can call Verizon Wireless to ask for
    tech support on this issue? (JUST KIDDING! )

    I'm only 15 minutes away from the Verizon Wireless headquarters here in NJ... perhaps that's why
    I got the update so quickly? Probably not...
    They probably saw your 85 posts on it and figured you deserved it

    I kid I kid. Enjoy, it's well worth the wait!
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by dmmarck View Post
    They probably saw your 85 posts on it and figured you deserved it

    I kid I kid. Enjoy, it's well worth the wait!
    I sure hope Verizon Wireless is monitoring these forums, but let's not kid ourselves, they are not... they probably don't care what people are saying. I once walked into a VZW corporate store half an hour away from their NJ headquarters. The manger told me: "if you install an app and it breaks the phone, it ain't our problem anymore... which is why you should add on the Asurion coverage...then you can just..."

    BTW, are you saying the native tethering is FREE? Or must I add an extra $20 to my monthly bill? (I still have unlimited for at least 15 more months)
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    I sure hope Verizon Wireless is monitoring these forums, but let's not kid ourselves, they are not... they probably don't care what people are saying. I once walked into a VZW corporate store half an hour away from their NJ headquarters. The manger told me: "if you install an app and it breaks the phone, it ain't our problem anymore... which is why you should add on the Asurion coverage...then you can just..."

    BTW, are you saying the native tethering is FREE? Or must I add an extra $20 to my monthly bill? (I still have unlimited for at least 15 more months)
    Its "free" because its been hacked to work on most custom JB ROMs. On stock JB I'm sure it is not free.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    I sure hope Verizon Wireless is monitoring these forums, but let's not kid ourselves, they are not... they probably don't care what people are saying. I once walked into a VZW corporate store half an hour away from their NJ headquarters. The manger told me: "if you install an app and it breaks the phone, it ain't our problem anymore... which is why you should add on the Asurion coverage...then you can just..."

    BTW, are you saying the native tethering is FREE? Or must I add an extra $20 to my monthly bill? (I still have unlimited for at least 15 more months)
    That I don't know, but I tether a decent amount. I'm also on a rom, so I'd wait for folks to chime in. I do know there was some court ruling regarding tethering, but the details of which I am unclear of.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    I know in ICS if you used a toggle switch for the Wifi Tether and not enable it in the menu, it would bypass the verizon subscription check. Has anyone tried this for JB?
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    tethering is free for those w/o an unlimited data plan since Verizon lost the case against FTC. Therefore, if you are on a tier or shared plan, use the native tethering tool.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aguaski View Post
    I received the JB update this morning and I have both Foxfi and WiFi Hotspot and USB Tether on my GNex. I have not experienced any issues connecting my Nexus 7 tablet to my GNex hotspot.
    do you have unlimited or limited data plan?

    my co-worker who has only a 4GB data plan got Jelly Bean on his Galaxy Nexus today as well.
    the same tethering apps that no longer work on my GN are working fine on his GN.... I've been
    searching these threads and was wondering if me having the unlimited data plan was the reason?

    thanks!
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by af250xxl View Post
    do you have unlimited or limited data plan?

    my co-worker who has only a 4GB data plan got Jelly Bean on his Galaxy Nexus today as well.
    the same tethering apps that no longer work on my GN are working fine on his GN.... I've been
    searching these threads and was wondering if me having the unlimited data plan was the reason?

    thanks!
    How about tethering widgets? I'm not rooted, flashed the leak a few weeks ago and everything still works for me. I have an unlimited plan.

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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    If this is happening than im not going to update until im sure i can still use hotspot app. I use SVTP i wonder if anyone can still use SVTP after the JB uddate?
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    Would someone please explain what is meant by "native tethering"?

    I have been using an app, Easy Tether, to occassionaly tether. I haven't received Jelly Bean yet. I am stock and do have the unlimited data plan.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    So I take it FoxFi, etc don't work but toggles like Fattin Hotspot will still work? Guess I will find out after the update finishes.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Just updated. Can confirm Fattin/Hotspot Toggle still works perfectly. Stoked!
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by cmandd View Post
    Just updated. Can confirm Fattin/Hotspot Toggle still works perfectly. Stoked!
    just tried Fattin and it still doesn't work on my Galaxy Nexus with unlimited.

    wife's Galaxy Nexus(with 4GB, but on the same acct) got updated last night and all the previous tethering apps still work perfect.
    this leads me to think that my Galaxy Nexus with OTA JB with unlimited data(also on same acct) is the reason that the tethering
    apps are not working like before.

    do you have unlimited data on your phone?
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Easy WiFi tethering works

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    I have unlimited data, and my wifi tethering still works after the JB update.
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    Yes I have unlimited data and Fattin is working just fine.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by rjack22 View Post
    Would someone please explain what is meant by "native tethering"?
    For several versions now, Android has had tethering built into the OS. It is accessible through the settings menu.
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    Default Re: Help! Free tethering apps no longer work after getting Jelly Bean this morning...

    I found this thread while I was searching for some answers to the problem I'm having with Power Toggles/FoxFi tethering. I have the Galaxy S3 through At&t and haven't even received the Jelly Bean update yet, but with At&t's last OTA update I lost the ability to tether using Power Toggles to activate FoxFi so I can tether for free. I'm not rooted and have used this method without any issues whatsoever to tether for free since I got this phone several months ago. If you use the "native tethering" as some have mentioned you have to activate the service and pay the monthly fee, at least you to with At&t. Anyway, I know this is a different device and carrier, but it seems we are having the same issue so I just wanted to post and watch this thread in hopes of a solution.
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