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    Default Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    I have a Razr Maxx HD that is now on the JB operating system, and I am trying to find a 3rd party app that provides a mobile hotspot. I am on the regular 2GB Verizon data plan (not a shared plan because I have only one phone). When I tried several tethering apps I received a message that my "subscription status" is being checked and then I receive the message that if I want to use the app I must pay $20 per month to subscribe to the hotspot service. I have seen conflicting information regarding Verizon's settlement with the FCC over this issue; however, the following quotation is from an August Cnet article: "You can avoid the tethering fee by downloading a third party app from an application store. If you tether using Verizon's service, you will still be charged the $20 a month to access Mobile Broadband Connect. So you need to be proactive and find an app that you can use."

    What is correct here? My plan is not unlimited; it is not grandfathered, and it allows 2GB per month. Yet the message I am receiving when I try to use the 3rd-party apps clearly contradicts what the Cnet article says the settlement requires. Can someone help me clear this up, or has anyone tackled this matter directly with Verizon? Or, does someone know of an app that actually works in this instance?

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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    You need to get Foxfi on your phone and pdanet for the device that you want to tether(laptop, tablet). Some were reporting problems with JB but I think thats cleared up now.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Tan View Post
    You need to get Foxfi on your phone and pdanet for the device that you want to tether(laptop, tablet). Some were reporting problems with JB but I think thats cleared up now.
    I tried Foxfi after JB, but it says my device (Razr Maxx HD) is not supported; it did work great with Foxfi before I did the JB update. Does PDANET offer a wireless hotspot, or is it USB tethering only? It appeared to me to be USB only, but I may be misunderstanding its function. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    You could go to the share everything 2gb plan even with one phone. It would run you about $100 a month plus taxes, and give you unlimited minutes and texting with it. You don't have to have multiple phones to get on Share Everything. Plus it includes the hot spot for free.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    Not gonna do that when the 2 GB plan I have now is only $29.99! I'd be better off to pay $20 for the Hotspot.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    So it's impossible to wirelessly tether if Foxfi doesn't work on your phone? I just bought the Droid DNA which runs on 4.1, and I've read that Foxfi doesn't work on it. Half the reason I wanted a smartphone was to tether my tablet.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    Every wireless tether program I've tried does the same thing: "Checking subscription status", and then asking me to pay the $20 fee. I had a long call with a Verizon cust svc rep who actually tried to help me find some apps that work, but couldn't. His understanding was that they should not be asking for the fee. The way I read the FCC consent order, if you're on a metered plan and are using a 3rd party app, Verizon cannot ask you to pay the fee. Looks like something happened in Jellybean to cause the subscription status check.to occur. I'm going to give it a little bit of time to see if things change and then fill an FCC complaint if the problem is not cured.

    Any other experiences with this after Jellybean?
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    I have an unlimited data plan and i use easy tether without any problems what so ever

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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    I've tethered 50-100 gigs on some months before I had wifi at home with foxfi for free and had no problems with vzw

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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    If you are rooted this app works... in the settings change to device profile to Generic ICS/JB (wlan0)




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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    Quote Originally Posted by Notrega View Post
    If you are rooted this app works... in the settings change to device profile to Generic ICS/JB (wlan0)

    Noppers... I have jb (4.1.1) with this app... was working with ics. I am searching for ways to tether now. Tried your suggestion and it did not work.
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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    Quote Originally Posted by PolarBear8 View Post
    Noppers... I have jb (4.1.1) with this app... was working with ics. I am searching for ways to tether now. Tried your suggestion and it did not work.
    Sorry... it works for me....

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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    i ran foxfi with s3 on 2g . no they don't charge you the $20 for hotspot, but what they have the ability to do is accelerate the data usage that you will be over your 2g in one wk with only 30 minutes of using foxfi. within 30 minutes of useage i got a prompt from them telling me how much data i now had used. they know exactly what we are doing with our phones at all times. for financial reasons i have to stay at 2g so i was forced to delete foxfi.

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    Default Re: Wireless tethering and Verizon, can someone clarify?

    I have a DNA also, and I use open garden in play store to tether via Bluetooth. Not rooted, but there are limitations if tethered to a tablet.

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