1. freeky1's Avatar
    Before 4G, I never even considered the 4G Mobile Hotspot as a viable option, but it is really fast. Other than the cost, what is the downside to doing this? I get 20% off of the price of this feature, so the cost would be $24 per month. I figure if I drop the $7 a month insurance and pick up the hotspot, it's only $17 a month. I know the Verizon unlimited plans have limits. Does adding the 4G Mobile Hotspot plan increase this limit at all? I really want this feature so that my Motorola Xoom can use it to access the internet.
    09-16-2011 03:23 PM
  2. p08757's Avatar
    I would talk to a sales representative about the impact to your account and billing, but this sounds like a good idea to me.

    There will be others that will tell you to Root your Bionic, and use a free Wi-Fi Hotspot program. This is an option, but violates your Terms of Service with Verizon, and they can fine you and/or cancel your contract. Be careful if you do this, and I would NOT advise doing so.
    09-16-2011 03:38 PM
  3. Rhuarc's Avatar
    I talked to a verizon person today who verified for me that since I am grandfathered in to unlimited data, that I could add unlimited hotspot tethering for $30 a month.
    09-16-2011 03:40 PM
  4. moosc's Avatar
    How solid is the connection/ reliable say vs a MIFI?
    09-16-2011 03:43 PM
  5. freeky1's Avatar
    How solid is the connection/ reliable say vs a MIFI?
    This was another concern I had. I was wondering if the phone functions as well as the 4G Mobile Hotspot devices. Verizon charges $50 for 5GB and $80 for 8GB for those devices, so $24 doesn't sound too bad. I just hate that my bill will go from $230 a month to $247 a month!
    09-16-2011 03:49 PM
  6. bradvoy's Avatar
    I've used both the mifi and the Bionic hot spot, and they're nearly the same. Using the Bionic runs down the battery quick, so it's really only practical for short periods unless it's plugged in. But it's nice to not carry an additional device.

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    09-16-2011 03:55 PM
  7. freeky1's Avatar
    I've used both the mifi and the Bionic hot spot, and they're nearly the same. Using the Bionic runs down the battery quick, so it's really only practical for short periods unless it's plugged in. But it's nice to not carry an additional device.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk
    Thanks! This is great information! This will mainly allow me to use the Xoom at work, so the phone can stay plugged in.
    09-16-2011 04:20 PM
  8. racquetballer's Avatar
    I've used both the mifi and the Bionic hot spot, and they're nearly the same. Using the Bionic runs down the battery quick, so it's really only practical for short periods unless it's plugged in. But it's nice to not carry an additional device.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk
    I agree. I have both devices (Bionic & 4510L MiFi) no noticeable difference. I ended up buying the extended battery for my Bionic (1/2 off at VZW $25.00) which includes the battery door. I have two regular batteries since I got my Bionic from Costco. With 2 regular and 1 extended battery I'm prepared for occasions when there are no outlets available. I'm considering dumping my MiFi and saving $50/Month. Will test out for another month and then decide if I'll dump the MiFi.
    09-16-2011 04:36 PM
  9. moosc's Avatar
    One down side to hotspot. You can't receive or make a call.
    09-16-2011 05:03 PM
  10. p08757's Avatar
    One down side to hotspot. You can't receive or make a call.
    I thought you could while on 4G, but not on 3G.
    09-16-2011 05:13 PM
  11. racquetballer's Avatar
    One down side to hotspot. You can't receive or make a call.
    I can tell you that while I'm on 4g LTE I CAN receive and make phone calls.

    As a matter of fact I'm talking on my Bionic while I'm submitting this post and surfing the web. So I can say unequivocally that I can make and receive phone calls while I'm on 4g. Now I've not tried to do that on 3g. Since my area is 4g I've not felt the need to try the same on 3g...
    09-16-2011 05:46 PM
  12. kales002's Avatar
    You may want to consider this post if you intend to use the Xoom, and dont really need wifi for other devices : http://forums.androidcentral.com/mot...-required.html
    As how fast this connection is i cant say since i sold my galaxy tab just a week ago
    Anyway taught you might want to know about this option...
    09-16-2011 07:03 PM
  13. freeky1's Avatar
    You may want to consider this post if you intend to use the Xoom, and dont really need wifi for other devices : http://forums.androidcentral.com/mot...-required.html
    As how fast this connection is i cant say since i sold my galaxy tab just a week ago
    Anyway taught you might want to know about this option...
    This worked with the Droid X, but only temporarily. It does not work at all with the Bionic. It's too bad because I got all excited when I saw that thread back when it first started.

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    09-16-2011 09:47 PM
  14. racquetballer's Avatar
    Before 4G, I never even considered the 4G Mobile Hotspot as a viable option, but it is really fast. Other than the cost, what is the downside to doing this? I get 20% off of the price of this feature, so the cost would be $24 per month. I figure if I drop the $7 a month insurance and pick up the hotspot, it's only $17 a month. I know the Verizon unlimited plans have limits. Does adding the 4G Mobile Hotspot plan increase this limit at all? I really want this feature so that my Motorola Xoom can use it to access the internet.
    I have the unlimited mobile hotspot @ $24 (Corp Discount). There are two ways you can connect. One is wireless (hotspot) and the second USB tether. You can talk and surf if you're on 4G LTE. If you're on 3G and you get a call, the phone will connect and you will lose your internet connection. Once you complete the call it will reconnect your data connection.

    Also I noticed a slight increase in speed when I tether with a USB cable and it will also charge your battery while tethered. The mobile hotspot feature will eat up your battery quickly.

    Hope this helps you.
    09-20-2011 12:03 PM
  15. specularius's Avatar
    This worked with the Droid X, but only temporarily. It does not work at all with the Bionic. It's too bad because I got all excited when I saw that thread back when it first started.

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    Works fine for me.
    09-20-2011 06:52 PM
  16. snowwy66's Avatar
    wired connection is always faster then wireless.

    i'm not on the internet long enough to drain the battery so it's no issue for me.

    being a truck driver though. with my evo. i always had it in the car dock. so i just simply fliped the switch. and powered up the laptop.
    09-24-2011 09:18 AM
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