1. practical guy's Avatar
    Perhaps you'd be willing to answer a basic question about tethering on AT&T? I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan from the days of being a legacy Cingular customer. I was able to use a 3rd party tethering app without rooting on my Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket until the phone died in June 2014. I believe the OS was Android ICS. My replacement (until end of 2 yr contract term) was an AT&T Go Phone ZTE 740 (Radiant). 3rd party tethering app wouldn't work; nor would other "post-root" tethering apps after rooting. The phone's OS is JB. Just purchased LG G3 for a new 2 year contract term. It runs Kitkat; and is upgradeable to lollipop. Am I ever going to be able to tether and use my unlimited data without paying the additional tethering fee to AT&T? I read on another site that ICS was the last Android OS that permitted tethering with no additional charges. True? If so, is there a way to wipe JB off of my ZTE 740 Radiant; or wiping Kitkat off of my LG G3 in order to install ICS? BTW, this isn't a deal-breaker; I've tethered sparingly in past only when I needed alternate internet access (when traveling). I'm not looking to abuse the unlimited data (even if it now gets throttled after a certain point). Would appreciate any insight/advice you can offer. THANKS!
    12-27-2014 06:58 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Tethering isn't controlled in the phone - any tethering app works on that end. (It just does the routing and DHCP part of a router.) It's at the carrier's end that more and more carriers are killing tethered packets unless you have a tethering account, and you can't do anything about that at the phone end.
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    12-27-2014 07:29 PM
  3. Rayfire's Avatar
    AFAIK as soon as they found out you're tethering on a non-tethering plan, in your case an unlimited data plan, they will take that off and move you to a 5GB tethering/data 5GB plan for $50.
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    12-28-2014 03:33 AM
  4. pseudoware's Avatar
    You can root and install a custom ROM where you can simply enable tethering in the settings.

    That said, it's probably a good idea not to admit your intent to violate your EULA in a public forum. Just sayin'.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
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    12-28-2014 01:01 PM
  5. tech_head's Avatar
    Use a VPN to encapsulate all your data on the tethering device.
    If it's encrypted, they can't know if you are tethering or not.
    12-29-2014 04:08 PM
  6. Pat Kerby's Avatar
    What do u mean teathering?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-29-2014 04:50 PM
  7. Rayfire's Avatar
    Use a VPN to encapsulate all your data on the tethering device.
    If it's encrypted, they can't know if you are tethering or not.
    Has it been used and AT&T didn't caught up with it?

    What do u mean teathering?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    It's under settings, Network, where you can share your own cellular data to other wifi/tethering devices.
    12-30-2014 12:49 AM
  8. xocomaox's Avatar
    Use a VPN to encapsulate all your data on the tethering device.
    If it's encrypted, they can't know if you are tethering or not.
    Wouldn't this method kill performance speeds?
    12-30-2014 12:08 PM
  9. scottysize's Avatar
    I don't know how AT&T works, but on Verizon I pay the extra $30 per month for tethering un my unlimited plan. Of course, I use it daily, so it's well worth the money for me and I feel like I should pay since I'm a huge data abuser.

    However, if you root and install a ROM, that's usually the main reason people want a ROM installed is for tethering. The second reason is for performance upgrades and removal of bloatware.

    Good luck. It sound like you'll need to go with the root/ROM methode to me. I don't think Foxfi works with any network any more. If you can find it, try Foxfi. It used to work without tethering, but it's been years since I used it.
    12-30-2014 12:35 PM
  10. Rayfire's Avatar
    I don't know how AT&T works, but on Verizon I pay the extra $30 per month for tethering un my unlimited plan. Of course, I use it daily, so it's well worth the money for me and I feel like I should pay since I'm a huge data abuser.

    However, if you root and install a ROM, that's usually the main reason people want a ROM installed is for tethering. The second reason is for performance upgrades and removal of bloatware.

    Good luck. It sound like you'll need to go with the root/ROM methode to me. I don't think Foxfi works with any network any more. If you can find it, try Foxfi. It used to work without tethering, but it's been years since I used it.
    We would have to give up our unlimited data plan if we need to tether on At&t. This means moving from unlimited data to at least a tiered data 5GB data plan that would cost $20 more.
    12-30-2014 01:32 PM
  11. soma4society's Avatar
    FWIW I agree with scottysize. Root and flashing a new ROM is the surefire way to get what you're after. The process was really easy on my end, and while I don't tether much anymore it's nice to know the option is there when/if I need it. Good luck!

    Sent via my Bloat-Free ATT G3 running SlimLP ROM
    12-30-2014 07:31 PM

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