1. mge1201's Avatar
    Currently considering giving up my LG G4 (which at times runs super hot) to get the Note 5 on T-Mobile. However, after playing with it at the store, I notice under the tethering/hotspot menu, the only options are either USB or standard WiFi. Where is bluetooth? Is it just the T-Mobile version that's neutered? I prefer this more energy efficient method to tether my iPad/iPod vs WiFi. FWIW, I notice the bluetooth tethering option missing from all Samsung Galaxy phones on T-Mobile. The only one that has it natively is the HTC line. I wonder why.

    If anything, could you confirm if the FoxFi or PDA Net apps work via bluetooth tether on Note 5?

    Thank you.
    08-21-2015 12:32 PM
  2. itguyjax8430's Avatar
    Currently considering giving up my LG G4 (which at times runs super hot) to get the Note 5 on T-Mobile. However, after playing with it at the store, I notice under the tethering/hotspot menu, the only options are either USB or standard WiFi. Where is bluetooth? Is it just the T-Mobile version that's neutered? I prefer this more energy efficient method to tether my iPad/iPod vs WiFi. FWIW, I notice the bluetooth tethering option missing from all Samsung Galaxy phones on T-Mobile. The only one that has it natively is the HTC line. I wonder why.

    If anything, could you confirm if the FoxFi or PDA Net apps work via bluetooth tether on Note 5?

    Thank you.
    Could be just the T-Mobile version. The Verizon version still has it.

    Considering Note 5 but noticed Bluetooth Tether is unavailable (T-Mobile Version)-2015-08-21.jpg
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    08-21-2015 12:55 PM
  3. karsdroid's Avatar
    Currently considering giving up my LG G4 (which at times runs super hot) to get the Note 5 on T-Mobile. However, after playing with it at the store, I notice under the tethering/hotspot menu, the only options are either USB or standard WiFi. Where is bluetooth? Is it just the T-Mobile version that's neutered? I prefer this more energy efficient method to tether my iPad/iPod vs WiFi. FWIW, I notice the bluetooth tethering option missing from all Samsung Galaxy phones on T-Mobile. The only one that has it natively is the HTC line. I wonder why.

    If anything, could you confirm if the FoxFi or PDA Net apps work via bluetooth tether on Note 5?

    Thank you.
    foxfi works great!
    08-21-2015 12:57 PM
  4. mge1201's Avatar
    ^ thanks will take your word for it. Could you confirm if BT tether works?
    Going to see if i can get one at lunch...
    Still wonder why T-Mo phones are neutered.
    08-21-2015 12:57 PM
  5. karsdroid's Avatar
    the option for bluetooth tethering is there but i have a grandfathered unlimited data plan and do not have a subscription for hotspot or tethering....thus my dependence on foxfi
    08-21-2015 01:51 PM
  6. mge1201's Avatar
    good to know. i'm setting mine up as we speak
    08-21-2015 02:46 PM
  7. mge1201's Avatar
    Hi guys,

    Day 1 with Note 5. What a beast compared to my previous LG G4. Could any of you walk me through how to use Foxfi through Bluetooth tethering? Sorry for the ask but I'd really like to get this task resolved.

    Thanks in advance,
    M
    08-22-2015 12:01 PM
  8. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    ^ thanks will take your word for it. Could you confirm if BT tether works?
    Going to see if i can get one at lunch...
    Still wonder why T-Mo phones are neutered.
    Carriers do this all the time. T-Mobile could have done this as a way to stop some of the major tethering going on.

    I remember when we got Gingerbread I think it was. You could edit the notification panel and put the ones you used at the top. We were all excited.

    AT&T acted like they were giving us nuclear codes if they did that and took that option away from us with that update.
    08-22-2015 12:11 PM
  9. mge1201's Avatar
    It's too bad T-Mo took BT tether away, but I guess I could understand their side. Still, I'm annoyed that this phone doesn't feel as "complete" as the Verizon, AT&T etc. variants.

    Back to my question. Can anyone using FoxFi confirm if the bluetooth tether option is 1) functional on the Note 5 and 2) is not limited to PC connections only, meaning I can also tether my WiFi tablets, iPod, and other mobile devices.
    08-23-2015 08:58 PM
  10. cre8tivspirit's Avatar
    It's too bad T-Mo took BT tether away, but I guess I could understand their side. Still, I'm annoyed that this phone doesn't feel as "complete" as the Verizon, AT&T etc. variants.
    I don't see a Bluetooth Tethering option on my AT&T Note 5. I was hoping to use this because I can't use WiFi tethering where I work. They scan for active WiFi hotspots.
    11-11-2015 11:18 AM
  11. TV417's Avatar
    Currently considering giving up my LG G4 (which at times runs super hot) to get the Note 5 on T-Mobile. However, after playing with it at the store, I notice under the tethering/hotspot menu, the only options are either USB or standard WiFi. Where is bluetooth? Is it just the T-Mobile version that's neutered? I prefer this more energy efficient method to tether my iPad/iPod vs WiFi. FWIW, I notice the bluetooth tethering option missing from all Samsung Galaxy phones on T-Mobile. The only one that has it natively is the HTC line. I wonder why.

    If anything, could you confirm if the FoxFi or PDA Net apps work via bluetooth tether on Note 5?

    Thank you.
    Mine has it, as well as my friend's Note 5. I'm on T-mobile, she's on Sprint

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    11-14-2015 05:01 PM
  12. Sctrojansintx's Avatar
    I'm on sprint and have it in the options

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    11-17-2015 06:10 PM
  13. OC Nut's Avatar
    I'm on Verizon unlimited with a subscription to Mobile Hotspot, and I tried both USB (50+ Mbps) and Bluetooth (1.5 Mbps) tethering and they both worked for me.
    11-17-2015 06:36 PM

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