1. mlck's Avatar
    I have a Thunderbolt now and want to tether it with the Galaxy Note 10.1 with JB (installed last night - not sure if that was the best idea......)

    Can this be done via BT or Wifi or even USB without having to pay for the hotspot on Verizon?
    01-24-2013 08:32 AM
  2. realitydigg's Avatar
    I have used FoxFi (Bluetooth only) on the phone and pdanet on the tablet with my Jellybean Xoom.
    01-24-2013 12:33 PM
  3. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    I believe you have to be rooted to tether without paying for the Mobile hotspot. If you are (rooted), try Wireless Tether for Root Users (link below). It worked great for me on a stock rooted Thunderbolt.

    natehoy likes this.
    01-24-2013 12:54 PM
  4. natehoy's Avatar
    I use my Stock Thunderbolt to tether laptops (Windows, Linux) to and it works fine - the computer sees it as a bluetooth modem and all is well.

    Android, and in particular Jelly Bean, has a problem with Bluetooth Internet. It works, but some of the applications that use it do a check for mobile connectivity and WiFi connectivity and don't bother checking Bluetooth connectivity.

    So those applications that simply use the Internet connection and return a failure if they cannot connect work fine. Ingress runs great on my Nexus 7 tethered to my Thunderbolt.

    Those applications that check for the two most common connection types and don't even try to connect to the Internet if one or both are not present will simply not try to connect to the Internet, and they'll fail, unaware that all they have to do is make a connection request and it will work just fine.

    Unfortunately, Gmail and most of the Google services fall under the latter category. In fact, even Ingress shows a big red NO DATA CONNECTION error in the corner, even though it plays just fine.

    If you want WiFi tethering, you'll have to replace (or have an app replace) a Gingerbread system library with one that allows third party WiFi tethering, and to do that you need root.
    01-24-2013 04:03 PM
  5. oberkc's Avatar
    Can this be done via BT or Wifi or even USB without having to pay for the hotspot on Verizon?
    I understand that paying for the hotspot is now only mandatory on unlimited plans (just in case you did not know that). If you happen to be on one of the family share plans, teather away normally!
    01-25-2013 06:49 AM

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