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  1. RichardClark's Avatar
    Check out this breaking news from Droid Life. Looks like they got whatever bugs worked out and the ThunderBolt is back to having hotspot functionality available at launch. Includes screenshot.

    Verizon Quickly Changes Mind, Thunderbolt will have Mobile Hotspot at Launch - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog
    01-31-2011 02:18 PM
  2. colesl4w's Avatar
    Well I wonder how this has effected peoples decisions regarding the phone. I for one planned on getting it anyway, mainly cause I wouldn't even end up using either feature very much. But its good they're getting those features out they said they would.
    01-31-2011 02:35 PM
  3. DolfanCole's Avatar
    I think that's very welcome news. I'm about 90% sold on the Bionic over the TBolt, but the hotspot feature is something that I would weight heavily in deciding which. Having that feature at launch would be a definite plus for me.

    I wonder though if the feature would have been available at launch even for those that root the device, or if there was some underlying issue that would have prevented the feature regardless of rooting.
    01-31-2011 02:52 PM
  4. I am Fake Jesus's Avatar
    now i just need htcsense.com to work an i will be happy
    01-31-2011 03:47 PM
  5. zero neck's Avatar
    Good to know, but i'll never pay for that
    01-31-2011 04:37 PM
  6. RUSH's Avatar
    If these carriers really think that customers are really going to pay these extra bills for mobile hotspot... they must have too much to drink. The amount of people that actually pay for this is less than one tenth of a hundred.
    01-31-2011 04:48 PM
  7. Dr3amville's Avatar
    Will the Mobile hotspot feature allow my laptop to access internet? If so, will this service be as fast as my At&t high speed internet?
    01-31-2011 10:07 PM
  8. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    @VIlleMatic -- Yes it will allow you to connect up to 5 devices to your phones 3G/4G service via a WiFi hotspot, that includes laptops. As far as speed, it's going to depend on where you are at the time.
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    01-31-2011 10:10 PM
  9. edoublediz's Avatar
    @VIlleMatic -- Yes it will allow you to connect up to 5 devices to your phones 3G/4G service via a WiFi hotspot, that includes laptops. As far as speed, it's going to depend on where you are at the time.
    8 users
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    01-31-2011 10:14 PM
  10. TBolt2011's Avatar
    @VIlleMatic -- Yes it will allow you to connect up to 5 devices to your phones 3G/4G service via a WiFi hotspot, that includes laptops. As far as speed, it's going to depend on where you are at the time.
    TBolt can do 8, you might be confusing the iPhone.
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    01-31-2011 10:18 PM
  11. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    I stand corrected -- it is 8. Thanks guys!
    01-31-2011 10:18 PM
  12. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    Will this feature be free to use?
    Verizon charges for it, unfortunately. It's an extra $20 per month.

    You can however, if you decide to root your phone, use the app WiFi Tether, which won't cost you a penny
    Dr3amville likes this.
    01-31-2011 10:20 PM
  13. reb422's Avatar
    now i just need htcsense.com to work an i will be happy
    ^+1
    01-31-2011 11:44 PM
  14. danthman's Avatar
    Does rooting your phone mean you don't get Sense?
    02-01-2011 12:18 AM
  15. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    Does rooting your phone mean you don't get Sense?
    Nope. All rooting does is give you "Super User" permissions, which essentially means gives you access to files, folders and actions you don't normally have access to.
    02-01-2011 12:21 AM
  16. Dr3amville's Avatar
    Does rooting your phone mean you don't get Sense?
    Negative, HTC Sense is a User Interface developed by HTC. Rooting is a process that allows users of cellphones to gain Super User Access.
    02-01-2011 12:25 AM
  17. danthman's Avatar
    Gotcha, so how long after a phone comes out before you can root it? Is it right away, or do you have to wait for some hacker to release an app?
    02-01-2011 01:06 AM
  18. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    It really all depends. Some phones have had a working root method out before the phone is even released, others it's been a little while after it's been out. But you can bet it'll be here in the forums
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    02-01-2011 01:19 AM
  19. ShaggyKids's Avatar
    Nope. All rooting does is give you "Super User" permissions, which essentially means gives you access to files, folders and actions you don't normally have access to.
    Oh thanks, I've been wondering what that meant.
    02-01-2011 03:07 AM
  20. Dr3amville's Avatar
    Verizon charges for it, unfortunately. It's an extra $20 per month.

    You can however, if you decide to root your phone, use the app WiFi Tether, which won't cost you a penny
    Is there a data cap using Wifi Tether or is it unlimited data?
    02-01-2011 01:15 PM
  21. mpwt51's Avatar
    Technically since verizon doesn't "know" you are tethering, it is unlimited, as per your phone plan. WiFi tether is an app for rooted users only though.
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    02-01-2011 01:33 PM
  22. vdefender's Avatar
    Correct, but Verizon will notice if you're burning through 20GB's of data a month on an android handset and call you out on it. Just use it with moderation.
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    02-01-2011 01:46 PM
  23. Chrisy's Avatar
    I've been using "Tether" app on my BlackBerry for two years without any issues so far. I use about 2GB a month. That's a lot for a BlackBerry!

    I plan on buying the same "Tether" app for Android since I know it works well.
    Dr3amville likes this.
    02-01-2011 01:52 PM
  24. riksin808's Avatar
    Is there a data cap using Wifi Tether or is it unlimited data?
    ive asked a verizon rep this and they said they would offer 2gb a month for $15 and 5gb for $20 im not 100% sure on this though. they denied that they had any unlimited data plan for tethering.
    Dr3amville likes this.
    02-01-2011 02:49 PM
  25. abomb78's Avatar
    A friend of mine has the HTC incredible & has just advised me that he rooted the phone and now has his hotspot activated (for free). Not sure if thats what "rooted" is being referred to around here, but my question is this: Would Verizon be able to tell if you have "rooted" the phone and/or tell if you are using the phone as a hotspot, but not paying for it? Data usage report or something to that affect? I dont foresee me needing to even use the hotspot, but could come in handy down the road. I would hate to get some sort of message from verizon that I am either in void of my warrantee or subject to paying for that usage, etc. Can Verizon (or any carrier for that matter) tell if you are "steeling" the bandwidth?
    02-01-2011 03:46 PM
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