How to tether on your Android smartphone without paying for a monthly subscription
0. phoneArena 15 Jun 2012, 15:00 posted on
Well folks, if data isn’t a problem seeing you’re still on a grandfathered unlimited plan or simply have a huge data allotment with your plan, we’ve got a quick and easy solution to get tethering on your Android powered smartphone. Above all, the best part is that the process...
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1. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Just use WiFi tether.........
29. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
yep....that is all I use all the time.....works great.
2. cj100570 (Posts: 188; Member since: 12 May 2009)
Wi-Fi Tether only works on "rooted" phones and your phone has to have an iptables kernel. The above options Sony require root or special kernels.
3. torr310 (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
FoxFi seems to be a nice solution but it only supports HTC phones not on ICS to run on Bluetooth mode.
27. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)
the lg viper is not HTC-made though and it worked fine.
35. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
htc is the problem not the app this app works perfect for every phone i have tried ics or ginger it tells you on the app page that htc has special kernels that stop it
6. CommentBoxEnforcer (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
After this post I'm pretty sure the carriers will put a stop to that
7. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)
They will just release newer tethering apps, once you root a phone or jailbreak it tethering is pretty much an eventuality.
9. exo2u (Posts: 24; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Highly doubt that bud. Read the article. PDAs been around since windows mobile days and besides that its also been on pretty much every popular os
12. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
PDAnet is the OG Tether software. And it has the USB drivers for pretty much any android device stuffed into its desktop part of the app. Many root users use PDAnet to properly install drivers automatically. Works great. :)
10. CommentBoxEnforcer (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
I hope your right cause I'm not rooted and I love foxfi
11. exo2u (Posts: 24; Member since: 10 May 2012)
I don't intend to root my nexus till I'm off contract so I hope so too. Do you use that extra app add on they supply?
38. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 94; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Using tether apps will be pretty much pointless on Verizon once the new Share Everything plans are released this month.
39. CommentBoxEnforcer (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
So even if I don't purchase a new phone Verizon is going to force a new plan on me?
40. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Sprint damn sure tried to kill FoxFi. They had it taken off of Google Play Apps for Sprint users and the Amazon marketplace version wouldn't work either. I eventually had to download the APK from the FoxFi website, and that ended up working excellently.
I'm going on a road trip on July 4, now I'll have a tethered internet connection for my Pad Infinity once it comes out the end of June! :D
8. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I am fortunate that this is no longer necessary. My work provided a VZW Jetpack MiFi, while my phone HTC Vivid doesn't need to tether. A few months back I would have been tethering. Generally tethering isn't necessary for me.
14. sun0066 (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)
so who care if you needed or not , this a general topic not a personal
41. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Well, that was an unfriendly comment.
Kyle, get the sand out of your vagina.
15. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
love FoxFi it works good, and you don't have to root your phone.
16. theBankRobber (Posts: 631; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
1-click tether works great with no root. Using it with my Moto Photon and my PS Vita. 4g powered haha :P
17. som (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
T-Mobile blocked my 3rd party apps tethering Hotspot and asked me to subscribe T-Mobile Hotspot cost $20/month. Now no more free mobile Hotspot for me after 2 years of using it.
21. skymitch89 (Posts: 925; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
That's one reason why they posted this article. Also, it doesn't matter if T-Mo blocked the apps in the Play Store, you can always side-load it (download it from the developers website and install it).
22. sprockkets (Posts: 667; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
They don't block tethering on the device, they block it on the device tethered. You try to browse on it and it directs you to a tmob page.
The latest ROMs for say the HTC sensation got around this by modifying some of the stuff. I can't remember where or how they bypassed it.
18. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
How about we stop posting this so the friggen carriers don't catch on and start blocking them?!
Course they'll be replaced by new apps but I'd rather not have to hunt around for a new one every 2 weeks...
19. CommentBoxEnforcer (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
That's basically what I said on my post...foxfi is my most used app...I'm at 30+ gigs used right now(will take a screenshot) and if Verizon found out....BOOM GOES THE DYNOMITE
31. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
they are not able to block it, and they try, we will just find another way.
20. skymitch89 (Posts: 925; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
You should've included Easy Tether. It's similar to PDAnet, but it only costs $10 for the license. I've been using it for over a year and the only problem I've had is the fact that I have to use a USB cable.
23. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
This type of s**t happens only in the US
28. nandito01 (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 May 2012)
PDA-net have been in the market for a loooong time i would say more than a year or more not sure yet
works great for me i have used in many phones from samsung to HTC :D
30. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
just use wifi tether, and/or use sqlite editor to change permissions and use the app that came with the rom:
32. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Nearly all phones are unlocked.
So no problem with Tethering.
I actually used a unlimited plane just for Rs.99 for a month!
But the speed is very low, like 30-40 Kbps.
Which is more than enough for Browsing.
Now changed to a Broadband Connection.
33. sterba.brian (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)
you can always just get the apk if it isn't offered in the google play store. just google foxfi apk download
34. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I have PDAnet for years, and works fine. I currently have theSprint EVO, it also let me text message from my PC. The apps are not available on Android APP store. You have to download directly from the website via PC than install it. After that connect your phone to have the app install on ur phone
36. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
as of june 28 you wont need this anymore verizon is letting you do free hotspot from your phone as long as you switch to the new plan.
37. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
My question if anyone reads this is. Is there any kind of apk or something so that when i use my foxfi it blocks the amount of data being used so they cant charge me overages lol that would be a great app lol
43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Verizon's new shared data plans include free tethering so there won't be any need for this soon if you're with VZW.
45. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Except the average persons bill is going to go up a lot. especially if you want enough data to use as a hotspot. My bill if I switch will go up 85 a month and i avg 6 gigs
47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Most people will actually save money. It must be hard for you to sell with your lack of comprehension.