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MetroPCS follows T-Mobile, gives all customers mobile hotspot options

Posted by wicked June - 13 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

MetroPCS-logoMetroPCS has followed suit with parent company T-Mobile’s recent decision to allow all of their customers to tether their phones to other wireless devices. All customers will have the mobile hotspot feature added at no additional cost, but things are structured a bit differently than how T-Mobile did things.

First off, if you have a capped data plan, your mobile hotspot usage counts towards your typical monthly allowance. You won’t get anything extra, so if you burn up all of your data streaming Netflix to your tablet, you’ll have to go up to the next data tier or wait until next month to keep going. Unlimited data users are limited to just 6 GB of tethering per month.

The move isn’t as flashy and aggressive as T-Mobile’s promotion, but hey, free stuff is awesome.

source: Android Central

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T-Mobile turning on mobile hotspot features for all of its customers on June 12th

Posted by wicked June - 10 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

T-Mobile_Logo_02_TAWe knew T-Mobile was planning on unleashing some new promotions to kick off the summer, but it’s looking like some of those promos will actually be better than we originally thought. That’s a pretty rare thing in this industry, but hey, more stuff is always good, right?

It was leaked that T-Mobile was planning on upping the data limits of mobile hotspot usage for customers who paid for it, and that they were planning on doing away with data caps in favor of data throttling. Those things are still true, but it gets even better.

Every T-Mobile customer, whether you’re on prepaid, postpaid, or anything else, will have access to the mobile hotspot feature on their phone starting on June 12th. Those of you that were paying for a mobile hotspot will still get it, but you’ll get the increased monthly allowance.

This is probably going to be the biggest case of prepaid users gaining access to being able to tether their smartphone, and it’s all going to be unlimited. Sure, it’ll technically slow down after a certain point, but this move is huge and should sway plenty of potential customers over to T-Mobile, especially in the prepaid market.

The new features should go live on June 12th, which is just a few days away. Let’s hope T-Mobile’s network can handle that inevitable traffic increase this week.

source: T-Mo News

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More Americans rely on smartphones for Internet access

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The smartphone age won’t be over soon. In fact, the mobile industry will only grow bigger and may eventually beat the laptops and desktops when it comes to personal computing technology. Smartphones are very useful that people can do almost anything with it. With its small and handy form, you can bring it anywhere. WiFi used to be the basic Internet connection in phones, then it became 3G, and now, 4G/LTE which is slowly becoming the standard.

Mobile internet connections are not always fast and reliable but the fact that you can connect to the web anytime, anywhere is good enough. There’s WiFi connection almost everywhere especially in the US but it would be nice if you can use your very own connection and not join any public WiFi network. The ideal solution is to connect to a mobile network directly or use the phone as a mobile hotspot.

In the United States, a small percentage of the population ONLY rely on their phones to connect to the Internet. The young people depend on their phones for Internet connection. According to a Pew Research Center report, more people turn to the smartphones for Internet access. Why, it’s easier and more convenient especially for people on the go.

The Pew Research Center looked at Internet availability across the US. They found out that 15 percent of the population have limited options for Internet access other than their phones while 10 percent don’t have other connection apart from their data plans. Believe it or not, not everyone has broadband access at home. It makes more sense to get a mobile data plan for some because they are always out of the house anyway.

Sixty-four (64%) percent of all American adults now own and use smartphones. That’s huge increase from the 35% back in 2011. Looking at the age groups, younger adults ages 18 to 29 rely on their phones for online access. Those in the low-income household level, at least some 13 percent, are also dependent on their smartphones. Only 1 percent of people earning $75,000 and above rely on their mobile devices for Internet. Looking at the racial groups, four percent of whites, 13 percent of Latinos, and 12 percent of African Americans depend on their phones for Internet access.

VIA: SlashGear

FoxFi Update Brings WiFi Tethering Back to Verizon Samsung Phones on Kit Kat

Posted by Kellex April - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
FoxFi Update Brings WiFi Tethering Back to Verizon Samsung Phones on Kit Kat

Over the years, we have seen WiFi tethering apps come and go as carriers like Verizon have tried their hardest to kill off their working existence, especially for those of us who maintain unlimited data packages. FoxFi has long been one of the most popular, but even it has struggled to keep up with spoofing or working around Big Red’s behind-the-scenes subscription authentication model. Thankfully, an update released last night brings back WiFi tethering to many of Verizon’s Samsung devices, assuming they are running Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). 

The update claims that “WiFi mode is now supported on Verizon Samsung phones updated to Android 4.4 (KitKat). That includes Galaxy S5/S4/S3 and Note 4/3/2. We do not have a solution for other models so please stay with USB/Bluetooth mode for now.” The Galaxy S5 and S4 now have Kit Kat on Big Red, but the Note 3 and Note 2 are still hanging without it. The Note 3 should be on Kit Kat any day now, though.

We aren’t sure exactly what the trickery is that FoxFi’s dev has employed, but friend of the site DroidModderX is under the impression that there is some VPN action going on. That could potentially open your data up to unfriendly parties or monitoring, so proceed at your own risk.

To see FoxFi working on the Galaxy S5, check out the video below.

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AT&T alters GoPhone plans by providing more data and free tethering

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Good news for AT&T GoPhone plans customers as the company has now announced that starting from April 25, the new GoPhone plans will now provide more data and free WiFi tethering, all at no extra cost.

The changes to the plan includes an increased mobile data from 2 to 2.5 GB with free WiFi tethering and unlimited talk at $60 per month. In addition, GoPhone plan with 250 MB data is now increased to 500 MB and costs $40 per month along with free 500 minutes of talk. And lastly, a new plan with 1 GB of data and unlimited talk for $45 per month is now available at most Wal-Mart stores globally.

There’s also another new basic/messaging phone plan priced at $45 a month that comes with unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited texts to Mexico, Canada and over 100 select countries.

Source: AT&T Newsroom

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Reverse Android Tethering Helps You Share Your Internet Connection with Your Phone

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2013 - Sunday Comments Off


Tethering is one of the coolest features in Android. In the age of fast mobile data, getting your PC online courtesy of your phone isn’t problematic as it was a few years ago. However, there are times when it’s necessary to tether in reverse—in order to use your PC’s Internet connection on your mobile device. And since not every PC has a WiFi card, sometimes we must rely on that good old USB cable.

A long time ago in a Portal far, far away, we wrote about Android Reverse Tethering. Now, almost 2 years later, the project is still growing and most of the bugs have been ironed out. Even the previous lack of Google Play Store connectivity has been fixed with an Xposed Framework module hack that can be installed directly from the Windows application. The tool, which was developed by XDA Senior Member capslock66, still has problems with proxies, but there are ways to resolve them. Currently the tool only supports Windows, but you can use it with Linux and Mac OS X if you are willing to type in a few terminal commands.

More information about tool itself and the package to download can be found in the original thread. Kudos to the developer for continuing work on this project for so long!

All you need to know about tethering with your Android device

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

tethering android It’s stating the obvious to say that smartphones have had a huge impact on various aspects in our lives, and a primary cause for the “always connected” society that we’re slowly but surely inching towards. With abundant Wi-Fi and broadband internet services, and data plans from network carriers becoming cheaper, or at least, providing more data at the same price, staying online on a portable handheld device has never been easier. And if you have a 3G/4G-device, and ever find yourself needing to urgently connect to the internet on your laptop or other Wi-Fi only device, you can do so using your smartphone or tablet. That is where “tethering” comes in.

What is Tethering?

In very simple terms, tethering refers to connecting one device, such as a smartphone or a tablet, to another, such as a laptop, to be able to share the internet connection (3G/4G data connection) of the former with the latter, when a WiFi connection is unavailable. With the current crop of Android smartphones and tablets, tethering, or mobile network sharing, is possible in one of three ways.

Types of Tethering


USB Tethering
With USB tethering, you’ll need to install device drivers on your laptop and PC, and then plug in your smartphone to a USB port, and then use your computer’s connection manager to access your mobile data by setting up your smartphone or tablet as an USB modem. One of the biggest advantages to using USB tethering is that your handheld device will be charged as well when plugged in to your laptop, so there won’t be any battery drainage. But, USB tethering allows for only one-to-one connections, and of course, requires an USB cable.

Bluetooth Tethering
If you don’t have an USB cable handy, and are looking for longer use, Bluetooth tethering is the option for you. Bluetooth tethering is included as as in-built feature of Android since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s easy to setup bluetooth tethering, since all you need to do is pair your smartphone to your laptop, and then set up the connection type on your laptop bluetooth settings. While speeds maybe slower (depending on your mobile data connection and bluetooth version) than WiFi tethering, the biggest advantage to Bluetooth tethering is that the battery drain is much lower compared to WiFi tethering. Like USB tethering, only one connection is allowed via bluetooth.

WiFi Tethering
WiFi Tethering, also known as Mobile Hotspot, is the one of the more commonly used forms of tethering, mostly because connections to multiple WiFi-enabled devices is possible. The smartphone or tablet that is connected to a mobile data network can be setup as a WiFi router, allowing for a one-to-many connection type. All you need to do is turn on the Mobile Hotspot on your device, and connect your laptop the same way you would to any other WiFi network. While this option is easy to set up and convenient if you’re looking to connect multiple devices, using WiFi tethering results in a significant drain in battery life.

Carrier Restrictions (US)

Mobile network sharing is quick and easy way to get access to the internet on your laptop or PC using your 3G/4G-enabled smartphone or tablet, but can prove to be quite costly, because of the expensive data plans consumers in the US need to subscribe to, since not every plan allows for mobile network sharing.

Here’s a break down of data plans that allow tethering from various US network carriers:

Verizon Verizon logo 2013 New postpaid customers on Verizon can only subscribe to the company’s Share Everything plans which include single and multiple device plans, with a pool of “shareable data” which can also be used for tethering. The cost for line access per smartphone is $40 per month, each tablet is $10 per month, added to shareable data plans ranging from $40 per month for 500 MB, up to $375 per month for 50 GB. For example, if you subscribe to the “Single Device on Share Everything” plan and need 2GB of data, your monthly cost will total $100 ($40 for the single line, and $60 for 2GB data). Along with mobile data sharing with multiple WiFi enabled devices, the plan also includes unlimited calls and texts. You can check out Verizon’s Share Everything plans here. If you are on an older contract, you can now use a third-party tethering app free of charge, following FCC’s ruling against Verizon blocking access to third party apps. You can also use Verizon’s Mobile Broadband Connect hotspot feature, which is priced at $20, and also includes 2GB of additional data.

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AT&T, like Verizon, has new single and multiple device plans called Mobile Share. In this case, the pricing is a little different, because the line access per device varies according to the data package you subscribe to. For example, if you need 1 GB or 2 GB of data, the cost per smartphone is $45, but for 6 GB of data, the cost becomes $35 per device. Data plans range from $20 for 500 MB, to $500 for 50GB. For example, if you have a single device and require 2GB of data, your monthly cost will be $95 ($45 for line access and $50 for data). Tethering and mobile hotspot use is permitted with Mobile Share plans, provided that such use is limited to a maximum of five additional devices per hotspot device. You can find complete details about the Mobile Share plans here. Unlike Verizon, AT&T still offers its legacy plans to new customers. Not all these plans come with free tethering, with only the 5GB data option ($50 per month) allowing tethering. You can find out more about these legacy plans here.

Sprint Sprint allows tethering for free only with the “My-All-in Plan,” which includes unlimited 5GB of hotspot data and costs $110. With limited hotspot data, it’s important to remember that when mobile hotspot is on, all data usage (phone and hotspot devices) counts against the 5GB data allowance. If you subscribe to the Unlimited, My Way plans, mobile hotspot data charges are $10 for 1 GB, $19.99 for 2 GB, and $49.99 for 6 GB. This is in addition to either a $20 data charge for 1 GB, or $30 data charge for unlimited data.

T-Mobile T-Mobile Logo Credit: StockMonkeys

T-Mobile does not allow mobile tethering plans on it’s single device data plans, even if you pick the unlimited data option. But, the company does feature Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (SMHS) data plans, which saw a change last month, making it more affordable. SMHS data plans start at $20 for 2.5 GB, and up to $70 for 10.5 GB of hotspot data. These hotspot packages also include a new 6.5 GB option as well, priced at $50 per month. You can find out more about T-Mobile Smartphone Mobile Hotspot data plans here.

Enable your phone’s hidden tethering feature with Hotspot Control

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2013 - Sunday Comments Off


Tethering functionality on Android devices is no doubt convenient for users. Unfortunately, some devices are subject to carrier branding and therefore modified to have the ability of creating their own local networks disabled. The functionality may be even unavailable when no SIM is present. With the Hotspot Control app, however, users can bypass said issues that prevent creating portable hotspots, allowing their devices to connect with each other.

Developed by Chainfire, the app comes with a straightforward interface to complete a simple task. To allow tethering, just turn on the Wi-Fi, input a name and password, and then enable the access point. A password is always present for security purposes and uses WPA2 AES + TKIP encryption. The app is friendly even to the average user since, in most cases, rooting is not required.

Hotspot Control

Take note that Hotspot Control is used for establishing local connections only. As per the description in the Play Store, the app is not created with the purpose of circumventing the carrier-implemented protection used to prevent sharing a mobile device’s Internet through tethering. Users have submitted reviews with varying results upon using the app. Depending on how carriers deactivated the tethering option, certain devices are not compatible with the app while some others are lucky enough to actually gain Internet access.

Hotspot Control works on devices running on Android 4.0.3 and up. It only requires a measly 80k storage space and can be downloaded for free. Also check out the issues, results, and suggestions that are further discussed at an XDA Developers forum thread.

FoxFi Now Works With Multiple Motorola Phones Running Jelly Bean

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 9 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

  With devices getting updated left and right, some apps are finding themselves no longer compatible with certain devices. But have no fear, those app developers are always working hard to make sure their apps are functioning properly. This week, the developer of FoxFi (the app that turns your phone into a free WiFi tethering [...]
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Android tethering could be threatened by judge’s patent ruling in favor of Nokia

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off


In case you missed it among the seemingly constant back and forth between Samsung and Apple in the world’s courtrooms, there is a patent case about to get underway between HTC and Nokia regarding some alleged patent infringements. The bad news for Android fans is that Judge Thomas Pender has issued a ruling that could negatively impact any Android devices that make a tethering feature available. Nokia has asserted that HTC is infringing on U.S. Patent No 5,884,190 describing a “method for making a data transmission connection from a computer to a mobile communication network for transmission of analog and/or digital signals.” The court case between Nokia and HTC is scheduled to start in a couple months, but this ruling regarding the interpretation of the 190 patent makes it difficult for HTC to deny infringement.

The case between the two companies involves about 40 patents that Nokia has asserted HTC infringes. Google is involved in the case as a third-party intervenor supporting HTC. Both HTC and Google had hoped to narrow the scope of the 190 patent, but failed to do so. The two companies will now have to somehow prove the patent is invalid, such as due to prior art. Proving the existence of prior art could be a challenge since Nokia obtained the patent in 1995, a time when the web was still in its infancy and mobile devices were closer to bricks than what we have today. If HTC fails to make their case during the trial, they may also try to sway the ITC commission to overrule the judge.

If Nokia succeeds during the trial in showing HTC has infringed on the 190 patent, one of the likely results will be an import ban on all HTC devices into the U.S. Nokia will also be in a strong position to pursue other Android device manufacturers, much like they have already done against Apple and Blackberry. In the end, most companies will probably opt to pay a royalty to Nokia in order to keep the feature available.

source: FOSS Patents
via: PhoneArena

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