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FoxFi Working Again on Verizon Phones

Posted by Kellex November - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Update 11/24:  According to a number of our readers, plus a number of newly updated reviews on FoxFi’s Google Play listing that confirm, FoxFi is back to working on Verizon. Enjoy that unlimited data, enjoy it, friends.


I hope this isn’t the end, but it may be. FoxFi has stopped working with Verizon unlimited data plans.

According to a number of our readers and dozens more who have commented on Google Play, FoxFi, the popular tethering app that doesn’t require root and was used by many unlimited Verizon data plan subscribers, stopped working yesterday and is still not working today. Some of our readers have tried FoxFi with multiple phones, asked friends to test, and done everything else they can think of to see what the issue is, yet have come up empty. 

Many are seeing a subscription request from Verizon, which is typically the screen seen when you try and tether without having signed up for a tethering plan from Verizon. Woof.

Of course, the timing couldn’t be worse, since Verizon is also adding a $20 increase to unlimited data plan subscribers on their next billing cycle after November 15.

There is always a chance that FoxFi will issue an update that bypasses Verizon’s subscription check. Until then, you may be out of luck.

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Cheers Elias, Jimmy, Jose, and everyone else!

FoxFi Working Again on Verizon Phones is a post from: Droid Life

FoxFi has Stopped Working With Verizon

Posted by Kellex November - 21 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

I hope this isn’t the end, but it may be. FoxFi has stopped working with Verizon unlimited data plans.

According to a number of our readers and dozens more who have commented on Google Play, FoxFi, the popular tethering app that doesn’t require root and was used by many unlimited Verizon data plan subscribers, stopped working yesterday and is still not working today. Some of our readers have tried FoxFi with multiple phones, asked friends to test, and done everything else they can think of to see what the issue is, yet have come up empty. 

Many are seeing a subscription request from Verizon, which is typically the screen seen when you try and tether without having signed up for a tethering plan from Verizon. Woof.

Of course, the timing couldn’t be worse, since Verizon is also adding a $20 increase to unlimited data plan subscribers on their next billing cycle after November 15.

There is always a chance that FoxFi will issue an update that bypasses Verizon’s subscription check. Until then, you may be out of luck.

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Cheers Elias, Jimmy, Jose, and everyone else!

FoxFi has Stopped Working With Verizon is a post from: Droid Life

How to set up a mobile hotspot and tethering

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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If you’re taking your laptop somewhere and need a wireless connection, your smartphone can be a reliable mobile hotspot. So we’re going to show you how to set one up the right way.

Mobile Hotspot

Setting up a mobile hotspot is very easy. In my case, you head to Settings > Wi-Fi Hotspot. Then just flick the switch on and your broadcasting. It’s as simple as that. Some smartphones, specifically carrier-branded ones, will have a dedicated mobile hotspot app that you can use. Also, keep in mind that just flipping the switch to turn on your hotspot is great for quick access, but not secure access.

It’s good practice to set a secure password. Simply using “password” as your password isn’t going to keep you away from someone even casually trying to access your hotspot. Usually something with upper case letters and numbers will suffice.

Next, under “Configure” make sure your network security is set to “WPA2″ and not something like “WEP,” which is an older and much less secure encryption level. Anyone could download an application or script to easily access your hotspot, something you definitely don’t want.

After all of this is configured, your mobile hotspot should be ready to go!

Tethering

android-tethering

Tethering works much the same as broadcasting a mobile hotspot, only it’s more private. It doesn’t publicly broadcast the network, as it’s only available to you while plugged in via a USB cable. Just head into Settings and under Wireless & Networks, turn on USB tethering.

With some phones, you might have Bluetooth tethering. You’ll need to make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on along with your computer’s Bluetooth. Again head into Settings and under Wireless & Networks, turn on Bluetooth tethering.

Finally, go to your computer’s Bluetooth settings, and begin the pairing process with your phone. Once it completes, you should be good to go.

Virtual Private Networks

If you want an extra level of security, setting up a virtual private network on your connection could be a good idea. We put a handy guide together on doing this awhile back, and it’s full of great information. But, in my case, one can be setup rather quickly by going following Settings > Wireless & Networks > VPN.

You then hit the ‘+’ button to begin setting up a VPN, providing a name and a server address.

Keep in mind that a VPN does give you a lot of security, but it can also slow down your connection to a crawl, a problem if you need to rely on a fast connection.

It all depends on what your needs are, but chances are your smartphone can meet all of them whether you need a fast Wi-Fi connection or a slower and more secure one.

Wrap Up

As you can see, it’s insanely easy to setup a secure mobile hotspot or tethering connection. It can be handy in a variety of situations, especially if you aren’t around free Wi-Fi access (e.g. a Starbucks or Tim Hortons). Keep in mind that you can really push your data plan to its limit, and I say that from experience!

If you had trouble setting up your mobile connection, be sure to let us know in the comments and we’ll help guide you through the process!

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If you picked up a Moto X Pure Edition and are using it on Verizon with your unlimited data plan, feel free to flip on the phone’s WiFi Hotspot and see if tethering works. It’s working on my phone. It’s working for a handful of others over at XDA as well, plus a source told us it would work day 1 out of the box. And I’m talking about free WiFi Hotspot and tethering without a subscription check, not for users who pay the $29.99 per month that Verizon charges unlimited data users. 

Great, right? Who knows how long it will last. So far, though, we have been able to turn it on and connect to a number of devices without a hiccup.

Temporary fun!

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Cheers Jerry and C!

Probably Temporary: Verizon Unlimited Users Can Tether Out of the Box for Free With Moto X Pure is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile to go after “network abusers” as per Legere’s tirade 

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

T-Mobile head honcho John Legere is not one to mince his words or shy away from publicity. We’ve seen him go after competitors and we’ve heard him rant about the bad practices or packages that they have been offering customers. But this time, he is going after his own subscribers. At least, those 1/100 that he says has been “stealing” network data from them by getting around the limited LTE tethered data that they offer customers.

T-Mobile customers get unlimited 4G LTE plans with an option to use a fixed amount of LTE data that can be used for tethering. This is called the “Smartphone Mobile Hotspot” feature and it has no additional cost. However, if you lead your high-speed tethering limit, you won’t be cut off, but it will noticeably slow down. You can add-on LTE tethering if you still need it, but of course at an additional cost.

But Legere says, there are around 3,000 users who have been using all sorts of work-arounds to hide their tether usage and in fact, get more tethered LTE data than they’re supposed to. They use various means like rooting their phones and “hacking the system” just to get away with it. But the T-Mobile CEO says enough is enough and they will be aggressively going after these individuals, and he doesn’t care if some of them will mislead the public by going on a rant about the carrier throttling their data.

Now of course this move will eventually benefit all subscribers who are using the LTE tethering service “properly”. But it might also get others “riled up” whether on their own or the propaganda of one of the 3,000, and it just might backfire on Legarde and his company. According to him though, his initial rant on Periscope has already earned the support of people. Let’s see if this position will hold.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

T-Mobile to tackle customers who abuse unlimited data

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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T-Mobile’s John Legere has published an open letter to its consumers, informing them about upcoming action to be taken against individuals who have been “stealing data from T-Mobile”. While that might sound a little odd, the company is actually planning to target customers who have been abusing its unlimited data plans, by consuming as much as 2 terabytes of tethered data each month.

According to Legere, only a small fraction of consumers are abusing the rules. They have apparently been doing so by concealing tethered connections in an attempt to use high-speed LTE data as an alternative to a traditional broadband. Mobile bandwidth is a more limited resource, so these high consumption users are hogging resources that should be spread across a wider selection of T-Mobile customers.

“These aren’t naive amateurs; they are clever hackers who are willfully stealing for their own selfish gain. It’s a small group – 1/100 of a percent of our 59 million customers – but some of them are using as much as 2 terabytes (2,000GB!) of data in a month.”

To combat the issue, T-Mobile has apparently developed technology that is able to detect when customers are trying to hide their tethering activity. The company will be warning suspected customers about their activity before moving them over to a limited 4G LTE data plan, where it can more effectively cap their usage. T-Mobile has already identified 3,000 users who will begin hearing from the company this week.

“We’re warning these customers that they are violating our terms and conditions. If they continue to break the rules at any time, they’ll lose access to our Unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data plan and we’ll move them to a limited 4G LTE plan.”

The carrier is keen to point out that this decision is not about throttling the data of the vast majority of users who make sensible and fair use of their data plans. The company actually has a 7GB tethering limit on its unlimited data plan, after which speeds are already throttled down. T-Mobile is only after those customers which are deliberately trying to circumvent the contract rules regarding tethering.

Legere states that he “won’t let a few thieves ruin things for anyone else”, but do you feel that T-Mobile is treating its customers fairly?

How to setup mobile Hotspot on Android – Android customization

Posted by wicked August - 6 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Android Mobile Hotspot Tethering

Ever since you followed along last week’s Android customization post, turning on data compression in Chrome, you’ve had data to spare. We can think of no better way to use up that extra data than to share it with your other devices – let’s look at creating an Android hotspot, that is, a mobile hotspot using your Android phone.

Warning: Please take the time to get to know your mobile carrier and the service plan you have purchased. Not all plans allow for tethering and hotspot services and may incur additional charges. Also, some carrier branded phones may have disabled hotspot capabilities altogether on your Android phone, we’ll try to get you up and running with a few techniques today, but it simply may not be possible on your device.

Before we begin

We will be looking at a couple different apps today, but our primary goal is to utilize the default Android mobile hotspot capabilities. If you are running a Nexus or GPe phone, or one of the many unlocked devices out there, there’s a good chance you are good to go.

FoxFi on Google Play StoreIf you are running an older phone (pre KitKat) and do not have native mobile hotspot capabilities, I would have you download and install Fox-Fi, it’s free in the Google Play Store. The free version is intended to make sure the app works on your device, you’ll then need to dish out $7.95 for the full license, which is an additional app in the Google Play Store.

Open Garden on Google Play StoreAn interesting alternative to the typical hotspot methodology is in an app called Open Garden. I’ll discuss it more below, but the social aspect to it may be what you are looking for, and it’s free in the Google Play Store.

Setup a mobile hotspot on Android

We are going to keep this super simple, truth is, if you are running stock Android, or something close to it, you have likely seen the hotspot button on your device at some point. Especially since it landed in the Quick Settings section of the Notification shade in Android 5 Lollipop.

While the button in Quick Settings is the fastest and easiest way to turn on and off your mobile hotspot, you are going to want to take a moment to configure things before use.

Android mobile hotspot setup

Head to your main system Settings.

Hit the More button at the bottom of the Wireless & networks section, right below Data usage.

Open Tethering and portable hotspot.

Tap on Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Input a Network name. This is what you might know as your SSID, and it will be visible to anyone around you, so have fun, but don’t be crude. Let’s use “They’reWatching” for today.

Note that, despite my bad humor above, it is not a great idea to include special characters,  like my apostrophe, in your network name, but it will still work for most devices.

Choose a Security type. I do highly recommend WPA2 AES (or PSK, if AES is not available), but you may choose None, if you just want to give internet to anyone nearby.

Assuming you made the secure choice above, enter a Password. This is the password you will have to enter on all of your other devices, and provide to friends and family if you ever let them connect. Again, being crude may not be a good idea.

Great news, the hard part is over, you need now only turn on the service and you are off and running. There is a handy toggle to do so right here in the settings, or you can use the Notification shade Quick Settings. That’s all pretty boring though, why not create a project in Tasker to handle it for you? Create your Task, add Net -> WiFi Tether and toggle it on and off.

Using Fox-Fi for your mobile hotspot

Truth is, Fox-Fi is an older app, and it only really works on older devices, so why are we even bothering with it? If you are like me, you have at least one older device kicking around, and even though they are incapable of keeping up with daily tasks, they are still more than capable of providing one task at a time, like acting as a mobile hotspot.

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I won’t bother you with step-by-step here, just know that you’ll want to be running a device that is at most Android 4.0. I’ve got an Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread device running today. You’ll want to setup a Network name and Password, then go ahead and turn it on.

Be sure to hit the Google Play Store listing for FoxFi to see what newer devices, starting with Android 4.2, are supported by the app. Also, there are USB and Bluetooth tethering modes available in the app, so you are not completely out in the cold if the actual Wi-Fi hotspot doesn’t work.

Using Open Garden for your mobile hotspot

Open Garden is now a provider of a number of apps and services mostly centered around internet connectivity on your Android devices. Their namesake app, Open Garden: Internet Sharing, also has issues with versions of Android beyond 4.2, but offers a completely unique approach, sharing with strangers.

Open Garden hotspot bluetooth tethering

Operating mostly over Bluetooth, Open Garden creates a peer-to-peer mesh network between your device and all other nearby Open Garden equipped devices. In your own home, this will allow your phone to connect to your tablet to provide internet. In a crowded coffee shop, however, all phones and tablets mesh together, with internet collectively being provided by you and all other enabled phones in the connection.

Do not confuse Open Garden for a super secure personal hotspot, others can mesh in and you may run out of data pretty quick. Please keep tabs on your data usage.

What’s next

There are a bunch of great apps in the Google Play Store that provide these and similar services for hotspot and tethering. Please do not think that our two apps today are the latest and greatest apps out there, we just wanted to think outside the box a little. From there, do keep in mind that with Android 4.2 and newer, Android security has changed things up, making it difficult for non-root apps to properly offer WiFi hotspots, your best bet is to use the default Android or carrier tool, if your device has one equipped.

It is also important to keep security in mind when using a mobile hotspot. You should be able to trust the hotspot that you’ve created for yourself, but if you are connecting to other networks, you may consider a VPN Proxy service. We’ve looked at a number before, including Hotspot Shield.

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Next week

I do hope that your device is newer and capable of running a mobile hotspot through the default Android tools, else this Android customization post was not very useful to you. Next week will be handy for the Lollipop users in the crowd, we wish to walk through Android’s app screen pinning, which should not be confused with LG’s Guest Mode app lockdown that we covered a while back.

How often and how much do you tether to your Android phone, either by USB, Bluetooth or in creating a mobile hotspot?

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.

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