dealsfoxfi - android apps on google play - wifi…

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Sounds good, but the reviewers claim it's incompatible with my phone. :(

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I'm not telling you that you should or should not use this app, but I know that on AT&T, using this app does violate their TOS and if they notice, they will automatically add the data tethering plan to your account.

Just an FYI.

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Probably a bad idea to use this - carriers don't mind single connections using your data(ie a USB tether), but if you hook up diff devices thru wireless/bluetooth tethering they are able to cancel your account or add the service onto your account for working around it without the gustap..I mean carrier being paid.

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Installed it on a droid2 and tethered to a HP tablet. Problem is that Verizon must block the feature

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I'm genuinely curious - how could anybody notice that the phone has been turned into a wifi hotspot?

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@tewcewl: they probably check what devices are running through ISP.

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@tewcewl They really can't. They say that they can, but I used to work for a cellular carrier, and they really have no way of monitoring it, especially considering that the hotspot feature routes all information through a single IP. The only thing they will see is a bunch of data coming through a single IP; they may get suspicious, but without "hacking" into your phone they do not know that you are using a WiFi sharing app. VZW (I believe) is the only one who has software built into pretty much all of their phones that blocks services like this.

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As long as you only use this infrequently, you should have no problem with the carriers. With all the apps you can use (third party browsers, email clients, VPN software, etc...), mobile traffic looks increasingly like PC traffic. My friend who used to work at AT&T said that if they add the tethering plan, you can call them and complain and say that you were using a third party web browser and they will remove the tethering plan.

Be careful, though, PC applications don't attempt to conserve bandwidth like most mobile apps do, so you can easily reach your cap. Most likely, the carrier detects that you are tethering by volume of data rather than type of data.

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I just installed this on our phones last week and it works great! Except on my Samsung Transform it won't work, don't know why.
But it was free to install directly from the android market.

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What @bonnyaclyde said. Use something like this for an emergency. You aren't just gunna get free internet using this thing. It could end up costing you money or your contact in the end.

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Been using this on VZW for many months, no problem. I am grandfathered in on a truly unlimited plan and already have high data usage. If you go from relatively low to high spikes that may alert them. I wouldn't use this to replace home internet service...way too much data usage. The probem I have with VZW is that they are going to allow tethering for iPads without additional hotspot contract but not on their phones...wtf!

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Wow, that is a lot of down-votes for something that is free...

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I have a grandfathered unlimited plan on Verizon, and I've noticed that when I'm tethered and I try to load any more than one or maybe two tabs at once on my netbook, my speed slows to a crawl. Definitely slower than it would be from just splitting the 3G speed between the tabs. I'm pretty sure it's throttling.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!this is amazing. It actually works lolzz I couldnt vbelieve my eyes... My wirless internet has been messed up and the fiance has been driven me nuts when i am on the desktop gaming. Once I connected the tablet to my phones internet it was GOOD GAME! now she sits quitely and daddy gets to game. Great find

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There are ways to detect tethering other than data usage amount. And, it has been speculated that AT&T may actually be using packet sniffers and identifying tethering by the browser identification string. This would be a relatively reliable way to detect tethering, considering that most people wouldn't know how to mask this.

Lots and Lots of users have already been nailed for tethering without the plan. And I haven't heard too many stories of people convincing AT&T that they weren't actually tethering.

I would just use this sparingly if I were you.

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Strange that so many peeps have problems with their providers. My Motorola Electrify (Photon) actually came with a mobile hotspot app installed. Works great and never had problems with my carrier (USCC), just stay below my 5 GB limit every month.

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Get it from the Google Play Market before the carriers block it (Sprint). After that, you'll need to get the apk from other sources.

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@the18thtee84: That is simply not true. Your carrier can absolutely tell if you are tethered by using means mentioned by @skoffer, such as browser identification strings also known as your user agent. Every time you load a webpage your browser sends a string of information, which among other things includes the browser and version you are using. For example, my user agent at the moment, which is sent along with every request to load a webpage is, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/17.0.963.78 Safari/535.11." That user agent has been and is used by carriers to assess tethering charges to their subscribers who abuse tethering.

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@skoffer: Wasn't this only via iphones? That or they have a carrier IQ type component on there.

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http://news.yahoo.com/t-offers-quiet-settlement-iphone-user-193045836.html

I just read this article about a guy who won a suit against AT&T for slowing his service down because he was tethering. He had an unlimited plan. Take a look.

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@skoffer: I just read this article about a guy who won a suit against AT&T for slowing his service down because he was tethering. He had an unlimited plan. Looks like the table may turn.
http://news.yahoo.com/t-offers-quiet-settlement-iphone-user-193045836.html

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doesnt work with triumph for virgin mobile as soon as I open the app and touch anything it restarts my phone.

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@dan1668: Iphones got all of the press because of their popularity and their market share at the time. (last summer and fall)
But, since, Android phones have gained a lot more popularity and XDA-developers.com has quite a few members who are reporting that AT&T has changed their plans because the were tethering their Android phones without the tethering plan.

I would just suggest tethering sparingly to not draw any attention to yourself. Don't go from using 500MB / month to 2GB. They will start watching you.

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Works on LG Optimus running Android 2.2.2. I had 2.2.1 which had tethering enabled, but phone died and warranty replaced it with 2.2.2.

Great find! I almost rooted my phone to enable tethering to connect my Transformer Prime tablet!

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@rmonacelli: That's not a reliable method, though -- browser ID strings are trivial to change, and there are many legitimate reasons to do so. I use the xScope browser on my Android, which lets me choose whether I identify as a phone or a PC -- which is useful when the info I want is missing from the mobile version of a site.

I have an HTC phone, so I won't be trying this app; I use an app called Klink for tethering, and I know there are at least two others out there, but none of those are free. (klink was cheapest when I was looking, which is why I use it.) I'm on Sprint, and it hasn't been an issue so far.

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@rmonacelli: As nolly above me said, browser ID strings would not be much of a tip off. Many browsers on android have the ability to appear as PC browsers, giving themselves the exact string of whatever browser you choose to use as your agent. The original browser ID string is never sent over the internet, thus the ISP would never know what browser you were originally using.

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@apocello42 @sylvaron : You two sure didn't read my post carefully. I never said that carriers assess tethering fees based solely on user agents. My post clearly states that user agent was one among a few identifiers used by carriers.

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I think a lot of the concerns over tethering detection can be resolved using a VPN or SSL proxy. Granted, adding more latency to an already latency-prone connection can be painful, but for casual use it may be acceptable.

Oh, also, this is the only wifi tethering app I have used that works with the Sprint Epic 4G Touch D710 and allows for infrastructure mode and encryption. The previous apps I have used were unable to do this.

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@sylvaron: I have seen reports of people who have called AT&T claiming they had been using the Dolphin browser, and changed their browser ID string, and AT&T told them they recommend not using Dolphin, or any other browser that allows you to change the ID string.

Regardless, though, of how they are detecting, AT&T IS auto adding the tethering package to Android users who appear to be tethering, and are being extremely stubborn about removing it, afterwards. It might just be a headache that most people won't want to deal with.

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I used this app this past weekend when my cable modem went out. I even made a network bridge on my laptop and connected my router to it so my wife could use her Desktop to run her home business (on Facebook). As said by others I wouldn't do this for long periods of time but it worked great while in a pinch.
(FYI I'm on Verizon using a Droid 3)

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I have verizon wireless and have an unlimited plan and for months on months have been using a tether app to use my laptop and go above 3 million or more KB and they didnt do anything. They just let me do my business. And have had us in service for years with them. I did pay 5 bucks for other app, but i am not too worried about this app as it states in download page that if you are charged the maker of the app will pay the amount incured, seeing as they list it will not charge...so either use it or not because if u have unlimited data they cant complain or charge u for hotspot as either way your already using what you have been paying for.