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Cherokee Chinstrap
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What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?

Anyone ever tried "The portable" one / have opinions on others?

TIA




Doldil
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
I use foxfi. it used to be free, but I think now it's like $6-7 for the full one. The free one still works, but has a use limit and requires the app to be stopped and restarted in order to continue.

I use it quite a bit so it's definitely worth paying a little bit for to support them, imo.


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jjbodean1970
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
wifi tether


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CarRamrod
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Member since Dec 2006
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
just about all of them work the same.


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noonan
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
What advantages do these have over what's already on the phone?


Doldil
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
don't have to pay extra bull shite to phone companies for tethering/hotspot.


noonan
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
Hmm, I don't think I'm paying extra, but I'm sharing a 6 gig plan. Though I think it was free on the 4 gig plan too.


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Guess
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Member since Jun 2009
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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wifi tether


This if you're rooted, plus it's free.

quote:

Foxfi


If you're stock try the free version before you buy because it doesn't work on everything like wifi tether for root. For some reason I couldn't get it to work on my sprint GS3 even though it's supposed to be supported.


CajunAlum Tiger Fan
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
Verizon no longer charges for hotspot use, so the apps are pretty irrelevant.


Doldil
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
wasn't aware of this + don't have verizon. but good to know.


Aux Arc
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
FoxFi on Razr Maxx works great.


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tigersnipen
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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Verizon no longer charges for hotspot use


I saw this and just went to try it and I get the message

"If you would like to subscribe to Mobile Hotspot/Mobile Broadband Connect please call....."

Looks like not all plans have free hot spots.

I have a Galaxy Nexus BTW running Jelly bean.


JordonfortheJ
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Member since Mar 2012
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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This post was edited on 1/9 at 2:53 pm


lil tiger22
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
What about for AT&T iPhone?


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ashy larry
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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Verizon no longer charges for hotspot use, so the apps are pretty irrelevant.



I don't think this is for the old unlimited plans. pretty sure this is only if you are on one of the newer plans.


mt1
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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For some reason I couldn't get it to work on my sprint GS3 even though it's supposed to be supported.


What does work with sprint and the GS3. Do I have to root for it to work?


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CajunAlum Tiger Fan
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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I don't think this is for the old unlimited plans. pretty sure this is only if you are on one of the newer plans.


Maybe, but staying on the older unlimited plans means staying with an older phone, right? I used to use Foxfi, but at the same time that Verizon allowed data pooling and stopped charging extra for hotspot use, Foxfi started charging, so I don't use it anymore.



Tiger in NY
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
Hot spot? Or Bluetooth tether? I use FoxFi to connect to my Asus tablet, but that is a direct bluetooth tether./


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shaqazoolu
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Member since Jun 2008
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
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Maybe, but staying on the older unlimited plans means staying with an older phone, right? I used to use Foxfi, but at the same time that Verizon allowed data pooling and stopped charging extra for hotspot use, Foxfi started charging, so I don't use it anymore.


Verizon only lets you tether for free if you have a new "share anything" plan or whatever, which means you have signed your contract sometime in about the last 6 months. If you have the old unlimited plan, like myself, you need the app and it doesn't necessarily mean you have to use an old phone. You will be able to keep the unlimited plan in the future even with new phones, but Verizon isn't subsidizing them any more. If you want unlimited data and you need a new phone, you're going to have to drop ~$600 bucks on it.

ETA: I use SVTP for my hotspot. It's not free but it works like a champ. The only feature I wish it had was the ability to restrict broadcasting the SSID.
This post was edited on 1/9 at 5:56 pm


Hammertime
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re: What is the best Wifi Hotspot app for Android?
I have the old unlimited plan on my GS3 and I can't tether. I could when I was rooted, but can't anymore now that I went to Jelly Bean


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