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