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Improvements for PDANet/FoxFi with Android Ice Cream Sandwich
July 30, 2012
8:51 am
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MrsGeek
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I’m not sure if its because of my phone’s upgrade to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or because of an upgrade to PDANet – probably both – but it’s working so much better.  It used to be, when I had my phone providing Internet to the computer via tethering with PDANet, I would often need to disconnect, and reconnect.  Now, it just works!  I unplug my phone to go somewhere and when I come back and plug it back in, my computer is back online.  No need to turn on PDANet on the phone, or connect on the computer – it just remembers and jumps right back on!  Nice.

Anyone else experiencing this?

August 1, 2012
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Barbara Dalderis
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I also updated to ICS on my Droid Rzr.  I didn’t notice a change using PDAnet, but it continues to work well. 

 

I find that my phone uses more battery when it is in 4G mode.  So I usually keep it in 3G until I need 4G for something.  Before the update I could just go into Settings and select either 4G or 3G  (LTE vs CDMA).  After the ICS update that options seems to be gone.

 

I found a couple of apps to toggle between the two.  LTE OnOFF (HTC Thunderbolt) and 4G Toggle.  I’m using the former because I can’t figure out how to use the later!  Do you have this same issue???

Thanks,  Barbara

August 1, 2012
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Hey Barbara,

Yes, we found the same issue with inability to set the phone to 3Gonly.  Haven’t checked out any apps yet.  Thanks for the info.

I haven’t noticed the difference in battery use between 3G and 4G, but I sure notice the extra data use – like drinking from a firehose.  My battery doesn’t last as long as it should either – but that’s mostly because I’m almost always using FoxFi for my phone to be a wifi hotspot, and/or I’m using navigation and GPS which also sucks the battery.

Where we are right now (Thousand Trails, St. Clair, Michigan) we keep bouncing between low 3G signal and low 4G signal, with no signal in between.  I figure we’re probably right between two towers.  If we could set it to 3G only, that may help.  We’ll look into the apps.

August 7, 2012
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I downloaded the app (LTE OnOff) and it works fine on the RAZR.

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