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FoxFi No Longer Free
December 15, 2012
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David Cross
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I just found out that the latest version of FoxFi has a time limit on it of 5 to 10 minutes in the free version. If you don’t want it to timeout and shut down, you need to purchase the full version for $6.97. I may be the last person on Earth to find this out, but my Verizon MiFi card is nearing it’s limit of 10 gig and I still have 10 days to go so I started FoxFi and it kept shutting down. I then found out there is now a full version that needs to be purchased. I did.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

December 16, 2012
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Yep – we found out the same way you did.  I even hunted on their website and couldn’t find any information about this change.  I just looked again and found this when I clicked thru to ‘Reviews’ it takes you to Google Play:

The free version now has a usage limit that requires you to restart FoxFi to continue using free mode. You can purchase the full version key to unlock this.

Seems like some kind of communication would have been in order with the change.  Finding out the way we did made me suspicious of possible malware, but no, it’s true FoxFi has decided they deserve some money for their product and we don’t blame them.  We love FoxFi and use it all the time – a one time $7 charge is a huge bargain.

January 8, 2013
10:27 pm
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I’ll never forget learning about it at your booth in Louisville.  A huge bargain indeed!

March 21, 2013
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I noticed that PDANet was giving me a notice that there was an update available. I downloaded the update to my computer. Then I couldn’t connect to my Droid Bionic. Found that I had to go to Google Play and download the latest version (4.01). Then having both versions running on the Droid, I had to “stop” the old version. 

I’m a paid member of PDANet so I had to re-activate the new version with my information that I received from PDANet when I upgraded from free to paid. 

I normally always use the tether mode, but just for giggles I tried the wi-fi mode. It worked and connected. I signed in with my laptop and was online using the wi-fi mode in PDANet. 

I don’t know if they combined FoxFi with PDANet or what, but it seems that the latest version of PDANet now allows you to use the Wi-Fi feature.

March 23, 2013
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Yes, PDANet bought FoxFi – so the hotspot mode of PDANet IS FoxFi.

The big problem – at least for us with Droid Razrs – is that FoxFi doesn’t work with the Jelly Bean (4.1) version of Android. :-(  And, that update is being pushed out right now.  Jim installed the update on his and, sure enough, FoxFi doesn’t work.  Tethering should still work, but we’ve gotten so used to the convenience of the hotspot …  So far, I’ve been clicking on the “Wait, don’t install this update now … postpone for 12 hours.” message.  I just have to click on that every 12 hours.

January 28, 2014
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Bill Osborne
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Good Morning Chris…

 

I haven’t used FoxFi in awhile since it has been easy for us to stay within our data limit on MiFi.  However in Florida we aren’t seeing WiFi in the Thousand Trails/Encore campgrounds.  So we brought up FoxFi.  After 10 minutes I was invited to purchase full version.  We paid 6.97 for FoxFi Nov. 2012 and 15.95 for PDANet for Android Jul. 2012.  Do we now have to renew PDA/FoxFi each year?

AND do we know that using FoxFi currently doesn’t go against our Verizon data plan?

 

Thanks,

 

 

January 28, 2014
2:41 pm
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FoxFi, or any tethering app, uses your data plan.

The free version requires you to restart the app regularly. The paid version gets rid of that. Apparently, that is the only difference. 

We have not been asked to pay again. I don’t know what that is about. It is supposed to be a one time payment. There would be a separate charge back in 2012 for the different apps. They really are two separate apps which have been combined.

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January 28, 2014
3:24 pm
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Thanks Jim,

My FoxFi forgot it is the paid version Frown

Since it uses my data plan, I assume there’s no advantage for us to use it.  Or am I missing something?

To relieve our data plan guess we’ll get offline and put the canoe/kayak in Peace River.  Hope you’re back in the coach real soon!

 

 

 

 

January 29, 2014
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I like the way you think!

We hope to get our kayaks wet in the Peace river sometime in February.

FoxFi does offer the advantage of not paying a monthly fee to Verizon for the privilege of using your data plan for your computer’s WiFi access.  That’s about it.  If you have one of those share everything plans, then I think you even get Verizon’s hotspot feature for no extra charge – no reason at all for FoxFi then.  

We love FoxFi because we have an unlimited data plan – works very well.

July 20, 2014
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Hi, I have been using the paid Foxfi since the Daytona Good Sam rally!  We love it, especially now when we are full timing.  Even though we have paid for the unlimited one, every once in a while it tells me I have run out of free time and I have to activate it again. Why is that?

BTW, is this TRULY unlimited?  We used to use it only when we camped; now that we full-time, it’s on almost constantly.  Any problems with that?

July 21, 2014
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FoxFi is an app to allow you to make your smartphone a hotspot without paying extra for the hotspot to the cellular data provider. 

FoxFi does not provide cellular data. Your cellular provider, AT&T, or Verizon, or Sprint, determines how much data you can use without paying extra.  You still must have a data plan. If you have an older, unlimited data plan, you can use as much data as you need. Most folks have a metered data plan, usually 2 or 5 Gigs per month. If you go over your contract data, you pay more. Check your data usage. It can be easy to go over your data allotment and incur added charges.

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