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August 5, 2010
February 2, 2013
I have just recently (yesterday) encountered the opposite problem.
I have the Samsung S5 and have been using FoxFi successfully for a long time now on Win10.
Yesterday I could not get the phone to connect thru FoxFi to use as a mobile hotspot. It
will get to a point of trying to “activate” and finally indicates that I need to contact Verizon
(and pay their fee, of course).
I’ve tried re-booting the phone several times and also re-named the network, but to no
The PDANet works fine on the computer end when I use a USB cable to tether.
I haven’t noticed any software updates from Verizon recently which might be attempting
to prevent me from using the FoxFi app as in the past.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Steve and Karen
FTers since 10/31/12
Domiciled in Box Elder, SD
July 13, 2010
Yes, Fred – it is because of the plan you have. A family ‘share-everything’ plan includes the ability to “hotspot” your phone.
We have a grandfathered unlimited data plan – when on the road, we use 25-30 GB each – there is no way to use Verizon directly to hotspot our phone without changing our plan. So, we use FoxFi (aka PDANet) which, until last Friday, had a way around the Verizon limitation.
Luckily, we are settled in a Condo for the next couple of months, with Fiber Internet. I sure hope FoxFi releases an update with another workaround or we’ll be in bad shape when we get back on the road. We should still be able to cable the phone to one computer and get Internet that way, but we usually use the hotspot feature, then let our WiFi Ranger router provide Internet for all our devices – tablets, printers, Echo, etc. RV living won’t be the same.
There is another app like FoxFi called Easy Tether. We need to check that out. To anyone reading this – if you use Easy Tether please let us know your experience.
I did find an App that is supposed to hotspot your Android phone, but you need to root it. We hesitate to do that, but we may have no choice. The app is WiFi Tether Router.
A quick look at Easy Tether in the Play store:
Free version is incompatible with my Samsung phone
$9.99 Pro version claims to work. We will try it out soon. If anyone else tries it, please let us know your experience.
February 2, 2013