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Hi Chris and Jim…..Well, we finally did it….we now have new droid phones……the question now is are we smart enough to learn how to use our smart phones. While at Best Buy getting them….I mentioned PDANet and the salesperson said he had received a notice from AT&T that they are now monitoring and will charge if you tether…..he went on to say he heard Verizon (our carrier) is doing the same. I talked with a Verizon rep and she told me the same thing. I see from an earlier post here that Junefabrics is trying to get around that…..is it successful? Even more interesting to me is that you two now have the Verizon 4G Hotspot and don't use tethering any longer. Care to share why you switched? We are considering the Five Spot…….it's only 3G, but the areas where we will use it the most don't have 4G. It doesn't hurt that the Five Spot is free and the monthly cost is less either.
Congratulations on your Droid … you'll love it! Be sure to go thru the little tutorial that comes with it. On mine it's found at Menu – Settings – About Phone – System Tutorial.
PDANet and tethering works fine. You won't find it on the Marketplace anymore, but you can go direct to Junefabrics.com and download it. The 'Hide Tether' feature is supposedly only necessary if you've received a communication from your provider warning you of excessive use. I don't know anyone who has gotten such a communication or used the 'hide' feature. Anybody else have info??
We do still use the Tethering – it's great. We are using the 4G hotspot for 2 reasons:
1. We're on the road for the summer and depending 100% on tethering is inconvenient. When you're talking on the phone, you can't be on the Internet. And, usually, when you hang up – you have to reconnect. It's not difficult, not time consuming, but it IS an annoyance. We're on the Internet SO much, the annoyance adds up.
2. We're geeks! We want to experience 4G! Right now, in the Nashville area, the 4G is really good. It is a joy to use. The tethered Droid is 3G – and in our current location the 3G is *REALLY* slow. The difference between the 3G Droid and the 4G hotspot is night and day. I don't think it will be this way everywhere – but for this location we would have cut our visit short if we only had the 3G Droid for Internet.
September 20, 2010
I have both PDAnet and EasyTether on my DroidX. I bought Easy Tether from Amazon when I was having a problem updating PDAnet (see my post above). Both work. At least they did. I tried to use PDAnet a few weeks ago and PDAnet gave me a message that my SD card was full and it couldn't work. Apparently it needs some space on the SD card. I was in a hurry (what's new) so I just logged on with Easy Tether.
The only change in my Droid was that I am storing more apps on the SD card because a Verizon rep told me my phone would perform better if I stored as much as I could. He suggested an app that tells you when you can move an app to the SD card and then lets you do it.
Do you know if there is any benifit to storing apps on the SD card? Since it seems to effect using PDAnet perhaps I should remove the apps I have on the SD card.
As always, appreciate your help.
Los Gatos, CA
I'll bet Jim will have more to say on this than me, but he's busy washing the motorhome right now 🙂 so I'm not going to bother him!
I too have had problems with my Droid getting full. I haven't seen it affect PDANet yet, but we haven't been using it much since we have DSL for the winter. I have gone in to the manage Apps settings and removed some apps I don't use as well as moving all Apps possible to the SD card.
If you've done all that and still have problems .. how about a bigger SD card! That's kinda my philosophy of life, why go on a diet when you can just get a larger size? 🙂
September 20, 2010
I am very new to the Droid smart phone as I just received it a couple days ago. I watched your video's on how to tether the phone. Here is what I've found.
I have the Droid Bionic with Version 2.3.4 Android operating system on Verizon.
After unlocking the phone I did the following steps to tether the phone to my laptop running Windows 7.
- Touched the “Menu”
- “Wireless & Networks”
- “Tethering & Mobil Hotspots”
- “USB tethering”
I then connected the USB cable from the phone to the Laptop. Windows automatically connected! It took about 3 minutes and I was online. No need to download any apps any longer.
After disconnecting I did check my data usage on the Droid. Sure enough it was using the data amount I'm allowed for the month (4 GB ). Being in a 4GLTS area I will watch closely how much data I use so not to go over my limit. Too costly if you go over!.
Hopefully Verizon won't put the “brakes” on this perk instead of having to buy their other plans to access the web.
Happy Droid User,
Yes, you can use the built in tethering – or even make it a hotspot – but I'm pretty sure there is an extra charge to use that feature from Verizon. Be sure to check your bill. Although, I thought it warned you about the fee when you turned it on, so, if your's didn't – maybe you have a different contract.
We love our Droids!
I’ve been using my Droid Bionic for over a month now tethered every morning. I thought I would come close to my 4GB limit, but that was not the case. I used just under 3GB.
I watched my bill and Verizon did not catch on to what I was doing and charge me the $30 extra per month. BUT….. I’m a follower type of guy and don’t want to rock the boat with Verizon. SO I took your advice Chris and installed the PDA Net program and FoxFi. It’s great and I feel much more at ease when using my Droid to access the net.
As I do my banking, etc. on the net I paid the price for the program gladly so that I can use the secured settings when on the net (HTTPS).
I can’t thank you enough for all the information you have given us in the past and continue today. I’m a proud member of your followers and will be forever! Hopefully one day I will be able to meet you and thank you and Jim personally. Keep up your great work and be safe.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
We both have Droid Razr – 4G now. And – we’re in a good 4G area right now. Because we have unlimited data – we aren’t careful. It’s only the 3d of the month and we’ve used 8GB combined! OMG … that 4G is like drinking from a firehose!
We do love our Droids!