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    How do I tether with Windows 8?

    Just got my wife a laptop for Christmas. It has Windows 8. Tried to Bluetooth tether and it won't connect. I can send files from phone to computer, just can't use data. Also, I tried to tether with usb. Phone would charge but the computer would not recognize the phone. I am trying to use phone's software to connect. I am on ICS. I know there are apps to tether, but it appears they have trouble with ICS as well. I am on Verizon if that makes a difference. Tried in both 3G and 4G areas. One last note, I can connect with usb and Bluetooth on Windows 7 laptop. Thanks for any help. I have searched forums but mostly found info from before Windows 8 was officially released so there was really no help.
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    Does the Win8 machine connect to or see the wireless connection?
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    I try to connect to "access point" in the Bluetooth connection. The phone connects but the computer shows no internet access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjanicke View Post
    Just got my wife a laptop for Christmas. It has Windows 8. Tried to Bluetooth tether and it won't connect. I can send files from phone to computer, just can't use data. Also, I tried to tether with usb. Phone would charge but the computer would not recognize the phone. I am trying to use phone's software to connect. I am on ICS. I know there are apps to tether, but it appears they have trouble with ICS as well....
    I haven't heard of tethering apps that don't work with ICS; some don't work with Jelly Bean, though.

    FoxFi, PdaNet, and EasyTether all work with ICS and Windows 8. Since FoxFi runs strictly on your phone, the Windows version on your laptop is irrelevant for that app.
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    Is there no way to use the built in tethering on the phone? Is it a driver issue? I only know enough about this stuff to be dangerous. I appreciate any help. I didn't want to load an app on the phone that I didn't really need.
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    you have couple of options..


    A) get shared data plan thru verizon and wifi tether is free
    B) root the phone and do the SQL entitlement check hack
    C) root the phone and use wifi tether free in app store (best option)
    D) pay for FOXFI in appstore

    as for the bluetooth tether option A or B has to be done

    motorola drivers are not neccessary for any of the options above .. unless you do usb wifi

    i personally use option B with no back lash from verizon for the last 2 years..im, 8 on ICS .246 used it on windows 7 ,8 and MAC
    Last edited by bbucks36; 01-09-2013 at 09:57 PM.
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    "If it was easy, then you would beable to do it" Duh
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbucks36 View Post
    you have couple of options..


    A) get shared data plan thru verizon and wifi tether is free
    B) root the phone and do the SQL entitlement check hack
    C) root the phone and use wifi tether free in app store (best option)
    D) pay for FOXFI in appstore

    as for the bluetooth tether option A or B has to be done

    motorola drivers are not neccessary for any of the options above .. unless you do usb wifi

    i personally use option B with no back lash from verizon for the last 2 years..im, 8 on ICS .246 used it on windows 7 ,8 and MAC
    why Do i get the verizon hotspot message if the entitlement is at 0 and I'm using wifi tether to tether my laptop to my phone then?
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    I have a Bionic with ICS and a new Win 8 laptop. Foxfi is worth 10 times it's $7 price
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    Or you can USB tether for free with a simple Motorola driver download and not break any terms at all and experience none of the problems any of the Wifi apps have such as dropping signal or sloooow connection time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obaja View Post
    why Do i get the verizon hotspot message if the entitlement is at 0 and I'm using wifi tether to tether my laptop to my phone then?
    reboot? and wifi tether app you dont need the entitlement to be set to 0 just be rooted
    Last edited by bbucks36; 01-10-2013 at 09:53 PM.
    "If it was easy, then you would beable to do it" Duh
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