Just a little more insight on this. I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy s4 from Verizon. In the past I've tethered my Droid 2 with great success with PdaNet. Installing the latest 4.1 version of PdaNet, it will not recognize the USB drivers for tethering...downloaded the Samsung drivers from junefabric site. I was able to active the WiFi Hotspot on PdaNet+/FoxFi, but the thing I'm wondering about is the following:
Am I limited to my 2Gb data plan? Will I get overage charges if I exceed my 2Gb limit?
While I do not seem to need to activate the Verizon Hotspot for the $20/mo, my phone does show my data usage. My old plan was the Unlimited, so I was not worried, but I also thought that Verizon wasn't even away of usage in tether mode.
I a bit confused here, do you still have your unlimited plan with Verizon? Sounds to me you gave that up. Why?
When you upgrade your phone to S4, you need to make sure you still have your grandfathered in unlimited plan (as you stated that was your old plan). If you do than you have nothing to worry about the overage charges.
If you did not keep your old plan than yes it will exceed your overage limit and you will get charge for it.
Verizon do not offer anymore unlimited but if that is your old plan than you should try to keep it. Why limit yourself with such a great phone.
My insight is PdaNet is pretty useless without unlimited data, it will go over 2gb easily in just couple of days (if you are a heavy user).
Hope this help.
Another thing to add is yes the data usage always shows up on phone which is good to know.
I only use PdaNet when I'm in the boonies and need to VPN into the office, so I'll just have to watch it.
Then I was lucky to have kept my unlimited that I have grandfathered in with my old phones. My Verizon guy did it for me when I upgraded my phone from Galaxy Nexus to S4 because I got four lines to play with. I only pay $249 plus $50 rebate and kept my unlimited plan. My husband was not so lucky, he has to pay full retail price for his upgrade to keep his unlimited because his is a standalone line separate from mine. Which is still a better deal in a long run, beat paying xtra $20/month so he can use his pdanet. Thats how we been doing every two years for our upgrade.
Any word if Foxfi/PdaNet will be supported on the S4 on Sprint?
The answer is yes, you can use your mother's line to upgrade to a new phone. After that just switch her new phone to your number and she can have her old phone back. That's how I got my S4 upgrade. I use my fathers line for upgrade. I have unlimited data and under a family plan with four lines to play with.