Droid X hotspot and tethering

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    Hi -
    New to forum. Hope this is the right place to ask this.
    My older Dell computer, running XP, does not have wifi capability. Is it possible to tehter Droid X to the computer via USB cable and then access the hotspot for internet use or must it be wireless? If it must be wireless, any suggestions as to best way to upgrade Dell computer? Thanks.
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    u can do usb tethering
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    tehtering

    Thanks for the quick answer. Being a non-techie, do I just plug the droid x into the usb connection and go for it or do I need to put software on the computer, etc? Sorry for being dumb.
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    tethering

    Thanks, I really appreciate your patience.
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    You do not need to root the phone for usb tethering. PDA Net in the market is what you want to search for. The first 30 days is free and then you pay if you want to access https secure sites thereafter. Otherwise http sites are still free to access.
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    I read somewhere that the mobile hotspot is free now...is that the case? I have the latest updates on my X ... It would be great to use it for my wireless internet if its now FREE
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    free hotspot

    Not free that I know of. Just got new DX and it costs $20/mo for hotspot.
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    I was under the impression that on the new update, it was going to be free....not sure where I read that however. 20 is still pretty cheap.
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    hotspot

    Yes, certainly cheaper then the USB modem I currently use. Had hoped to just plug the DX into the old computer and jump on line without doing anything else.
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    So are are the techies at church or something? Or at least someone that knows way too much about these phones than can give a for real answer? I did the connect too and saw the 20 month service fee. But I know I saw that the new update on the X made it free now...???dancedroid
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    The Mobile Hot Spot for Android is not a free, VZW is charging for this service, and I highly doubt they will ever offer it for free
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    The Mobile HotSpot feature of this device, being able to send out a WiFi signal to 5 other devices, is in fact not free and still costs $20 a month in addition to the other fees charged for having this device.

    To tether the device via USB is free if you use software such as PDANet or Easy Tether.

    If you want to get around the $20 a month Service Charge, then you will need to "root" your device and use software designed for that task...
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    ...THERE WE GO !!...See I knew one of you were out there !! Thanks bodyBagzzzzzzzzz...Good answer...now...
    What is "root" my device mean? I will look that one up...
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    Awesome and thanks Way to slide in at the Finish !!! I appreciate the infoemaesheown!!!
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    20 bucks is for limited amount of data also.

    Which seems strange to me when subscribing to an unlimited plan.....

    Good old Verizon.

    At least that is the way I understand it from talking to customer service.

    gg
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    so...million dollar question...Does ROOTING allow for unlimited usage online?
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    Yes it does. Also@ op, if you want to add wireless capability to your dell you can purchase a usb wifi adapter for around 10$.

    Sent from DROIDX using Tapatalk
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    Until recently I had been using PDAnet to USB tether my DX to my XP laptop with android 2.1 (works great).

    Now that I have 2.2 (froyo) installed, I expected that I wouldn't have to continue using PDAnet (never bought the full version) - since 2.2 was supposed to offer WiFi AND USB tethering.

    I found the "3G Mobile Hotspot" app on the 2.2 applications screen, but CAN'T FIND ANY NEW USB TETHER option. Meanwhile I'm still using PDAnet (free version) with 2.2 (still works great).

    But I don't want to buy the full version of PDAnet (to get shttp) if there really is a new USB Tether capability built into 2.2.

    Can anyone tell me where to find the froyo USB tether option (if it exists) and how to turn it on? Does it require any new software on my pc to use it?

    Also, does Verizon have a "switch" on the froyo USB tether so we can't use it without first agreeing to pay the $30/month "tethering" charge? If that's the case I'd rather just pay the one-time $30 for the full version of PDAnet.
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