I thought you had to pay for hotspot/tethering

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    Did something happen where we can USB tether without paying extra?

    Cause I'm running 901 f/w on my bionic and I just USB tethered my phone using the tethering & mobile hotspot section in settings. I thought if you tried to tether you'd be redirected to a page telling you to purchase a plan add on.

    I'm not running a custom ROM, did not use any free tethering apps, make any modifications to files, and don't have any hotspot/tethering pack active.
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    You can bypass with SQLite with root access and tether without paying.
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    I didn't bypass anything though, and I can still do it.
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    USB tethering seems to be free, it has worked since 886. No root, no SQLight workaround (?), just works. It also charges the phone while tethered, unlike wireless hotspot.

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    Wow, is this Bionic (or 4G) only?
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    I was looking to buy a lapdock to use down at my lake site because the is no internet connections down there. A couple of weeks ago I heard about tethering with no additional charge from verizon, so I am using my laptop and didn't have to buy more equipment that I would not use a lot. I have been tethering for a couple of weeks, no charge:p
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    I just tried a DX and it directed me to a vzw page.

    Is this a 4G phone feature or a Bionic feature? I wonder why it hasn't received any press...
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    I'm not sure if the tethering for no charge is 4g or bionic. On my bionic I went into settings, then wireless and network settings, then went to tethering & mobile hotspots, then turned on USB tethering. I plugged it into my laptop via usb cord, and I'm on the internet. I do not know a lot about computers, but I tried this a few weeks ago and I'm actually using it right now.
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    possibly a short term perk because of all the complaints and issues (complaints and issues as reported from the internets so it must be true lol)
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    hmmm, it works for me too. No VZW Splash page.
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    I don't think it's a Bionic feature, i've got an LG Optimus V running a GB ROM and it has the exact same tethering menu. I think it's a Gingerbread feature. Why it works on the Bionic (and has since launch) without redirecting to a splash page is probably related to the fact that there are no wired tethering plans for 4G devices. I'm just surprised VZW doesn't block it somehow.
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    Yeah, it's a GB feature. What I meant was is free tether "authorized" tethering on vzw a Bionic/4G device feature?

    I'm pretty sure vzw knows about it since there is no hacking you have to do to do it. It just does it.
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