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So i had used Easytether since i had updated to stock 2.2, and it worked just fine.

i went to use it today, and not only did it not work, but the official tethering now redirects to inform me to pay for an extra service....

i could see this if i was "able" to make a wifi hotspot, but i feel as though my phone was just robbed of one of the features i loved about it.
 
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well not to start a riot, i must mention that easytether might be just acting buggy. i just downloading pdanet and it works fine, restriction free from the man.

i've already paid for the damn 3G, the phone, and the computer! on what device i view my data should be my choice!

- that was for the inevitable riot.
 

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So i had used Easytether since i had updated to stock 2.2, and it worked just fine.

i went to use it today, and not only did it not work, but the official tethering now redirects to inform me to pay for an extra service....

i could see this if i was "able" to make a wifi hotspot, but i feel as though my phone was just robbed of one of the features i loved about it.

Wireless Tether for Root users still works without a redirect to a pay for service site. I am posting this from a laptop wirelessly tethered to my droid. Let's see if it shows up.

Nate
 

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So i had used Easytether since i had updated to stock 2.2, and it worked just fine.

i went to use it today, and not only did it not work, but the official tethering now redirects to inform me to pay for an extra service....

i could see this if i was "able" to make a wifi hotspot, but i feel as though my phone was just robbed of one of the features i loved about it.

I assume that you're not rooted (hence using EasyTether instead of wired tether for root users).

Your post sounds ominous (like someone did something to break it) but no details about the nature of the EasyTether failure. Are you getting an error? Does it look like its working but it actually isn't? Has anything changed on your phone since it worked last? Are you using it with a computer you've used it with successfully before?

Regarding the "official tethering" -- I was playing the other night after installing the latest ChevyNo1 kernel and found that my "official USB tethering" went to the VZW DUN signup page. At first I was willing to swear that it didn't do that before the kernel upgrade. But now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that every time I used the official USB tethering before then was with WiFi enabled and connected on the handset, so it was really using my local WiFi for network -- not 3G.

Anyway, I put on "wired tether for root users" and "wireless tether for root users", tested both successfully, and put the issue behind me.

I'm on the FRG22 leak. Anybody running FRG22 and able to use the official USB tether over 3G without going to the VZW DUN signup page? Maybe it worked originally and VZW changed something to detect its traffic and redirect?
 

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well not to start a riot, i must mention that easytether might be just acting buggy. i just downloading pdanet and it works fine, restriction free from the man.

i've already paid for the damn 3G, the phone, and the computer! on what device i view my data should be my choice!

- that was for the inevitable riot.


Five responses: 1) You should have read your contract before you signed it; 2) When you have your cell phone provider service, you can charge your customer's any way you like. 3) Move to one of the providers that provides free tethering. 4) You know it is not a matter of which device you use to view the data. It's the quantity of data that will be used. 5) It is their service and they are free to charge for it's use in any manner they decide.

All that said, I'm not looking forward to the fee increase, but I do not feel entitled to free tethering either. (Let the flaming begin!!):icon_ banana:
 

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well not to start a riot, i must mention that easytether might be just acting buggy. i just downloading pdanet and it works fine, restriction free from the man.

i've already paid for the damn 3G, the phone, and the computer! on what device i view my data should be my choice!

- that was for the inevitable riot.


Five responses: 1) You should have read your contract before you signed it; 2) When you have your cell phone provider service, you can charge your customer's any way you like. 3) Move to one of the providers that provides free tethering. 4) You know it is not a matter of which device you use to view the data. It's the quantity of data that will be used. 5) It is their service and they are free to charge for it's use in any manner they decide.

All that said, I'm not looking forward to the fee increase, but I do not feel entitled to free tethering either. (Let the flaming begin!!):icon_ banana:

Correct, like it or not, you are only entitled to what you signed for in the contract. If a person does not like the TOS then they should not sign it.
 

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My understanding is that you cannot simply root and get Wifi tethering, you must install a custom ROM that has this ability. Is this correct?
 

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I think all the current roms include it now. But all you need is to be rooted, install a kernel that facilitates it and then in the app Wifi for Rooted Users.

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So i had used Easytether since i had updated to stock 2.2, and it worked just fine.

i went to use it today, and not only did it not work, but the official tethering now redirects to inform me to pay for an extra service....

i could see this if i was "able" to make a wifi hotspot, but i feel as though my phone was just robbed of one of the features i loved about it.

I assume that you're not rooted (hence using EasyTether instead of wired tether for root users).

Your post sounds ominous (like someone did something to break it) but no details about the nature of the EasyTether failure. Are you getting an error? Does it look like its working but it actually isn't? Has anything changed on your phone since it worked last? Are you using it with a computer you've used it with successfully before?

Regarding the "official tethering" -- I was playing the other night after installing the latest ChevyNo1 kernel and found that my "official USB tethering" went to the VZW DUN signup page. At first I was willing to swear that it didn't do that before the kernel upgrade. But now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that every time I used the official USB tethering before then was with WiFi enabled and connected on the handset, so it was really using my local WiFi for network -- not 3G.

Anyway, I put on "wired tether for root users" and "wireless tether for root users", tested both successfully, and put the issue behind me.

I'm on the FRG22 leak. Anybody running FRG22 and able to use the official USB tether over 3G without going to the VZW DUN signup page? Maybe it worked originally and VZW changed something to detect its traffic and redirect?


i was using it with a computer i used it with just yesterday, the phone did not display under devices on the PC side which made me suspicious about the USB debugging being on... opened it up checked it and the phone froze twice after i went back to the easytether app. after rebooting it still was a no show and my network had no service for several minutes.. when i was connected again i just went ahead and tried pdanet.
 
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well not to start a riot, i must mention that easytether might be just acting buggy. i just downloading pdanet and it works fine, restriction free from the man.

i've already paid for the damn 3G, the phone, and the computer! on what device i view my data should be my choice!

- that was for the inevitable riot.


Five responses: 1) You should have read your contract before you signed it; 2) When you have your cell phone provider service, you can charge your customer's any way you like. 3) Move to one of the providers that provides free tethering. 4) You know it is not a matter of which device you use to view the data. It's the quantity of data that will be used. 5) It is their service and they are free to charge for it's use in any manner they decide.

All that said, I'm not looking forward to the fee increase, but I do not feel entitled to free tethering either. (Let the flaming begin!!):icon_ banana:

1) i bought this phone based on "features" it would be no different if they started charging me to play music on it. although as everyone is well aware of most of us were duped by the advertised "features" that lured us in under false pretenses seeing as though we have been denied plenty. and concerning the actual contract, it is the same one for every phone they have on their service, so covering with broad generalizations and enough legal jargon to choke a judge with isn't exactly going to address any specific application of said device such as this.

2) any they can root on do as they will on your service if you are a poor provider, conveniently made legal recently.

3) the only good point you gave. although not enough from one issue, a compounding effect of poor business decisions is exactly why you lose customers and new companies emerge.

4) and it is indeed a matter of what device and not quantity; my PC is not going to push my 3G data connection any faster than my phone would.

5) i'll just use this one to correct you and point out you should have said "four responses" because your fifth point is the exact same one you made in your second.

that said, i absolutely feel entitled to what my phone is capable of and not some gimped version of software to push new hardware (i.e. droid x, droid 2). and as i stated, i would be more than willing to pay for the tethering if we had been given wifi. which we are "able" to use.
 

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everything is working fine with mine....

I use easytether, on a non-rooted phone...


iTether, iStream, idownload music, iVideogame, iDon'tcare if that affects your 3g. I canceled my home internet in order to save $50 a month on cable modem

115 for cable/inet
115 for droid
--------
230 a month

now

75 for cable
75 for cellphone (that tethers for free)
______
150 a month for the same thing


net savings 960/year.... I win, and give a rats ass about T.O.S

I win
 

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everything is working fine with mine....

I use easytether, on a non-rooted phone...


iTether, iStream, idownload music, iVideogame, iDon'tcare if that affects your 3g. I canceled my home internet in order to save $50 a month on cable modem

115 for cable/inet
115 for droid
--------
230 a month

now

75 for cable
75 for cellphone (that tethers for free)
______
150 a month for the same thing


net savings 960/year.... I win, and give a rats ass about T.O.S

I win

Question, how are you using easytether on a nonrooted phone? Didn't think this was possible.
 

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PDANet is working fine for me. I tried to use the tethering button that came with the 2.2 update, and that send me to the VZW page to pay 20.00 a month for tethering but I chose to use PDANet and bypassed that fee.
 

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well not to start a riot, i must mention that easytether might be just acting buggy. i just downloading pdanet and it works fine, restriction free from the man.

i've already paid for the damn 3G, the phone, and the computer! on what device i view my data should be my choice!

- that was for the inevitable riot.


Five responses: 1) You should have read your contract before you signed it; 2) When you have your cell phone provider service, you can charge your customer's any way you like. 3) Move to one of the providers that provides free tethering. 4) You know it is not a matter of which device you use to view the data. It's the quantity of data that will be used. 5) It is their service and they are free to charge for it's use in any manner they decide.

All that said, I'm not looking forward to the fee increase, but I do not feel entitled to free tethering either. (Let the flaming begin!!):icon_ banana:

1) i bought this phone based on "features" it would be no different if they started charging me to play music on it. although as everyone is well aware of most of us were duped by the advertised "features" that lured us in under false pretenses seeing as though we have been denied plenty. and concerning the actual contract, it is the same one for every phone they have on their service, so covering with broad generalizations and enough legal jargon to choke a judge with isn't exactly going to address any specific application of said device such as this.

2) any they can root on do as they will on your service if you are a poor provider, conveniently made legal recently.

3) the only good point you gave. although not enough from one issue, a compounding effect of poor business decisions is exactly why you lose customers and new companies emerge.

4) and it is indeed a matter of what device and not quantity; my PC is not going to push my 3G data connection any faster than my phone would.

5) i'll just use this one to correct you and point out you should have said "four responses" because your fifth point is the exact same one you made in your second.

that said, i absolutely feel entitled to what my phone is capable of and not some gimped version of software to push new hardware (i.e. droid x, droid 2). and as i stated, i would be more than willing to pay for the tethering if we had been given wifi. which we are "able" to use.

From the Verizon TOS: "Customers who do not have dedicated Mobile Broadband devices cannot tether other devices to laptops or personal computers for use as wireless modems unless they subscribe to Mobile Broadband Connect." You might think that this is complicated legal jargon, but I find it quite easy to understand.

Nowhere does it say that you are not permitted to play music on it. It does say, however, that you are not allowed to tether. Perhaps you should learn to read the TOS before you sign the contract. While I do agree that a certain amount of tethering should be allowed, you were told up front that it is not permitted. All you had to do was read.
 
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