This has probably been answered before, but I figured I'd ask. I'm a total noob when it comes to phones (currently on a samsung alias w/ no data plan), but I am a linux sysadmin by trade, so I kinda/sorta know what i'm doing. I am interested in purchasing the epic 4G and using it as a phone (with all of the regular features) and as a wifi hotspot (without paying the $30/mo fee) for my mac running OSX running 10.6. From reading through these threads it appears I *should* be able to do this. It seems like a 2 part process: 1. the 1-click rooting your phone bit and 2. downloading a wireless application. Here are my questions: 1. Can I use macOSX to root the phone, if I use windows under VMware Fusion? I know the theoretical answer...but has someone actually done this? 2. Has anyone succesfully connected to the phone/hotspot using macOSX? 3. Is it possible to use the phone in non hotspot mode, i.e. via a usb cable to a Mac? If not, no biggie, assuming #2 works. 4. Is the idea to avoid doing any kind of auto updates to android after rooting? 5. 4G just came to San Francisco and has some nice DL speeds. The speeds remain intact after rooting and all that? Seems like it would, but gotta ask. GPS still works? 6. Lastly. Any downsides a noob should know about? Thanks for the responses.