I was reading an article saying that vzw got fined for blocking hot spot apps. Can we expect the hot spot be enabled for third part apps without paying extra? article: While the offer may sound generous, Verizon isn't likely making the service available out of choice. So-called open access rules established as part of Verizon's purchase of the 700 MHz spectrum, which it's using to build its 4G LTE network, prohibit the carrier from restricting the usability of apps on the spectrum. The Federal Communications Commission has found Verizon in violation of the rules at least once, fining the carrier $1.25 million in July for blocking apps that allow people to use their 4G LTE smartphones as Wi-Fi hotspots. SO, I have unlimited data. Does this mean I'm screwed? Under the agreement, a Verizon representative said that the company will allow all customers with a tiered data plan, whether they have a 3G smartphone or a 4G smartphone, to subscribe to a third party app that enables free tethering.