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FoxFi for Unrooted Phones & Big Red


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  1. knitpurlgurl

    knitpurlgurl Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Have any of you been using FoxFi for unrooted phones regularly on 4G/LTE? Have you been warned or fined by Big Red?
     

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  2. TexasBadger

    TexasBadger Well-Known Member

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    Yes, and No.
     
  3. knitpurlgurl

    knitpurlgurl Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Do you have the proxy server enabled? I had it enabled; manually set it in Firefox and it worked. Then 20 minutes later when I went to use it, it didn't work. Double checked settings and everything was fine. Not sure what happened.
     
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    knitpurlgurl Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    They can't block tethering apps, but that doesn't mean they can't charge us for using them, from what I understand. (I could be wrong. But I read an article that said they are allowed to charge us for mobile hotspot, just cannot keep us from downloading and using the tethering apps.)
     
  6. wildkitten

    wildkitten Well-Known Member

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    The way the article reads, they were blocking tethering apps and charging the $20 for their own service, not for actually using the device as a hotspot.

    From what I understand, they can't block anymore tethering apps because they operate on the C block of spectrum and they can't charge extra just for using the device as a hotspot.

    Now I have heard some talk that unlimited data plan users may be considered different, but since there soon won't be unlimited plans anymore for anyone, sort of a moot point.
     
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    knitpurlgurl Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ya, I'm one of those unlimited users who may outright buy my next phone to stay that way. We'll see..
     
  8. Groid

    Groid Well-Known Member

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    I used Foxfi for the first time yesterday at a softball game for someone with a Blackberry Playbook who needed to get on the internet. I started Foxfi (first time), checked the box to start the hotspot, and about a minute later she was tethered and on the internet. I didn't have to do anything else. Tethered her again later with no problems.
     
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    Lars Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!!
     
  10. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it is. I especially love the part where Verizon had to pay the Treasury 1.25 mil. To stop the FCC's investigation. Ha, Ha, Ha, take that Big Red! How do you like being punked & bullied of YOUR money! You greedy corporate, double dippers)[​IMG]
     
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    You do realize (then again maybe you don't) corporations don't pay fines, the customers of the corporations pay the fines. Think about it, where do corporations get the money to pay fines? You think they find it in the street?

    Bottom line, if you're a Verizon customer, some of YOUR money helped pay the fine! :smokingsomb:
     
  12. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Well-Known Member

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    True, but at least Someone stood up to these greedy gougers, Spoke up for US & stopped Verizon from double dipping! That's what's most important here.
     
  13. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Well-Known Member

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    Discovered FoxFi by accident this weekend. We had rented a cabin and the password for their wifi didn't work and the 3G signal for others(Sprint and ATT&T) wasn't strong enough, so I quietly downloaded FoxFi and the others were totally astonished they could use their phones(i-Fauxn) and laptops off my 2 year old Droid X. I just smiled...
    3 people used it at the same time and said it was as fast as being at home. My signal went from 2 bars to 4 while it was in use.....strange.
    I don't see it as greed. Just what the market will bear and people not knowing they have a choice otherwise.
    If you got paid a lot for working, would you call it greed on your part? No, it's just what you are worth and what the market will bear.
     
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    i don't understand this, regardless of what "plan" i have, i'm still using the same data pipeline as the shared users.

    the FCC implemented the rule on the use of that data pipe, not how we are getting access to the data pipe.

    Block C spectrum is Block C spectrum, regardless of what plan you have.
     
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    This is not necessarily true. Businesses don't only make money from customers, they make money from investments as well. In addition, when they pay a fine, they don't necessarily increase prices for anything as a result of paying that fine. The laws of supply and demand and the equilibrium price point still apply. If a business pays a fine, and then they raise prices for their customers, that doesn't mean that customers are suddenly willing to pay more for the same product or service. And it certainly isn't the case that customers receive a bill in the mail for the fine. In all likelihood, the fine is on the books as a loss of revenue, especially because $1.2 million is a tiny drop in a very large bucket for even one quarter.
     
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    I've been using it regularly when needed (few times a week) with no issues.
     
  17. edshropshire

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    The fine was only for blocking tethering on their tiered data plans, not unlimited. Because Verizon was already charging for tethering on their unlimited plan when the deal was put in place they can continue to limit tethering on unlimited users. Users with tiered plans do not have to pay extra for tethering.
     
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    They cannot limit tethering on unlimited users, especially if your on LTE, but they can charge you a "tethering fee" should they somehow catch you.
     

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