General FoxFi No Longer Free

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Fulltime Traveler, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Fulltime Traveler

    Fulltime Traveler Well-Known Member
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    The version of FoxFi that was released on November 16 is hobbled. According to the release notes, "The free version now has a usage limit (from a few minutes to 30 minutes) for each activation. But you can restart it to continue using free mode, or purchase the full version key to unlock."

    The unlock key is $6.97.

    Still an excellent app.
     

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  2. x026092

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    I guess back to the VZW hotspot app.
     
  3. TexasBadger

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    I thought about the pros and cons for about 10 minutes, and then spent 7 bucks. FoxFi remains my solution, at least until JB.
     
  4. Satires

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    Nowhere land..
    Just google around for old foxfi versions. They'll work fine till the dev works out the bugs.
     
  5. skilaufen

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    I updated and bought the upgrade mainly in support of the dev. He has provided a great app for free for quite a while and 7 bucks is nothing compared to what PDANet and EasyTether use to cost. I have used FoxFi plenty and feel the dev is entitled to be compensated for his work should he choose to charge for it. :)

    Just my .02 cents.
     
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  6. manderle

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    Exactly. I tried Foxfi, found it to work flawlessly for several months and now that the pay version is out I didn't hesitate. I'll pay for quality apps so the devs continue to work on them.
     
  7. stridermt2k

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    Looks like I'm a little behind the discovery curve, but I just discovered that FoxFi is now a paid app.
    I've been using the free version for over a year now under GB under my grandfathered unlimited plan, so I just upgraded to the paid version to support the developers now under ICS and keep the party rolling for as long as I can.

    It's been a while since I used it, but I'm using it now with my Bionic and my tablet and there don't appear to be any problems so far.
     
  8. Telstar_2112

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    Is this paid version working for you guys? I don't mind spending the $7 but from the comments it looks like there were other issues with it not working properly.
     
  9. AurJohn

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    are you all still grandfathered unlimited data? I had to switch to the new share everything plan when my wife upgraded her phone last month. The built in Verizon hot spot app now works perfectly, for no extra fees. Just have to make sure i use WiFi whenever I am at home or work, no biggie
     
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  10. Rxpert83

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    As long as you aren't on an unlimited plan, hotspot is included
     
  11. Fulltime Traveler

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    A friend of mine pointed out to me today that the old free version of Foxfi, the one with no usage caps, no longer works. Sure enough, when I try to start the hotspot I get a message, "This free version of FoxFi is no longer supported. Please upgrade to 1.95 or above to continue using Foxfi."

    It will not create a hotspot.

    Oh, well. It was good while it lasted. The next time I need to use it I'll buy the $6.97 unlock key. It's worth it.
     
  12. evile84

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    I am still on the grandfather unlimited plan so when I upgraded to ICS and wifi teather stopped working I tried foxfi and found it worked better so when it went to a pay version $7 was nothing to keep using my teather
     
  13. Satires

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    I'm all for supporting developers, but I will not pay this dev for how he/she went about it. I mostly used it for testing purposes.

    It creeps me out how app developers can disable an app remotely like that...
     
  14. thenomad

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    I am with you on that thought. If they introduced a new set of features or anything compelling to upgrade, I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger and upgrade but letting the app to the wild for testing under the guise of absolutely and fully free guise to comeback in few months and start charging for the same app with no changes, don't bide well with me too. We basically did beta testing for this dev and now we have to pony up to use the same thing. If this was disclosed in the initial app download time (not in the 10,000 line long fine print, but clearly on the first few lines), I would have thought twice before installing the app. Very sneaky...
     
  15. stridermt2k

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    I never had a problem with the application when it was free, so if I was testing for 'em I'm pretty sure I still got more out of the application than it ever got out of me.
     
  16. trout

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    Wth evey time i start using it a couple of minutes into using it i lose all signal phone and data????i have the paid version did Verizon put a stop to it?:mad:
     
  17. biggoog

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    if you have an hot spot app on your phone it will let you that. Just activate the app that came with the phone and leave FoxFi off. works for me and my daughter. We are using versions older than 1.95
     
  18. dave1812

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    You can't be serious. what a money waster!
     
  19. marine one

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    I also received the rude awakening this past Friday when trying to use Foxfi to tether my tablet.
    If you are rooted, you can easily get the built in Verizon hotspot to work for free:

    Step 1. You will need a rooted Droid Bionic.
    Step 2. You will need to buy SQLite Editor app on the Market, it’s $2.99.
    Step 3. Select “Settings Storage” with “com.motorola.android.providers.settings”, there’s TWO of them select the one with the tools icon (not the gears).
    Step 4. Select “settings.db”
    Step 5. Select “settings”
    Step 6. Hit menu button then “Set_filter”.
    Step 7. Type “check” and OK.
    Step 8. Set value of “entitlement_check” to “0″. Originally set to "1"
    Step 9. Reboot your Droid Bionic.
    Step 10. Run Mobile Hotspot app.
     
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  20. doogald

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    If you have a share everything plan, FoxFi would be the money waster; the phone's hotspot app is free to use with no extra fee.
     
  21. Fulltime Traveler

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    It is free only if you have a fixed-amount data plan. If you have an unlimited data plan, it costs $20/month for the same service that FoxFi provides for a one time $6.97 license fee.
     
  22. doogald

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    Exactly. That's what I meant by shared data plan; that is what Verizon now calls the fixed-amount data plan.

    [edit - sorry; they call it "share everything plan"].
     
  23. Fulltime Traveler

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    No, the Share Everything plan is not the same as the fixed-amount plan. The Share Everything plan was introduced only this summer, and most customers are still on either the unlimited data plans or the fixed plans. The fixed plans did not share data allotments between devices.

    Back on topic, the Verizon Mobile Hotspot you recommended is free only to those who have only either the Share Everything plan or the old fixed amount plan, not to those of us on unlimited data plans.
     
  24. doogald

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    What I typed remains correct - if you have the share everything plan, the native hotspot feature does not add any cost, and it is more cost-effective than FoxFi. (My post was in reply to another that said that the native hotspot feature was a money-waster. My reply was meant to point out that this is not always the case.)
     
  25. bcltoys

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    Foxfi works on 3g but not on 4g,and I have the paid version this just started acting up today,did Verizon slip something to block on 4g.
     

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