Root USB Tether on Froyo?

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  1. jackmccarron

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    Until recently I had been using PDAnet to USB tether my DX to my XP laptop with android 2.1 (works great).

    Now that I have 2.2 (froyo) installed, I expected that I wouldn't have to continue using PDAnet (never bought the full version) - since 2.2 was supposed to offer WiFi AND USB tethering.

    I found the "3G Mobile Hotspot" app on the 2.2 applications screen, but CAN'T FIND ANY NEW USB TETHER option. Meanwhile I'm still using PDAnet (free version) with 2.2 (still works great).

    But I don't want to buy the full version of PDAnet (to get shttp) if there really is a new USB Tether capability built into 2.2.

    Can anyone tell me where to find the froyo USB tether option (if it exists) and how to turn it on? Does it require any new software on my pc to use it?

    Also, does Verizon have a "switch" on the froyo USB tether so we can't use it without first agreeing to pay the $30/month "tethering" charge? If that's the case I'd rather just pay the one-time $30 for the full version of PDAnet.
     

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  2. SFWB

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    Use of the 3G Mobile Hotspot app costs $20/month and is for wifi tethering.

    You can Bluetooth tether under 2.1 or 2.2 easily.

    Or, you can root your phone and then download/install Wifi tether for free.

    If you want USB tethering, buy PDANet.
     
  3. edski1133

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    Is there a way to get a free wifi tether without having to root the phone? ive heard of back doors to getting free wifi??? can this be true or?
     
  4. edski1133

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    Is there a way to get a free wifi tether without having to root the phone? ive heard of back doors to getting free wifi??? can this be true or?
     
  5. SFWB

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    In one word, no.
     
  6. Gotta Be Mac

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    Anybody ever run into any data charges or problems with the bill after consistently using Wifi Tether with root access?

    Edit: I have "Unlimited" data, whatever verizon defines that as now a days.
     
  7. SFWB

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    I only tether occasionally, can't answer that beyond saying don't go nuts and bring attention to yourself...

    There are other threads where this has been discussed which can be of further help.
     
  8. For one thing, I just bought the full version of PDAnet and it was only $15.95... that's not much for being able to tether your computer for free. I don't have any internet prescriptions at all now, all I do is tether my computer(s) over my DX absolutely free (after the $15.95 charge that is).

    But I too was wondering about the hotspot option, is there anyway to use that feature without paying Verizon $20 bucks a month to do so? Does the root app that was mentioned create the hotspot that can run up to 5 other devices, or just tether one computer via wifi?
     

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