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Beware foxfi on jb4.3

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Joe Eris, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Android Enthusiast
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    If there's already a thread about this, I apologize in advance. So, Ok, check this out, I updated to Jellybean 4.3 last night when I got an email from a friend telling me to check for updates. Everything's cool, I'm enjoying all the new features until I needed to use FoxFi. I went to activate it and I got a pop up message telling me I needed to accept a certificate and set up a lockscreen password. So stupid me, in a hurry to get my laptop back online I just did what it asked without even taking a second to read what I doing or agreeing to. About an hour later, I turn on the screen and it looks like this (screenshot below) I was locked out. I tried every password I have, nothing worked. I freaked out. I called verizon. They had no idea and told me to do a FDR. I spoke to Samsung they too had no idea and told me to do a FDR. Not even thinking that this could have anything to do with FoxFi. I then went to the "authorized dealer" fake Verizon store, they couldn't help me. I went to the real Verizon store, they couldn't help. I went to the "Samsung Experience" kiosk in Best Buy. The tech plugs my phone into his laptop, boots my phone into Odin mode and attempts to downgrade my firmware. In the process he bricks my phone its now stuck on an error message within Odin mode. 3 hours later the tech is still failing to make any progress. I tell him to get the best buy manager. I then tell them both that the tech bricked my phone and they're going to either make it the way it was when I brought it in, or replace it before I leave. I told the tech, screw it, do the FDR. Wipe it. So he plugs it in, does something, then tries to reboot again. This time it boots up. By this time I had figured out that it had to be the FoxFi so when the lockscreen came up and asked for the password l used the one I I had created for the FoxFi thing. It unlocked but I had to enter the password every time turned on the screen. So, long story short by accepting that certificate from FoxFi, it made FoxFi the administrator of my phone. So I had to go into security settings and remove FoxFi as administrator to regain control of my lockscreen and my sanity. [​IMG]

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  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Yeah that seems to be foxfi's work around to the carriers blocking it.
    That so-called tech should really have known that you cant downgrade from 4.3 touchwiz lol. Anyone heavily into android and samsung phones knows that!
    Glad you got there in the end though :beer:
  3. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks man, yeah my phone came SO close to death. Thank God he accidentally recovered it because neither the tech nor the best buy manager had any intention of reimbursing me if the phone had stayed bricked. They both made that very clear.
  4. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Thats terrible man! Are they actually employed or endorsed by samsung?
  5. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Android Enthusiast
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    Yeah! He's a tech / representative of Samsung. I know, unbelievable huh.
  6. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Just shows you man. I trust the android community far more than id trust an employee :)
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  7. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Android Enthusiast
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    Exactly! Me too. People here are far more knowledgeable and trustworthy than any Verizon / Samsung employee.
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  8. cybertec69

    cybertec69 Well-Known Member

    So what's the problem here, I applaud foxfi and their team for a fantastic workaround to Verizons' lock-down of tethering for us that still can with unlimited data. And foxfi works fantastic for me, no issues, once I stop using it, I just go to my security settings, clear the certificate, then go to my lock-screen settings and clear the pin or patters, whichever was set at the time, not hard to do.
  9. TheQuicken

    TheQuicken Member

    The thing that makes me laugh most about those employees is the fact that they don't get paid more to be fan-boys or good employees. Why do that in the first place if you don't get more money carrying the banner...:D
  10. MrSimmonsSr

    MrSimmonsSr Newbie

    How do you guys get the option to load a cert in FoxFi? I'm on an AT&T Galaxy S3 and lost my ability to tether when I took the Android 4.3 upgrade. Any idea how I could get it working again by trying this certificate thing out? I wouldn't mind the hassle of the cert if I could get tethering back somehow.. Can't root because my company uses Mobile Iron and don't want to lose my ability to get work email, etc..

    Any suggestions welcome and appreciated! Thanks!

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  11. cybertec69

    cybertec69 Well-Known Member

    The cert box pops up automatically once you engage foxfi, also make sure you have a password set up before initiating foxfi, it is wise to do so, so no one else can access your wifi network.
  12. MrSimmonsSr

    MrSimmonsSr Newbie

    The bad news is that my FoxFi on AT&T never pops up a dialog related to certs. The good news is I don't care anymore!

    For anyone wanting to get free wifi tethering back on their S3 after the 4.3 update, I can confirm that is mod works. Better yet, I can confirm that you can root, apply this mod, unroot, and still use Mobile Iron for work email, etc..


    Thoughts some might find this info handy.. You can see my trials and tribulations getting this setup in that thread, but now I have full, native hotspot support with no need for FoxFi!

    Hope this is helpful!


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