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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nycbhh, May 25, 2010.

  1. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
    Thread Starter

    I just got off the phone with a Sprint Customer Care Specialist who kept insisting on telling me that I could only use the hotspot option if I had a 4G signal

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  2. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    If you don't have access to a Wimax network I would advise against even buying the Sprint Hotspot service. The only advantage it offers as of now is that it will share a Wimax connection via Wifi. If you want to share EVDO over Wifi then you have plenty of much less expensive options available.
  3. mrk

    mrk Android Enthusiast

    It's not right, no. Not at all.
  4. snapbox

    snapbox Member

    One of the guys from Engadget said this was the case... think I heard it on their most recent podcast.

    But then again I've heard the exact opposite from other sources, so I guess we'll have to wait for an EVO owner to respond...
  5. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    I wouldn't even attempt it on 3G anyway. Don't have that much time left in a day or my life.
  6. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    Incorrect.. I am trying to find the review but they were using 3G only because they were in a non-4g area. I want to say it was CNET because they are in New York

    Update: wasn't Cnet... They drove to Philly to test it. They said briefly that they switched to 3G after testing the 4g hotspot but it isn't clear if they were testing the hotspot on 3G
  7. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
    Thread Starter

    In all honesty, I'm probably going to go with a free option anyway. I just wanted to find out from her specifically how the billing would work if I were to go with the "official" Sprint option (could I easily add and remove the service depending on my needs, etc.) only to be told that I could not get the service because I am in NYC and NYC doesn't officially have 4G and that it would not work over 3G. I then asked her about the scenario of having it when NYC does have 4G officially available and I was in a building that had spotty 4G coverage that I would be able to still use the hotspot even if the EVO might be switching between 4G and 3G and she said absolutely not, that it would only work if the phone was receiving a solid 4G signal.

    But on the subject of "plenty of other options," are there any that I could use to create a wifi hotspot with the phone that doesn't involve rooting?
  8. snapbox

    snapbox Member

    EVDO Rev. A isn't THAT bad... no streaming media but it's good enough to surf around.

    Isn't it funny how we've all become so used to fast connections? I remember 14.4k (sigh).
  9. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
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    My main reason for wanting the hotspot would be to be able to continue using apps on my iphone (via the EVO enabled hotspot) that are not yet available on Android. A 3G powered hotspot would be enough for that.
  10. snapbox

    snapbox Member

    Remember... there are reps that don't have a clue. One of these such reps told a friend of mine today that 4G wouldn't be available in Miami until late 2011, and she referenced a memo that was sent out a few days ago... yet I messaged a PR rep for sprint yesterday and was told "Miami 4G will officially launch sometime this summer/fall".
  11. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    Yeah. I guess I always choose to forget it if I can't go at max speed. I only see myself doing it with my laptop trying to either get a very large file or to stream.

    I'm in the camp of I'll be saving so much after switching from ATT that most things won't matter. I don't like the $29.99 at all, but since I'd really only be using in a situation where I'd be writing it off as a biz expense, it's not a deterrent. If I do need to hotspot though, I'd only do it on 4G. Otherwise I'd go pay for access to a fast network rather than via 3G.

    I wish everything was high speed, and I did everything I could to avoid the web when it was dial-up even up to 56k.:)
  12. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    Here is the review. With an actual picture of the Hotspot software launching and it says 3G/4g. They also tested the hotspot on 3G

    HTC Evo 4G Review - Mobile Hotspot, Messaging, Cam, & Camcorder

    Also if you read about the 4g service not wowing them... They are in New York... sprint doesn't have 4g there so they actual never tested 4g. If you turn 4g on in an area without it it just uses 3G
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  13. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Sikclown, I was SURE I had read that was the case. Thanks for the confirmation.

    Now I just need to figure out if I can do a hotspot without paying the Sprint fee and without rooting :D
  14. jacker

    jacker Member

    PDANET is your friend nycbhh.

    Look around for it. *whistles*
  15. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
    Thread Starter

    I thought PDAnet was only for USB tethering (and I don't think I could connect an EVO and an iPhone via USB). Can PDAnet create a wifi hotspot? That would be very cool if it can :)
  16. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    Your welcome... Feel free to hit thanks on my post :) haha. Umm yeah PDAnet works great for tethering via USB (never tried Bluetooth) but I think the only way to do it wirelessly in 2.1 is to root and then download a program that does it (requires root)
  17. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
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    I was afraid of that. I've jailbroken my iphone and that was fairly easy, but I've glanced at rooting instructions of other Android phones and it sounds complicated. In fact, truth be told, I have no idea what some of the instructions even mean, so I'm a bit nervous about it.
  18. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    Nah if you search around the forums there are some very easy instructions on rooting a device. Of course it depends on the device but Rooting my Hero was easy as jail breaking my iPad
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  19. nycbhh

    nycbhh Member
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    Good to know. Guess I know what I'll be doing then :)
  20. alamoe

    alamoe Android Enthusiast

    if u think rooting looks hard now you should see how it was done when I got my first Android (G1) LOL. it's much easier now, just look around. heck, as easy as it was to root my N1 it seems like they want you to root these phones LOL. just make sure there are no hardware issues first

    Sent from my Nexus One using Tapatalk
  21. Just tested it out to confirm. My droid connects just fine to the wireless evo hotspot whether I have 4g enabled or disabled (and it is displaying 3G when the 4G radio is disabled and the hotspot is enabled).
  22. I just canceled my $60 / month sprint unlimited 3G data laptop modem to go with the evo as a hotspot replacement for only the extra $30 / month. It's going to save me $30 / month and I have access to 4G. My previous plan was to get one of the battered powered 4G sprint wireless hotspots. Glad I didn't as I'd be stuck on a 2-year plan with it.... The only drawback seems to be I might pickup the 5 GB / month limit now (I was grandfathered in from an old plan with no monthly quota).
  23. misticjeff

    misticjeff Member

    If you have an EVO and choose the HotSpot feature for $29.99mo then it is unlimited service, there is no cap!
  24. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Android Expert

    This is direct from Sprint's info packet on the EVO
  25. Correct. My friend at sprint says currently there is no limit and definitely will be no 4G limit, but they may end up putting the 5 GB limit on 3G data depending how actual usage patterns and network congestion turns out. Hopefully we can all be grandfathered in on unlimited if we complain though.
    It took a fair bit of complaining with my original Sprint 3G laptop modem which was unlimited in the marketing terms and contract on Sprint when they introduced the 5 GB cap.

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