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mobile hot spot - so there is a $30 fee but will there be alternatives?

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  1. berardi1111

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    So it seems there is a $30 fee for mobile hotspot feature.

    Are there any apps that will allow this to happen for free if you root? I know there is USB tethering for free, but I want the wifi hotspot ability. WM has this through wmwifirouter... wonder why Android can't do it too?
     

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    Someone figured out how to unlock it if you root your phone.
     
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    You can root your phone (unrEVOked is quick and easy) and then use wireless tether and you can accomplish the same thing, completely free.

    That's what I did...it might be a grey area but for myself, I'm okay with that.
     
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    so this "wireless tether" that would let your xbox and other devices connect to it wirelessly right? I wonder if Sprint will cut that out
     
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    yes, any wifi device can then connect to it as long as the program is running. I'm not sure if sprint has a way to "tell" if this program is running... As long as you're not excessive in your usage -- I don't think anyone would notice.
     
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm I'm so tempted
     
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    As long as the device can connect to an ad hoc network since that's all wireless tether works as right now.
     
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    Sprint released something a couple weeks(?) ago stating that, atleast with Froyo(2.2), they can not block tethering. They wrote up a whole column about the advantages of Hotspot compared to that.

    Search for it, there is a thread somewhere, and should be an article on Phandroid.
     
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    you're right, I forgot about that detail -
     
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    it works for most devices to use your phone as a wifi hotspot....

    but. it does not work for some.... like my PS3. this is an "ad-hoc" network. Some devices do not have the abililty to use this type of network. I dont know if xbox or wii will work or not. everything in my house can see the phone hotspot, but my PS3!!!
     
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    Used Internet Sharing and wmwifirouter daily on my tp and never heard anything from Sprint about usage.
     
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    meh so it doesn't really work without the sprint service then? lol
     
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    1 word... Froyo
     
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    Works on my xbox but don't expect good online play 300+ ping here
     
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    What does it mean "to root your phone"?
     
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    What are the disadvantages to rooting ? I'm very eager to do it but heard hackers can access my info easier once i root. Is this true? I waited 2 years before I jail broke my itouch. Wanted to make sure I knew what i was doing.
     
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