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T-Mobile now blocking built in tethering feature on Nexus 4

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chrlswltrs, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    I have been using a NexusS or Nexus4 on T-Mobile to tether for years (since the first day the NexusS came out) and just yesterday I got a text from T-Mobile saying if I didn't get a tethering plan that it would be blocked. Then a couple hours later I was unable to tether my data connection. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but right now is one of the very rare times that I NEED to be able to tether.

    I tried several tether apps, both with and without requiring root and none of them worked to get past the block. Then I found Free Tethering Unlock (requires root). At first it didn't work, but after a few emails back and forth with the developer, a little app update to fix a bug, and now... tethering works again (using the built in Android tether feature) !!!!

    If you need to tether and get blocked I highly recommend this app. Unless you can pay the $60 a month extra for T-Mobile's limited "unlimited" tethering plan.

  2. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    When this was discussed in the past, people came up with a change that made the PC browser report itself as a phone browser which seemed to do the trick. Can't remember the details, but I'm sure a search would find them.
  3. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    If you were only using a PC browser. What about connecting a PS3 or tablet? Making a change on a PC browser does nothing to help unless you only want to use a PC and only use a browser
  4. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    Very true ..
  5. OhSeven

    OhSeven Android Enthusiast

    I wonder if TMobile still screens for that if the tethering feature is blocked in phone?

    To get around it, you change the user-agent string, which was easy with browser extensions. TMobile simply screened for tethered traffic by looking at that bit of information. It could be bypassed by using mobile-based strings, but websites would display as intended for mobile devices, or a linux-based string so you still get the desktop interface.

    I don't know what it would take to do something similar for a gaming console
  6. egDonald

    egDonald Well-Known Member

    Is this the case even if purchased from Google Play? I figure any phone sold by the carrier has some sort of trigger to allow the carrier to enable and disable features on the fly
  7. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Other than price there is no difference whatsoever if you buy from Tmobile or Google. They are 100% identical phones.

    I don't run Android anyways, I have AOKP

    BTW, after more testing, I can tether my iPad after using this app but not my PC or PS3.
  8. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Extreme Android User

    which is android. lol

  9. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    No it is not. Android is what a Nexus 4 runs stock. AOKP, Cyanogen, Touchwiz, Sense, etc are all OS's based on Android, but they are not the same.
  10. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Extreme Android User

    ok I will rename cm to pg, does that make it PG OS???? I think not. ;)

    they all are still android. ;)

    What a Nexus runs is AOSP.
  11. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid

    Delete android source, AOKP will not exist.

    They're all android. Look in settings>about phone...it says android version :rolleyes:

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The Nexus 4 release date was November 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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