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  1. xodustrance

    xodustrance Member
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  2. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert

    Side note, it tears at my heart every time I read the word "jailbroken" when they're talking about Android devices.

    Back to the story.
    Judging by the comments, I'm gonna chalk this up as an article that was written because one person got that message. If I recall correctly, quite a few people have encountered that message before, and that's because they tether WAY to much, and Verizon catches it. I don't think this is a carrier-wide end to tethering. Yet.
  3. slow88lx

    slow88lx Newbie

    First, you gave me a glimmer of hope because I thought you were going to say the bootloader was unlocked!

    Second, root would still give us the ability to have custom ROMs. The Droid X/2 for instance both have locked bootloaders and are able to run CM7. 2ndinit could work on the D3 and then the phone would only be a custom kernel away from fully unlocked. Root is still very important.
  4. IzelTokatl

    IzelTokatl Android Enthusiast

    Um.... I could care less about rooting just to do tethering.... rooting gives you full access to push the potential of the phone. You can (in many cases) double the speed of the phone, significantly increase battery life, edit startup apps (improving overall phone performance), remove apps that suck up valuable space, disable various autorunning apps at various trigger points (performance), move files from /data/ to /system/ (increase usable space, but not much of an issue on this phone as it is). Basically ROOT gives you less limitations and lets you do just about ANYTHING with your phone you can think of.

    um... tethering... is the bottom of the list reasons people should be rooting for..... especially since you can tether via bluetooth without root.
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  5. ekyle

    ekyle Android Expert

    Bloat removal and screenshots. I've never tethered with my phone. That's what my Internet connection is for.
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  6. jerryrigg

    jerryrigg Lurker

    These guys are exactly right, tethering is a nice frilly bonus to root, but for me, not a mainstay as to why to root. I'm dying to get rid of unwanted factory apps, setup cpu profiles and power management as well as custom ROM later on down the road when I get bored with stock.

    Having said that, I do like to have the *option* to tether for free, and I think that's what it boils down to is just empowering yourself to go beyond what the carrier's marketing department agrees to and to concatenate one's skillset and somewhat "hacker" lifestyle with the devices he or she is using personally or professionally.

    In other words.... bragging rights.
  7. jr313

    jr313 Well-Known Member

    If thats a person's only reason for rooting a phone they shouldnt even b thinking about it. And even with locked bootloader the dev community have brought many roms to motorola products, i dont own one myself i choose htc but i havent seen a shortage of custom roms for moto phones.

    You should root because you want to customize your phone and unleash its true potential and remove bloatware that bogs down performance. Its people just tethering that Verizon and all other carriers are starting to tier data, charge for tethering and even BLOCK UNauthorized Tethering as you have brought up.

    So now all of us that dont tether have to pay for it with no more unlimited data unless you are grandfathered into it.
  8. screennamie

    screennamie Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Besides, I remember reading somewhere that root is not required to tether for the droid 3 now. It had something to do with changing how the phone reads data being sent with the radio. Requring some motorolla program to change the settings on the phone itself.

    I was interested in tethering cause my old phone could and I miss it but weary of down loading an old tech program and messing up my radio on the phone.
  9. screennamie

    screennamie Well-Known Member

    Here is some information I've found at XDA about tethering.

    The first here seems simple enough over blue tooth.


    This one is more indepth as in changning settings.


    Not claiming any responsibility for finding either out, all respect goes to XDA and there wonderful devs. And as well not taking responsibility for what may happen to your phone or data plans if you try either.

    I haven't tried either yet not enough time to mess around with.
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  10. screennamie

    screennamie Well-Known Member

    Disclaimer: The second method will survive the roaming update *228 but most likely be changed from an OTA update of android.

    Again use at yer own risk.
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  11. redsox985

    redsox985 Android Enthusiast

    Unless 2.3.4 is that much different, there's an App called EasyTether that doesn't even need root for wired tethering. I was using it earlier today on my 2.3.3 DX.
  12. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert

    I have that, but if I recall, that requires an app on your computer.
    Wired Tether doesn't require an app on your computer.
  13. IzelTokatl

    IzelTokatl Android Enthusiast

    I'd like to note, that I got wireless tether to work (but I've never really used tether) but figure I would test it for others.

    I have version 2.0.7, I only used it for 5 seconds and it worked fine, no funny business.
  14. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert

    Hmm... I suppose I'll try again.
    Maybe it's because I was using the beta version

    Same error, this time with 2.0.7
  15. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    wifi tether on on GB only works with the APN patch or subscribing to VZW.
  16. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Seems unlike the DX2 and other devices, wifi tether is a no-go and causes connectivity and 3G issues. I wonder if the radio chipset has some "special" stuff to police non contract wifi tether?

    Since I am happy with the D3 performance and not having the rogue app or battery issues some mention, I will hold off (for now) on rooting until the wifi tether issue is more clear.
  17. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Droid 3 seems fine to me with no absolute need for rooting. Battery life is fine and no apps hogging resources, in spite of 1.3gb worth of apps on my D3. Wifi tethering would be my main priority for now. I did state "for now".

    Blue tooth tethering is apparently problematic. Especially for people wanting to tether their Android tablets, which worked fine on my long in the tooth Incredible and bug riddled DX2.

    IMO, D3 is far better than both of those, but at least wifi tether worked fine when rooted. I posted asking if VZW has found a more creative way to prevent wifi tethering and it appears they might have.

    If we can blue tooth tether to an Android tablet without the D3 crashing or cutting signal out, I would like to know the app and process.
  18. xodustrance

    xodustrance Member
    Thread Starter

    I just rooted the Droid pro for my wife - and a wireless tether 2.x APK's work fine, as of yesterday.
  19. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert

    When I rooted, the first thing I did was try wireless tether.
    Upon doing that 3G cut out. Then when I tried to do anything on the phone itself, it kept redirecting me to the page to order wireless tethering plans.
    A reboot got everything back to normal, but no tethering for me.

    One user claims his works in the "Root Acquired!" thread.
  20. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    I remember reading about this anti tethering effort, but thought it was only the 4g radios they were going to start messing with. Guess I was wrong and their effort is more broad. Perhaps the policing is not hardware embedded and a custom rom can purge it.
  21. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    The only remote positive is the VZW is approaching from a less combative approach (for now). When AT&T users are caught, they can and are losing their unlimited plans.

    My Droid 3 works fine, so no compelling need to root ATM......

    BTW, I expect the Bionic to be just as bad for wifi tether.
  22. mtva24

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    rushmore Extreme Android User

  24. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Whats the APN patch? I was all set to root for pretty much wireless tether only, like I had on my DG2, then I read the wifi tether is not working. Anyone wireless tether on the D3? If so how? Thanks.
  25. RedDevilX

    RedDevilX Lurker

    So where I live I can't have internet (weird story) so I wanted to root my phone to tether it. I bought the D3 about 2 weeks ago and now I see there's a root. I did it, root successful and superuser is installed.... but now what? I know nothing, I mean NOTHING about rooting or the other jargon you all use for "unlocking the power of your phone." Was hoping someone could give me a tut or link to "what to do with your rooted phone" or something of that nature.

    Just would be nice to know what I should do, i.e. "Go download *example A app and remove this, this and this. Then download this app and tweak this this and this. Basically I did the root because of the potential for greatness but I don't know how to use it or what to do with it. Like I hear people say it's great to get rid of bloatware... um ok, where's that? New guy, please help...thanks

    One more question. I see people talk about "unrooting" If you were to unroot before you took your phone in for one reason or another to a carrier are you ok or is it, "once you've rooted, your warranty is void indefinitely?"

    Also, what kind of things do I need to protect myself. I understand that you can really mess things up doing this so is there some sort of device restore app I can download or something I need to help manage things in case I make a mistake?

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