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[Q] Best route for wifi tether

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22nd February 2014, 04:19 PM   |  #1  
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So I have Verizon and I still have the unlimited data plan. Not wanting to lose my unlimited data, I haven't upgraded my phone since I got it and I am still using my HTC Thunderbolt. Now Ithat phone is on its way out and I need to upgrade, but I need to upgrade to a phone that still allows me to tether via wifi and what not. So that's my question. What's the best route to go to be able to tether via wifi with the Moto X? ITethering via usb isn't really viable for me and my current situation, so I have to be able toconnect via wifi. I have read that kit kat apparently disables wifi tethering unless you are rooted. How true is this? How easy is it to root and get the ability to tether via wifi back? Would not upgrading to 4.4 be better?

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22nd February 2014, 04:42 PM   |  #2  
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I wouldn't buy a Verizon regular phone. Can't unlock it...and root on 4.4.2 may not be possible. Get dev edition or another carrier phone with compatible bands. Not at&t either.

But that's just my opinion.

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22nd February 2014, 05:06 PM   |  #3  
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So if I got the dev edition, I could unlock/root it and get wifi tether back? And I was only seriously considering switching phones because there were deals that would have gotten me an apparently "regular Verizon phone" for cheap. So that might influence my decision and bit. I also am not as concerned with unlocking /flashing roms etc, as I am with wifi tether. My number one priority is obtaining wifi tether
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22nd February 2014, 05:16 PM   |  #4  
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I'm not sure about tethering specifically....never used it. Just wanted to give you a heads up about the bootloader.

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The Verizon and at&t phones should be cheap. Lol

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22nd February 2014, 05:22 PM   |  #5  
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It might hinder my decision and bit but, like I said, ability to wifi tether is my number one priority. Rooting would be nice and custom roms would be nice as well. But I don't have regular access enough to be able to flash a lot of roms and stuff. That's why they aren't really a priority necessarily.
22nd February 2014, 05:32 PM   |  #6  
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Flashing roms is not hugely popular on the Moto x. Stock with xposed and gravity box is all many use. Gravity box can give you tonnes of custom rom like features.

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22nd February 2014, 05:41 PM   |  #7  
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Does gravity box require unlocking the bootloader? What about xposed? I'll have to look into whether those are viable options for wifi tether as well.
22nd February 2014, 05:45 PM   |  #8  
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Xposed requires root.

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As I hinted tho...wait for people that know to comment on tethering....or Google it or search here. I don't know anything about tethering. Could be fine or not...no clue.

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22nd February 2014, 06:00 PM   |  #9  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kj2112

Xposed requires root.

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---------- Post added at 11:45 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:43 AM ----------

As I hinted tho...wait for people that know to comment on tethering....or Google it or search here. I don't know anything about tethering. Could be fine or not...no clue.

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Unless u pay for tethering through VZW, you must have root. There is a nice xposed module that works with VZW that allows both USB and WiFi tether. Then there is Android WiFi Tether https://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/ which only does WiFi tethering and takes a tad bit to set up, not very hard. Xposed does USB tether, but IMO takes a little longer to activate since you have to have another module for quick settings toggle to activate, or go into settings, etc... Android WiFi tether has a widget you can tap easily on the home screen, and has the ability to see upload/download speeds (not sure they are exact, but are close). That's all I have.......
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For the win (as I plan do with my Dev Edition newly rec'd):
Buy a Dev Edition (sale price @ Motorola ends today I think) so you can easily root and retain root when update to 4.2.2; update phone on VZW online account; unlock bootloader; allow OTA to install while on stock recovery, install TWRP for root; then Xposed, GravityBox, and tether module for Xposed:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2601859

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