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By NextNexus, Senior Member on 29th December 2011, 05:29 PM
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I'm coming from an iPhone 4S and so far I really like the Galaxy Nexus (although it definitely does have its shortcomings compared to the iPhone). I was just playing around in the settings and found Wifi hotspot options. With the iPhone these options never worked unless you paid AT&T extra for a tethering plan (which is not even available when grandfathered into an unlimited plan). I tried turning them on and configuring a PW and lo and behold it worked! I didn't see this mentioned yet and thought others would like to know as well.
 
 
29th December 2011, 05:34 PM |#2  
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Are you rooted and using a custom rom, or still stock?
29th December 2011, 05:36 PM |#3  
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I'm still stock...just got the device last night. Also still on 4.0.1 and device shows as no updates available.
29th December 2011, 06:38 PM |#4  
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I'm still stock...just got the device last night. Also still on 4.0.1 and device shows as no updates available.

Lol. Will you still be this excited if and when atnt switches you to a tethering plan?

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29th December 2011, 06:49 PM |#5  
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I almost never use tethering but the few times I'm traveling it will be very beneficial. I highly doubt AT&T would switch me to a tethering plan if I use less than 1 GB of tethering per yr!
29th December 2011, 06:58 PM |#6  
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I almost never use tethering but the few times I'm traveling it will be very beneficial. I highly doubt AT&T would switch me to a tethering plan if I use less than 1 GB of tethering per yr!

You bought an unlocked phone not associated with AT&T. As a result, the tethering features built into android are not blocked. This is one of my favorite feature of my Nexus One.

I tether all the time and us ~1.5GB of data a month. Although, I have gone as high as 3GB... (I have unlimited data)

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29th December 2011, 07:00 PM |#7  
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You bought an unlocked phone not associated with AT&T. As a result, the tethering features built into android are not blocked. This is one of my favorite feature of my Nexus One.

I tether all the time and us ~1.5GB of data a month. Although, I have gone as high as 3GB... (I have unlimited data)

Enjoy!

Good to know! Thanks!

Although I do own the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S and even that phone has the tethering options blocked.
29th December 2011, 07:10 PM |#8  
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Good to know! Thanks!

Although I do own the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S and even that phone has the tethering options blocked.

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29th December 2011, 07:36 PM |#9  
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You bought an unlocked phone not associated with AT&T. As a result, the tethering features built into android are not blocked. This is one of my favorite feature of my Nexus One.

I tether all the time and us ~1.5GB of data a month. Although, I have gone as high as 3GB... (I have unlimited data)

Enjoy!

Precisely...rooting or custom roms have nothing to do with this. Att effectively has no control over how you use your phone or data in this case.

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29th December 2011, 07:53 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by jmwein

I'm coming from an iPhone 4S and so far I really like the Galaxy Nexus (although it definitely does have its shortcomings compared to the iPhone). I was just playing around in the settings and found Wifi hotspot options. With the iPhone these options never worked unless you paid AT&T extra for a tethering plan (which is not even available when grandfathered into an unlimited plan). I tried turning them on and configuring a PW and lo and behold it worked! I didn't see this mentioned yet and thought others would like to know as well.

Uhh we knew this. Unlocked phone man. It just works. This is how phones are meant to be.

The iPhone is provisioned by AT&T and its IMEI's are known in AT&T's database. So they're able to block and charge for ridiculous services like tethering.
2nd January 2012, 11:59 PM |#11  
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I have tried this out and it works. Is there anyway for AT&T to tell if we are tethering though? Should I be on a tethering apn?
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