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How to set up a wireless hotspot for tethering on Android to avoid paying carrier subscription fees


Being able to hook up to your WiFi network with your computer or tablet is pretty convenient, but what if you’re on the road, or in an area without a wireless network in sight?

Well there’s good news — setting up a wireless hotspot on your device, which you can then connect to with your laptop or tablet, is extremely convenient. The feature is available on most smartphones these days, but carriers usually charge around $20 or more each month for a simple subscription to the service.

But what if I told you that you could experience the same service for only a one-time fee of $7.95? You’d take it, right? Well hit the break to find out how.

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Tether Your Droid X Without Cables

Sure, there are programs out there like PDANet that allow you to tether your phone and get internet, but until now that seemed the only way to do so without paying out the wazoo to do so. A few users have just discovered what is probably just a feature that Verizon forgot to close the loop on which allows users to tether their Droid X’s to their Mac, PC, or Box via Bluetooth. No cable, No root, No special program, no being redirected to Verizon for additional fees. All you have to do is use the built in mobile hotspot feature and set it to Bluetooth. How long do you think Verizon will let this go un-patched? Let us know in the comments!

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“Tether” releases public beta (Windows only)

The company “Tether” has released the public beta for the Android version of their USB tethering app. They have released a beta before, but this is the first time that they have made it available to everyone.

There are claims that the app is capable of running up to 40% faster than competing tethering apps. The company has also stated that you can transfer tether between android phones, so you get to keep it, even after changing phones. The steps to getting set up are pretty simple:

  • On your Android device, go to Settings > Applications > Development, and check USB debugging.
  • On your PC, download and install the desktop app (Windows only), then point your mobile browser to the Android app download and run the file. If asked if you’re sure you want to install, give it the go ahead.
  • Run the application on your desktop, select Android for the OS and USB for the connection method. Then plug your phone in via USB to the PC, and the two should set up a connection.

Bam! You’re tethered. Best part of all this? According to the official site’s tour page, the app uses your data connection in a way that will not alert your provider that tethering is being used, thus sidestepping any tethering fees.

It should also be noted that Tether is stating that if you already have their app for Blackberry, they will provide you with the final Android version “at a huge discount.”

[via InformationWeek]