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

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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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Cricket Wireless relaunched by AT&T with new, inexpensive data plans

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AT&T purchased Leap Wireless back in March, which operated a wireless network named “Cricket Wireless” — and now, AT&T will be relaunching Cricket with 4G LTE service and new unlimited plans which will start at $35/month.

On top of that, 3,000 “redesigned” Cricket Wireless stores around the US have opened, and more locations are expected to open in the future.

The three plans Cricket will be making available to customers include “Basic,” “Smart,” and “Pro” options. Check out the details after the break:

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Send files from your mobile device via WiFi with IPCast

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Thanks to an XDA forum member by the name of stefanuc111, you are able to send files wirelessly via Wi-Fi to other devices that are connected to the same network with his app called IPCast. As per the dev, “IPCast allows you to send, receive and stream content, without need cables, in a simple and easy way. IPCast operates through any Wi-Fi network and between any device that has a browser installed. In fact it does not require any client installation.” Here’s a small list of what IPCast can do:

  • Send and receive any file.
  • Send your installed apps.
  • Display photo in the browser.
  • Stream music and video in the browser.
  • SoundBeam: To synchronize playback between devices. (Supported by Chrome Beta, Firefox, Opera).
  • Create queues with video and audio file.

The app is also integrated into Android’s share functionality so it’s easy to transfer files even with Android native Gallery application. If you wish to check this app out, a download link and QR code will be available after the break!

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Is Google ready to become a mobile phone carrier?

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New reports out today suggest Google is starting to make moves to become a mobile phone service carrier in locations where it has deployed Google Fiber service. Supposedly Google has been in contact with Verizon to discuss the possibility of becoming a mobile virtual network operator riding on the back of Verizon’s network. Some sources have pointed out that Verizon and Google are not exactly on the same page when it comes to issues like net neutrality, so a partnership of this magnitude may be questionable. It should be noted though that Google actively develops for the iOS platform, so the company clearly will not let some philosophical disagreements stand in the way of good business.

Would you be interested in using Google as your carrier for wireless service?

source: The Information
via: Engadget

Samsung to merge divisions in hopes of improving smartphone cameras

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A report out of Korea indicates Samsung has merged their Digital Imaging Business Division with their Wireless Division. The Digital Imaging Business Division is responsible for cameras produced by the company, while the Wireless Business Division is essentially their smartphone division. According to a statement released by Samsung, the company “will transplant the brand, sales networks, software competency and manufacturing competitiveness of the Wireless Business Division into the Camera Business Division, and integrate the technical know-how of the two business divisions into competency for differentiating our smartphones.” The reorganization was effective on December 11th.

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Official Samsung wireless charging kit released for Galaxy S 4

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Samsung has made wireless charging possible on the Galaxy S 4 with their new wireless charging cover and pad. The cover costs 39.99 but is QI-standard compatible, so if you already have a charging pad working on this standard, you should be good to go to use the new charging cover. If you don’t have a pad, Samsung’s version goes for 49.99. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re into this kind of technology, this might just be the product for you.

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Verizon posts record breaking number of subscribers and LTE growth with a $4.23 billion loss in Q4

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Yep, you read that right. Despite having a record breaking 2.1 million subscribers for Big Red in Q4 2012, totaling over 98 million customers, Verizon posted a $4.23 billion loss. Now, losing a few billion dollars is never a good thing, of course, but Verizon is a postpaid wireless carrier, so most of their profit comes over the two-year contracts customers sign to purchase their heavily subsidized phones, so this is certainly not the end of the world for them. And the best part of this report is that we get a peek at smartphone trends. » Read the rest

Pioneer AV receivers get update to support HTC Connect wireless music streaming

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If you’re rocking one of Pioneer’s recent audio video receivers, you’ll be excited to know that the company has just released a firmware update that allows owners to take advantage of HTC’s Connect technology. This means users can now use their HTC One X, One X+, One VX or Droid DNA smartphones to wireless stream music directly to their receivers via DLNA. The news comes just a few months following the initial introduction of Pioneer’s HTC Connect-compatible SMA wireless speakers.

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Duracell Powermat Hopes To Bring Wireless Charging To All Smartphones Via WiCC

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With their new Wireless Charging Card (WiCC) technology, Duracell’s Powermat division is hoping to bring wireless charging to the masses. The WiCC hopes to bring the integration of Powermat technology to all smartphones, via a connector that is built into the phone itself. This of course requires participation from the major smartphone retailers, since the technology would have to be implemented at the production level. Given that Duracell promises that this implementation will only cost pennies at most, I wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that phone manufacturers will at least give it a shot in one or two phones before considering it standard on all their future models.

Powermat currently offers wireless charging through the Powermat charging bed coupled with a proprietary case designed to communicate with the base. The new WiCC hopes to remove the mandatory use of the Powermat case and enable users to use a case of their own choosing, or none at all. The thin wafer-like charging card can be purchased at any time by the user, enabling the power of choice. Although Duracell isn’t placing the WiCC as immediate priority for release and we won’t see it any time this year, it’s most definitely something that we hope to hear more from here at TalkAndroid. Keep tuned to TalkAndroid for more news and updates from Mobile World Conference 2012. Full press release after the break.

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