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Verizon Enables New Wireless Tether Block, Asks That You Purchase a Plan

Your days of free tethering with a Verizon phone may have come to an end this weekend (at least on certain devices).  Our inbox filled up with reports of users who received a warning message (pictured above) in place of the website they were trying to reach while tethering.  We’re not surprised by this at all, especially after seeing Wireless Tether get the stiff arm from Big Red at the end of April, but that doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it.  If you want to use Wireless Tether going forward on a DROIDX or Thunderbolt with Gingerbread, you’ll have to fork out $20 a month for a 2GB plan.

And I’d go into arguments on why I think this move is garbage, but we all get it, don’t we? Most of us feel like we should be able to use our “unlimited” data any way we see fit and Verizon isn’t about to let us have that much control.  They will argue that using our devices to load up data-intensive web pages or streams would harm their network if done by a massive amount of people, but we all don’t care and want to do it anyway.  It’s an argument we can’t and never will win unfortunately.

Anyone tried any of the other tethering apps lately?

*Note - From what I can tell, this is only affecting Gingerbread builds that attempt to run Wireless Tether and not other tethering apps.  My Thunderbolt and DROIDX both popped up the message above and are running 2.3.  I also used the non-Market Wireless Tether.

*Note 2 - Barnacle appears to work still.

Cheers Mike, T and everyone else!

  • Anonymous

    If they can only detect this on GB builds I would jump back to 2.1 so quick it’s ridiculous. My next contract might see me ditching big red and Moto for anyone else and HTC. 

  • James_Ever

    So translation is wireless tethering + gingerbread = tracking on your device. Keeping it classy Verizon, real classy. I’ve never tethered and never rooted though I have been tempted by the lag and the lack of being able to fully customize my device that I paid for, but we’ve been seeing signs of this for months that Big Red was heading in that direction.

  • http://twitter.com/rudy79g Rudy Guzman

    Verizon is really SkyNet, they are secretly filling the market with cool phones so we will buy them, and then in the near future they will turn into terminators sent to hunt us down, Viva John Connor!!!

  • http://twitter.com/rudy79g Rudy Guzman

    Verizon is really SkyNet, they are secretly filling the market with cool phones so we will buy them, and then in the near future they will turn into terminators sent to hunt us down, Viva John Connor!!!

  • Anonymous

    Lol Sprint is still the only one with truly unlimited data with no strings attached and if I’m not mistaken, the cheapest as well

  • B1gt78

    so tethering is illegal while under contract with verizon. right? i bought my DX from craigslist and activated it about a month ago, but as far as i know, im not under contract since December. shouldnt this mean that i can Legally tether my DX since i am no longer under contract with them? i have the $30 unlimited data plan so as long as i fulfilled my contract then there is no reason why verizon should block me from tethering my device.right?

  • TeeJayy

    my Wireless Tether app is still working. im rooted on a D1 running Cyanogen CM7. even posted this from my laptop with is currently tethered to my droid.

    • TeeJayy

      which*** is tethered to my droid.

  • Scea67

    Hence why i will not upgrade to 2.3 and have blocked it by freezing vz navigator on my x , wireless tether works great and is free :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  • Scea67

    Hence why i will not upgrade to 2.3 and have blocked it by freezing vz navigator on my x , wireless tether works great and is free :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  • Dollyllama

    Working on my xoom tethered to Droid X which is running .596 deodexed using wireless tether …..tbh patch is applied….I always put that on whenever I switch to a new rom.

    I’ll try it next with nook color, first with the existing connection then DC and reconnect and report back…now keep in mind the above conditions and also the fact that I hardly tether….I’d estimate maybe 50-100mb total for the life of my android experience (since October 2010).

  • Dollyllama

    Working on my xoom tethered to Droid X which is running .596 deodexed using wireless tether …..tbh patch is applied….I always put that on whenever I switch to a new rom.

    I’ll try it next with nook color, first with the existing connection then DC and reconnect and report back…now keep in mind the above conditions and also the fact that I hardly tether….I’d estimate maybe 50-100mb total for the life of my android experience (since October 2010).

    • Dollyllama

      On the nook color now… tried the same connection, then stopped wireless tether and restarted it… no problems either way tethered to the droid x under the above conditions… perhaps it’s the tbh patch or my limited tethering or other factors… just sharing my findings

  • Buckgrad

    Never used wireless tether, but do use a usb tethering app. The interesting thing to note is that pdanet is no longer available in the market, and after my “most recent” update, pdanet was missing from my Droid X. Luckily, you can restore to your phone by opening the program on your computer. Also noted… the data speed is MUCH slower now…

  • Chuckles

    FYI
    While using rooted GB .588on the DX. I was able to use the wireless tether by installing TEAM BLACK HAT’S wireless tether patch.

  • MIUI Lover

    im using a DInc with lates MIUI 2.3.4 my question is with this built will they find out if I’m tethering even though I’m using the built it feature on the ROM? 

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Well, there must be something in your data connection that is letting Verizon know that you are using wireless tether. My guess is Verizon found a pattern in the wireless tether data that it can detect and block. Which means that all you need to do is change that pattern and no more blocking. I’m betting a work around is figured out very quickly

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25419359 James De Angelis

    whats up with this netflix app update? On my stock og droid, hacked app from here, its asking for a update inorder to play the app. Also on my g.f stocked rooted droid x. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Anonymous

    Im just glad i got my “unlimited” plan for 10 bucks per line. 

    We all knew what we were signing up for.  We all knew that they offered an optional tethering plan. yet we all want to bi$ch and moan when they got wise and caught on to the free loading? 

    When you go to a buffet for “All you can eat,” do you really expect you are going to get “all” you can eat regardless of the posted rules/fine print? Are you the fattass that brings zip lock bags to bring more food home with you?  “I’m entitle to having all the food i paid for, just like the sign says” …

    Stop the crying about this. If you must tether, go outside your contract and take the risk.  Its your own damn fault when you get caught for speeding.

    just think about people, it could be worse.  you could have att, and worse you could be on an i*hone.

    • guest

      AT&T has no clue I tether my Xoom to my iPhone 3GS using Bluetooth and I can talk/surf at the same time. Tell me how this is worse please?

    • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

      Iphones and Androids…They’ll all be the same soon. Anyway, I Wireless tether at my parent’s house. I might have paid for it on my OGD, but they said no. So I’ll do it for free instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

    So here’s my question to Kellex.  Just a few days ago, we had the post about how running a GB ROM on your thunderbolt might brick it, even if it seems to be running fine.  And a huge warning telling everyone to stop running GB on your Tbolt.  So….  are you not taking your own advice Kellex, or do you just like to live dangerously?

  • Anonymous

    I understand this move by Verizon. They give you unlimited data for your Verizon device.. you are stealing if you use it for anything else. This move doesn’t bother me because i am not a thief! What bothers me is locking down devices i own and loading them with bloatware I don’t want or use!

    • James_Ever

      Yes, see that’s what has made me think about rooting and even though I never have, always seeing and reading how others are able to experience the true potential of their device because I’m freaking sick of bloatware, every time I look at that damn Blockbuster app I get pissed and have to use pandahome so it won’t annoy me as much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    And you still think Moto devices will be unlocked on Verizon going forward? LOL is all I can say to that.

  • George Moundroukas

    haha i saw this from the new year i hate it :( after i got that my signal and 3g sucks 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    how can all these bad ass devs out there that make kernels, ROMs, rooting methods not come up with some sort of hack that tricks the system into thinking it is still just your phone?

  • Pinnacle93

    So, if I started tethering with an app that is not blocked, could Verizon “find me” and switch me a tethering plan automatically?

    • Anonymous

      they can not automatically add tethering to your plan but they could boot you for violating the terms of your contract.  I personally think they won’t do anything but try to block it because any other option has the potential to lose a customer.

  • Anonymous

    This is BS. What they are doing here is telling you *WHAT* you can do with the data after the PHONE receives it. Essentially, they are telling you that looking at the page on a larger screen is a violation of their Terms of Service. Next they’ll tell you that if you are telling the person you’re sitting next to you what you are seeing on the interwebs that you have to pay extra… or that guy needs his own connection.

    This move is not unprecedented, though. Just the other day the cable company here sent out a letter informing customers that if they want to watch shows on televisions larger than 19″ they would need to pay an additional $20/month.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690660305 Steven Parker

    Droid X – Froyo 2.2 – Rooted  –   Wireless Tether works fine….you guys can have Gingerbread…until wireless tether gets blocked on Froyo, I’m never updating my Droid X.

  • Anonymous

    I would be more than happy to pay for tethering if I didn’t feel like I was getting raped by Verizon’s ridiculous tethering pricing.

  • TheAndroid1

    I would just like to point out that my theory may still be correct that verizon will start giving 4g hotspot for free, they were just testing it with the promotional period on the thunderbolt and other phones, this only says 3G mobile hotspot.

  • Raman R

    Gingerbread builds? So if I were to install cyanogenmod 7 gingerbread on my droid, would I get this message too?

  • Daxdm302

    Tethering still works in stock Gingerbread .595 on Droid X with the tbh patch……

  • Anonymous

    Wait. Isn’t Verizon’s 4G LTE spectrum unable to be charged for tethering due to the bid price going over 500 million? I thought that they couldn’t limit what you could do on that spectrum.

    • Knightcrusader

      You are correct. They cannot stop you or ask you to pay extra to tether while using 4G. 3G is still under their rules, but 4G is a big no-no. I personally don’t care what G it is, I’ll still tether.

      I’m waiting for more 4G coverage and more people getting 4G phones and seeing if a class-action suit results from this…

  • snooginsguy

    Well, on the plus side at least Verizon is slow as S**T in updating their phones to Gingerbread.  Nothing to worry about for my good ol’ D2G. 

  • snooginsguy

    Well, on the plus side at least Verizon is slow as S**T in updating their phones to Gingerbread.  Nothing to worry about for my good ol’ D2G. 

  • Alex W.

    Sucks, but I’m positive it will get hacked soon enough.  Just give it time.

    In the meantime, you can still use a USB Tethering option, and as long as you don’t need a VPN you’ll be fine on a free trial.

    If you’re like me, and need Wireless for a tablet, you should still be able to Tether with BT for the time being, or connect via USB Tether to a notebook and use ICS to spread the connection to your tablet.

    There are still ways to do this, but not all of you will be tech savvy enough to use them.

  • Alex W.

    Sucks, but I’m positive it will get hacked soon enough.  Just give it time.

    In the meantime, you can still use a USB Tethering option, and as long as you don’t need a VPN you’ll be fine on a free trial.

    If you’re like me, and need Wireless for a tablet, you should still be able to Tether with BT for the time being, or connect via USB Tether to a notebook and use ICS to spread the connection to your tablet.

    There are still ways to do this, but not all of you will be tech savvy enough to use them.

  • Juno

    Built in tethering works on CM7!

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t the Team Black Hat 3G Hotspot Patch work to solve this. Forgive me if I’m wrong, I’m not running a Gingerbread ROM, yet, in another two weeks I will. I also have never had to use the patch because Wireless Tether has always worked for me. If someone could enlighten me it would be great.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to say this was only affecting the DROID X with the official 2.3, but from what Kellex is saying it is affecting the Thunderbolt as well.  @kellex:disqus are you running a leak of the official 2.3 update for the Thunderbolt or something?

    I’ve used Wireless Tether as recently as last week with no issues on my OG DROID running Peter Alfonso’s 2.3 (GPA15). I’m also curious as to what you were tethering your phone to. Was it a PC, a Xoom, what?

  • Gee

    So funny story, I am a rep with Verizon, and the head of our group (area manager), was trying to tell me i could position this for online gaming. My question to him was “Do you even have a clue what you are talking about?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

      yeah i bit my tongue when i heard a rep selling a mifi for home internet and xbox live….

  • Sappyswami

    When is a company going to offer unlimited data without voice and other bullshit? I don’t need anything else anymore. If a company popped up and offered that, shit would get real.

  • Coldnorthmenace

    Barnacle is not working as stated on my Droid X.  hasn’t been since GB.

  • Anonymous

    Just tried it to see if anything changed.  Works fine on my DInc running CM7.0.3 – loaded up Wireless Tether and got my Transformer online through it no problems.

  • BPStroh

    I’ve been away all weekend and instead of paying the insane hotel rate for wifi ($16.95/day), I’ve been using my Droid X to tether my laptop and have had no issues.  Running froyo-based Apex 1.4, not gingerbread. Of course now I’m typing this from 30,000 feet in the air after having paid $12.95 for in-flight wifi, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

  • Clayton

    Posting from my MOTO Droid Stock 2.2.2 unrooted using easy tether. Frankly… I like one time cost of $9.99 vs double that ($20.00) and that would be a per month charge. Nothing like an app that tether your phone to your computer and uses the phone’s data connection like the exact was the phone uses it when you watch Netflix on a phone.

  • tbaybe

    Ummm, this is what i was saying since the first gb leak….

  • csseale

    HTC incredible running cm7 nightly#90 and still works…I may never get rid of this phone at this rate l

  • Lallymonster

    Still working, TB rooted running Das BAMF 2.0.5 for the time being.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    But I thought the percentage of rooted users was so small that it didnt matter?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

      apparently not, every person i know that has a android has rooted their phone, with the help of me of course

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        every person that has rooted their android phone, has done so because i persuaded them to. i’ve done 4 of my friends evo’s, and only 1 has actually taken advantage and flashed a different ROM. 2 used wireless tether, and 1 did nothing

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

          ive done the same thing, rooted my d1,d2g,moms d2,brothers droid eris,friends backflip,friends aria,and another acer phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

    i may have a data cap on att, but i can still tether atm and if they block it i guess i will dish out the extra 20 dollars and get the 2gb data plan for tethering

  • Anonymous

    Thankfully I wasn’t able to complete the soak due to root!  I’ll stay at Froyo until I can convince my company to buy me an Android mobile work phone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000475533643 Geoff Atteberry

    posting from my laptop, using wireless tether on my OG Droid!  Getting even less excited about my $99.99 Tbolt that’s coming Thursday… :(