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Verizon Extends Free 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Offer Through July 6th for Thunderbolt, Charge and Revolution

We just received some pretty welcoming news from Verizon concerning the free 4G LTE mobile hotspot promotion that has been available to owners of the DROID Charge, HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution for the last couple of months.  According to our friends at Big Red, the promo has been granted an extension and will take users all the way through July 6.  We had already seen one extension that gave us all free hotspot usage through tomorrow, but we’ll gladly accept another month.

Verizon Wireless has extended the Limited Time promotion for Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect on 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Smartphones, ThunderBolt by HTC, DROID Charge by Samsung, and Revolution by LG. The following are the Unlimited Hotspot promotion details.

Limited Time promotion available through 7/6/2011 which allows customers unlimited 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect usage until July 6, 2011 with the purchase of a ThunderBolt by HTC, a DROID Charge by Samsung, or a Revolution by LG, with a voice plan and a data package $29.99 or higher.

The $20/GB (Gigabyte) plan will not be available on 4G LTE Smartphones. On July 6, 2011 a software update will remove the Mobile Hotspot offer. A message will be sent to the end user to contact their system administrator to subscribe to Mobile Hotspot.

So be sure to live it up for another month!  You never know what sorts of prices we could see once July hits.  And props to Verizon for continuing to extend this out for additional months.  I can’t put into words how important this feature was to me at Google I/O this year with all of the spotty wifi hotspots floating around.  It definitely kept Droid Life afloat for those few days.

Cheers ___!

  • Kamee Mitchell

    I just got 2 big updates from Verizon for my Thunderbolt just now. I was wondering if the mobile hotshot is free?

  • Michaelmitchell7542

    Data should come with your plan already. We pay enough don’t u think. Sprint here I come

  • Deltateam226

    I have been having issue with my service in my area. So i stop being lazy and gave Verizon customer service a call and told them the problem I was having. The guy that answered my call did a few test nothing worked . Then he transferred me to another rep . THis was advance technical support they ran the very same test . Then transferred me again to another person all he did was open a ticket and said a engineer will come out by your home and test your service and that you will receive a call back within a week or 2. They finally called me back after 3 weeks I was actually thought they forgot about my ticket. No good news they told me my service area was fine . It happen to be a supervisor that called so i ask her if she could have a tech come to my house to test my signal strength . 

    It was about a mouth and half later that the tech showed up at my house. He then began the test came back very poor signal. Then i proceed to ask him. What can you guys do about my poor service he said we can give you extender for free thought that was great i was going to finally  have service at my own house. Well about a week later the extender shows up on my door step . The very next billing cycle that goes though show a 200$$ charge on top of my normal bill. I called Verizon again and told them that the tech that was at my house said i would be receiving this service for free since my reception was so bad. Then i told them his name badge number. The dumb hoe said no SR we don’t ever give those out for free. I called channel 13 news kurt and he straighten it out i end up not having to pay anything to Verizon. And i canceled there service. BIg red is not the same anymore.

  • Jimny Cricket

    This is crap since the current free connectivity suck so bad, you can’t use it…

  • Tbssawd07

    Thats just great! July 7th they release the Bionic lol!

  • Pgzervas

    I know this has been stated before, but I feel as though it needs to be said yet again.  Why should I have to PAY FOR SOMETHING I ALREADY PAY FOR?

    Also, I do not have an internet connection at my house because the local companies want WAY TOO MUCH MONEY….damn bloodsuckers.  If Verizon were to offer unlimited data INCLUDING mobile hotspot (not sure why I have to state that, but they are obviously trying to squeeze every freakin cent out of us as they can), then Verizon would take huge marketshares away from companies like Comcast and AT&T.  Its a major duh!

  • What sucks is that I thought that I was locking in free hotspot for the life of my two-year contract, based on what I was told by the dude who sold it to me.  Fugger.

  • James_Ever

    They are really pushing this” deal” as I’ve received five emails today about this offer to join the 4g LTE train… it makes me wonder is it because they’re not selling as well as they hoped or they’re holding something close to the vest. The Droid3 is supposed to be launched then, I bet this will be when they implement the new data plans. Also got several letters of this promotional offer as well. Maybe the Bionic will be released on the 7th right after the deal ends, wouldn’t surprise me. (Still wonder if the Milestone keyboard and Droid3 keyboard will be the same color with the white and blue)

  • Obi5683

    The only reason for Verizon to give this away for free is to test how much of an impact this will have on the LTE network.  If enough data is pulled down that affects the network speed for users, Verizon will severily limit data use on LTE.  Tiered plans, premium cost for LTE data, throttling for heavy users…  Another reason would be to get you hooked so when they flip the switch, you NEED the feature.  So you will pay for a feature that, if you had never tried it out, you never would have paid for it it.  In the words of Gen. Akbar, “IT’S A TRAP!”

    • Isn’t Ackbar an Admiral by time he says that?

      • Obi5683

        Yeah, I forgot.

  • Anonymous


  • viewthis66

    sweet! i love using the 4G hot spot with my Xoom.

  • Anonymous

    So if I don’t update my TB I’ll still have this?  At least until the tiered data comes into play?

  • Anonymous

    I would take July 6th as the last day of Unlimited Data On Verizon. Just a suspicion, but time will tell.

    • James_Ever

      This was my train of thought as well. Especially now that the Droid3 is being held back until the day afterward, (please early release, please early release). I mean they are really pushing it out, five emails in one day about the same promotional deal…hmmm….

    • James_Ever

      This was my train of thought as well. Especially now that the Droid3 is being held back until the day afterward, (please early release, please early release). I mean they are really pushing it out, five emails in one day about the same promotional deal…hmmm….

  • Anonymous

    Sooo what happens after July 6th then? uh?

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  • Raptor007

    Great, nice feature but what does it matter if you DON’T have 4G LTE in your market YET!

  • I heard the reason Big Red is doing this because they are going to drop another 4g Lite phone maybe before July 5th?.. ummm could it be Droid Bionic? 

  • Kfath1978

    I just read this article: http://www.popherald.com/droid-bionic-release-date-next-month-before-iphone-5-possible/7475
    It states that this might have something to do w/ the Bionic being released soon!  But I am not holding my breath! 

  • Hoss789

    Good on you, Verizon…but I am still not going to pay $20 a month for it when it expires.

  • Anonymous


  • Granted

    You want to hear how awesome Verizon is? I have one bar of connectivity most days at my house, sometimes two if I’m lucky. And keep in mind I live in a affluent suburb of a major city where I’m 10 minutes drive from the city. I’ve been with Verizon for a long time. Calls dropped constantly, takes a good 5 to 10 minutes to send a picture to a friend or co-worker. My wives phone can barely hold a call at all. So I call and get a trouble ticket done and have them do a thorough investigation where they actually drive out to my house and test the signal. Oh and I forgot to mention that the first tech support rep who made the trouble ticket and investigation said if my service was deemed bad at my location after the test that I would be given a “FREE” network extender.

    So they call back over a week later and tell me I have a resolution to my problem and please call back. So like a moron I believe this is finally good news after paying out of the ass for piss poor service for so long, and I call back. The guy I talk yup says, yes we found your location to have very bad coverage. I said is that the resolution? He says yes. So I told him how the person who submitted the trouble ticket said if that was the case I would be getting a free network extender. He says they don’t give away free network extenders and the only two options I have is to buy a $200 one or they can wave my early termination fee to get me out of my contract. So i said “you’re telling me my only two options are to pay you $200 for bad service or you don’t want me as a customer any longer?”. He gets all weird as doesn’t say anything and starts babbling for a second not making sense.

    So there is a great reason why I love Verizon. And I looked on the internet and found their new logo “Verizon Wireless! Pay us $200 to fix our problems, or we don’t want you as a customer!” Copyright, 2011

    • Granted

      Oh and I talked to the girls manager who told I would get a free network extender and had her make sure it was in the ticket.

      • 2Ceedz

        IMHO Big Red is going backwards as a company in the last year or so.  With them terminating ‘deals’ (new every two – no more 1 yr contracts, etc.) left and right, along with them overpricing and over hypeing their devices this year, I have been very upset.

        They have totally screwed up my 1st Xoom upgrade… to the point that they have given me a $90 crediit to shut up for a few more days.

        Im not happy with them, but as long as their service (for most of us) stays steadily better then the competitors service, im kinda stuck.

        I am totally out of contract, up for upgrades, and still wont switch, as i’ve had such bad experiences with the other companies – service-wise.

        Kinda surprised they wouldnt give you something to keep you in your contract for another 2 years, but know most companies dont like to ‘give free devices’ anymore when they mess up.

        • Granted

          Yeah I feel I’m in the exact same boat as you are. It’s basically just adopting the dog that has eternal diarrhea because the only other dogs available are rabid and carry sawed-off shotguns, and have a horrible meth addiction, and have warrants out for Jay walking and necrophilia. Although with this horrible constant one bar of service I’m almost to the point where I think I need to shop around.

          It’s hilarious to, I went to a doctors appointment about 10 to 15 (with heavy traffic) minutes away and I was had full bars using 3G, and…. well it basically felt like I was using wi-fi it was so fast to me! I thought wow! This has to be 4G masquerading as 3G! But sadly it was just something that I’ve never actually experienced in my many years with Verizon where I live. It just seemed unreal to have that speed, it was if I had always used a betamax to watch movies and someone said “hey come watch this Blu-Ray movie on my 6,780 hertz television!”.

          But I guess Verizon is right I should continue to pay them over 200 a month for my and my wives cell phones and then if I don’t like my service I should gladly pay them an extra 200. I wonder if I should ever have a child (one that the mother doesn’t abort without my knowledge), maybe I should ask Verizon if I could pay them to take it and sell it on the black market. Sounds as reasonable as the current level of quality of service I’m receiving. But I’m glad to hear others aren’t just mindless paychecks for them and actually speak up about their crap service and the way they treat customers.

          • Rainyghost

            Thanks to you, I’m stuck with a rabid, gun-carrying, meth addicted dog (you took all the good diarrhea ones), and Verizon.

    • Adam Ridley

      Well you don’t have to be so brief.  Tell us what’s on your mind next time.  Let it go.  Seriously?  Do you think people are going to read all that?

    • Adam Ridley

      Well you don’t have to be so brief.  Tell us what’s on your mind next time.  Let it go.  Seriously?  Do you think people are going to read all that?

      • Russell Parks

        I did…

        • BaCkWeRdZ

          Me too

    • James_Ever

      Suggestion, call them back and tell them again, if they promised you something and then backtracked, ask for them to pull up the conversation, so even if they don’t honor it, say you were promised something and they may give it to you free, or at least take off 15% off your bill. I had a situation w/ an upgrade and did this and got 15% off of my bill for six months. Worth a try…

  • Cegabq

    I’m definitely up for this!

  • hopefully this will be around when the bionic finally comes out..

    • Anonymous

       Hopefully mankind will still be around when the bionic finally comes out.

  • 2Ceedz

    Know this is off subject, but speaking of Verizon offering deals:

    Tigerdirect.com is now offering the ‘Free’ and $99 android phones.  Xperia for $99… The commando for free.. Thunderbolt for $150… 

    I also just so happened to get the loyalty email and mailing, but prices listed were higher then they were thru verizonwireless.com… LOL…   😉

    Sorry for this being kinda off subject!

  • Free Hotspot

    “a software update will remove the Mobile Hotspot offer”

    I guess I won’t be updating my Thunderbolt.

    • BaCkWeRdZ

      My phone is rooted and the software I rooted it with deters the OTA updates. So if an OTA update is how they will remove it then hopefully mine will stay free forever

  • With the Droid 3 coming out July 7th, this lines up perfectly (this more solidifies that theory). Don’t want to be giving away free hotspot and rubbing it in the faces of the early Droid 3 adopters that won’t be able to use it on their new “flagship” phone.

  • Anonymous

    And thats because they’re still trying to decide how they are going to rape us on data caps. Or maybe they had a change of heart and are trying to up the caps.

  • Reg83

    July 6 update. Let’s hope that’s 2.3

    • Anonymous

      Would be nice to have the htc rep not be lying to me

    • MJ73

      Why? I already am running 2.3.4 🙂 Isn’t that good enough, lol

      I wonder if my ignoring the update will allow me to keep unl tether haha that would be funny! 
      Though I doubt it, at least I can use other apps 🙂

  • David

    Okay so the Hotspot is extended, but does that mean that the MR2 OTA is also going to be delayed until July 6th?  I know I was under the impression that the 15th would bring the OTA update for the rebooting and disable the hotspot functionality.

    • The MR2 update that was leaked was still rebooting…notably when toggling WiFi

      • MJ73

        That’s funny! 
        Maybe they should just go with one of the dev’s roms instead… mine only reboots when i select restart…. lol
        It’s a feature ya know haha…
        I have never had a reboot on toggling wifi , but I am using GB 2.3.4 so who knows 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I find it mildly amusing that in the post about “free” 4G Mobile Hotspot the phone in the picture is showing 3G. Haha… Happy Tuesday all!!

    • Anonymous

       Careful, you’ll hurt Kellex’s feelings. Poor Portland.

      • Stevaroo01

        Lol! Sorry Kellex! From the post earlier I see that Spokane is getting 4G… Hopefully Portland is right behind!

        • gage006

          Some areas of Portland have already done a soft launch of 4G. The real city wide launch can’t be far behind.

  • Zachattack112

    Damnit, that’s the day I become eligible for a upgrade

    • Xpsu06

      Me 2 lol

  • VerizonSpecialSupport

    …and be sure not to accept the software update in one month 🙂

  • d-roids

    i dunno if i should be cheering or facepalming myself…..

  • Michael Petralia

    this is all well and good…but when my 4g is constantly kicking on an off..and when i tether it will just go away completely after about 10 minutes this doesn’t mean shit to me.

  • MJ73

    What’s really neat, I connected my TBolt to an ethernet bridge/router the other day, and even though I had 2 PC’s (IP) addressed assigned the TB only showed 1 user…. Maybe a loophole to the 5 or 8 user maximum?

    I wonder how many IP’s the TB will assign, the bridge had it’s dhcp off…. btw  I don’t have enough PC’s to really test this out, but could be awesome for some one with LTE coverage and dozens of PC’s to run 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha, I was talking about this with the Verizon rep when I bought my Thunderbolt this weekend. We both suspected this would happen. LTE gets switched on here Thursday, so this is great! And I’m obligated to try Xbox Live on it. No way in heck I would be that much of a dick and keep playing on it — I just want to really put LTE to the test. 

    • Rizzidy

      How would playing xbox on lte make you a dick?

      • Anonymous

        Lots of data use is what he means.

      • Anonymous

        Because I’m paying for LTE as a mobile broadband connection for my phone. Whether or not using a console on your mobile device’s LTE connection is acceptable use or not is debatable, but it’s a dick move to anyone else trying to use the network. LTE is plenty fast, yes, but if everyone and their brother decides to hook up their Xbox and their Playstation and whatever POS Nintendo throws out next, QoS will drop significantly. So in order to prevent a “This is why we can’t have nice things” sort of situation, I will be nice, and use Xbox Live only on my wired broadband.

        • Rizzidy

          You have no idea what you are talking about.

      • Now if you were doing it on a rooted phone for free, i might see how you could say that. But since they are giving you a trial run, I say go for it.

  • Vzw Rep SC

    I work at Verizon and I must say you are always spot on with this stuff.. GS

  • Mike p

    how do u get the battery percentage in the battery icon in the status bar???

    • Anonymous

      Root root root

  • Anonymous

    is that the das bamf rom?

    • Nativi

      That’s the sense squared theme

  • Mike

    I’m starting to think they don’t know how to turn it off…

    That is good for us…

  • T Hall

    What does this mean?

    The $20/GB (Gigabyte) plan will not be available on 4G LTE Smartphones

    • It means get ready to pay an arm and a leg for 4G tethering soon.

      • T Hall

        I was scared that is what it meant…

        Luckily God blessed me with two arms and two legs, so I should be able to get the hot spot through the summer.

        • Anonymous

          This comment is 100% win.

      • Anonymous

        Or they just are not going to allow tethering at all.

  • Rizzidy

    This probably means that there won’t be a decent phone on Verizon this summer.

    • Anonymous

      You got that right.

      • Anonymous

        +2 on that comment!!!

    • It probably also means that tiered data will begin around that time too.

  • Lore Chis

    hope another 4g smartphone come out, then maybe verizon will extent this again

    • Anonymous

      I dont care if they extend it or not just release some more phones.

  • Wow how nice of Verizon…a feature we should be getting for free anyway.

    • tjhrulz

      Google added this feature with froyo, but carriers managed to convince google otherwise 

  • Anonymous

    Nice, I was getting ready to miss this feature.

    • Mdburton11

      Me to

    • Anonymous

      …just as I was about to root the phone…Verizon turns around and actually does something awesome 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Whats stopping you from rooting it? mines rooted and im still enjoying the free tethering