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Verizon 4G LTE Unlimited Data Customers Will Have Separate $30 Unlimited Tethering Plan

When we first reported news that Verizon was switching to tiered data, we also confirmed that customers would be allowed to add on tethering for an additional $20.  What we were unsure about though, was how they would treat those of us with 4G LTE devices who remained on unlimited plans – we now know.

All current customers with 4G LTE devices that will be grandfathered in to unlimited data plans will have a separate $30 per month unlimited tethering option starting July 7.  We’ve known for some time now that Verizon extended the free 4G LTE mobile hotspot promo to July 6, but once that day comes and goes, we’ll only have the option to add on an additional $30 plan rather than the $20 2GB tier.

An automatic update will be pushed to the Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution on the 6th or 7th to cut off free hotspot capabilities.  If you try to access the service after the update has hit, you will be prompted to purchase the $30 plan.

The $20 2GB tier will be available to new 4G LTE customers that sign up after the 6th.  From our understanding, current 3G smartphone customers will also have the 2GB option.

I will say that while it appears to be expensive, it’s a much better option that the 2GB $20 option.  Power users who love unlimited  data and also love to tether should be happy that they have another unlimited options.

Your thoughts?

Cheers ___ and vzw!

  • Robdollar

    Its expensive, I agree. But if you have a iPhone 5 with unlimited data and its not jailbroken, at least you can tether your Laptop, iPad/Android Tablet or your itouch to it. I have seached hi and low and i can’t find any reliable tethering apps for a iphone thats not jailbroken. I tether my itouch to my iphone 5 and least i have Grooveshark, xFinity App, ( cant watch tv unless on wifi) and other tweeks that i wont mention that most people have on a Jail Broken iDevice. It will get me by till if or when someone releases a JailBreak for 6.0.1 on a iPhone 5

  • Guest

    so you dont have to pay the extra money? its just a option?

  • Mshipman60

    I am a Droid owner. $30 of my monthly bill is to covet internet access charges. Quite high, to be sure, nut the price you pay for mobile internet. There are times. I need to print something or I need to download some updates, I see no reason why o can’t hook my phone to my lap top and do that. . I don’t think that should be extra. Things are getting out of hand cost wise. Why should I pay for internet usage twice. Rip off.

  • Btsgmen

    just root the  phone and get wifi tether

  • Big Red

    Way too greedy… I have Verizon 3G wireless internet and mobile phones; the only real promising internet connection I can get where I live. 4G isn’t even available where I live yet; but it’s available in 2 near-by cities. I’ve been with Verizon since they bought out Alltel and was grandfathered my unlimited plan with them; because it was stipulated in the contract with Alltel when they bought them out. Now, I can’t get a 4G device unless I upgrade and lose my unlimited plan for the Tier plan data package (4gb/$20) and it used to be 2gb/$20. Mind you, I used 23gb per month average on 3G… with my internet capabilities being 15x faster if I upgrade to 4G when I can; you could imagine how much more data our family would use being that the internet will not be as slow. they want to tax $10 for the first gb after the first allowance of 4gb and $5 per gb after. If you do the math it’s the monthly $20 for the 4gb allowance and $10 for the following 1gb and $90 for the remaining 18gb of usage per month. That’s $110 not including the $50-$60 monthly service fee we already pay for 3G. So $160-$170 per month for 15mbps upload mobile internet; because it’s my families primary source of internet and we use it at home 24/7 (Gaming, computer, wifi enabled devices). I don’t know every stipulation concerning overage charges (if there’s a cap on overage charges or not) but still; should I be charged the maximum overage charges every month because my wireless internet serves a different purpose than the average consumer? I want a smartphone, I want 15mbps download, and I want 4G… I’m just not willing to give up my unlimited data package and get taxed so much for it; it’s just not worth it. So, until sprint 4G is available in my area or Verizon offers an unlimited data plan; I’m sticking with 3G 🙁
    I wish sprint would expand its network to our area to drive competitive pricing and give us an out if we’re unsatisfied with Verizion’s service or pricing.

  • Rwtiedemann

    I AM LEAVING VERIZON this is the last time you bastards screw me!

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  • Helen

    I’m upset that they do not have the unlimited option for 3G customers who have unlimited data.

  • Anon

    What’s next… $5/month to use the camera…plus another buck to use the flash…!!!

    Add $3 for voice activated features…another $1 per winow on the home page and .50/each icon you add…

    Nuthin but damn thieves… I bought the phone AND ALL OF THE SERVICES WITHIN IT…and the unlimited data plan…

    but apparently ownership rights dont mean d*i*c*k anymore….

  • mr.what

    Android can serve as a teather over USB for free, in debug mode. A little less user friendly but it works.

  • Keith Larsen

    Called today  to  check on price for adding tethering plan to my Revolution and was told it would be $ 30.00/ 2GB  per month …

  • droidrev71

    I don’t know but i just talked to Verizon and they told me there isn’t an unlimited hotspot plan for 4g

  • Some people’s math is flawed.

    Basic data: $30/month for current users
    Hotspot: $30/month for current users
    Forced phone plan: at least $40/month for current users

    That’s $100/month for ONE PHONE.  Way too much, I’m sorry.  It also makes no sense that the Hotspot is unlimited but the phone’s data is not especially since if you left Hotspot on the phone would use that data.  Meaning they COULD keep unlimited and lose nothing.

    I wouldn’t care so much if there were a pay-per-use calling plan with no minimum monthly.  I use the actual phone feature so infrequently that I’d be all over such a plan even at $.50/minute.  Then I’m down to $60 which is more than reasonable for the way I use the phone.

  • Junksecret

    This is a great deal for me, I have a cable modem at home that I pay $50.00 a month for, now I can get rid of it and use my “Charge” as a hotspot, which is as fast as the cable, I don’t mind losing the net when I have a phone call

  • DB in ROCNY

    I have been to 4 VZW stores in the Rochester, NY area (2 in Henrietta (Jefferson Rd for the ROC peeps out there), 1 in Pittsford, and 1 in Greece – NONE of them have any idea what I’m talking about when I mention the $30 unlimited tethering option for 4G phone owners, as I want to flip my dad over to a 4G phone & lock in tethering for when 4G is built out in his town in a few months.

    DL & Engadget need to offer up concrete proof of this before people go rushing out there to make decisions before cutoff tomorrow.  And VZW reps are also telling people that an upgrade to 4G from 3G after 7/7 will result in a new tiered plan, not an upgrade from 3G unlimited to 4G unlimited data plans. 

    • I just got off the phone with Verizon myself, and I am getting the same story.  Nobody knows anything about an unlimited tether plan for $30 — today or tomorrow.

  • Jordon182

    Quick question for those that know…if I’m currently paying for unlimited 3g data, when I eventually get a new device that is 4g LTE, will my unlimited plan stay intact?  Or will I end up getting screwed into the new tiered pricing because I wasn’t currently paying for 4g LTE unlimited data?  Thanks in advance. 

    • joelbman

      I’m wondering the same thing.

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  • Youllreachus

    That’s insanity that we have to pay twice for data.  Data is data. It’s like going to buy a bag of flour that’s $5 and they charge you $8 dollars at the counter saying “I’m sorry, it’s $5 dollars if you make bread, but I overheard you say you’re making cake and that’s $8 dollars.”

    • Anonymous

      Yes Data is Data… Bandwidth between mobile and hotspot is entirely different.

  • Crazyjoker2

    I feel like i better use some data to get my moneys worth….

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  • Bugmenot

    This might have to do with them needing to comply with the open 700 Mhz spectrum.

  • Scott

    Wait, so I’m 3G.  Does that mean if I don’t upgrade to a 4G phone by July 7th, then I won’t be able to get unlimited at all in the future?  Gosh this is confusing.

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  • Beth

    Help!  I hope this news about $30 for unlimited tethering on Tbolt 4G is true.  I bought mine and ended my Mimi 2200 after asking several VZW reps if there was any downside.  They each confirmed that I had kept my unlimited data plan but at a cheaper price and I could actually tether more devices with my Tbolt.  Then, I hear about July 7th bringing $20 for 2GB for tethering, although I had the $29.99 unlimited data on the phone.  I’ve also heard of free tethering, then that tethering is not allowed, etc.  My question is, could you share where you got this news ($30 for unlimited tethering for current Tbolt owners)?  I don’t hear it anywhere else online, except where they quote this site, and after three days and HOURS on phone and online with VZW I haven’t heard it and have heard so many different things.  This site seems up-to-date and well-maintained and I’m praying this news is true but ‘d like to know more on its source so I can sleep well tonight.  Thank so much.  (Please excuse if inappropriate – never posted before.)  Thanks again. 

  • Data Lover

    Just spoke to Verizon rep and she said there will be no unlimited data for tethering….. it will be $20 for 2GB

    • Data Lover

      even with Unlimited 4G data plan for your phone….. tethering will be limited

  • Anonymous

    you can kiss my ass verizon. If I have unlimited 4G for 30 bucks.. I ain’t paying you another 30 bucks just to USE the unlimited data that I already payed for in whatever way I like. Wifi tether it is.

  • Guest

    If it’s truly unlimited, and $30 a month, and I were in a 4G area, that’s a truly via replacement to “home” interenet use.  That’s actually a sweet deal.

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  • Question

    I have a Droid X. If I want to get a 4g phone in the future, will I still have my unlimited data grandfathered?

    • Sweetbaboo

      Probably not. You will likely lose your grandfathered plan when you go from 3g to 4g. This differentiation in unlimited plans almost reveals their hand in making it clear that if you want 4g grandfathering, you’d better do it now.

    • Jarid Jasper

      Yes, Read all the posts on it on Droid-Life, they clearly show you and give you examples that 3G unlimited Data now will get you 4G unlimited data after 7/7… AS LONG: as you don’t let your contract expire. If you are still under contract and are eligible for an “upgrade” on lets say 7/28 when the Bionic comes out, and you buy the Bionic, you can keep your Unlimited Data plan.

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  • Stevehunt86

    It’s rediculous though. Unlimited data plan. Oh but sorry, you need to pay extra for the data that you are going to use while tethering. If you are paying for unlimited data, tethering should be included. How do they care how you are using your data? It shouldn’t matter.

  • This is fair…considering if LTE is as fast as they say then the $30 is like paying for cable internet except you can take it with you.

    So, $100 for unlimited data anywhere I want? I think that’s pretty fair. Have to deal with 1 company instead of 2 haha.

  • They’re so greedy, it’s disgusting.  It should just come with the phone and service.  I bet a lot of people will buy it.  Verizon will be so happy, they’ll drop the data cap to a lower amount: 200mb and charge $50 a month.  The more I hear about these services of theirs and the prices, the less I like Verizon. 

  • David Harris

    The pricing seems ok but their data caps are ridiculous in this day and age. And I’m sick of hearing about their network being overloaded too; Verizon, take a little of that money you’ve been gouging out of us and work on your goddamn network!

    • You relizae they spend over 1 billion on their network every year. Thats how VZW eclipsed sprint’s WiMax coverage over night with LTE and its growing every month. 174 markets by the end of this year. that isn’t exactly cheap to maintain a 3G network and build out a completely different network on top of that at a pace so quickly. To say Verizon doesn’t work on their network is just friggin ridiculous. There’s a reason Verizon is #1 in network reliability, because they actually spend their money on their network.

      Clowns using their mobile connection for bit torrent and replacing their home network, that is what is causing the new data caps. Not because the network can’t handle the traffic but because clowns like these think they are entitled to everything at no additional cost. You signed a contract to only use the data on your device unless you pay for tethering. It’s in black and white and all these whining children can keep bitching about it but it makes no difference if you SIGNED A CONTRACT.

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  • Stagger0

    You guys realize that $30 unlimited 15+ Megabits per second is also much cheaper than most ISP wired services. Or it is at least where I live. Of course we also do not have 4G where I live, so this may not even be relevant.

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  • Nguymatt

    Um, is this unlimited really unlimited or 5gb then they might throttle you?

    • Anonymous

      Verizon hasn’t done the 5gb hardcap in a long while.  They will throttle you if you are using excessive amounts of data though (I forget either the top 2% or 5%).

  • LazyAsian

    Add a line to family plan $10. Unlimited phone data $30. Unlimited tethering $30. $70 for dedicated mifi with unlimited data.

  • LazyAsian

    Why would anyone buy a mobile hotspot with 5 GB or 10 GB limit for $50 or $80 when they can just buy a 4G phone and turn on mobile hotspot for unlimited data?

  • so if you’re grandfathered into the 4G unlimited tether does that mean you can get it at anytime or do you have to get it before the 6th

    • pj

      The 4g unlimited tether was only a temporary promotion. As of the 6th, if you want to use it, you will have to enroll in the $30 extra plan.

  • Anonymous

    What I would like to know is if there is going to be tiered family data?

  • Evan_8907

    So do current 3g customers get this option as well or are they forced to tiered?

  • Jake

    I think $30 per device for unlimited data is acceptable. When I signed up for unlimited data for my Droid and Droid X, I understood it to be all the data that my PHONE could use. Since tablets are just bigger phones, I never understood why the data plans for tablets were so much more expensive and why they had data caps. I might get the $30 unlimited tether option, but I’d prefer a $30 unlimited data plan for tablets, so I wouldn’t have to drain my phone’s battery. In truth, I wouldn’t be using double the data, because I’d only be using one device at a time. In other words, any data I use on my tablet is likely data that I wouldn’t be using on my phone and vice versa. 

  • Is it true if you have unlimited 3G for $30, when you upgrade to a 4G plan they let you have unlimited 4G for $30 as well?

    • pj

      Yes. So far.

  • Anonymous

    If they actually had a decent LTE phone for us to go out and upgrade for those that have an upgrade.

    Non of the phones are worth buying to get locked in at that price.

  • Sleepin

    Wireless tether for root users. ‘Nuff said.

    • Rooted DroidX

      Amen to that.

  • Atst88

    Why are you guys crying about this? This is the best news I have seen in a LONG time…. Say good f’in bye time Warner cable… Unlimited and 5x faster for only $30? Balls YEA!!!

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    • Jason Young Min Lee

      I agree. Time Warner Cable is the worst ISP i have ever had.

      • pj

        That’s a bummer to hear from you guys. TWC here is the best option for internet. Even if I had unlimited 4g I would probably still prefer my rock solid 15/5 connection for $65 a month.

        • Levy7853

          Verizon Fios does 35/35. Fortunately I was able to switch from TWC. Until recently I had no options either.

        • fios— 25/25 for 70.  twc has decent download speeds but their uploads have been horrendous…

          eg… its sad when my 3g wifi from vzw gets faster upload speeds than my twc “turbo” modem.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like a good idea unless you have a Thunderbolt like mine. Which is a few degrees from catching fire when tethering. Gimme the Mifi with $30/mo and you’ve got a deal

    • haha time warner…. where your speed is stuck in 2002.

  • nation-x

    Personally, I think this is a very fair offer from Verizon. My cable (Time Warner) cost me $90/month for 30mbps down and 5mbps up on the Extreme plan. I consistently get 20mbps down and 9mbps up using my Thunderbolt. $59.95 for unlimited access at those speeds is a good deal IMHO.

  • ricky siebold

    This is pretty fair imo.  $30 unlimited for your phone, $30 unlimited for everything else.    Nobody is complaining about unlimited mobile data, in fact we’re doing whatever we can to keep it.   So why would we complain about $30 tethering?    People will be wishing they had that deal in the near future. 

  • Anonymous

    Um….hello barnacle wifi tether 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Still expensive, but an okay compromise.  For the non-rooted user…the unlimited tethering is nice when you are on vacation and you have to pay to use the hotel wireless.

    I just wish Verizon came out with some cheaper talk plans.

  • Dlowrey99

    what happens to the tethering when the phone receives an incoming call?  is the user forced to choose between answering the call and uninterrupted tethering?

    • 0mie

      Nope, you can talk on the phone and still be tethering…I do it all the time 🙂

  • palomosan

    My free days of 4G goodness are almost over, that’s 30 more on my bill, don’t think so but I feel like I need it now since I’ve been using it since I got my transformer.

  • Hugh Hansen

    That’s great news.  I use my Thunderbolt hotspot to stream Netflix and other video on my iPad, so this will ultimately be a lot cheaper than the $20 for two gig plan.


    Can I buy the TB on July 6, exchange it within the allotted 1 month period (for the D3, bionic, or sgs2 for example), and still have the $30 unlimited data plan???????????????????????

    • glimmer

      no because its 14 days not 30

      • TROOF

        hmmm would it work within that 14 day time period? 

        • glimmer

          you wont see the sgs2 or the bionic till after 14 days have passed for that reason

          • TROOF

            im eyeing the D3

      • joelbman

        It’s 14 days to void your contract but 30 days to exchange to a different phone.  I’m considering the same exact thing and just went into the store to verify.

  • Anonymous

    could somebody with a 4G phone get a 3G tethering plan? Not that they would want to, I know, just curious if it would be an option…the 4G phones have 3G radios in them, right?

    • Anonymous

      The 4G phones do indeed have 3G radios in them which keeps them from being obsolete whenever they travel outside of Verizons limited (though rapidly expanding) 4G network.

      However, you cannot purchase a 3G exclusive plan (limiting the phones capabilities) for a 4G phone. Whether you have 4G in your area or not, if you buy a 4G phone you are buying 4G service. For this reason you cannot get a 3G exclusive tether plan. However, your tethering will continue to work on 3G (albeit slower) when you travel outside of 4G.

      Sorry, don’t mean to be the bubble burster, but I’ve already looked into that possibility when I was checking out 4G phones before my area had 4G. And by the way, whether you have 4G now or not, when you do get it, you’ll not want to limit yourself to 3G anyway!! It is SSSSOOOO much faster!! You can really tell the difference when you stray out of 4G service!

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts is $60 a month for unlimited data and tethering leaves me with no budget to talk. Virgin looks promising to deliver all that at $25.

    • Anonymous

      I have a friend that has an Android phone on Virgin Mobile, and the internet is so slow to load that it is completely unusable.  I’m talking many many minutes.  It’s a frigging joke.  And we live in the sixth largest city.  I don’t know why he hasn’t returned the phone yet.

      • Anonymous

        I have a friend with an Android phone on Sprint. He and I tried to open the same website standing right next to each other, both on 3G phones, (3G mind you, not even 4G!!), and I had the page open, fully read, and clicked through to other pages by the time his phone finished opening the first page! I live in Pensacola, FL where both VZW and Sprint claim to have excellent coverage! So, in theory, it should have been an apples to apples comparison. VZW may have their problems (as we all are very well aware!!), but you can’t argue with the facts… their network is the fastest (and in my experience, the most reliable as well!!)!

      • Anonymous

        I have a nephew, niece, mom, brother, buddy, and sis on Virgin and the
        internet is not slow for us, nor is VoIP via GrooveIP, maps, GPS,
        navigation, everything works for us. Between Sacramento and San Jose we’ve
        yet to drop signal or a call. Matter of fact, sis used it to navigate
        between Sacramento and San Diego, it was flawless.

    • Oxyribose

      Virgin is capped at 5GB.

      • Anonymous

        I just don’t need 60$ A month of tethering and data to justify unlimited
        when all i need is a 25$ plan. I realize that this is not for everyone. Now
        that I’m going to be daddy, i want to be off the mobile as much as
        possible… Hope that makes sense. Dropping my $150 a month for $25 a month
        makes sense for me.

  • Tennesseelights

    I think I keep my DX with CM7 and wifi tether…….Vz can suck it!!!!

  • LeeInMKE

    My question : How many devices can you tether? Or will that be determined by the phones capabilities?

    • 0mie

      All Verizon 4G devices have a max of 8 devices…I’d personally never use over 2 or 3 because of the slower speeds.

      • Anonymous

        My thoughts exactly!

  • Anonymous

    When you have Hotspot enabled, all traffic through the phone, including it’s usage, is coming out of the Hotspot allowance. This means that for those who get a smartphone after the 6th, requiring them to get the limited data package can opt for this unlimited hotspot. Sure it’s $60. But they can just leave it on, only allow authorized users to connect to the hotspot and enjoy unlimited data. Will likely hurt the battery life, though.

    • Anonymous

      Its not unlimited for new users can’t you read?

      • Anonymous

        I sure can, but I chose not to read the whole thing through, assuming I understood what was being said.

        As a VZW employee myself, I should have actually thought for a second since I know exactly what’s going on. I thought this may have just been a last second change allowing those who get tiered data packages to get unlimited hot spot as well.

        With that said, my point still stands. Data for hot spots come out of it’s own allowance, and this is true for the data access on the phone itself when enabled. You’ll find you can get more data for your money if you add a hotspot feature and use it’s allowance after your standard allowance is up, rather than jumping to the next tier of available data.

        Oh, and sorry to offend the big internet tough guy by not reading through the whole post.

        • Anonymous

          Tough guy? No and if you are a vzw employee you should know. But guess not then again I wouldnt expect anything more from a vzw employee. Smh

          • Anonymous

            I should learn to read? Let me repost what I just said:
            “As a VZW employee myself, I should have actually thought for a second since I know exactly what’s going on. I thought this may have just been a last second change allowing those who get tiered data packages to get unlimited hot spot as well.”

            On a side note, I’m quite a competent employee and the only complains about my work I’ve received are from customers who don’t have the capacity to understand, or the willingness to.

          • Anonymous

            I wish you worked in the vzw store I go to the ones I deal with are so incompetent it is ridiculous. I didn’t mean to offend you I didn’t mean it like that. Just majority of vzw employees I’ve dealt with should have never been hired.

          • Anonymous

            Ok, well I took offense. It’s easy to… dealing with angry customers all day, lol. 
            As for the store reps… they don’t get nearly as much training as phone reps like myself. They of course must be more focused on selling product and getting contracts. Sadly, they seem to get pushed too hard they can’t focus enough on helping customers and giving the best answers. 

          • Anonymous

            Well I do apologize didn’t mean to come across that way. And yes it is sad because they have no clue and only try to sell iPhones mostly. That’s why when I go in I tell them what I want and not ask them lol.

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure about that? I was understanding this post to say that the unlimited tethering for $30 was only available to those of us already on an unlimited 4G plan.

       “All current customers with 4G LTE devices that will be grandfathered in to unlimited data plans will have a separate $30 per month unlimited tethering option starting July 7.”

      It that’s true, it sure would be a nice work-around for those stuck on a tiered plan! (I guess for that reason I doubt VZW would allow it.)

      • Anonymous

        Ok, I didn’t realize this was a double-post and that there was already a thread about this below… disregard my comments.

  • I wonder how this will affect rooted users… They can’t force the OTA on us, but they obviously won’t want us to have unlimited free tethering. 

    I’m pretty sure carriers can detect tethering (AT&T forces the tethering plan on you if you keep tethering after they tell you to stop), so I don’t see the point of the update.

    • Not necessarily, I pretty sure that only the iPhone was affected on At&t, and most people think that it was because they could monitor if Flash was being used on the network, which the iPhone can not do so they knew they were using a free tethering app. The only other way they could know on the network side is the way the packets were sent from the phone to whatever server, and I think there is a way for the packets to be changed in order to fool the tools using to monitor them. 

  • Anonymous

    meh, as long as I can move my X to the Bionic and keep my unlimited plan I’m happy. (so far this is true)

    • joelbman

      I’m trying to figure out if this is true, and I’m not sure it is.  Sounds like grandfathering will only apply to people that already have a 4G phone.

  • Anonymous

    So…what if we simply don’t accept the friggin update?

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully they kick you off the network.

      • Hopefully you get AIDS. See, I can wish for unnecessary stuff like a jerk too.

        • Mr.Joe

          Uncool bro!

        • Anonymous

          Well, aren’t you a big girl on the internet. If it was in person… you’d still be laying on the ground after spouting your pie hole like that.

    • Anonymous

      You probably won’t get to accept it will just be a silent one that blocks mobile hot spot

      • Anonymous

        I wonder what they can force to update, for rooted GB users, hmmmm 🙂
        At least that we could not restore if necessary.

        • Rooted DroidX

          More than likely, you’ll just have to find a different method to tether.  There are plenty options available for rooted users. 🙂

          • Gee

            If your rooted couldn’t you just “backup” the apk that grants the free hotspot using titanium backup then re-install it… Just saying is all

          • Josh Nichols

            Why not just use wireless tether..? I’m sure if you’re still using the Verizon official app for free after the sixth it will be a lot easier to spot than a rooted app (which is next to impossible to spot without some major snooping)

          • Distortedloop

            Wireless tether doesn’t allow for a true wifi access point type connection…some devices won’t connect to it, whereas they’ll connect to the hotspot app.  Weird.

          • The official app wont work regardless of if you back it up. it relies on a feature that is on your vzw account. the feature will be removed automatically and wont be added back so the official app will never work for you unless you pay the money. simple as that

          • Anonymous

            Then this statement would be wrong?

            “An automatic update will be pushed to the Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution on the 6th or 7th to cut off free hotspot capabilities.”

          • FrankXS

            I believe a MHS “update” will happen that affects only the 4G phones (i.e. Thunderbolt, Charge and Revolution.  But I feel certain there is no need to update the app on the phone.  All that needs to be done is to configure the MHS server on VZW’s end to reject non-paying MHS requests.  Having said that, sure it’s possible they might update the app, who knows.  But I don’t think it’s necessary for this project.  The way I’m seen VZW state this in the past is more like “there will be an auto update to implement this new data service”.  Various folks like to “interpret” that as meaning update to the app.  Personally, I don’t think that’s necessary.  I think they’re referring to their own billing/MHS services on their end.

        • FrankXS

          I still think the major MHS “update” (block unauthorized users) will be done on the VZW servers, not the phone.  I mean, you know it’s not as simple as just getting the app on your phone, right?

      • Anonymous

        I wonder what they can force to update, for rooted GB users, hmmmm 🙂
        At least that we could not restore if necessary.

    • tjhrulz

      I would assume it is silent or is a API update

    • PleasureMachine

      my aunt has a Thunderbolt and is still using mobile hotspot for free somehow.  She told me she had been on the phone with Verizon for hours trying to get the wireless security on it set up for hours and they were like “…how are you even using this?”

  • Anonymous

    Can I switch to Sprint yet?

  • 0pusX

    Its actually not bad IMO. I can cancel my $50 a month DSL service at home and just use tethering off my Bolt for an extra $30 a month. Right? I come out $20 ahead.

    • Cephas003

      Anyone know the long term effects of tethering that often for that long? Even if you keep your phone on the charger, I can’t imagine its good for the general health of the phone. I know when I use navigation on a summer day, I can’t wait to get my phone to direct contact of cold air so I can decrease the temperature from 115 degrees Fahrenheit or whatever.

      • Anonymous

        No doubt it has an adverse effect on battery life. On the flip side, I’ve always heard that fully draining (and then fully recharging) a battery is actually good for it in the long run (increases longevity). I’m no expert though!

        As for temp, I’ve noticed that my Tbolt does warm up some when I tether, but it doesn’t get blazing hot. I can’t think that it’s hurting the phone (internals) too much. Even if it were to shorten it’s life to some degree, I doubt that the average person buying this phone or one like it (likely a power user or techy) is going to keep it long enough to ever see any adverse effects. They’ll sell it and move on to something newer/better. I personally tend to only keep my phones for 10-12 months.

        Just my 2cents.

        Have a great weekend!!

    • Anonymous

      If you have a solid 4G connection, you should trade in your DSL service for this plan.

  • ill keep my rooted phone

    • Anonymous

      and verizon will continue to know that you’re “illegally” tethering and block it. Which is horseshit…

      • Rick

        says you.  I have Sling box app it uses data allot of data weather I watch it on my phone or teathered to my laptop verizon can not tell the diffrence.  Ok little Troll

        • Anonymous

          When you see a huge bill come your way, don’t be surprised.

          • Rooted DroidX

            Highly doubtful.  There are plenty of ways on a rooted phone to tether data without sending any data back to Verizon showing that a computer is using the phone’s 3g/4g connection.  As far as they are concerned, it’s simply the phone that’s doing it.

            Oh, VZW doesn’t send a huge bill if someone tries to tether and fails.  The browser simply redirects to a page instructing them to purchase tethering, and the phone kills data until airplane mode is enabled and disabled, or the phone reset.  For them to send a “huge bill” it would have to be clearly stated in the ToS that they would do that.

          • Mr.Joe


            If you go all press history has shown it will!

            Back in the day some guys 22 year old son did a bunch of tethering and data on his razr.  Guy got charged and fought with vzw cause he wasn’t going to pay the fee.  Even though vzw offered to reduce it he went to the press got a lot of attention and vzw dropped it.

            This confuses the hell out of me cause the son damn well knew what the hell he was doing.  

          • HolyGrail


            No it doesn’t.

            Data is data….what wifi tether app basically does is turn you’re phone into a router and streams the data out. Verizon can only keep track of your data usage, and how much you use. Verizon can’t detect if your streaming it out, because to them all it shows is data going to your phone. All they can tell is how much data is being used, and if you’re not going crazy with huge amounts of of data usage setting off red flags, then they’ll  never know.

            I don’t think you know how data works.

            As far as your example, your factually incorrect.
            The person your refering to only had a 200 mb plan. Of course he got charge because he went over his data limit while tethering.

        • Anonymous

          I’m a troll? ouch… lol

        • t.o.

          Troll Wtf grow up
          Is that suppose to offend

  • ill keep my rooted phone

  • How about you let me use my damn unlimited data the freaking way i want stupid ass corporate america and you’re idiotic rules.  Data is data, no matter how you label it.  No one side of a cheese pizza is any better than the other!

    • tjhrulz

      Unless it has more cheese, but in this analogy that would be the rooted side, always better. 😉

    • Anonymous

      It’s that type of thinking that killed unlimited data in the first place…..  When people are using their mobile instead of getting their home wired, they are ruining it for the rest of us.

      • Anonymous

        Agree that’s why they are moving to tiered. Sad but very true. People using their phone as their home internet and using ridiculous amounts of data ruins it for everyone.

        • Granted

          Absolutely. They only argue and try top defend it because they are too cheap or feel entitled to free internet

          • Anonymous

            I think vzw should add in the tos if they catch you illegally tethering that tthey can cancel your unlimited and force you to a tiered plan. Then people would learn.

          • its not free jackass we do pay for it.

          • Mr.Joe

            Mr. Lichtenstiger watch your language! 

          • Anonymous

            You don’t pay if you illegally tether which I said. How about you read you’re the jackass.

      • Anonymous

        Because they sell you a package with UNLIMITED DATA. End of argument. You sign up for unlimited data, that is what you get. You want to complain because people using it more than you did, blame Verizon for selling it in the first place.

        You seem to be under the delusion that Verizon is doing this because their network is becoming taxed and people are “ruining it” for the rest of the class and should be “kicked off the network”. They are doing this because they plan on selling more and more phones with LTE capability and KNOW that the average consumer will go over these caps easily, netting them more monthly profit. Not because MAYBE 5% go over 5gb a month. This is about $$. To think otherwise would just be foolish.

        This discussion is about tethering by the way. Which, at it’s core principle, if you are paying for a data plan, that should be it, not paying double for the same data. I don’t have to pay my cable company for all the devices hooked up to my WiFi, this should be no different.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with the principle that we unlimited should truly be unlimited and why it isn’t (money for VZW)… however, we all know going into our contract that they don’t define it that way. It could be worse… we could be stuck buying phones that don’t have tethering capabilities at all… at least there’s an option out there!

        • Patrick Ignaczak

          i go over 12gb/month on 3g just with phone access

      • Hemorrdroid

        nah, there are so many ways to use massive amounts of data these days (streaming music, netflix, youtube hd etc..) that tiered data would have happened anyways, but yes, tethering lots of data was a contributing factor.

        • tiered data is moving in the wrong direction. with all these streaming services, everyone on a tiered plan will be too afraid to use them…..which i guess is what the carriers want

      • i had an iphone for 2 weeks in between my dx and tbolt… i used 3gb of data in a couple days WITHOUT tethering…

        these tiered plans need to be updated regularly or there will be a lot of HUGE bills and angry customers….

        meanwhile, i could not care less…i have unlimited… grandfathered, bay bay!

    • ricky siebold

      what is so hard to understand about unlimited mobile data?   it says it in black and effing white.    you get unlimited mobile data for your PHONE.    not for your HOUSE.   bunch of babies.

      • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        Ok then smart guy, Since it is defined as “mobile data” then I shouldn’t have to pay a dime extra for tethering to my WiFi tablet. 🙂

        • or laptop for that matter 

          • nerdkill

            or like a kite carrying wifi watches

        • nerdkill

          like i said… a bunch of babies.    you can argue semantics of a quick couple of words i typed out, and if that makes you feel like a scholar then good for you.   go read your contract since you’re such a buff for clear statements.   i love people that try to conveniently more things around so they don’t feel like thieves.   if you want to steal data then steal it, but stop lying to yourself.   It’s like I’m dealing with a bunch of evangelical androids. 

          • Anonymous

            Then I suggest that next time you choose your words more carefully when making an argument and calling people names. No need to be all upset because I blew a huge hole in your argument.

            As I said in another post, my cable company doesn’t charge me to split my data onto the numerous devices I have in the house running off of it. Why should Verizon, who is really only after your money making your defense of them astounding, get to charge me when I use my data on one of my “mobile devices”. If I am tethered to my phone from my tablet, there is no excess data being used. It is the same as if I did the exact same thing on my phone. But they want $ from me for the ability to do so. Sorry, in principle I will not do it. If that makes me an “evangelical android thief” (whatever that even means), then so be it.

            If people are wiring their home off their cell phone, that is another issue altogether and I wont even justify those people with saying how ridiculous that is.

            Now chill out.

          • its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission…

            way to break rule #72…

    • i followed you until that pizza comment….

      pizza mmmmmmm mmmmm.

      oh and ny style > chicago

  • Anonymous

    “An automatic update will be pushed to the Thunderbolt, Charge, and
    Revolution on the 6th or 7th to cut off free hotspot capabilities”

    Then add the Fix for the Tbolt at the same time!

  • Anonymous

    Still seems kind of high. Luckily I don’t tether. Just glad I can keep my unlimited data.

  • I’mRIGHTyou’reWRONG

    So, can I leave VZW yet?
    Did they add .03$ to the plans?

    I thought they said they would choose on July 1st?

    But anyway, 30$ seems high. Whateva. 

    • Adam Magie

      $30 is what they charge now for unlimited data…so…same price.

  • Thenew3

    so $60/month for unlimited data on phone and unlimited tethering.   Not too bad

  • Still way too much. It should be free but at $10 for unlimited tethering it would at least be reasonable.

    • Anonymous

      completely agree. But if you figure people are using tethering to replace their current internet plan, it’s somewhat more reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, if I pay for “unlimited data” I hate the idea of limiting my data consumption, but at the same time, I may be getting $30 worth of value out of the plan…

      • Anonymous

        I agree with both of you. Thing is, VZW doesn’t want you replacing your regular isp. So they price it to where most people won’t want to do it.

        In reality though, I’m surprised they’re even going to offer an unlimited hot spot option for us 4G users! It’s really not that bad a deal if you will actually replace your isp. And probably faster too.

        I agree though that on principle unlimited should truly be unlimited… No matter how I use it.

    • I’mRIGHTyou’reWRONG

      Its verizon. Everything is overpriced. 

      • Anonymous

        Might seem overpriced, but you get what you pay for!! No other carrier (at least in my area) can offer the level of speed and reliability that Verizon does!

        I agree though, that the $150 bill each month (and I only have two phones on my plan… and only one is a smartphone!!!!) does sting a little!

        • I’mRIGHTyou’reWRONG

          In my area, all 4 of the USA’s main carriers have great coverage.
          I guess I am lucky…

        • Distortedloop

          So I must be paying for frequent 4G outages, huh?  I wonder how much they’ll charge for 4G when it’s actually something you can count on as solidly as ATTs and TMo’s (in areas they cover).  LOL.  Seriously, Verizon does seem able to push a signal here in the suburbs and further out areas of Los Angeles county, but the reliability and up-time of a 4G signal hasn’t earned Verizon a lot of positive feelings from me.

          • lmfaogsm4g

            Did you really just say that att and tmo have better 4g? In comparison to LTE.?!? Failboat

          • whattatard


          • whattatard

            get off verizons dick faggot

      • Anonymous

        Might seem overpriced, but you get what you pay for!! No other carrier (at least in my area) can offer the level of speed and reliability that Verizon does!

        I agree though, that the $150 bill each month (and I only have two phones on my plan… and only one is a smartphone!!!!) does sting a little!

    • I’mRIGHTyou’reWRONG

      Its verizon. Everything is overpriced. 

    • Reallaker81

      exactly that’s I’m talking about

    • Aosmitty

      Home cable internets runs $30 on a promo rate and typically $40+ off promo. I don’t know what the latency of tethered 4G is but maybe now your wireless plan can also be.your home internet.plan?

      • Davidcosmejr

        Mine already is, but I’m on 3G.  It works fine for most things, but is not great for video.  I’m not paying for  hotspot thought, I’m using PDAnet.

  • well thats not as bad as i thought they would do.. 30 more bucks for unlimited… hmmm… nope screw that

  • Anonymous

    what about the 3G users on the unlimited data what will our tethering be?

    • T Hall

      I am also curious about this. Have a Droid now, gonna get bionic, can I add unlimited 4g tethering for $30? This would actually be sweet for my rather than paying for my shitty DSL …

      • Guest

        I’m curious about this as well. Will this option be available to users grandfathered 3g users who switch to 4g down the road?

        • Guest

          I’m concerned about this as well.  I have an original droid now, and would like to wait for a dual-core LTE phone to come out.  However, if I need to upgrade right now to ensure unlimited 4G data down the road, I’ll do that.

    • Droid

      “From our understanding, current 3G smartphone customers will also have the 2GB option.”

      Looks like you might not get unlimited tethering but that statement doesn’t seem very definitive though.