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Verizon Blocks Updates to Apps That They Don’t Approve of? How About Bionic Tethering Instructions to Ease the Pain?

Back in April, we discovered that Verizon was starting to block apps that they deemed to be unacceptable or that violated contract terms.  Tethering apps were the first and most noticeably removed, but what if the situation is deeper than just blocking?  What we mean by that is, what if you bought (yes, used your hard-earned money) an app that they are now blocking?  Can you no longer receive updates to that app?  What if you change phones and go into the market to load up everything that you had previously purchased? Are those blocked apps no longer available?

It’s an interesting (more like painful) conversation that should probably be made much more public than it is as of right now.  What started this latest round was the screenshot you are seeing above from a Reddit user who went into his market to update EasyTether only to be welcomed with the message in yellow.  He is unable to load the latest update to the app because his carrier (Verizon) will not allow it.  Now, EasyTether is a $9.99 app that he paid for, but that he is no longer allowed to use? Yikes.

There is a work-around though, as if to soften some of the blow.  If you flip your phone into Airplane mode and then turn on wifi, you should be able to update.  

On a related note, how about free WiFi tethering on the Bionic?

So, in an attempt to dig further into the situation, I pulled up as many of the activated phones I have and came up with varying results on the blocked app market front.  My Bionic (which is rooted only) is able to see every single app known to man, though.  I even installed Wireless Tether straight from the market, however, Verizon has a sneaky new way of tying it into the built-in wireless tether app in Android which needs a work-around in order to work. The video below will get you up in no time (root required):

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*Note – we have no way to tell if Verizon is still able to check your tethering usage after doing this, so do this all at your own risk.

Via:  Reddit, Droid Matters

  • Boblevel

    A lot of the comments about tethering are missing the point. It’s not about tethering, it’s about the app. Where in your contract does it say anything about Verizon not permitting you to upgrade legally purchased apps from the Android Market? 

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  • http://www.johnpariah.wordpress.com/ John Olesen

    Oh but in the openness of Android, carries can mod and change stuff as they see fit. Because android is open. If google didn’t allow Verizon/ ATT/ TMo / Sprint / USC / Whoethefuckever to do something-it would compromise the openness of android..

    Yay for catch 22s.

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

    you’re in the presence of ghetto royalty…
    do what the f&^* we want…
    then pay the lawyer fees.

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

    although annoying, there are other ways to update apps than the market.

    droid users are crafty.

  • Dshudson

    FYI, if you got your Bionic the day of release like I did.. Keep in mind, today is the point of no return. 14 day return policy..!!! 

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  • Guest

    You are still missing the point that tdizzel and AnGeLFaCe77are trying to make. Verizon didn’t trick you into the tethering pricing. They told you about it up front and you agreed to it. Most of the posters would have you believe that Verizon pulled some shady deal AFTER you signed up for unlimited data plan and that isn’t the case. Analogies seem popular so using the ones already posted… If TWC told you up front that you could only use the internet on one PC and that routers were allowed for an additional 30 bucks a month would you be pissed when they blocked the router for people not paying the 30 dollar fee? I don’t see how you could be considering they made the pricing clear up front before you agreed to the contract. Don’t get me wrong I think it sucks too, but we all agreed to these terms and they are only enforcing what we agreed to.

    • Orion

      I don’t disagree that people knew about the fee for tethering up front.  However, there is an inherent tension between asking you to buy data and then asking you to purchase how to use it.  What’s the point of owning it if I can’t use it however I see fit?!  Let me try it this way:  let’s say you purchased an unlimited water supply from your municipality or county provider.  You pay $30 and you get all the water you want.  But they also say that water used to put out fires is subject to a separate $30 charge up and above the $30 you pay to get all the water you want.  Yes, the two can be reconciled, but I also understand the point that it’s my @!#$%’ing water.  I bought an unlimited supply.  If I want to put it in a glass and drink it, I have an unlimited supply to do so with.  If I want to pour it on the sidewalk to measure the differential rates of evaporation at different times of the day, well, hell, I have an unlimited supply right here that I purchased.  If I want to waste it in the most non-environmentally friendly way possible, guess what?  It’s my water.  I’ll do what I damn well please with it.  To say I have purchased unlimited water and then to say that I have to pay extra for certain uses of the water I’ve already purchased an unlimited supply of isn’t inherently conflicting.  But it causes a natural tension between what it means to “own” or “purchase” something with what you  what you can do with it.  And that’s just crap.  You might as well tell people that they can’t multitask with their phone because you feel it drains the battery too fast.  It’s my @$#%;ing battery, and I’ll drain it however the frak I like, thank you kindly.  :)

      • Guest

        But you are still missing the point. Why would you agree to the additional charges and then complain that its unfair? Don’t buy the water in the first place if you don’t like the additional $30 for fires. Or don’t get pissed when the water company stops you from putting out fires with your supply because you haven’t paid the fire fee. An agreement is an agreement. If I borrowed your car and you told me not to smoke in it would it be cool for me to do it anyway because I think you loaned me the car so I can do whatever I want with it? No, I agreed not to and I wouldn’t get mad when you made me give you my cigarettes next time I borrowed your car to insure I didn’t change the terms after I left the driveway… 

        • Orion

          No, no… I agree with you that the two can be reconciled.  Look, Guest, my friend (if I can call you that), I get it:  it’s about the sanctity of the agreement, and the duty to adhere to the terms you accepted and blah, blah, ZZZzzzzzzz…  I’m just pointing out that when you tell someone they’re purchasing an unlimited amount of data and then you tell them they can’t use it except in X way, it’s kinda sucky.  When we purchase something, we think it’s ours.  Just because Verizon has figured out a way to sell us unlimited data and then charge us additionally for certain uses and just because that’s what you have to agree to if you want a good coverage area (no offense, Sprint), and if you don’t like it, you can have any other agreement you want with Verizon, so long as it’s the one Verizon’s offering that you can’t change, well, hey, sure, then.  But … you know… look, it’s *still* sucky. And things that are sucky are the things that make people want to game the system and stick it to the man. 

          So, I say:  Here’s to rooting and sticking it to the man!

  • DroidFan

    I wonder if the “new” market places like Amazon or GetJar will allow this type of “blocking”?

  • http://twitter.com/VueAskew ViewAskew

    I’ve been too freaked out about losing my multiple lines of promotionally priced unlimited data to do any kind of tethering since the initial announcement that they’d slap a capped data penalty on anyone caught “illegally” tethering. what ever happened to the promise that those of us on grandfathered unlimited plans could add unlimited tethering for $30? Is that still an option? Grrrr…

  • http://profiles.google.com/ralphtrentacosta Ralph Trentacosta

    I have the OG and i was able to update yesterday!  I still think its unlawful, almost, for these carriers to require you to purchase something that you do not need.  You really do not NEED a data plan for these phones.  But if you have the data plan, you really do not NEED a voice plan.  Why not just come up with one plan!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my! Verizon is becoming another APPLE, controlling the apps we can and cannot buy! ;)

  • Anonymous

    I am sick and tired where the carriers will bend over backwards and do anything possible to get the iPhone, but when it comes to android, they just F*** the handsets up big time. x(

    “Oh, sorry, you can only download from the stores we approve of. Oh, sorry there is crap apps on your device and you cannot uninstall them.” And so on.  OR take freaking forever to release handsets.

  • Jak_341

    How about fixing the tethering app for us paying customers so I don’t get constant disconnects.

  • Dshudson

    I have been using the stock tether app on the bionic since day 1, I just edited the database file using sqlite, see below: 
    1. To start, you have to make sure that you have root on your phone along with SQLite Editor app installed.
    2. After that, tap to launch the SQLite App editor and select Settings Storage
    3. Now, in Settings Storage, tap to select settings.db.
    4. Then select Settings and after that tap on menu button followed by selecting Set_Filter option.
    5. Then, in the Set_Filter field, type “check” and press OK.
    6. Now in the resulting menu, set the value of “entitlement_check” to zero.
    7. Once done, reboot your phone.
    I used this all weekend long while I was on call connecting to work using GoToMyPC the first week I bought the phone, works flawless, love the 4g

    • Anonymous

      do you follow the same process to get the phone back to normal if you need to apply an update?  Or do you even need to bring it back to normal to update?

      • Dshudson

        Don’t need to. 

    • babadush

      I like this person.

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    Give me tether, or give me death!!

  • Jason Purp

    It’s time for Verizon to jump off of a building.

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  • thesaber2000

    i seriously want to punch them in the face (verizon that is). isnt this against the law? i thought they wernt allowed to block any app now. wasnt that a deal they made  with the fcc when they bought the 4g??
    we need to speak up about this now! 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! That is exactly why Google bid up the price of the 700Mhz LTE spectrum LTE at thethe auction. Teathering is a built in capability of the device and the AOSP software. As such Verizon is in violation if their lease contract with the FCC. They can restrict and charge for 3G teathering but not LTE. This is the strongest basis for a class action suit in my opinion.

  • Justin

    I first noticed this when my og wouldn’t download games like stupid zombies when I changed my ROM.. It wouldn’t appear in the market, and the external internet link wouldn’t let me download it.

  • Anonymous

    big red has most likely seen that or similar youtube vids by now =  …they’re just hell bent on pissing off the customers seems like

  • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, if I wasn’t on a massive family plan I would have left Verizon long ago. Unfortunately it is just cheaper staying on the plan. Then again, what carry actually looks appealing at this point?

    • Jared Duquette

      I couldn’t concur more Dan. 

      The only reason I still have Verizon is a family plan that lets me have access to unlimited talk, text, and web for 50.00 a month.  It’s such a steal that no other network or plan can compare. 

      It’s also the only reason I have not upgraded from my OG Droid.  I don’t want a contract and 600-700 for a phone just doesn’t have my ‘bang for my buck’ either. 

      Tough cookie, no doubt.

      • Anonymous

        You don’t lose your plan when you upgrade your device FYI.

        • Took

          No, but you are locked in with Verizon for another 2 years, and Jared’s point is simply that he does not want to make that commitment.

    • Tony Allen

      Yup, no carrier at this point is honestly appealing, so there’s no sense in sacrificing coverage and reliability for cheaper prices and a less draconian policy situation.

      • Anonymous

        And this is where they all have us under control!  Just, what if everyone jumped ship?  We should be playing hardball “as a group” instead of the providers.  If everyone dumped their plans over the next year, we would have all kinds of crying corporations.  I keep thinking, what I could do with the extra 200 plus a month in my pocket….Again, what if?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    I hardly ever argue with retards…because it’s retarded…BUT!  How is stealing internet if you tether to a computer and browse or browse right on your phone?  

    • Srk052004

      Chris-tard, bugger off until you can actually read some of the posts disagreeing with your position.

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  • Prickee

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    people need to stop stealing internet.

    • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

      people aren’t stealing it if they are already paying for it in the first place.. Duhhh 

    • Anonymous

      Alright. You can use water in your house and on the spout on the side of your house, you pay the water bill so it’s alright.
      What’s that? Attach a garden hose for watering flowers or washing your car?
      $30/month “tethering” fee will be added, thanks.

  • Anonymous
  • Billy Jenkins

    If Verizon blocks and removes all the free and paid apps they dont approve of from the market like apple I will just download all my apps from the internet. including apps that are available in the market. It wont do much which is why I will just give away the apk files to whoever wants them.

    • Anonymous

      Enjoy your viruses

      • Billy Jenkins

        Well since half of my apps on my phone are apks that I downloaded from the internet (which is about 20+) and I still have no viruses or any lag then then I’m not sure what viruses you were talking about.

        • Anonymous

          Just like the first porn site people go to never has any viruses…but eventually you’ll get there.

          • Root

            Viruses from porn sites? What crazy places do you browse?

          • Billy Jenkins

            Well I’ve owned an android phone since late 2009 starting with a droid 1. and I have been downloading tons of apps from other websites and deleting ones i dont like. so many that I lost track of the amount. I used to do it to test out the app before buying it from the market since Verizon took away the 24 hour refund policy. They should know people would just download the apps for free online. And I have never experienced any lag or problems. I’m rooted though and backup my phone and data everyday but I’m still not sure what viruses you mean. Maybe I’m just lucky but if I were to get a virus I can just restore my phone to the backup I made the day before

        • babadush

          Appbrain

  • Anonymous

    things like this make me lololol at all the apple haters…at least the powers from cupertino dont put up with the bullshit from the carriers…..more like the carriers bend over backwards for apple…have fun with your restricted open source..locked down android devices verizon fans (without voiding your warranty -_-)

    • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry S

      trollers gonna troll

    • Billy Jenkins

      locked down android device? lol. Maybe you forgot that the Bionic was hacked before it was even released. And most android users own at least 1 hacked android device. And once u root your android device its no longer locked. Yes I voided my warranty just like what would happen if u jailbreak an iphone. The only difference is that my rooted thunderbolt is alot more powerful then any jailbroken iphone. Even non rooted its more powerful then a jailbroken iphone. and things like this arent even that big of a deal since u can download any app by installing the file from the internet. so if they remove it from the market I can have it installed within 10 minutes or less by downloading it from online. and even if my android phone was restricted open source it would still be alot better then no open source which is exactly what all iphones have.

      • Anonymous

        i dont agree with dude but jailbreaking is legal…..just checked and that voids ur warranty too…

        • Billy Jenkins

          Jailbreaking voids your warranty? I know it does. I even said so in my comment.

    • Anonymous

      You’re so clueless it’s not even funny.

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

    I can say that the method for tethering on the Bionic does work, I did this the other day. Can’t believe Verizon is blocking updates to an app that was already paid for though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277643194 Bryan Burch

    What about Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether?  Does VZW know how to watch it?

    • Anonymous

      Yes.  I tried Barnacle and Wireless Tether after rooting my DX and both times after tethering my laptop when I tried to surf the web, I was directed to VZW’s website to sign up for a tethering plan.  I believe it’s something that is built into Gingerbread.  I suspect that’s one of the reasons why GB was delayed for so long.  Although I have no proof, it’s just my opinion. 
      I hope this hack works and keeps VZW from knowing if you have activated the mobile hotspot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

        tthe tethering restriction is built into the stock motorola gingerbread build,however, it is not present in custom roms for the dx that use the 2int hijack method i.e. cyanogen or miui amoung others

  • Wyveryx

    I thought the android market was run by Google, how does Verizon have a say so in what apps you have access to?

    • Anonymous

      that’s why you can get around it on wi-fi

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    • Wyveryx

      say what?

  • Anonymous

    im almost starting to hate verizon as much as i hate apple

    • Anonymous

      pay the service cheap man

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

        How about carriers quit double charging for data. We should be free to use the data we pay for as we see fit.

        • BillyT

          We should!  We should also stop paying for agreements that require us to pay twice!  Oh…wait.  

          Let me know if you have any better ideas Jason.

          • Anonymous

            Simple. We root and get access to our data that way or we use great apps like Easy Tether. I’ll agree to the contract but… I’m still gonna work every minute necessary to get around it. Its not as simple as you’re trying to make it, what if the contract said “unlimited data… Except if you’re insert-your-race-here”

            That would be unacceptable, right? So why are they allowed to tell us what we can and cant do with that 2GB of data they sell us?

      • Anonymous

        Imagine this: Verizon and then all the other carriers decided to offer “unlimited data”, which was only for checking email, and then offered another $30 service that gave you another 2GB for web browsing

        And switching 450 anytime minute plans to 450 minutes of calling Verizon headquarters only with another $70 charge to call other numbers.

        Now I’m imaginging @AnGeLFaCe77:disqus and @tdizzel:disqus singing a different tune whether they signed the contracts or not.

        • Anonymous

          That wouldn’t happen to me because I actually read things before I sign and am not stupid enough to agree to terms like that. If that was their only offer I’d just leave. But people don’t want to take responsibility for anything. They just sign whatever is put in front of them and then complain about having to abide by what they agreed to.

          • Anonymous

            I said Verizon and the other carriers. Where you gonna go? 

          • Anonymous

            Vonage. Having a cell phone is a nice luxury, but I don’t need one. Neither does anyone else. The human race survived for thousands of years before cell phones.

          • Anonymous

            Lies.

          • Kris Brandt

            That was before you needed a cell phone to survive in today’s age.  Just because the human race lived without farming (foraging and hunting) for thousands of years doesn’t mean we can do so today.

          • Mike

            So if you don’t have a cellular telephone, you will actually die?

          • http://twitter.com/pcDroidski Pat Cedrowski

            What happens if we keep “replying” to replies of posts… do the replies just keep indenting till they disappear off the page…?

          • TurbineTech

            I don’t know lets try it.

          • Orion

            The experiment continues…

          • Anonymous

            Good news everyone!  If we indent far enough the universe will implode! *creepy Farnsworth giggle*

          • http://twitter.com/pcDroidski Pat Cedrowski

          • http://twitter.com/pcDroidski Pat Cedrowski

            This has got to be the smallest-sized reply I’ve ever seen

          • EC8CH

            no…

            This has got to be the smallest-sized reply you’ve ever seen

          • Wyveryx

            The incredible shrinking reply….The walls are squeezing me….Agghhhh….

          • http://twitter.com/shehippie malissa

            o.O

          • Anonymous

            We’re not done yet.

          • eckdawg5

            That’s what your wife said McClane…

          • eckdawg5

            I’m ready for another installment of the die hard series…

          • eckdawg5

            and a nap

          • Wyveryx

            My nuts just got squished!

          • Anonymous

            Looks like we reached the limit, the reply button is cut off on Wyveryx’s comment.

          • Benjamin M Sherry

            Thats a good question….

          • CopierITGuy

            I sure hope so…

          • Granted

            Yeah, that is what happens when ths vaginas argue why there favorite phone is better than the other persons, and when they think about how mom said they would never amount to shit, and dad paid them one to many late night visits, while they pretended to be asleep, but were secretly smiling.

          • ThisGuyHere

            If you’re injured in the middle of nowhere…yeah

          • Anonymous

            We may not want to do it, but we can. I still have friends and family who don’t have cell phones and they get along just fine. And I have a couple of friends that keep going weeks at a time without cell phones because they haven’t learned to stop breaking their phones. Cell phones are a luxury, but nowhere near a necessity. 

          • Lkjasdlfj

            trying to survive in today’s world without a cellular phone is like trying to survive without a computer or car, yeah you can do it, but it makes life a lot more difficult than it needs to be.  Hell, even smartphones are on their way to becoming a “necessity” (in quotes because you don’t really need it, but you almost do).

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

            i’ve been doing it for the past two weeks.

            it’s a vacation.  it’s euphoric.  it’s easy.

          • Anonymous

            life was so much easier before the advent of internet, and smartphones…granted you had to actually do work in order to pass that essay in school, but your whole life didnt come to a screeching halt because the library was closed

          • CopierITGuy

            Seriously?!?! Your answer for a cell phone is Vonage?!? Why the heck is someone as stupid as you even allowed to breathe? Much less waste our time with your ridiculous, incoherent rantings about nothing. I think we can all agree that we are all stupider having read your posts! Just sayin…

          • Azsaluki

            every time i hear “just sayin” i feel more stupid. vonage, as an answer to that hypothetical question is no more absurd than the question itself.

          • Anonymous

            Wow! someone seems a bit upset. What’s wrong? mommy won’t let you breastfeed today? Or did you find out that size does matter and your 1 1/2 inches isn’t impressing anyone.Why don’t you do us all a favor and make the world a better place-go get shot right in the face

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

            if you’re gonna do that, just use google voice.

            and if anything, i’d rather have mobile data than a phone.

          • Anonymous

            you dont ‘need’ a cell phone…you only ‘want’ a cell phone…if all the carriers decided upon those terms…guess who goes without a cell phone…this man

      • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

        AngelFace777.. I seriously might Internet fight you right now, because of the ridiculous comments your leaving.. I really hope your joking around, if not I’m about to pull my G-unit out, and things are gonna get real ugly.. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Sosa/635420640 Kevin Sosa

          I think that person is a Verizon plant…just sayin’.

          • Anonymous

            You think VZW paid someone to post on all the Bionic posts about how OG’s suck?

        • Anonymous

          “I seriously might internet fight you right now”

          elicited an audible chuckle from me. well played good sir.

      • Anonymous

        We/I already have.  We pay 30 bucks for data then they, Verizon, want to charge you again for tethering.  So again, your being double charged for the data.  Freakin’ Verizon data nazis!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Pay an additional 20 bucks for a service that allows us to take the “unlimited data” we already pay for? BS! Its simply a profit on top of profit toll. I pay over 100 dollars every month for my “unlimited plan” and I’ll be damned if I’ll give Verizon another cent to use the data how I see fit.

        • Kixofmyg0t

          You really don’t understand your contract do you? You have “Unlimited” data for ur phone to use. Not ur computer, tablet, car, toster over etc.

          You agreed to use “Unlimited” data for JUST YOUR PHONE when you signed the contract. They’re not charging you again for the same data. It CLEARLY states in the contract that the data is to be used for your phone alone.

          Stop bitching about shit you agreed to.

          • Anonymous

            They are charging me for the same data. The data comes into my phone, and i view it via my browser. They are charging me another 20 dollars to view it on a different browser. ITS THE SAME DAMN DATA!!!! My plan that is old had allowed wireless tethering to begin with, but then they changed it a year or so ago and started adding extra charges. I have not signed anything new, in about 5 years with Big Red.

          • Anonymous

            you’re being an absolute idiot… your data is for anything you do on your phone.. transferring that data to somewhere other than a phone is not legal under the contract that you happily agreed to so I see zero issues with them not allowing you to access what you said you wouldn’t without paying extra like you said you would

            Americans are so stupid sometimes.. plus the workaround is simple, be happy there is a workaround

          • Anonymous

            Sorry Bro, but i have to disagree. I pay a premium for an unlimited data plan. I should be able to view the data on any device I want. My bill is broken down into minutes, text and data. I don’t get extra fees when I send or receive a text message with another device (ie my comp) The fact that there is a work around, and us stupid American customers find ways to work around Big Red’s ridiculous extra fees indicates that we don’t agree with the charges. Finding ways not to pay for shit we don’t agree with is what makes America great! Just look at our tax system!

          • Jorshasaur

            So we could write an app that remotes into the phone and scales up what’s in its browser to other devices?  

            Hey, the data is still on the phone…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=141201722 Justin Jd Jackson

        I pay 170 a month and they want another 20..thats just madness… 

        • Anonymous

          That’s a little expensive

    • Anonymous

      I know! I mean people sign a service agreement that says they won’t tether without paying for it. Now these jerks are trying to enforce the agreement that people signed. How dare they! That is just evil! smh

      • Anonymous

        I pay for unlimited data, tethering shouldn’t be blocked in the first place.  Mobile hotspot is just VZW nickel and diming us.  Remember when DSL/Cable used to tell you that you could only have one device hooked up to your modem?  How many computers/devices do you have on your network now? 

        This applies doubly to people who are on tiered…they are already paying by the gig, so now VZW wants to charge them twice per gig?

        • BillyT

          All of that is true, but misses the point – you agreed to it.  Effective change rarely comes through passive aggression.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kegan-Miller/100001229795752 Kegan Miller

            Who would NOT agree to it and have a phone sitting there that they just paid 250+ for. No one would! How can they make a phone, sell it for however much and think that there little ( *subject to change at anytime, or whatever it says) means they can change there mind whenever they want and if we dont agree then our phones are now useless. THATS BS! If thats the case there should also be a clause in that contract saying….If we (the customer) at anytime dont agree to your “new” terms of conditions making our phone useless BEACAUSE we dont agree to your new terms then we also get our moneyback that we paid for our now useless phone! Like if you agree…

        • http://twitter.com/singingsabre Edward Arriola

          Read your damn contract.  Those gigs you agreed to are on your phone only, not through your phone.

          You signed it, you agreed to it, stop bitching about it.

          • Anonymous

            I’m entitled to bitch all I’d like.  I don’t like the way they treat this aspect of their business.  There is no law, contract, or rule that you follow but that you don’t agree with?  None whatsoever. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

            i know right first i cant murder someone now i cant tether my tablet smh at the world  damn you rules damn you 

          • Anonymous

            I was thinking more like…people bitching about immigration, the war on drugs, the war on terror, health care reform, financial reform, the bailout(s), etc.  Good try though.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=141201722 Justin Jd Jackson

            The reality is that there is a monopoly of service with no alternatives… Data must flow, and data must not be limited… it is a form of oppression. I cant afford the expensive tether, but it is an unfair advantage to those who can afford it. I don’t mind paying for internet, but nobody should be able to force out all competition and then limit service to only the power elite within the society… It is pure tyranny!

          • Shane

            The difference is that you AGREED to the terms of your contract.  You don’t have much of a say in the laws that you have to follow though.  Sure you get to vote, but if you’re in the minority, you’re out of luck.  …but the contract you signed was between you & Verizon — nobody else.  Totally your choice.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/mark.callender1 Mark Callender

            But if all Wireless ISP’s have identical policies, your choice is sign the contract or don’t have wireless service.

            It’s collusion, it’s extortion, it’s greed.

            Like the poster said your being charged 2X, you can only use the data on 1 device at a time.
            Do they charge a tethering fee if you use the razr or bionic with a lapdock?

        • Anonymous

          if its in the contract, and you didnt agree to it, no one held a gun to your head and made you sign the contract…quit complaining and, at the end of your two year agreement, go somewhere else

          • Anonymous

            Like where?  You have no real options.

          • Shane

            Seriously??  No real options?  My god, you people are spoiled.  

          • Anonymous

            Really buddy?  AT&T is worse than Verizon with a lesser network.  T-Mobile’s network is decent as long as you’re in the city, otherwise it blows and their customer service stinks.  Sprint’s network is the worst of them all with half a megabit 3G download speeds and they don’t have wimax at all in my city (which isn’t that great anyways).  The scattered regional carriers are jokes with bare minimum coverage, data that makes Sprint look good by comparison and a piss poor selection of mostly low end dumb phones with an occasional mid range android option.

        • Anonymous

          you don’t like it.. don’t sign the contract saying you do.. it’s a pretty simple argument he is making get over yourself

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kegan-Miller/100001229795752 Kegan Miller

        I know! Even after they allow the app on android market, and allow it to be downloaded, used, and updated for years! That is evil isnt it?

    • Anonymous

      .my best friend’s mom makes $77  an hour on the computer. she has been out of job for 9 moths but last month her check was $7487 USD just working on the computer for a few hours. read about it   http://CashDone.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/patfactorx David Pat

      Verizon also throttles its unlimited users now….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6F5ZNPVB4MLSI5DNAFZOFZM5BI InkedForLife

        Not on 4G.

    • Joey301

      Actually, when I got Fios, I learned that I hated Verizon worse than I did Comcast, and that was saying a lot. Verizon service = read our website.

  • Anonymous

    We Need a Class Action Lawsuit for the Damn Original XOOM, that’s never seen 4G LTE or my damn Storage Card enabled, Fkn Bastards! September is almost over…

  • Anonymous

    We Need a Class Action Lawsuit for the Damn Original XOOM, that’s never seen 4G LTE or my damn Storage Card enabled, Fkn Bastards! September is almost over…

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

      i feel you on this i called the other day and they had nothing on it

    • Anonymous

      I think I’m going to try and return mine based on the no 4G.

  • Me

    But if you buy their lapdock for bionic you can teather to it all you want so what’s the difference?

  • Anonymous

    This is Nice, been using it for bout a week already, while checking my Data usage on My Verizon app, haven’t seen any additional usage yet…

  • Sammy Guyana

    Should get FREE Tethering since i waited 9 F@ing months for this phone!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1121053457 Shayna Morrow

      but we get free nfl mobile!! -.-

    • Anonymous

      like you should get free cable from twc right. If you are thetering you are stealing

      • Billy Jenkins

        We bought the phone. We are required to pay $20 a month for “unlimited” data. We shouldn’t have to pay extra for how we use that unlimited data. We pay for cable also. But we dont have to pay for each channel. 

      • http://twitter.com/il_Sole_Leone Stephen Box

        Tethering should be free, Verizon agreed to give me unlimted data for $30 a month.  In turn I signed a 2 year contract and pay my bill each month.  Now Verizon wants to turn around and get another $30 per month and tell me how to use that same internet.  How would you feel if TWC told you that you had pay double the amount of your cable internet if you wanted to use a wireless modem to hook up more than one computer or other internet enabled devices?

        • Anonymous

          And the 2 year contract that you signed says that you won’t tether unless you pay for it. If you don’t like it, don’t sign the contract. You can’t compare it to TWC because its a different contract.

        • Devator22

          I remember a time in the not so distant past when this was the case. Free router set up was not always available. But no one was willing to pay for two cable lines, so the cable companies gave in aafter a while. Back then, having a router was just as bad as tethering your phone is now. Did I still use a router? Hells yea. Do I tether now? Sometimes. Don’t ever expect Verizon to stop complaining.

      • Anonymous

        You pay once a month for cable. An infinite number of devices can benefit from said cable via the use of a router.

        WiFi tethering turns your phone into a router. You pay $30/month for the internet service. Why then should you be charged an additional $30/month just to turn the phone into a router? Even unlimited users have a “cap” (when they start getting throttled), so it makes no sense for VZW to care how you decide to use your 2 to 5GB bandwidth for that month.

        The only reason is greed.

        • Anonymous

          You connect 100 boxes I’m pretty sure they are going to shut you down. Plus most people pay per box.

          • Billy Jenkins

            I have 6 DVR boxes in my house. One for each room. and we only pay for the main DVR box in the living room. all the other 5 are free. Maybe Verizon doesn’t like you if they make you pay for each box.

          • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

            I don’t know anybody who’s paying per device for the wired internet.

          • Anonymous

            The analogy given was for cable boxes/dvrs.

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

          when i had cable, our wireless would slow the eff down whenever all four of the people in the house were on it.

          but it was also time warner.  never again.

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          I hate to say that but you are paying $30/month for data plan only because Verizon is not expecting you to use more than 2G on average (even though the plan is “unlimited”). However, that still doesn’t explain why limited plans are not including free tethering. That definitely greed.

      • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

        Yea but if you have time warner cable, its still one price to hook up your computer(s) xbox, tv, phone, and whatever else you may have off your internet plan.. All off your one cable bill. Would u like it if time warner charged you extra for each one?  I highly doubt it.. you thief lol

      • Guest

        You couldn’t pay me to use TWC, that is garbage service. 

      • Jorshasaur

        You’re right.  Verizon can have back all the internets I stole.

        • Anonymous

          Every carrier is doing the same thing

  • Anonymous

    …or you could download it from the Amazon app store and not get pestered by Verizon…

    • Diabetes_man88

      thats what i did a while ago with easy tether pro when amazon had for 5 bucks. 

  • Nvious1

    I wondering if that hotspot hack works similar with Thunderbolt… someone should investigate!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get how Verizon can make you pay for the tether seeing as your already paying for the data usage package.  In other words, their charging you twice for the same thing.  I freakin’ hate the Verizon nazis. 

    • Anonymous

      thats exactly what they are!! i thought it was just me thinking that way.

  • Anonymous

    on a serious note: big corp telling private citizen where and how to spend their own money? not cool…….

    • ChrisI

      Yep, exactly. I seriously have absolutely no idea as to why anyone keeps giving their hard-earned money to Verizon. I left them almost a half decade ago and have never been happier. They are a blood-sucking business entity that cares nothing about its consumer base. Then again, I wouldn’t either if I keep giving them shitty phones to choose from, then block all the services they want, restrict their data usage, charge them out the ass for service, and they STILL keep giving me their $$.

      • RonsterWVU

        Who are you with now, with your amazing phone and outstanding prices?
        I would love to know of this factitious company you speak of?

        • Mike

          It’s called Easter Bunny Wireless. Look it up.

      • Anonymous

        unfortunately I care about coverage.. like everyone else here.. no point in carrying a tmobile paperweight

  • MOTOX

    @kellex:disqus That’s wiered. On my thunderbolt either some tethering apps aren’t in the market or were removed since…but now easy tether both paid and free and android tether lite and full are there. The free version of barnicle wifi tether is also there. So some apps may be gone or removed by vzw but not easy tether for me on my thunderbolt…

  • jason6g

    cant wait for a nice class action lawsuit to actually get to some kind of trial and knock these carriers down a peg or two.

    i for one am at the point of if i can tether for free i will, if i cannot then i wont tether at all. my tethering usage is like 50mb at month at best during heavy usage, so there is no way im paying $20 for something that i do free, and alot easier than their built in app.

    carriers need to wake up and realize people are going to view them as a dumb pipe and nothing more.

    • Phekno

      I highly doubt there would ever be a class action lawsuit regarding what is basically stealing from VZW. You can tether for free, but I’m guessing that it violates the contract you signed.

      Yeah, they’re a “dumb pipe”. Thanks, Senator Ted Stevens. Unfortunately VZW owns the “dumb pipe” and they can do with it what they please. Apparently they feel that they can charge $30/month for “hotspot” service. The market supports that (I.e enough people are willing to pay that amount for that service). If people didn’t want to pay that amount, VZW would either drop the price until people wanted it or they would discontinue it entirey.

      • Anonymous

        If they “do with it what they please” then they aren’t a “dump pipe”.

  • Sammy Guyana

    wowa

  • Pilotbluemike

    will be trying this tonight

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    or you could use amazon app store. but i bet if you call verizon and bitch about paying for a app you can get your money back.

    • Eraursls1984

      I doubt that, I haven’t have slacker on my phone but they have been charging me for it and cancelled it but wouldn’t reimburse me for the past few months (I called several times but get tired of waiting after 15-20 mins)

      • Anonymous

        Wow

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

          sometimes you just have to get really nasty. i work for at&t part time and hand them out like candy