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Haven't seen the bill yet but yesterday was my end of previous month and beginning of the new month and now cannot use Foxfi for my WIFI hot spot, or so it appears. Attempted my usual routine yesterday morning plugging in the phone starting Foxfi, grind the beans of coffee, pour the water turn on the computer and wait to hear the blip that the computer has connected with the phone. Didn't happen. Foxfi unable to start. Ok, happens sometimes if I haven't rebooted for a while will fix later. Hit the park WIFI. Came home last night after work, did a restart of the phone on the way home, try again. Nothing. Another attempt this morning and have a message that I need to add a service to my plan to be able to access my unlimited data. Haven't hit the buttons to see what that means yet. Anyone else have a similar issue? Resolutions? Used 30 GB at last check last month. Mostly streaming TV shows that I can't seem to stay awake for when the are originally broadcast. Thanks,

 

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The 2012 FCC decision that decreed that tethering and hotspot access had to be free for most customers specifically stated that grandfathered unlimited customers would have to pay for this service. Because I wanted to ensure that I was fully compliant with respect to Verizon's TOS (terms of service) on grandfathered plans, I've been paying for hotspot service since then. I reasoned that the unlimited service overall was worth a lot more than $30/mo since we routinely use 80-100 GB/mo. It's not surprising that Verizon finally got around to preventing "unlimited" customers from circumventing its TOS.

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Thanks for the responses. It's a new to me S5 have had it just a few weeks. Had been using an S3 for several years before. I don't believe I am circumventing a TOS with the use of the program. It's just an easier way of connecting my phone to the computer. When I first purchased my data plan in an actual Verizon store I told them the reason for the purchase and that I would be using my phone as my internet source for my laptop or any other computer that replaced it. Was told verbally multiple time that was what their data plan was for. Of course that was 10 years ago and if I walked into the same location again no one would still be there to verify. I will continue to research and hope for a resolution. I already pay what I feel is almost excessive, especially with the new charges that I have heard about. With my Motorola Droids in the past I had used "Tether", but it required plugging my phone into the laptop for a USB connection. It caused issues with the port on the phone with apparent 'more than expected connection repetition' syndrome. So the Foxfi has worked better in that sense. Anyway..............................................................

 

 

Thanks again.

 

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I don't believe I am circumventing a TOS with the use of the program. It's just an easier way of connecting my phone to the computer.

 

Here's an excerpt from one of the many articles that were published in August 2012 after the FCC issued its ruling:

 

  • Current customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans still have to pay. Unfortunately, if you want to tether with your unlimited plan, you have to either upgrade your plan to one of the new, Share Everything plans (which include tethering), or pony up $20/mo for Verizon's "Mobile Broadband Connect" service. You can still tether off the books and hope you don't get caught, but if they catch you, Verizon will either sign you up for Mobile Broadband Connect, put you on a Share Everything plan, or terminate your contract. Sorry.

The entire article can be found here: http://lifehacker.com/5933152/the-right-to-tether-what-the-verizonfcc-settlement-means-to-you?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

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Here's an excerpt from one of the many articles that were published in August 2012 after the FCC issued its ruling:

 

  • Current customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans still have to pay. Unfortunately, if you want to tether with your unlimited plan, you have to either upgrade your plan to one of the new, Share Everything plans (which include tethering), or pony up $20/mo for Verizon's "Mobile Broadband Connect" service. You can still tether off the books and hope you don't get caught, but if they catch you, Verizon will either sign you up for Mobile Broadband Connect, put you on a Share Everything plan, or terminate your contract. Sorry.

The entire article can be found here: http://lifehacker.com/5933152/the-right-to-tether-what-the-verizonfcc-settlement-means-to-you?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

I will be watching my bill for the reported automatic addition of the extra $20. I don't want to speak with them because I have heard they attempt many different ways to get you to say yes to a service change that I do not want. It happened once but I was able to return to the store after reading the entire document that was printed out as my "confirmation" that they did what I wanted (which they didn't). I don't think anyone tethers off the books. Anyone using more than a few GB has to be doing something else than just watching things on their phone.

 

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Sitting here with my S 5 and FoxFi not working like all of you. I will be using cg wifi for a few more days then my MiFi. Hoping that FoxFi can get back in business with hotspot. connect it is way convenient. Otherwise I will have to go into a store and add the dang mobile service. My UDP goes back to the beginning - same number same account since 1985 - before Verizon bought the prior company.

 

Last time I went through this I called VZW and by the time I was done FoxFi was working and my plan had been changed to ShareEverything or what ever and I started getting notices of too much data. I called and got through to a high level tech and after 72 hours my UDP was restored retro to the idiot's taking it away from me. Don't want to go through that again.

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Sitting here with my S 5 and FoxFi not working like all of you. I will be using cg wifi for a few more days then my MiFi. Hoping that FoxFi can get back in business with hotspot. connect it is way convenient. Otherwise I will have to go into a store and add the dang mobile service. My UDP goes back to the beginning - same number same account since 1985 - before Verizon bought the prior company.

 

Last time I went through this I called VZW and by the time I was done FoxFi was working and my plan had been changed to ShareEverything or what ever and I started getting notices of too much data. I called and got through to a high level tech and after 72 hours my UDP was restored retro to the idiot's taking it away from me. Don't want to go through that again.

 

Then, don't go into the store to do it. The stores are full of vultures who prey on unsuspecting customers. You can sign into My Verizon and add the hotspot feature by yourself. In fact, you can turn it off and on any time you like and it is pro-rated. You can sign into My Verizon either on your computer or your phone and add the hotspot feature.

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Verizon...Two smart phones, One Jet pack.40 Gigs of data. Wife also has two nooks and she streams pandora radio..We use it all over the country with excellent results.Monthly bill is 254.98 expensive yes but it is what we need. The jet pack is our only means of internet access.

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Mind died on Saturday. No WiFi but I can still use USB but that doesn't help me with my Samsung Tablet. I did check my billing statement and the rate for my phone went up $20. Are they going to want me to pay another $30 on top of the $20 just to get my tablet hooked up. I want to learn all I can before I call them. I did file a complaint with the FCC. I'll watch here for any updates on how to solve this problem.

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Mind died on Saturday. No WiFi but I can still use USB but that doesn't help me with my Samsung Tablet. I did check my billing statement and the rate for my phone went up $20. Are they going to want me to pay another $30 on top of the $20 just to get my tablet hooked up. I want to learn all I can before I call them. I did file a complaint with the FCC. I'll watch here for any updates on how to solve this problem.

Got my bill today and find the rate has increased too. The USB tether is working but it's not as easy as the hotspot activation. Did try to do the Bluetooth but it didn't connect. Hoping for a resolution too.

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Mind died on Saturday. No WiFi but I can still use USB but that doesn't help me with my Samsung Tablet. I did check my billing statement and the rate for my phone went up $20. Are they going to want me to pay another $30 on top of the $20 just to get my tablet hooked up. I want to learn all I can before I call them. I did file a complaint with the FCC. I'll watch here for any updates on how to solve this problem.

Bluetooth still server connectivity still works. If your tablet has Bluetooth then try it that way.

We found that it helps to do a complete shut down of both phone and computer, then on again, before trying these alternative connection methods.

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