All I want to do is use unlimited data for tethering

kat.hayes

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im on verizon with unlimited data and recently switched from an android that I was able to tether my iPad and MacBook Pro with. Apparently the only way to use my unlimited data with my iPhone and verizon is to JB.
1. Is there any other way to get around having to JB to tether?
2. Is there a certain type of JB I should look into since I only want to be able to tether?

Thanks.
 

kat.hayes

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The only way to tether or be a hotspot is to pay for the tethering plan which is either for 1GB or 2GB of data and as soon as I do that i lose my unlimited data. There is no way to use unlimited data with tethering with verizon on an iphone without a JB or some other unapproved process, which is what I am here looking into...
 

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Gotcha'..... And I kind of figured. On to your next question. Depending on what version of iOS you're running will determine if you can jailbreak your phone. If you're on 9.2 or above then it's not possible at this time. If your device happens to be on an older firmware, like iOS 8-9.1.... Then you can jailbreak it, and accomplish your goal.
 
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I don't believe Verizon can charge for tethering. Which is why you were able to do it on your Android. It has to do with the FCC and the LTE license.

However, Verizon doesn't have to make it easy for you. In the case of the iPhone, getting it to show up will require a tethering tweak, which requires jailbreaking.

So as suggested, you'll need to wait until a jailbreak drops for your firmware.
 

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It's been awhile since I've been stock, but I remember attempting to toggle the hotspot and being prompted to call Verizon so I could set up a plan. In her case, she seems to be grandfathered in with unlimited data. Any modification to the plan results in the loss of the data plan. Back on android I would use an app that allowed the tether to work. I'm sure things have changed since then but I think that's the hurdle
 

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It's been awhile since I've been stock, but I remember attempting to toggle the hotspot and being prompted to call Verizon so I could set up a plan. In her case, she seems to be grandfathered in with unlimited data. Any modification to the plan results in the loss of the data plan. Back on android I would use an app that allowed the tether to work. I'm sure things have changed since then but I think that's the hurdle
Yeah, that's the issue. Adding it incurs a fee, which moves you off the plan. It's how Verizon is getting people off these old plans.

But the FCC has ruled that Verizon cannot do anything about tethering for those on legacy unlimited plans if they find a way to tether.

Hence, Verizon cannot stop you if you find any other way to do this other than paying Verizon for it.

This is my understanding of it.
 

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But the FCC has ruled that Verizon cannot do anything about tethering for those on legacy unlimited plans if they find a way to tether.

Hence, Verizon cannot stop you if you find any other way to do this other than paying Verizon for it.

This is my understanding of it.
Good for Verizon users, then. Too bad the same rule never applied to AT&T.

If you're on OS X or have access to an OS X machine, you can build and run something like these:
- https://github.com/rickfarmer/tether
- https://github.com/ldanilek/BluetoothBrowse
- https://github.com/doctorpangloss/Tabi
- https://github.com/chrisballinger/SOCKS-iOS
- https://github.com/astanway/Tetherball
 
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kingmikesays

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You can add the $30 tethering option to your unlimited data. It's still there. You can do it from your MyVerizon app on your phone, without having to call in.

Click on Manage Features
Data Hotspot Packages
Add 4G Mobile Hotspot for $30

ENJOY!

If you were jailbroken you could have done it for free, but at least Verizon gives you the option to tether for $30
 

kat.hayes

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Good for Verizon users, then. Too bad the same rule never applied to AT&T.

If you're on OS X or have access to an OS X machine, you can build and run something like these:
- https://github.com/rickfarmer/tether
- https://github.com/ldanilek/BluetoothBrowse
- https://github.com/doctorpangloss/Tabi
- https://github.com/chrisballinger/SOCKS-iOS
- https://github.com/astanway/Tetherball
I have absolutely no idea what these are. Are these code to create tethering apps that can somehow be installed?
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You can add the $30 tethering option to your unlimited data. It's still there. You can do it from your MyVerizon app on your phone, without having to call in.

Click on Manage Features
Data Hotspot Packages
Add 4G Mobile Hotspot for $30

ENJOY!

If you were jailbroken you could have done it for free, but at least Verizon gives you the option to tether for $30
i spent an hour on the phone with several VZW people and went into a store and came to the conclusion that I can tether for $30 or whatever the price was when I looked into it, though it would immediately change my data plan from unlimited to either 1GB or 2GB a month...
 

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I have absolutely no idea what these are. Are these code to create tethering apps that can somehow be installed?
[doublepost=1462339668][/doublepost]
i spent an hour on the phone with several VZW people and went into a store and came to the conclusion that I can tether for $30 or whatever the price was when I looked into it, though it would immediately change my data plan from unlimited to either 1GB or 2GB a month...
They look like it. You would need to put them in Xcode and sideload the one you want in your iPhone.. IDK how they work but this peaked my interest so I will check them out for me when I ah e a chance.
 

kingmikesays

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I have absolutely no idea what these are. Are these code to create tethering apps that can somehow be installed?
[doublepost=1462339668][/doublepost]
i spent an hour on the phone with several VZW people and went into a store and came to the conclusion that I can tether for $30 or whatever the price was when I looked into it, though it would immediately change my data plan from unlimited to either 1GB or 2GB a month...
That's not true. I did it last year for 4 months, and I kept my unlimited data. The details from the app state "Use your Verizon WIreless 4G LTE Smartphone to get online access and share your data allowance with multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices"

Your data allowance is unlimited. When I did it for the 4 months, I went over 100GB each month, and when I removed the option, I kept my unlimited data
 

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That's not true. I did it last year for 4 months, and I kept my unlimited data. The details from the app state "Use your Verizon WIreless 4G LTE Smartphone to get online access and share your data allowance with multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices"

Your data allowance is unlimited. When I did it for the 4 months, I went over 100GB each month, and when I removed the option, I kept my unlimited data
Whenever I talk to Verizon this is also the case.

You can even use it for one day and cancel it and only get charged for the one day.
 

Jumpie

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The only way to tether or be a hotspot is to pay for the tethering plan which is either for 1GB or 2GB of data and as soon as I do that i lose my unlimited data. There is no way to use unlimited data with tethering with verizon on an iphone without a JB or some other unapproved process, which is what I am here looking into...

Maybe on your plan, but I have UDP and I can add tethering to my account and not lose my UDP. And the sweet thing, if i ever do lose a jailbreak, is that it will only cost me $23/month because of a work discount.
 

got556

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Dude go to your account using a computer.

Log in and scroll down til you see a red button to click on for "My Products & Apps"

Click on that.

Scroll down til you see 4G Mobile Hotspot and click on the Get it now red button.

End of story.

You can add it and remove it as many times as you want and they pro rate your usage by days. It's basically $1 a day. I use this every time I lose a jailbreak or foxfi stops working on Android.
 

kat.hayes

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You can add the $30 tethering option to your unlimited data. It's still there. You can do it from your MyVerizon app on your phone, without having to call in.

Click on Manage Features
Data Hotspot Packages
Add 4G Mobile Hotspot for $30

ENJOY!

If you were jailbroken you could have done it for free, but at least Verizon gives you the option to tether for $30
I am willing to pay for the ability to use my unlimited data. I just tried the app and went to manage features and I have no Data Hostspot Package option....
 

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