Verizon tethering-now enabled and free?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by greekpaz22, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. greekpaz22 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    Odd thing today. I opened up settings and the tethering option is now on my phone-Verizon iPhone 4s. It functions perfectly.

    I did not add any features, I just have a standard 2gb plan on a family plan.

    Anyone else seeing this? Did Verizon change their policy or something odd on my end?
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Not sure but it has been allowed on my Xoom for quite some time.
  3. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    That would put it inline with their new policy on Verizon enabled iPads. You can tether for free.

    It makes sense. If i'm buying metered storage why should I be charged more to tether?
  4. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    you're saying the personal hotspot feature now works free?
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Tablet data plans come with free tethering on Verizon.

    I have a Verizon 4S and it doesn't have personal hotspot available. May want to check your bill.
  6. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    yeah, but note, we're in the iPhone section, not iPad...


    Well, I just went to "personal hotspot" and it gave me the option to go to the website or call *611 to enable this feature on my phone :(
  7. greekpaz22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    Yeah, that's the case with my phone. This just appeared today. I'm not jail broken or anything like that.

    I agree they should let you do this since you pay for the data (metered) but was surprised to see the feature on my phone..
  8. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    what does the menu look like? Can you take a screenshot? What happens when you hit "personal hotspot"?

    Do you have an iPad on the same acct with tethering?
  9. greekpaz22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    No, I don't have an iPad with a cellular connection. The personal hotspot menu shows up the same as it would on an iPad though (I saw it on my friends iPad). Same functionality, flip it on and choose wifi, Bluetooth or USB..

    Maybe I got lucky? I doubt it with VZ


    I would post the screenshot but dont know how to from my
  10. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Just hope they don't bill you for it... that'd ought to piss you off.
  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Yes, I know. I was explaining to the member that brought up his android tablet why he had free tethering. Hence the quote....
  12. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    well, to take a screenshot you can hold the home button and hit the sleep/wake button. Then you have to put it on your computer and you can "attach" it to a post (look toward the bottom when you're posting something and click "manage attachments").

    It's some work, so if you don't wanna, I don't blame you :D

    Just interesting that you'd have it enabled!
  13. livspop macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2011
  14. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Actually, it's no work at all. Snap a screen shot and email it to yourself like any other pic. Then save the photo on your desktop or whatever and click on the paperclip in the MR reply window. Navigate to the pic and your done. The whole process should take about 20 seconds.


    Pics or it didn't happen!
  15. wymi, Apr 30, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012

    wymi macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2012
    Here's what I get, doesn't look free for me.

    Attached Files:

  16. chakraj macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2008
    So Cal
  17. wymi macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2012
    Thanks for pointing that out. I'm sitting a Home with sore throat & fever so just about anything can get by me.
  18. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    Why tether when you aren't even on 3G? :D
  19. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2010
    mines doesn't look like that. Look like it's available to you all you have to do is enable it. Mine shows "Set up Personal Hotspot" option and when i click the tab it tells me to call Verizon.
  20. wymi macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2012
    I'm at Home, 3g flips in and out. I didn't say I was interested in tethering. It's just an example pic of what I get on my phone. Hopefully the op can snap a screen shot in comparison to mine.
  21. Lenned macrumors newbie


    Apr 30, 2012
    New York
    Smart, i didn't see that...
  22. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Normally, when your carrier hasn't enabled the "Personal Hotspot" feature on your account, you get the "Set Up Personal Hotspot" button before you even get into the menu (shown in the first two screenshots). Tapping the button will prompt you to contact the carrier (they can customise the message to add their web address/phone number).

    The third screenshot shows how it should look when the account has been provisioned to use the service.

    Some carriers hide the menu entirely when the customer isn't eligible to use the feature (e.g. on prepaid tariffs).

    Attached Files:

  23. luke-m31 macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2013
    Tether iPhone to a Windows tablet?

    Does anyone know if I can tether an iPhone with Verizon wireless to a Windows tablet?

    If so, what iPhone and what Windows tablet? How about any other Verizon phone successfully tethering to a Windows tablet? If any can, please give details (phone model, tablet model, plans required with Verizon, etc.)

    I mostly have to have Verizon in order to get service in the rural areas I work in (US Cellular is decent, but not as good as Verizon). Also, the apps I need to use on a daily basis....most of them are available only on a Windows operating system tablet....

    Can anyone help? I don't wanna run out and buy a Windows tablet if I won't even be able to tether it to Verizon. I looked on Verizon's website and it didn't look like they are selling any Windows tablets...or else I'd just buy one with Data plan...although I'm behind a proxy that disables my Java Script and don't know if that makes Verizon's webpage not show all the available webpages...and I don't know how to enable Javascript on this proxy browser.
  24. maliu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    If it can connect to WIFI there is no reason it shouldn't. It's not specific to any platform.

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