No Tethering on the Motorola Droid, a Verizon Conspiracy?

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twebb86

Verizon is full of it. You can use a teethering and hotspot with a moto droid. Verizon just wants to be the most powerful cell phone company on earth. All they have to do is make a verizon of an apple Iphone and they will rule the airwaves! It is nice that this one will be getting updated to 2.2 but I feel that if the droid X got the app so should the moto droid. Its not that damn hard to make apps for a linux based os!

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Lummoxx

This coming from a company that charges the average user $30/month for 421MB of data usage?  God forbid that you might have (*gasp*) a family plan account with 2 phones.  A ridiculous $60/month for 842MB of data?

So, surprised that they'd try to lie and block functionality just because they can't make an insane profit over it, while complaining that people are using what was sold to them?

I've been happy with VZW, been a customer for over 8 years...but I'm about to go with a cheap pay as you go phone over this.  I'd LIKE to have a smartphone with data, but I'm not going to allow myself to be ripped off over it.

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Michael Ellis

Of course it is a conspiracy. Gizmodo even suggested that the feature would be removed when it was released prior to this announcement. Verizon just wants to make sure people don't bypass their monthly subscription. The problem is that Verizon users are now screwed if their phones don't support Verizon's software.

This is why I was hesitant to buy from Verizon. They have really good phones, but they always monkey with them.

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weengo

i too use wifi hotspot on my droid

so this is either a lie and verizon thinks we are stupid

or verizon is stupid and doesnt know its possible

i am afraid of what kind of bs is coming down the line from verizon...

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MajorMajor

Neither, its called a lie. 

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athlon11

Actually it's been in roms since the first Sholes 2.0.1 release, and it's always worked great.

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gwhaley262

I agree.  VZW's explanation is bunk.  Hotspot functionality have in custom roms since 2.1.  So unfortunately they are back to their old ways.  so sad. 

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dstew74

I have a custom rom of 2.2 loaded on my rooted Droid.  The mobile wifi tether works and it's very easy to setup.  This is a money grab by a greedy company.  

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Michael Ellis

After all this crap with the new "Captcha" system, this crap is still circulating. How hard is it to just block the keyword wedding from comments? Seriously, how many peoople are going to legitimately be talking about weddings on a PC website anyway?

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Talcum X

It's obvious it's a hands on spamming and not some bot dishing it out.  Aint working, take it off and get yer money back.

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bikerbub

i don't know about you, but i definetly want the "mbt sport" for my wedding.

 

whatever the hell that is.

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docb77

Agreed, verizon's always been pulling crap like this.  My first experience with them was back when the RAZR was new.  I bought it thinking, "hey, I can use this phone as a modem" - Nope, functionality disabled.  

service providers should worry about letting people get the most out of their devices, not crippling them so they can charge for any little thing.

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bikerbub

goddamnit verizon. i was starting to think you were different. then you went and said you'd usher in limited data, and now this? now, admittedly, i don't need it now, but if they get rid of usb teathering, imma shit a brick.

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mstnggt500kr

I can say 100% that this is bull$#!7 on Verizon's part. I'm running a 2.2 custom ROM on my droid, and the tethering works fine. Verizon is pulling their usual "Charge for standard features" crap. It almost makes you feel that the iPhone is a perfect fit for VZN, with it's "AMAZING NEW FEATURES" that have been available on other handsets for years. Looks like I"m sticking with the custom ROM.

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the_river

I was looking forward to the 2.2 update. Now it looks like I want to root it. mstngg500kr, you have an idiot proof way that doesn't have the high risk of bricking it?

Thanks.

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Talcum X

Deffinately conspiracy.  Cuz it's all about money in the end.  Same reason TracFone blocked use of the USB in my phone so I can't upload ringtones and wallpaper.  Still looking to hack that, to no success.

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