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No Hotspot, No Tethering for Motorola Droid

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Droid Does!

bluecoyote

Aug 2, 2010, 12:25 PM
I don't know, does anyone remember the whole "I don`t allow for open development" that a certain carrier was pitching for a certain phone in regards to another phone on another carrier?

So why is this feature being blocked by Verizon Wireless if the device has 'open development' ?

(And speaking of 'open development' , maybe someone could enlighten me as to why Verizon Wireless paid Skype to lock the Android client to their network.)
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will54880

Aug 2, 2010, 12:29 PM
Motorola spokesperson Brenda Raney says that the Droid "doesn't have [the] hardware to support a mobile hotspot."
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bluecoyote

Aug 2, 2010, 12:33 PM
Actually, it does, and them warranty-voidin' rooted Droid users haven't had any issue using the feature in FroYo (Menno correct me if I'm wrong.)
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Daniel Dc5

Aug 2, 2010, 12:43 PM
Why do people think this voids the warrenty, I have never had an issue with it. I turn in my phone all the time when i want a new one and i turn it in rooted.
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GettingSleepy

Aug 2, 2010, 12:45 PM
Because it does void the warranty. That doesn't always mean the customer service reps check to see if you're rooted when you change out your phone.
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GettingSleepy

Aug 2, 2010, 12:43 PM
I believe rooted users have been using mobile hotspots since 2.0.1. And to answer your question about Verizon paying to lock Skype, because it's good for business.
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Menno

Aug 2, 2010, 5:27 PM
Actually, you could wifi tether as far back as 2.01, but it was a bit harder to do and didn't work too well.

The really weird part is that the most recent leak from Motorola for the droid had wifi tethering, but if you used it, it directed you to a website on your computer browser prompting you to sign up for a tethering plan. So obviously verizon was PLANNING to have this feature.. so why block it?
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Azeron

Aug 2, 2010, 8:06 PM
It's obvious (even to our least favorite Apple and AT&T loving troll) that Verizon is not interested in making the Droid an attractive buy. They want to sell Droid Incredibles and Droid Xs and Droid 2s. Hence the $149.99 Two year contract price for the Original Droid when those newer handsets can be had for just $50 more. Ridiculous! I hate agreeing with him so now I am in a foul temper.
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Menno

Aug 2, 2010, 10:48 PM
I think that without the Ally there to fill out the bottom, the Droid would be $99 on contract right now. But doing that would pretty much mean next to no ally sales.

I agree they did it to try and sell more x/inc/etc but at the same time, the Droid is currently the only phone on verizon with a stock UI and decent hardware atm. The ally is..ok, but I'll be really surprised if it gets 2.2 anytime soon, if at all.
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Azeron

Aug 3, 2010, 12:03 AM
This doesn't sound good at all for my potential Droid Incredible purchase. Damn. Why can't HTC release the Evo as the Droid Supersonic (minus 4G of course). That's the phone I REALLY want! *Bleeping* Verizon! If they had just allowed the Saygus V Phone MONTHS ago I would be so happy.
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vedelorme

Aug 2, 2010, 12:36 PM
That is actually Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney and the Motorola Droid apart from Verizon Wireless Does have the feature and the ability - it has been "crippled" by Verizon like they do with all their phones.
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Daniel Dc5

Aug 2, 2010, 12:59 PM
Well I have no idea how it works for others, but I have never had any issues with my rooted Droids.
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Azeron

Aug 2, 2010, 8:08 PM
...and yet those who choose to root their Droids ARE able to use the feature. The beauty of Android, eh?
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bluecoyote

Aug 2, 2010, 8:18 PM
... and void their warranty.

That's some world class open-posteuring going on there.
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Azeron

Aug 2, 2010, 8:21 PM
Shut up will you? I don't give a *Bleep* about Verizon. Stop fonting at me.
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bluecoyote

Aug 2, 2010, 9:52 PM
fonting? Drooling
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Menno

Aug 2, 2010, 5:25 PM
to make calls, not data. This is why it doesn't work over wifi (I don't know why it doesn't have the option)

Basically, if you make a skype call with their client to another skype number, it's like you made a Verizon Mobile to mobile call.. free for you, but using their cell rather than data network.

And you can get tethering apps in the market (that don't require root)

It's verizon shooting themselves in the foot by not providing a "legal" alternative.
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bluecoyote

Aug 2, 2010, 6:53 PM
Why are they basically forwarding calls to the voice network? That is not how the iOS client works.

And furthermore, it's great if Verizon Wireless wants to somehow improve the Skype experience by doing so, but there is no true Skype client for Android.

Wasn't too big on Skype until I tried the new version. Call quality is phenomenal over 3G.
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Menno

Aug 2, 2010, 7:02 PM
I think they are doing it to improve the reliability of the connection for skype calls. What I think they did is they made some deal with skype that allows them to use their voice network for "free" in exchange for really low connect rates overseas or something.

Not sure why they don't make a wifi only option though.. especially since it was pulled from apps like Fring and the like.
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