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CoMoChief
11-09-2011, 07:54 PM
So......I'm not a huge smart phone tech guy.....just got my first smart phone a few months back.

Google Nexus S (Sprint)

Love the phone....one of the main selling points as to why I wanted this phone was to use it's portable wifi feature, and be able to use it's internet connection for my laptop computer when needed.

This feature worked flawlessly when I purchased the phone. However now, it stopped working. Tried fooling around w/ certain settings, and still nothing. The computer reads the signal clear as day and says has an excellent connection, but there's still no internet connection.

So I called Sprint. They said that I would need to pay an extra $30/mo to have this feature (WTF??) I was never told this when I bought the phone, and to be honest, this was a major reason why I bought this phone, it was between this Nexus S and an EVO 4G which I thought was too big/bulky. When I was at the Sprint store, the sales rep (whom I don't remember the name/or face) told me all there was needed was the $10 internet fee, which I agreed to pay in the contract. So long story short, Sprint kinda just told me to shove it up my ass, and tough shit if this main feature doesn't work.


Anyone else have this problem? Perhaps this ****head at Sprint is just being a crazy dumbass, and maybe it's the OS (Android 2.3.7) that needs an updated version?

Simply Red
11-09-2011, 08:00 PM
I fired AT&T

AustinChief
11-09-2011, 08:02 PM
You can use PDAnet and a USB cord to get around Sprint's wifi fee (btw I think all the carriers charge for this) OR you can root the phone and use the wifi hotspot like crazy! Those are really your only choices.

Rooting is pretty easy actually.

CoMoChief
11-09-2011, 08:14 PM
You can use PDAnet and a USB cord to get around Sprint's wifi fee (btw I think all the carriers charge for this) OR you can root the phone and use the wifi hotspot like crazy! Those are really your only choices.

Rooting is pretty easy actually.

how do you root your phone?

LOL I know that's a broad question....any tutorial vids? (guess i will check youtube)

kcfan82
11-09-2011, 08:21 PM
I have an Evo, and it's awesome.....

It sounds like my company is switching me to an Iphone 4S next year, so I guess I'm joining the iTards

DaFace
11-09-2011, 08:30 PM
how do you root your phone?

LOL I know that's a broad question....any tutorial vids? (guess i will check youtube)

This forum's great for my Optimus S. You might find better places out there that are a little less techy, though.

http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-nexus-s-4g-rooting-roms-hacks/

Gonzo
11-09-2011, 08:30 PM
Absolutely fucking hate sprint.

About 2.5 years ago I purchased a blackberry from them with a three year. Went back to my old company in may and they offered to take over my phone bill.
I called sprint and had them transfer the line. Flash forward to june and they claimed that I missed 2 months and put it on my credit report. I have sent all my documentation about the change-over and they are finally working it out with my company accounts department.

Assholes had all the bill payment info but still thought they'd fuck with me. Cocksuckers just realized I cancelled every line we had in the Omaha area, (over 12 lines through the same rep) and moved them to Verizon. He emailed me and asked if that had anything to do with my bill.
My email back?

"What do you think?"

Asshole
Doucher
Fuckfaces

Fuck sprint, at&t, verizon, t-mobile etc. Fuck them all.

I wish someone would come out with a company:

Any smart phone - 50 bucks
50 bucks a month
Unlimited everything
No contracts

They'd be rich, quick.
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DaFace
11-09-2011, 08:31 PM
Actually, here ya go.

http://www.androidcentral.com/unlock-bootloader-and-install-su-and-cwm-nexus-s-4g-forums

Saulbadguy
11-09-2011, 08:34 PM
All companies have a tethering/internet sharing fee, IIRC.

KurtCobain
11-09-2011, 08:38 PM
Smart Phones confuse the shit out of me.

Fritz88
11-09-2011, 08:41 PM
How would they know if I were tethering or not?

Root your nexus like I did and do whatever you want anyway.

Saulbadguy
11-09-2011, 08:45 PM
How would they know if I were tethering or not?

Root your nexus like I did and do whatever you want anyway.

Increased data usage.

Tytanium
11-09-2011, 08:47 PM
All companies have a tethering/internet sharing fee, IIRC.

Unless you're rooted. I have a rooted evo and it uses its 4G hotspot just fine with no no extra fee.

DaFace
11-09-2011, 08:51 PM
Increased data usage.

Yeah, I wouldn't ever try and use a rooted phone as my only internet connection or anything - they'd eventually figure it out. But using it to get online in remote locations from time to time won't hurt anything.

Fritz88
11-09-2011, 08:53 PM
Increased data usage.

I think they now offer the unlimited plan, he'd be better off with it.

Titty Meat
11-09-2011, 08:56 PM
PDANET FTW. Average person uses 3g of data a month I used 29g last month.

WoodDraw
11-09-2011, 09:15 PM
Sprint does it to keep people from using their unlimited phone data plan as a replacement for their home internet.

I believe T-mobile charges too, but I don't pay it and they've never said anything or cut me off. But I rarely use it or take advantage of it. Almost always only at airports that don't offer free wi-fi...

Papi
11-09-2011, 09:53 PM
Anyone else have this problem? Perhaps this ****head at Sprint is just being a crazy dumbass, and maybe it's the OS (Android 2.3.7) that needs an updated version?

I have the same phone. Yeah Sprint never intended for you to have that nice wifi feature for free when you bought the phone. Google/Samsung factory settings (not sure 2.3.5 maybe?) allowed that to work. Then an update rolled out that took away your free wifi. You pay the $10 for data access on your phone. It's always been $30 for hotspot usage. So you're really complaining about getting something you shouldn't have for free for x amount of months. Also before the update you were only able to use that wifi hotspot with 3g not 4g. Now if you pay you get 4g. But you just need to root your phone and get android wifi tether. It won't allow you to connect other mobile devices because it's an ad-hoc connection but works fine for pc's and works with 4g. Google's your friend. Put in some research and you'll be fine.

Smed1065
11-09-2011, 10:04 PM
Or $35 a month for all. I do hate the service @ times but CS is top notch if a problem. (besides towers)

BigMeatballDave
11-10-2011, 12:12 AM
Sprint does it to keep people from using their unlimited phone data plan as a replacement for their home internet.

I believe T-mobile charges too, but I don't pay it and they've never said anything or cut me off. But I rarely use it or take advantage of it. Almost always only at airports that don't offer free wi-fi...

T-mobile doesn't charge for it.

Caseyguyrr
11-10-2011, 02:53 AM
i switched to sprint, tether with PDAnet, and average anywhere between 30-40 gb a month, and have never had sprint notify me that i am using too much data. So if one of the carriers truly has unlimited data, sprint is it.

Consistent1
11-10-2011, 06:41 AM
I think the real key is to not try to grab a ton of torrents, watch movie after movie, etc. I've been riding my hotspot app hard for awhile now with Virgin and no complaints yet.