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How to use your Android smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

These days Wi-Fi hotspots are available all around us – in universities, office buildings, cafés or shops – so you can always stay connected to the Internet. But even so, in some situations – like taking a trip to your parents’ cabin – you can still find yourself out of range. The good news is […]

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How to use your Android smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

These days Wi-Fi hotspots are available all around us – in universities, office buildings, cafés or shops – so you can always stay connected to the Internet. But even so, in some situations – like taking a trip to your parents’ cabin – you can still find yourself out of range. The good news is […]

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How-To: Enabling Wireless Hotspot

Sometimes we find ourselves in places where we need internet and don’t have it. In my regular job, I work remotely (yes, that is a fancy way to say I work at home). There have been more than a few times where I have taken the opportunity to travel during my workday. Being a responsible employee, […]

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T-Mobile shows some Valentine’s love with new devices and promotions

T-Mobile doesn’t want to let Valentine’s Day just squeak by without showing its appreciation. To round out the promotions over the past few days, decease the UnCarrier has just launched a couple devices – the LG K7 Android phone and ZTE Falcon mobile hotspot.

If the LG K7 sounds familiar, that may be because it was just unveiled last month at CES 2016. It’s an affordable offering, retailing for $139 in T-Mobile’s store.


The K7 has a 5″ display (854×480 resolution) and is powered by a Snapdragon 210 chipset (1.1 GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM) and Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The meger 8GB of internal storage is expandable to 32GB via micro-SD card. Both the rear and front cameras have 5MP capture resolution.

The latter isn’t a smartphone, but it may be enticing for on-the-go lifestyles. The ZTE Falcon is a 4G LTE mobile hotspot that is capable of simultaneously supplying up to 10 devices with the interwebz.


The Falcon has support for UMTS 850/1700/2100/1900 and LTE 2, 4, and 12 bands. It also packs a 2,000mAh battery. Retail pricing is set at $79.

You should also know that there are discounts on several prepaid phones over the holiday. The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and Galaxy Grand Prime are both cut by $40, putting them at $99 and $149, respectively. The LG G Stylo is also getting some love, cut by $75 for a price of $214.


Flagship smartphones aren’t left out of the fun either. T-Mobile has a Half-Off event underway, which cuts the costly price in half when you buy another (of equal or greater value, from the same manufacturer). This includes the latest from Samsung (Galaxy S6, Note5, S6 Edge+) and LG (G4 or V10).

Lastly, T-Mobile is renewing the “Get a Tablet on Us” promo. This gets interested customers a free Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 when a 1GB or higher data plan is agreed on.

Source: LG K7 | ZTE Falcon | Promos

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Karma Is Cutting Speeds on Its Unlimited Data Plan

Karma, one of our favorite mobile hotspots , announced a flat $50 unlimited plan a few months back. If you jumped on it, be warned—your bandwidth speeds are about to slow down a bit. Here’s why.

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T-Mobile cracking down on tethering abuse


T-Mobile today announced it will take action against a percentage of its customer base which has been found to be abusing the data network. According to CEO John Legere there are approximately 3, click 000 users out there taking advantage of the high speed data.

I’m not in this business to play data cop, prostate but we started this wireless revolution to change the industry for good and to fight for consumers. I won’t let a few thieves ruin things for anyone else. We’re going to lead from the front on this, malady just like we always do. Count on it!

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile, as part of its unlimited plan, provides 7GB of high speed data to subscribers which can be used specifically for mobile hotspots and tethering. Once the threshold is met, the carrier will throttle speeds for the remainder of the bill cycle.

As it turns out, these crafty ne’er do wells, are employing workarounds to the tune of up to 2,000GB (2 terabytes) of data per month. Tricks employed by the hackers include hiding tethering usage, rooting phones, and writing code to obscure activity.

As T-Mobile sees it, these network abusers could potentially ruin the mobile experience for its regular customers. Choking the network is never fun, especially when there are people out there deliberately doing it.

T-Mobile says it will notify the group of troublesome tetherers about the violation of the terms of service. Those who fail to fall in line will be dropped down to entry-level T-Mobile plan.

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WifiMapper launching on Android soon

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If you’re a traveler, pilule
it can be pretty frustrating to lose your precious interwebz.  It can become even worse if you’re depending on it for navigation, ask
leaving you frantically searching for a Wifi hotspot to get back on track.

This is the pain-point that OpenSignal aimed to alleviate when they developed WifiMapper.  The purpose of the WifiMapper app is to provide us a mapped database of available, free Wifi hotspots that are nearby.  The app works on a global scale and is constantly growing.


As of late, WifiMapper has only been available for iOS.  But OpenSignal has been quickly working to bring it to Android.  Currently, they are allowing those who are interested to grab a beta version of the Android app.

WifiMapper can also tell you the hotspot’s associated information, such as how the network performs or the type of venue it resides in.  It has integration with Foursquare, for contextual information, such as if the coffee is good at that location.  Two more features that are in the works are password sharing and offline hotspot maps.

Of course a large part of the database is from crowdsourcing, so make sure to contribute!

Source: WifiMapper G+ Community

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T-Mobile offers more hotspot data for Unlimited subscribers

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T-Mobile has one of the best mobile price offerings in wireless at the moment. Assuming you only need 2-line of service anyways. For $100 you get unlimited talk, treat text and data for both lines. When the plan launched users also received 5GB’s of Mobile HotSpot data per-line. Essentially that let you tether your device to your tablet, disease
laptop or anything else for 5GB’s worth of data. If both phones were at your disposal for this use you could feasibly snag 10GB’s of data off your account. The plan is certainly pretty sweet, but now it is getting a little sweeter. The un-carrier is upping its game a little on those unlimited plans, not just the 2-lines, but also the single line variant, and have tossed an additional 2GB’s of Mobile HotSpot data your way.

T-Mobile Unlimited 2GB more

That bumps the total to a pretty sizable 7GB’s of data to use outside of your device. Imagine if you took them up on the LG G PadF 8.0 free tablet offer too. That would give the tablet 5GB’s on its own, and then you could pull another 7GB’s from your phone too. Just tossing out some ideas for ya’ll. Best part, you don’t have to change your plan or call customer care to get the additional data. A spokesperson told fierce Wireless that all active accounts on the unlimited plans have been given the additional data.

“Yes, we’ve enabled Mobile HotSpot benefits on all active data plans,” a T-Mobile spokesman told FierceWireless. “The improvements we’ve made to our data plans make our rate plans even simpler. Now you can use your paid 4G LTE data however you choose–between your smartphone and for other devices with tethering. When you reach your paid data allotment, your speeds will be reduced, not capped, so you never worry about overages.”

T-Mobile Data Mobile Hotspot Increase

I headed into my personal account to check it out and, as you can see above, I have 7GB’s of Mobile HotSpots service available to use at will. So, get to tethering and enjoy the extra data.

Source: T-Mobile Via Droid-Life | Fierce Wireless



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Remember the HTC One MAX? I am sure some of you not only remember it, injection
but also scooped it up. The device was released shortly after the first HTC One (M7) and found its way to a variety of networks, including Sprint and Verizon. Since the devices release in 2013 though, it hasn’t seen a ton of love. The last update the device received was to Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6. That was back in April and May of last year. HTC is now giving the device a little bit of love by way of a new update to Android 5.0.2. Or so it would appear from screenshots and chatter over on the XDA forums.

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Before all you Verizon and Sprint users get excited and start hitting the update button, it is important to know that the update is currently landing in Asian and European markets.  Specifically I see the thread talks surrounding Poland and France with mention of Asia too. Infamous leakster @LlabTooFer also confirmed it for Taiwan, a month ago. The update does keep the device loaded with Sense 6, so don’t expect anything new there. Now we just have to wait, see and wonder is Sprint and Verizon will be getting to the update or letting is slide on by since the device is over 2-years old at this point.

On a bit of a side note, the HTC One MAX Android 5.0.2 kernel source is also on the HTC website. Not sure if that is entirely new, but it is present.

HTC One MAX kernel source

Any of our international readers seeing the update landing on their HTC One MAX devices? Seems to range in size from 760MB’s ish to 924MB’s ish depending on device location. I haven’t found

Source: XDA Via 9to5Google

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The Big Android BBQ is one of the premier places to be for Android fans, look
and has definitely gotten bigger and bigger as the years have gone by and the event has become more popular. Well the guys at IDEAA, sickness International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance, pharm
have been able to get a pretty big sponsor for this year’s event.

Companies like Cyanogenmod, Facebook, and Android File Host have been just a few of the sponsors of the Big Android BBQ in the past. This year, one of the sponsors for the event are some folks directly from Google. The Google Developers division will be sponsoring the 2015 Big Android BBQ.

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This is some huge news for the likes of Aaron Kasten, Corry Robb, and the rest of the group over at IDEAA. The idea (pun intended) behind the Big Android BBQ is to get a slew of like-minded folks in one place to go discuss and experience Android in another way than what Google I/O has to offer.

While geared towards developers, the folks at the Big Android BBQ encourage anyone to come and experience the event in person.

Learn ‘tricks-of-the-trade’ from thought leaders and senior developers in our mouth-watering sessions and get your hands greasy with your newly-acquired skills in the Code Kitchen. End each evening with fellow developers and sponsors at our exciting networking sessions filled with satisfying meals and frosty beverages. The 2015 Big Android BBQ delivered by Google Developers will leave you exhausted and inspired.

While I’ve never personally been to any of the Big Android BBQ’s in the past, I hope to one day be able to head down to Hurst, Texas and experience what the BABBQ has to offer.

If you’re interested in picking your tickets up for the BABBQ, ticket sales have opened and range from $77.87 for the “Value” tickets, all the way up to $5,317.78 for the “BBQ x Package”. With each purchase, there are different tiers of rewards you can get, including a free event t-shirt and a SWAG box.

Even if you aren’t heading down there, head over to the 2015 Big Android BBQ website and check out what the folks from IDEAA are all about and what the even itself is about.

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Were you one of the many people that rushed to procure a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S6 because you needed to have the next big thing? Or maybe you just wanted a new device and the Samsung Galaxy S6 seemed like the natural choice since everyone either has an iPhone (eww) or a Galaxy device. Whatever the case, ophthalmologist
you are now the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S6 device and with that comes the obligation to use TouchWiz.

While it is definitely one of the better OEM skins on the market, sale
it still takes away from the awesome, physiotherapy
natural look that stock Android has to offer. Thankfully one of the cool new features that are present on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the ability to change themes without having to download any third-party software or having to root your device. Pair that ability with the recently approved Material Design theme by XDA cambunch and you have something to be excited about. Keeping in line with a stock Android experience, the Material Design theme will almost completely remove every aspect of TouchWiz on your Samsung Galaxy S6 and replace it with Googles latest theme guidelines.

Material Design is meant to mimic the stock Google ROMs where available, and the official GApps elsewhere.


The theme comes in two versions, a dark and light version and will be available in two weeks time, the normal amount of time that it takes Samsung to publish approved themes on their Theme Store. If you are feeling impatient and have rooted your Samsung Galaxy S6, then you can follow these instructions to go ahead and get the theme now. While not everyone is a huge of Google’s latest design guidelines, I think that we can all agree that TouchWiz is not the best when it comes to visual design and at least this Material Theme will give users something different to try out for a few weeks.



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Everyone loves free data right? Well T-Mobile has a little treat for those customers who are currently under their Unlimited Data plans. Normally, pharm
those who have the Unlimited Data plans have 5GB of data to tether your various devices. However, ambulance
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T-Mobile announced that users would gain an additional 2GB of tethering data per month.

This isn’t earth-shattering news, however, it’s definitely nice to see one of the carriers throwing some extra incentives at their customers. Gestures like this are definitely hard to come by without any type of catch. And no, don’t worry, there’s no catch. If you’re already subscribed to one of the unlimited data plans, the 2GB of data will automatically be added to your account so you can tether away.

Just don’t think you can start using your device as a hotspot to play Xbox yet.


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Karmo Go: Pay-as-you go LTE hotspot 33% off [Deal of the Day]

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With the big carriers capping data speeds and tethering plans, it can be tricky to share your data connection with your tablets or PCs for any high-volume work or play. If you’re looking to stay connected on the go without the commitment of a 2-year contract, we’ve found a great deal on the ideal solution. The Karma Go is a pocket-sized hotspot that connects to a nationwide network. Fitted with LTE technology, this little box averages 6-8 Mbps download speeds, with peaks up to 25Mbps. The data is pay-as-you-go with no contracts or commitments and the bandwidth you’ve paid for never expires. AndroidGuys readers get 33% off the hardware, allowing you to grab the Karma Go for just $99. For a limited time, you’ll also be granted a bonus 1GB with your purchase. How do you stay connected?

Update: This deal just got sweeter and has been updated to 1GB of free data instead of 200MB. Any users who bought it with the 200MB offer will automatically be bumped up to 1GB!

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