FoxFi, the popular tethering app that allows users to share their cellular data connection with other devices like computers or tablets through either USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, has apparently stopped working on Verizon connections, at least according to persistent internet chatter over the weekend. The app has long been the go to software for users especially on their grandfathered unlimited data connections on mobiles. While Wi-Fi tethering works only on select models, the USB and Bluetooth tethering works almost universally without requiring the $20 or so that carriers charge for their tethering (mobile hotspot) plans. Best of all, it does not even require root, unlike many other apps on the Play Store, making it easier and hassle-free for mainstream users.
Over the years, many Wi-Fi tethering apps have been killed off by the carriers, by pushing through system updates that plugs the loopholes used to make the workarounds to get those apps to work. FoxFi however, has been one of the shining lights and in spite of having faced downtimes occasionally, has always managed to bounce back. Like last year, when updating Samsung smartphones to KitKat from Jelly Bean seemed to kill the Wi-Fi tethering compatibility on Verizon, but FoxFi managed to bring back the functionality within weeks, and it stayed that way for this long. Now however, if reports are to be believed, the FoxFi devs have more work on their hands, as a number of commentators on the Play Store seem to be reporting that the app’s Wi-Fi tethering facility just wouldn’t work on Verizon any more.
Talking about the comments on the Play Store, a lot of the posts seem to mention that as part of this latest lockdown being enforced by the Big Red, trying to use FoxFi to tether via Wi-Fi just brings up the screen that asks users to subscribe to a mobile hotspot plan. The problem however is not just the $20 per month tethering fee either. Mobile hotspot plans aren’t even offered for unlimited data connections. Not only that, earlier this month, Verizon also announced that it would increase the legacy unlimited plan charges by $20, so the overall increase including hotspot charges and taxes would be closer to $50 per month for Verizon subscribers. Unless of course, FoxFi can come up with a solution to bypass the latest lockdown being enforced by the carrier.