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Update: MetroPCS Now Including Free Hotspot With All Plans

According to a report by PDX Cell Tech, beginning tomorrow June 12, MetroPCS, will allow customers to use their phones as hotspots at no extra charge. Metro currently charges $5/month to enable hotspot.

Customers on MetroPCS' $60/month plan, with includes unlimited talk and messaging and unlimited, unthrottled data for on-phone use, will be allowed 6 GB of full speed hotspot data. After 6 GB, hotspot will still work at the throttled speed of 128 Mbps.

MetroPCS' less expensive plans will also allow free full speed hotspot up to the plan's high speed data limit, with unlimited 128 Kbps hotspot after the limit is reached. In addition, customers on the $60 plan who purchase the $5/month hotspot add-on will get an extra 1 GB of full-speed hotspot data for a total of 7 GB/month.

These changes, and similar ones coming the MetroPCS's parent T-Mobile, take effect June 12, which also happens to be the day that the FCC's new Net Neutrality rules will go into effect provided AT&T and Verizon don't manage to block them.

While the Net Neutrality rules apparently prevent operators from blocking the installation of 3rd party hotspot apps, they don't seem to require operators to enable hotspot for free. However T-Mobile (and Sprint) have been generally supportive of Net Neutrality. Enabling hotspot is in line with the principle of Net Neutrality and I wouldn't be supprised to see John Legre, T-Mobile's CEO, announce whole-hearted support for Net Neutrality as the company's latest "uncarrier" initiative.

AT&T and Verizon already allow hotspot use on their prepaid smartphone plans. Free hotspot coming to T-Mobile and MetroPCS, should put pressure on Sprint which still charges for hotspot on all its Boost Mobile prepaid plans and most of its Virgin Mobile ones, to do the same.

Update 6/12/2015: The MetroPCS plans page has been updated to say that hotspot is included in all plans. Fine print on the page defines the limits: "Requires capable device. Certain restrictions apply. For data capped plans, full available speeds apply to monthly data allotment, then speeds slowed for remainder of payment cycle. For unlimited smartphone LTE data plan, full available speeds apply to 6 GB of hotspot data per payment cycle, then speeds slowed for remainder of payment cycle."

Related posts:
T-Mobile to Allow Hotspot on All Prepaid Plans With Data
Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS

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  1. I currently have Virgin Mobile and would love to be able to freely use the data i pay for. Sprint better step it up cause im about ready to end this relationship haha.

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    1. Long time VM user here. I have an LG Volt (rooted) that tethers easily to my tablets using a tethering app from the Play Store.

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    2. I had VM for years. Left it for Cricket with no regrets: much more data for the buck, and the coverage is many times better.

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  2. Cool. But every time I use Hotspot to tether to my home computer the connection on the computer days "limited access " but it works fine with when I physically tethering it. it does this on my tmobile galaxy s4 and it does it on my tmobile ZTE Zmax I'd like to take advantage of actually using hotspot but my computer doesn't seem to want t

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    1. If you are on Simply Prepaid or another plan which doesn't currently permit hotspot it might start working tomorrow when the new rules go into effect.

      Otherwise it sounds like the computer can't resolve addresses using the DNS that's specified for the hotspot WiFi connection. You can probably get it working by providing an alternate DNS for that connectiom. Google "how to setup custom DNS for your operating system" (Windows, osX or Linux version).

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    2. To fix limited access issue. go to "open network and sharing center". Change adapter settings. Click on your wifi connection. Click disable this network device. Then connect it again. You should be good.

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  3. I think we're seeing what I predicted come to reality. Now I just need US Cellular to do the same. Not that it really matters anyway but it just makes things easier when you don't have to hack around something that should be common sense.

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  4. Sprint Prepaid now has free mobile hotspot, but on selected preloaded Mobile Hotspot devices.

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  5. I'm contemplating moving my 4 lines from Cricket to them when 700 mhz band 12 is active in my area ( supposedly in in a few months).

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    1. Supposedly, yes. But for most of the country, you will lose coverage going from AT&T (or Verizon) to Cricket.

      This will change IF their expansion happens in a few months. I mean, a real expansion: adding coverage instead of improving some of their tiny footprint from 2G to 3G.

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    2. Cricket IS AT&T. Perhaps you are thinking of MetroPCS?

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    3. It is happening now.

      "This will change IF their expansion happens in a few months. I mean, a real expansion: adding coverage instead of improving some of their tiny footprint from 2G to 3G."

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  6. In other MetroPCS news, the LG G Stylo is now available from MetroPCS. MetroPCS is also advertising that the Lumia 640 is coming soon.

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  7. Court to allow Net Neutrality rules to go into effect. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/11/us-usa-internet-neutrality-idUSKBN0OR2QJ20150611

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    1. Hopefully, however there's a last ditch effort to block Net Neutrality in Congress. Read about it at Tell Congress: Stop the Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality | Free Press which also has a form you can use to email your congressperson.

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    2. Thanks for this alert, Dennis. We need net neutrality, and the carriers must act as common carriers, and that's it. All of the stuff about how net neutrality will stop "innovation" is a bad example of FUD. We've seen the types of "innovations" that get stifled right here: charging for hotspot use.

      Aside from anything of illegality, what we do with the data we buy is not the carrier's business.

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    3. Be nice if the throttling would end as well.

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  8. If you live in a area with good metro coverage, with this change why even bother with boost or cricket? Real unlimited data and free 6gb hotspot can't beat it.

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    1. Because they might want to use the phone away from the immediate vicinity of their house?

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    2. I live in NYC and I never had any problems with Metro Pcs, maybe metro doesn't work in other places, but as long as it works in NYC I'm good. Also metro has international roaming in some countries like Japan and the Dominican Republic you can get 200 mins talk, unlimited incoming text,200 outgoing text and 200mb of roaming data and that's good enough for me, maybe other parts of the country it doesn't work,but I'm not planning on being in those places anytime soon anyway.

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    3. That's the thing about MetroPCS. Poor roaming in the US, data-wise, due to the still-miniscule T-Mobile coverage footprint. But excellent international roaming.

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  9. If a tethering app is used with the $60 plan on a non-MetroPCS phone would that allow unlimited high speed tethering without throttling after 6GB?

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    1. You would need to use a VPN or an app that's specifically designed to hide tethering.

      Try not to overdo it. The more people who use fixed broadband levels of data over mobile, the quicker unlimited, unthrottled mobile data plans will disappear.

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    2. don't ruin it for everyone else

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    3. I only need around 10GB per month. I'd get Cricket's 10GB plan if they allowed tethering.

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    4. Personally, I think figuring out ways to get unlimited high speed data is a net positive. When people pay for what they want and exploit loopholes to get it, that demand drives industries to figure out a way to provide it at a fair price.

      If everyone just settles for throttled/limited hotspot data instead, or paying out the ass every year for truly unlimited mobile yet still limited hotspot data, then it'll just continue to enforce and facilitate the current trend of rationing instead of incentivizing companies to actually try to offer real unlimited everything like wired cable/phone/internet providers do.

      The whole attitude of not rocking the boat also sounds out of touch with why people switched to prepaid in the first place. It's all about getting more for less.

      Rather than cowering in fear of crackdowns, doing exactly what that guy's thinking of should be the goal of all prepaid subscribers. Why settle for anything less than unlimited high speed data when that's exactly what the modern American internet has evolved for during the past 10+ years?

      The fact is, the throttling, rationing and penny pinching of data is one of the last great hurdles holding real mobile internet proliferation back in an age where most wired ISPs set the cap at more than 150GB (if they have a cap at all). Just a little streaming in your daily downtime at work or during a commute is enough to bust most of the miserly data allowances currently being advertised now that 720p youtube videos sometimes clock in at hundreds of MB (unless you're literally hugging a wifi hotspot 24/7).

      It's also true that he only ones at fault for this are the Mobile ISPs who charge more for less, not the people trying to get the most out of their money. Those who remember AOL know that dial-up speeds and limited internet are relics from two decades ago, right alongside bonus night and weekend minutes. I think it's about time to set the 90s nostalgia aside and put both in the past.

      Anyway, it's hard to argue against "overdoing it" until MetroPCS starts offering at least 30 GB at 3 Mbps for $30 (or even 60 GB at 6 Mbps for $60). After all, this is a market where VoIP/SMS services like Hangouts make minute and message allotments obsolete. As long as the going rate is still around $10/GB (tethered or not), the aim should always be to figure out the best ways of milking LTE for all its worth.

      Just imagine if people's private internet bills suddenly exceeded $1k/mo because a bunch of ISPs decided to adopt the mobile market's per-GB data pricing. You'd have to be insane to not try and find a workaround, even more insane than those who frown on someone simply trying to get a truly workable amount of LTE for a reasonable price.

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  10. cricket is not bothered about tethering, i tether them.

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  11. About Cricket. I just checked with them now. The person seemed at least knowledgable about what it was.
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    Luis Aguirre: Hi you, Welcome to Cricket Wireless Support! How can I help you today?
    me: hi. i was wondering what Cricket policy is on using tether or hotspot right now. I hear multiple things. and wording in your site seems to apply to the old CDMA Cricket
    Luis Aguirre: sorry but cricket does not offer hotspot service since the devices have the option built in already and there will be no problem if you activate the option on the device
    me: are you 100% sure on this? that Cricket does not mind at all, if I use my phone with data I have paid for from Cricket for a hotspot?
    me: one hundred percent sure.
    Luis Aguirre: yes there will be no problem

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    1. @ ANONYMOUS 10:27 AM: Are you using a CRICKET branded phone or is it a BYOD? In other words, does the mobile hotspot work on CRICKET with GSM- compatible/NON-CRICKET phones?
      Dennis, do you know the answer to this?
      Thanks!

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    2. It's a BYOD. And it is GSM, of course.

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    3. @ ANONYMOUS 7:36 AM: Thanks for the information!...

      [ Just an aside: DENNIS, you have to find a way to make COMMENTORS give a "name" so we can address them with something other than ANONYMOUS ( AM/PM)! ]

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    4. Hotspot works with most non-Cricket Android phones on Cricket. It doesn't work with any un-jailbroken iPhones or with Android phones where the original operator modified the OS to block tethering on plans that don't support it.

      Unfortunately with Blogger the only way to require commentors to use a name is by forcing them to login with Google, Wordpress, Typepad, AIM or OpenID. I don't want to do that as it would discourage many from commenting.

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  12. Now that makes Cricket an option for me and I'd get the highest data plan they have. Like I said there is times my ISP fails and that is a lot of the time. So if something happens to my Galaxy Note 2 they will be an option I'd look into.

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  13. I have MPCS $50 Promo Plan - Unlimited 4GLTE Data, Talk and Text including the free hot-spot.

    Best plan on the market, along with the best "bang for the buck" phone, the ZTE Zmax ($99)

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    1. "Best plan on the market,"

      Maybe the best plan outside of something AT&T or Verizon based. I wouldn't touch MetroPCS or another T-Mobile plan as long as the coverage is poor compared to those other two.

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  14. I need to save money and am thinking of taking my 2 at&t off contract iphones to mpcs or cricket. But, I need to have mobile hotspot capabilities. In reading through this thread, I'm beginning to have hope that cricket might be an option. I'd rather stay on at&t's network towers. Can anyone give clarification about taking at&t iphones to cricket and being able to use the hotspot feature?

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    1. MetroPCS has enabled hotspot, Cricket still blocks it on iPhones.

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  15. I'm using an iPhone 5s originally Verizon but factory unlocked . Today I bought the 60$ unlimited plan everything works beautifully full lte data but hotspot isn't working. My laptop connects to the ssid but says limited and "no internet access" I already called customer service and we went thru all the troubleshoot tools and couldn't get it to work. I need help asap please this is why I went to metro pcs today for hotspot

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    1. 1. Try tethering with a Lightning cable, or using Bluetooth to share internet access.
      2. Visit the Genius Bar at an Apple Store.
      3. Try a different cellphone that accepts your SIM card, to confirm that tethering is provisioned for your account. Metro may have to record the IMEI change.
      4. iPhone hotspot normally works only if the plan allows it. If you can use hotspot with a different phone and your SIM, there might be something about the Verizon firmware that is blocking hotspot while using the GSM SIM. Jailbreaking and an app could solve this, but you could void the iPhone warranty and disable security features.

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    2. 5. Test hotspot with another WiFi device like an iPod Touch or another cellphone, to see whether your laptop settings are the problem.

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    3. To enable hotspot on un-jailbroken iPhones MetroPCS needs to have created a new carrier profile. Go Settings > General > About on your iPhone and see if there's an update available. If there is one, allow the phone to update. If a carrier update is not available you need ask MetroPCS support for an ETA when it one that enables tethering will be.

      See: iOS: Updating your carrier settings - Apple Support.

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  16. I can't get personal hotspot to work on my verizon iPhone 5s unlocked . I called metro customer service so many times and everything in my phone settings is correct the apn and everything . I had my data refreshed so many times and still noting working. In general about there is no carrier update available Iam up to date. What's eta you are speaking off Dennis? I need this hotspot working for work when I'm in the middle of nowhere and need to use laptop

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  17. to the person that said cricket allowed hotspots. not according to what they told me yesterday, it is not available. it is not allowed on the BYOP plans at all. I called MetroPCS today and they said that they don't do hotspots anymore because it is now an app you download and turn on the wifi and connect to that. he couldn't tell me which app just that is how you do it. some of the apps I looked at charge a monthly fee. argh.

    I went with cricket because it was way cheaper than Verizon but now I don't know since I can't use my laptop for the 10 gig of data I just paid for. I don't know how to do metropcs hotspot if they say you use some app. which one?

    I don't want to root my phone or change phones. I like my iphone5s. I can't get internet service through anyone else because of where we live, not available except satellite. anyone have any ideas how to make this work?

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    1. Cricket terms of service prohibit hot spot use. Cricket doesn't seem to be enforcing the hot spot ban against customers who have found ways to enable it. For iPhones that means jail-breaking and installing an app from a Cydia repository. I'm not an iPhone user and don't know which apps work the best or what they cost.

      MetroPCS allows hotspot. but there currently seem to be issues with enabling it on un-jail-broken iPhones.

      GoPhone, Verizon Prepaid and T-Mobile Prepaid allow hot spot use and I've haven't heard of anyone having problems using it on iPhones with any of the three.

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  18. thanks for the reply dennis. tmobile doesn't work in my area and neither does gophone (at&t). that was who I had before I moved to the boonies. Verizon, straight talk (on Verizon towers) or cricket or metropcs seem to be my only option. they are new to my area.

    metropcs seems to be advertising data with hotspot but then when you call and ask they say we don't do it. that is just confusing to consumers. they didn't say depending on your phone. it asked, was it an iphone5 with Verizon and IMEI number and yes it should work. they need a clarification if that hotspots are iffy... in my opinion.

    any other ideas? I REALLY need internet at home. AT&T DSL might be in my neighborhood sometime 2016

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    1. Exactlly,

      MetroPCS is part of T-Mobile and uses the T-Mobile network
      Cricket is part of AT&T and except for the old CDMA network that Cricket is shutting down in two months, Cricket uses the same AT&T network as GoPhone.

      T-Mobile coverage is the same as MetroPCS coverage and GoPhone coverage is the same as modern Cricket coverage.

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    2. Also, in this day and age, there's no excuse for networks to ignore lower-48 territory. Unless it is REALLY empty, like in the western interior, or the network happens to put "un" in front of "carrier". Verizon is capable of adequately covering most of America. It's a goal others should strive for... and if you can't you are an "also ran".

      So, unless you are in some place like the middle of Montana or northern Nevada, shame on the networks that aren't stepping up and covering you, Tedra.

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  19. How can Cricket work, and Gophone not? Very curious......

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  20. let's just say.. I am an hour north east of Houston... little community called plum grove. the closest wifi is 20 min in any direction. I know according to the tmobile and at&t "MAPS" they say you have coverage till you actually take a phone out there and try to use it. I had T-Mobile and missed so many calls I was forced to switch. Then I tried at&t for a week... it was bad. That was how I have been with Verizon for 2 years. Back then there wasn't any other choice. I tried them all.

    I just switched to cricket yesterday, only because according to the MAP it was a LTE service across texas. I thought maybe it would be good enough and I didn't realize that tethering wasn't allowed until I had already decided to switch saving me about $50 a month for the same services and data plan.

    if I switch to metro pcs I just don't know if it will be any better. I can use my tablet with Verizon to use that hotspot worse case. I only switched my phone so far. maybe that's my answer. cheapest phone plan I can find with 5 gig data and spend on my money with the tablet/Verizon so I can use my computer. maybe in a few more years they will catch up


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  21. Help please! My hotspot on my LG phone was working last week then Thursday last week it stopped I've called MetroPCS and of course they're no help I'm hoping someone else has had this problem and solved it if anyone can help me solve my problem please please reply ASAP

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    1. Usually when this happens there are only two things to do. The first option is to call and ask them to do a refresh on the settings of your phone. Then you will be asked to shutdown your phone, remove your SIMM card and power your phone. If this does not solve the hotspot problem your only other option is to reinstall your phone. Reinstalling your phone will be a pain but for sure it will take care of the problem.

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  22. What do you mean reinstall your phone ?

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    1. I think he means factory reset which necessitates reinstalling everything.

      However I don't really think a factory reset would do any good as it's MetroPCS that's blocking the hotspot so you need to work with them to reenable it.

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  23. I paid my phone bill, with Metro PCS btw, and my hotspot did not go back to full speeds. WHAT IS HAPPENING????

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  24. I see MetroPCS just increased hotspot usage to 8 gb on the $60 unlimited plan.
    Do I get a full 8 gb hotspot unthrottled usage no matter how much 4G LTE data I use on my phone? Or is my hotspot data throttled once I reach 8 gb of combined phone and hotspot data usage?

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    1. On the $60 plan you get 8 GB of high speed hotspot regardless of how much non-hotspot data you use.

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  25. I have a tmobile galaxy s6edge with metropcs sevice, does anyone know how i can get my hotspot to work?

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  26. I have a google nexus 6p on metro pcs 60 dollar plan and my hotspot is not working. Will hotspot tethering not work on a byod phone using metro pcs? If so this sucks..

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    1. I'm having the SAME PROBLEM and metro P.O.S. has been NO HELP! I have a Nexus 6 and everything works great EXCEPT the hotspot. Seriously if anyone has ANY IDEA if its because its a byod or what could possibly be done!

      Btw... Are u able to connect to a device to which it says " internet unavailable "

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    2. Running the command:

      settings put global tether_dun_required 0

      from adb shell has been reported to fix tethering on several Nexus models. Here's a report of using it on the Nexus 6 MetroPCS hotspot only for phones purchased from MetroPCS . Blocks BYOP - Page 6
      Detailed instructions here; Fixing tethering on Android KitKat. Ignore KitKat in the title, the command works on Lollipop and Marshmellow too.

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    3. Tried the "settings put global tether_dun_required 0" on a TextNow LG Volt running on 4.4, but unfortunately, it didn't bring back tethering settings... biggest time suck on my attempt was finding the LG/windows driver which isn't listed under the model on LG site, but finally found it here: http://www.lg.com/us/support-mobile/lg-LGV500#software_panel At least that part worked and I was able to get the Volt talking with my windows8.1 machine, which may come in handy in the future...

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  27. wow! i tried this and it worked first time, without root, and took less than 5 mins! dennis, you are a master at this stuff! thx!!!

    tethering with built-in app

    I used Shortcut Master (Lite) by vndnguyen from Play Store.

    1) After installing and then launching the app, go to upper right corner menu and tap the three dots.

    2) Do a search (third option from top in menu) for "ChameleonNodeMenu".

    3) Tap on "Launch" (picture of the rocket ship).

    4) Tap on "tethered data" option at the bottom.

    5) Select "get"

    6) change that to a 4 and hit save.

    7) Exit out of app and reboot the phone.

    8) When phone boots up, go to "Settings" and under "Wireless Networks" at the top, tap on more.

    9) Tap on "Wi-Fi hotspot" and setup, don't forget to password protect!!!
    10) You can now toggle "Wi-Fi hotspot" on and enjoy wireless tethering!

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  28. Does this still hold truth?

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  29. I've had T-mobile, Cricket, ATT, Verizon,MetroPCS services just to name a few. And I can honestly say that MetroPCS with the $60.00 6GB data plan is the best or the far most better hotspot coverage I've had even though Cricket with the 10GB plan for $70.00.

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  30. everytime i turn on my hotspot to connect to my computer , it stays on for a while but all of a sudden it turnes off and then it reconnects. I cant even watch a full movie without this happening more than about 7-10 times

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  31. Hi quick question if you dont use all of your hotspot do the remainder GB roll over?

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    1. No, unused hotspot data does not roll over.

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  32. So is there a data cap still On the Mobile hot-spot for metro Pc if I get the $60plan that's unlimited?

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    1. No. Read paragraph 2 a couple of times if necessary.

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  33. After you use all your GB does it set back to 8gb at the beginning of your pay cyle?

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    1. Yes, the tethering counter gets reset to 0 when your plan renews.

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  34. I have an iPhone 6 and I use a metro Pcs sim with the unlimited 60 dollar plan. Am I able to use hotspot myself as well?

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  35. On the $60 plan, which includes unlimited on-phone high speed data, hotspot usage is throttled to 128 Kbps after 8 GB per month. Hotspot works on iPhones on MetroPCS.

    This is an archived news story from last year. For surrent information about MetroPCS see our Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS for current information about MetroPCS.

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