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I am traveling with my notebook and I want to connect to the internet using my cellphone data connection. I have a Galaxy S2, and I've set up a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, which my laptop successfully connects to. But thereafter I cannot connect to the internet. Can't browse, ping, nothing. All I can ping is the gateway (which I presume is my droid).

Is there some secret switch I'm missing?

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Are you sure your carrier isn't restricting tethering? – onik Aug 6 '12 at 11:59
@onik - could be, but it's no longer relevant - I managed to get it working with a USB cable and that sufficed for my needs. – Shaul Behr Aug 15 '12 at 11:41

Depending on your carrier, FoxFi may help you out. It allows you to share you mobile data plan as a WiFi hot spot. Just be careful not to use too much or your carrier will get suspicious.

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Usually your service provider has to activate the ability to use your cellphone as a hotspot. For Sprint, there is a monthly fee associated with that feature.

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Turned out I wasn't being patient enough. It took a little while for my phone to realize it needed to connect to data services; after that the tethering worked fine. It helped for me to open my email on my phone, just to give it a little nudge.

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