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? Commented Aug 6, 2012 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
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 11:41

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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.


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.


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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