As I mentioned in my last post, my biggest complaint about the Motorola Atrix 4G was AT&T’s requirement of a $40/month tethering plan to use it with the Motorola Laptop Dock. Fortunately, I’ve found an easy to circumvent…
When I bought the Atrix 4G, the AT&T store salesman and his manager weren’t sure if I needed a tethering plan to use the laptop dock… As an early smartphone user, I’ve been on AT&T’s “all you can eat” data plan for years. Switching to AT&T’s 4GB tethering data plan from my unlimited plan would mean paying an additional $10/month and getting less data.
While the AT&T sales team couldn’t promise me that I’d be able to successfully tether the Atrix and Laptop Dock together without paying for the additional plan, they encouraged me to try… Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks it’s ridiculous to pay $10 surcharge every month for using the Atrix Laptop Dock, which cannot even be turned on without being plugged into the Atrix, which already has a plan.
When I got home and first connected the Atrix to the Laptop Dock, I received a notification saying that I needed an AT&T tethering plan or a wi-fi connection for Firefox to work on Webtop, and I thought I might have to sign up for the data plan after all. After a little online digging, I found a couple of forums that recommended I root my new phone to enable free tethering. That didn’t seem like a great option, given the potential longer term uncertainty of jailbreaking my phone. So, I kept looking, and voila… Today, I found a video that showed me how to set up a free AT&T wireless Hot Spot on my Atrix 4G in less than 5 minutes, without rooting my phone. It’s incredibly easy: