LG Marquee Hot spot

I was informed that due to the software installed on the refurbished LG Marquee phone, that the tethering feature is prevented.  I do not plan to tether at this point  so it isn't a problem for me now.  Is there a plan to address this software issue at a later date should my needs change? I would prefer not to replace my phone.  Thank you.

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  • I couldn't agree more. Please let us know if/when this will be addressed. I'm a new Ting user and activated my account for my LG Marquee only yesterday.  You're not inspiring much confidence.

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  • I bet there are apps out there that will let us get around this issue.  From past research, third-party tethering apps (PDANet comes to mind) might help here.  I would guess that it is the native phone tethering app that is the problem.  Normally such third-party tethering apps are a no-no, but since ting explicitly allows free tethering they should not be a problem at all.  I do not have any experience with those but will try to test it out.  Some require root, some do not (just allowing third-party apps to install).  Again, not claiming any firsthand knowledge here--great if others/Ting weigh-in.

    Regarding the separate battery issue, I think we can all agree the Marquee has terrible battery life, and I am not a heavy user/battery snob.  Amazon has a couple 3500 mAh batteries and cases for around $15 that should help with this.  I ordered one for the optimus black (same model, I understand).

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  • Thank you BP.  Both suggestions sound like excellent ways to address these issues.  If you do try one of the third party apps, please let me know how it goes. Thanks again.

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  • The 3500 mAh battery is larger than the standard 1500 mAh one, which is why it comes with its own (larger) cover. Presumably a phone with one of these will not fit in a case made specifically for the LG Marquee, but perhaps there are other models with the same dimensions except thicker. If anyone has or goes this route, please let the rest of us know how much bulkier and heavier the phone is as a result.

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  • We're still working out the details on the solution, but we'll let you know as soon as we've got it sorted out ourselves.

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  • Ditto. Just got the phone today. LOVE the phone but would like the ability to tether on occasion. I'd love to see a solution to this issue from Ting or from others users about a third-party solution that works. I have faith that you techy guys can come up with something! 

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  • I also just got a refurb Marquee, and can confirm that FoxFi works for Bluetooth tethering (not WiFi) and does not require root. You can download it at http://foxfi.com/bin.

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  • So I have a dumb question.  I got my Marquee earlier this week and have not yet activated it (burning off my last few Tracfone minutes before I port my number).  Also, I'm not sure I want to activate if I'm just going to be sending it back to Ting to swap for one that's capable of tethering--that was definitely part of the value proposition that drove me to Ting.

    But I've spent a fair time playing with this phone (on WiFi), and it _looks_ like it's capable of tethering.  I can't verify this without activating it, but the menu items are there (photos attached).  Others with this phone: are the menu items there, but non-functional?  Or (harder question) do they disappear after the phone is activated?

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  • You get an error (67) if you try to activate them.

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  • I also just received my phone today. I am surprised how much I really, really like this phone. It is very light and 4.0" display is the perfect display size IMHO. I hope it can be resolved by a software update. I do not want to have to get one of the much more expensive 4.0" models available. I rather keep this phone and just get a bigger battery and back for it.

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  • Got my Marquee today and found a workaround at  http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-lg-marquee/127204-has-anyone-w-marquee-tried-wifi-tethering-yet-2.html that works ok for me. You need to set the DUN NAI "Extend Modem" to "No," and you have to redo it each time you reboot your phone.

    To do so, you first have to switch to a launcher that allows you to add a Shortcut->Activities. I'm using Holo Launcher. Then do Add-> Shortcut-> Activities-> com.lge.hiddenmenu-> LG Hidden Menu(.LGServiceHiddenMenu_Settings). From the new LG Hidden Menu shortcut, go to Data Settings-> DUN NAI -> No. Then wifi tethering works. The next time you want to tether after rebooting your phone, use the shortcut and change the DUN NAI setting back to "No" again.

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  • Another way to get to the LG service menu is to dial "##LGSERVICEMENU" ("##5473784236368") and enter your service code.

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  • Thanks Alexander Jones that worked for me. It sounds like Ting is working on a fix for existing users and it might be available by end of week. Thanks guys!

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  • Depending on your tethering needs, you may be able to USB tether (instead of Wi-Fi) with ClockworkMod Tether. No root is needed.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.tether&hl=en

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  • Another way to get to the LG service menu is to dial "##LGSERVICEMENU" ("##5473784236368") and enter your service code.

    What would the service code be?

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  • This quote is from phandroid Thanks goes to "|Monster|" -  http://androidforums.com/marquee-all-things-root/550236-lg-hidden-menu-ap-cp-usb.html

    The last post on the page: Quote

    "

    download aLogcat (free) from market. Open it and start the log. Hit the "home" button on the phone and go to dialer and enter ##3282# go to "data profile" hit "edit" and enter 000000. It will say it is wrong, hold the home button and switch back to aLogcat and pause it. Hit "filter" and type msl

    After that you get that 6 digit code

    "

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  • Wow, quite the process. Thank you.

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  • It does have some steps to it but once you got the number it seems to be the service code you use all the time.  So it is a one time process as far as I can tell.

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  • You can also call Ting to get the MSL for any phone received from them.

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  • Successfully have wifi AP working with the androidforums workaround. It's really a pretty easy process to just install the shortcut software - certainly easier than rooting you phone, which I've also done! I have two refurb Marquees. I rooted one and installed CTMod rom. It was a long 23-step convoluted process. Then I saw you can get the AP working without root! Doh!

    Anyway, have it working on both rooted and non-rooted phones. Sweet.  

    Maybe a forum moderator can put those instructions or a link as a sticky so people know it's an easy workaround.  

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  • The android forums work-around is indeed very easy! the instructions provided are very clear and I had no trouble getting it done on my Marquee. thank you! Link to the instructions: http://androidforums.com/lg-marquee/580019-guide-getting-built-in-wifi-ap-wireless-tether-working-root-not-required-7-20-12-a.html

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