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Master Geek

# 206002 6-Dec-2016 11:46

I bought a Samsung S4 Mini which I think is probably a refurbished warranty return.  I'm pretty happy with  it.  Immaculate condition, and I'm surprised how well the display works given that it is essentially one quarter the size of my S4 that died.  It also seems to have a lot more free storage after I installed all my apps.


Whatever, i met my first snag with it.  I can't get it to tether.  The phone is branded AT&T (splash screen on startup shows the logo, and a request to check for updates goes and looks on their website) so I suspect this tethering issue is part of the tendency for mobile providers to cripple the ability to tether - I'm not sure why, but no doubt it's to stem some income leak.


So can I get around this?  If I could program the firmware image that the NZ S4 minis have in them, would this solve the problem?  Is that even possible?  Or am I looking at ...(cue lightning flashes, thunder) ... rooting the phone?





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  # 1683283 6-Dec-2016 14:07

US telcos charge extra to tether, hence the lockdown.


Your options are:


 - Root the phone and enable tethering


 - Flash a custom ROM like CyanogenMod which will make tethering available


The NZ software will not work because they're different hardware variants. US-market phones are, Pixel/Nexus/iPhone aside, a pain to deal with and not worth it to save a few bucks.

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