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can I tether my kindle fire to my phone to get internet service where no WIFI service is available?

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 10:03:57 PM PDT
NurseNiikki says:

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 4:50:36 PM PDT
Be aware that if you have a limited data plan on your phone, it will cost you plenty. If you have an unlimited data plan, tether away!

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 4:45:35 PM PDT
ceemee says:
Try Foxfi. Free and easy and it makes your phone a wifi cloud, no cord necessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:20:35 PM PDT
foxfi app for some droids treats phone as a hot spot, that works great

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:18:57 PM PDT
App store now has free app to turn some droids to a hot spot for free, works great with kindle fire.

Posted on May 7, 2012 2:25:57 PM PDT
SUE says:
I do it all the time with my old Palm Pre 2 with its free mobile hot spot. Gotta love I don't want to upgrade my phone anymore!

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 2:22:32 PM PDT
Yes, I do it all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 2:18:35 PM PDT
Rett01 says:
Reply to C. Bemis: iPhone gives me a personal hotspot wherever I have cell service. I turn on iPhone personal hotspot and Fire syncs up. Nifty, I'd say.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 2:12:56 PM PDT
C. Bemis, try Googling using your model of smart phone, for example "Samsung Charge" along with the words "hotspot" or "tethering."

You should be able to find sites with specific directions on using your phone to create a WiFi hotspot. Tethering isn't done by an actual cable, the term can be confusing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 10:13:25 AM PDT
C. Bemis says:
Thanks for the info. that helps lots!

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 10:08:13 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
You cannot tether by USB cable, you can only tether via WiFi. If your phone does not allow you to set up a WiFi hotspot, then you cannot use it for the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 10:05:30 AM PDT
C. Bemis says:
When you tether it do you need any special cord or is the tether cord from your phone sufficient?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 8:24:22 AM PDT
Absolutely !!!! I have a TMobile MyTouch 4G with Hotspot and use it all the time to connect my Kindle Fire, no problem.

Posted on May 7, 2012 7:40:14 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
If by "tether" you mean connect your phone to your Kindle Fire with a USB cable, no you can't do that. What you can do if your phone has the capability is create a WiFi hotspot on your phone that your Kindle can access. That usually involves an extra charge from your cell phone company. You could also purchase a MiFi device that is a stand-alone device that creates a WiFi hotspot using a 3G or 4G cell phone signal.

Posted on May 7, 2012 7:16:31 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Even if you can tether the Fire to your cell phone your provider probably won't give you enough bandwidth for streaming videos, if that's what you have in mind.

It's a pretty simple and inexpensive thing to add WIFI at home if you already have a broadband internet connection. Just get a wireless router and connect it between your modem and your computer. Setup on routers is trivial these days. They come with a CD that does it for you. And you can buy one for around $25 and even less if you catch one on sale.

That said, if you get a little better router you'll be glad you did. The very cheap ones tend to be quite a bit slower than the better ones. But even a very cheap one will let you stream videos just fine.

Major brands in routers are Linksys, Cisco, D-Link, Belkin, Netgear and a couple of others I can't think of at the moment. I've never used an off-brand router so I can't really say if it matters. I've always used Linksys so far.

Once you have Wifi you'll be very glad you do.


In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 6:07:33 AM PDT
C. Bemis, that depends on your phone. Some have the ability via an app, some need a separate device from your cell provider. If the phone is capable of creating a hotspot, it will work for the Fire.

Initial post: May 7, 2012 5:56:48 AM PDT
C. Bemis says:
I don't have WIFI capability in my home, can I tether the kindle fire to my droid to get internet service at home?
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