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Tethering a Kindle Fire to a cell phone?

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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 9:09:44 PM PDT
I have an HTC Sensation 4G that can do tethering. Will the Fire be able to use cell phone tethering? I'd like the option to be able to download content if there is no WiFi available. If it can, I would be willing to add tethering for $15 per month. I have unlimited data on my T-Mobile plan.

I went into the tethering on my phone and I have the choices of Windows or MAC OS.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 9:13:49 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
I have a Sensation 4g as well, and your best bet would probably to use the Wifi Hotspot app. I've used it sparingly, for the times that I needed to access something on my wifi iPad 2. All you do is make the phone a wifi hotspot with a password. I've used it a few times and Tmo has never charged me (but I'm thinking they would if I overused the function).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 9:15:52 PM PDT
Ok... that's good to know. I looked at the TMO support forums and there were several replies that if it's used excessively that the account would be reviewed and they will likely block tethering until/unless you add it to the account.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 9:17:05 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Yea, the few times I've used it it's been for less than 5 minutes (more around the 2-3 min mark).

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 11:07:09 PM PDT
The Fire does not accept peer-to-peer or ad-hoc wi-fi networks so we may not be able to tether a cell phone to it. It depends on what kind of wi-fi hotspot the phone makes.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 11:13:11 PM PDT
I have a Nexus S with the hotspot capability. When I turn it on, it shows up as a real connection.....not an ad-hoc connection. FWIW and YMMV

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 11:34:46 PM PDT
Joanna says:
I'm not sure about the Kindle Fires, but I have no problem tethering my Kindle 3 to my HTC phone.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 2:45:16 AM PDT
T. Madsen says:
Depends on if you are planning to use the wifi hotspot or usb? If usb you would definitely need some android software. I use PDA net on my mac and PC, but at home I use the wifi hotspot and connect devices. Which I don't really call 'tethering', you can also tether with bluetooth but the fire does not have bluetooth. Soooo maybe if there is an android app down the line and you can use the USB then maybe. :)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 5:57:09 AM PDT
M. Bridge says:
I use Easy Tether Pro for the laptop I use when traveling. According to the forum for this app tethering to a tablet is not possible now but is coming.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 9:07:17 AM PDT
My phone has a tethering app and it can do USB or WiFi. It was plugged into my laptop last night charging when I was looking at it in the phone. When I turned it on, my laptop popped up with something to connect to USB tethering (Windows7). I think it should work, which makes me very happy. I have one Fire on order and I think I will order 3 more for gifts for my girls.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 9:24:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2011 9:36:38 AM PDT
P. White, reread your own posting. "I went into the tethering on my phone and I have the choices of Windows or MAC OS." The Fire has neither. I used tethering on my blackberry and it required Win or Mac OS on the receiving device. For example there is an Android App in the Amazon App Store titled, "Easy Tether."
From the description: EasyTether shares your Android smartphone connection with your PC. This handy app from Mobile Stream allows you to tether your Android to a desktop or notebook computer. EasyTether uses exactly the same data plan that you already use for your on-phone internet access, and your USB connection ensures a fast transfer speed. Access your built-in browser, e-mail, and YouTube applications with no additional tethering or broadband fees. These apps basically allow you to do the same thing as a tether app from you carrier without paying the monthly fee's they charge for a one time charge of $10. I also think it goes back to the basic question of the ability of the USB port to act as host. While some tethering maybe accomplished via bluetooth the Fire has neither USB or Bluetooth capabilities to accept the tether connection.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 12:09:47 PM PDT
I understand what you're saying. The WiFi tethering should work for the Fire, not the USB Windows or MAC tethering. I'll just have to wait and see what works but I am more than hopeful that it will.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 3:23:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2011 3:26:58 PM PDT
P. White. Actually I was saying the opposite. My experience with tethering required Win or Mac OS on the device to be tethered from the phone. The software must be loaded on both devices. The Easy Tether app requires Win or Mac OS to tether your android phone to a Desktop or Laptop computer. Since the Fire does not have Win or Mac OS it would not work with the android OS.
In addition it also requires a USB cable be connected between you phone and computer to complete the connection. The Fire also does not have this capability, in addition to no way to load the required software onto your Fire should you try. Now whether the tethering offered by the cell providers would work I don't know (they also require usb connection) but if you are willing to pay $30 or more a month for this service why not just get a wi-fi hotspot and use wi-fi.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 5:50:23 AM PDT
According to this article (I can't vet them, trust at your discretion), " can install a Wi-Fi hotspot app on your phone that would tether the Kindle Fire's WiFi connection to your phone's data stream."

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 9:01:33 PM PST
Ben Davidson says:
I have had little to no luck tethering to my iPhone4 which works with pretty much every other device I have used. I set it up as a AP and not Adhoc and it will connect but doesnt seem to get a net connection. Not sure where the problem lies, but I was really looking forward to tethering the thing and if I cant, may send her home.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 7:31:57 AM PST
I will receive my Kindle today so I will try it out. I really hope it works. I just had to use my phone as a hotspot for the first time yesterday for my laptop and had absolutely no problem so I hope the Kindle does the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 12:34:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2011 12:35:18 PM PST
I've been using Jukio Spot on my Nokia to create a Wi-Fi hotspot that will connect to every other device I have, Ipad, Ipod, Laptops.....Will not work with the Fire. THe Kindle Fire does not see the Wi-Fi at all. It can see the Wi-Fi from home, but not from the mobile device.....SUCKS!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 3:48:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 3:57:58 PM PST
esanta says:
From Joiku's FAQ at

the Symbian OS currently does not support infrastructure mode, so your hotspot is ad-hoc only.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 6:02:48 PM PST
It works!! Got my Fire and after setting it up on home WiFi and playing for a bit I turned on hotspot on my HTC Sensation and connected to it. It works perfectly! I went to Prime free movies and started up one. It took a little longer to load than normal but it will still just 1 or 2 minutes. I played the movie just fine, no jitter or lag, for 10 minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 5:33:56 AM PST
Thanks for the information this phone

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 8:17:48 AM PST
Jill B says:
I'm having the same experience. I wonder if the Fire's inability to connect to an ad-hoc network is a software or hardware limitation? Not throwing away my iPod Touch just yet, I'm afraid!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 12:48:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 12:49:54 PM PST
Dean Hansen says:
This link is a video I made. Wireless Tether Android Phone to Kindle Fire, Free

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 1:14:06 PM PST
Pushka says:
My fire easily tethers to my iPhone.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 8:44:38 AM PST
J. Moorman says:
Ebook observer: how did you get this to work?????? My iphone wont tether.
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