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 12-03-2015 03:04 PM
I bought my relative the Consumer Cellular Motorola G LTE (3rd Gen Moto G, XT1540), got it sim-unlocked, and am currently using it with Cricket's "basic plan" (2.5GB/mo.) The phone came preloaded with Android 5.1.1.

In the settings menu, there is an option to turn on mobile hotspot. I haven't tried turning it on because it's against Cricket's terms-of-service, but as far as I can tell, the feature isn't disabled in any way.

This is in direct contrast to my Cricket bought Moto G (2013) LTE. There is no option to tether/hotspot. Furthermore, there is no manually limit band usage to 2G/3G.

How does tethering work on Cricket-phones that support tethering? When you upgrade to a plan that allows tethering (and buy the tethering feature), does Cricket automatically enable that menu-option in your phone?
 12-03-2015 03:40 PM
with some phones, the mobile hotspot works out of the box.
on other phones your phone must be on this list - https://www.cricketwireless.com/content/aio/en/support/plans-and-features/mobile-hotspot/customer/hotspot-compatible-phones.html
and it costs $10/month
 12-03-2015 03:49 PM
Getting BYOD for tethering is known to work for now. A few cases of BYOD with latest Android is known to not work despite being unlocked and tether enabled. Unlocked iphones are known to work in most cases.
 12-03-2015 04:01 PM
Doing it without paying for it depends on the device, the version of your OS, some third party tools will help especially if you can root the device, will continue to be a cat and mouse game
 12-03-2015 04:04 PM
With Cricket you have two choices for tethering:

-You either bring in a device that doesn't have tethering crippled and then tethering is free.
-You buy a cricket phone that is one the list above and pay Cricket $10 a month to tether.

Tethering works fine on my Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 and there is no way I'm paying a company $10 a month to use the data I already paid for.
 12-03-2015 04:08 PM
Unlocking a telephone does not add any new functionality to the device. It simply allows you to use a SIM card from a different carrier in the telephone. If something did not work on a locked device, it will continue to not work after it is unlocked.

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