I was so excited to get my new purple cell phone! The HTC Rhyme is a fun phone and comes with all these fun accesories (so far, I’ve had it for a day). I got my email accounts loaded, my ringtones set, and tried to get the tethering set up. Nope.
I use my phone for internet so I can’t not have tethering, but the tethering program wouldn’t recognize my phone!
It was actually a really simple solution after I spent 45 minutes with the guy in the cell phone store and another 2 hours searching and reading through forums. I figured I’d make it easy for you and tell you how I fixed it.
First off, much frustration could have been solved by (and don’t laugh) telling me that my new phone isn’t a 4G. I just kind of figured that most of the smart phones now are 4G, but this one is a 3G – therefore, PDANet and not Easy Tether. (These little details matter). 4G isn’t available in the area that I live, so it makes no real difference to me other than which tethering program to use. (If you haven’t used the tethering programs before here’s a pretty good intro into PDANet)
Also, here’s a video that explains how to install the PDANET
And here’s a video that explains how to install the Easy Tether so you 4G users don’t feel left out
Another problem I encountered was which way to have the phone connect to my computer. No one explained this one to me. With my old phone you had an option to set the phone for “USB Tether” and that was that. With the HTC Rhyme you have 5 options when you plug your phone into the computer.
1) Charge Only
2) Disk Drive
3) HTC Sync
4) Internet Connection Mode
5) Internet Pass-through
You want “HTC Sync” (#3). The “Internet Connection Mode” redirects you to the Verizon Wireless Website and asks you to pay upwards of $30 a month. Wi-Fi Hotspots are another that you have to pay for (also, they can use a lot of data).
Also, make sure that you have the “USB Debugging” turned on. Head to “Settings” – “Applications” – “Development” – “USB Debugging” (make sure that’s ticked off).
So I realized that my “HTC Sync” option wasn’t working because there was some kind of disconnect between my phone and my computer. That disconnect had to do with the driver that was installed. Your phone has to connect through “ADB” in order to sync and get you internet.
I figured it out for my machine. Windows was using an outdated driver which didn’t allow it to populate in the Device Manager. I ended up using a USB scanner I use occasionally (USBDeview), which showed the device, finally (I don’t recall seeing it before re-installing the Verizon/HTC software for kicks). Deinstalling then reinstalling with newer drivers seemed to have done the trick. Good luck.
I unplugged all usb devices, then plugged in the Rhyme and launched the USBDeview app. I then unchecked Options->Display Disconnected Devices in the app, leaving me with just three devices showing in the list. I selected the one named “HTC Android Phone USB Device” and chose File->Uninstall Selected Devices. It told me I had to relaunch as admin, so I did that, and repeated those steps.
After it finished uninstalling it, I unplugged the Rhyme and plugged it back in, and Windows immediately began the “Installing drivers…” process. When it was done, adb saw the device.
After I did this and connected my phone through HTC Sync – it worked.
Hope this made it easier for you! Enjoy your new phone!