The Jig Is Up for Android Tethering Apps

Bet you thought you were pretty slick there, using a tethering app to turn your Android phone into a mobile hot spot while sidestepping the additional carrier charges. What, you thought your carrier wouldn't notice? Well, you're not, they did, and now the free-mobile-hot-spot party is over. So far, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all banned access the these apps in their marketplaces. Sprint still allows it but not likely for much longer.

[via Engadget]


I understand that everyone is saying "Sideload, Sideload!!", but obviously that is a loophole they will close. Already, there are phones that simply reload the original firmware if it's rooted and it's not considered "original".

We've already seen Android play ball with carriers and manufacturers, and make Android even more closed that it was 12 months ago. Carriers are the ones that subsidize these phones. Carriers will push manufacturers to make phones virtually impossible to root (or make it so annoying most people won't do it).

So, don't think the ease of bypassing this new rule will be there for ever.