Do you guys remember this FREE iPhone Tethering app that Apple approved accidentally? It lets you tether without jailbreaking. Well on the Android side of things, many US carriers are cracking down on these apps:
From Macrumors: “Droid Life reports (via Engadget) that U.S. carriers have recently stepped up their efforts to crack down on Android apps that permit users to create Wi-Fi mobile hotspots by tethering to their mobile phone and using the device’s data connection.”
After receiving a tip that Verizon may be blocking Wireless Tether from the market, I decided to do a little digging on the variety of devices I own. Sure enough, from all of my phones, including the Nexus S I have running on AT&T, I was unable to find Wireless Tether in the market. So to see what was really going on, I jumped into the browser-based Android Market to see if I could find the app and definitely did. But what you are seeing, is my list of devices, all of which cannot accept this app.
iOS has supported tethering a couple of software updates back. To use these “legally” however, one must have an add on tethering fee to their bills either on AT&T or Verizon. Some people jailbreak though and use apps such as MyWi to use their device as a hotspot anyway. AT&T even has upped their efforts against these apps.
Seeing many carriers are cracking down on tethering apps, the chances of another rogue tethering app getting approved by Apple is probably close (if not) 0. Do you agree or disagree with these carriers’ decisions?