Google Blocking Tethering Apps per Carrier Requests
May 3, 2011 11:49 AM –
If you’re on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and want to avoid paying costly monthly fees to these carriers for using your Android device as a modem to tether Internet access, you’d better think again. Google is cracking down on tethering apps in the Android Market (at least blocking certain user access by carrier). Thus far, Sprint has not joined the gang… but we predict they very well may. Apps like Easy Tether, Internet Sharer, Klink, PDAnet and Tether for Android are greeting users with a “This item is not available on your carrier.” notice when they try to download them. There are ways around this if you are a rooted user or side-load Android apps on Verizon and T-Mobile networks (sorry AT&T folks).
This is expected of carriers to maximize their revenue streams to force consumers to buy a data plan as more purchase data hungry smartphones, but the kicker comes with Google obliging to what should be an “open” platform. These days that open term is fading. What are your thoughts on this growing issue? Comment below!
[Source This Is My Next via Business Insider and PC World]