egzthunder1 · May 2, 2011 at 06:00 pm

Wireless Tether Blocked In The Market?

We have, in the past, seen several tactics by carriers to block devices from doing certain things that are outside of their interest. However, this one seems to take the cake. XDA member Darnell_Chat_TN pointed us to an article that appeared in PocketNow where the online blog talks about an app that many of you are familiar with, Wireless Tether. As you all know, tethering from our devices is something that comes as a second nature. We have been doing this for years, since the days of Windows Mobile. As it turns out, the carriers figured that they wanted to have all the cake and eat it as well since they started blocking the app in the free app available in the Market. This was proven by the folk at PN by trying to access the Market via Wifi (no SIM in a device) and with a SIM in it. The first time around, they found the app without a problem, but once the SIM card was in, the app had vanished.

Telecoms have been trying to get more money out of the data packages that they offer by charging for the bundled app and the service in the phones they sell. By blocking this app from public view, it seems that they are tired of competing against the free option. And since they cannot eliminate it, the best next option is to hide it. By the way, it is not just one carrier doing this, most of them seem to be jumping on the same wagon at this point.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree on the carrier’s tactics? Please leave some feedback.

You can find more information in the original discussion thread.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

Thanks Darnell_Chat_TN for the tip!


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:

egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area.
Emil Kako · Mar 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm · 3 comments

Best Alarm App for Android?

There are tons of choices to choose from when looking for a great alarm app for Android. While the stock Clock app for AOSP does the job, it may lack some of the more advanced features from competitors. Let us know what your favorite alarm clock app is for Android and why.

DISCUSS
Chris Gilliam · Mar 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm · 1 comment

Pinsy Brings Social Sketching To Your Watch & Phone

Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 27, 2015 at 04:13 pm · 2 comments

Should You Get Wear? Wearer’s Practical Observations

Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...

XDA NEWS
Share This