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Tethering Is Exhilarating (With the Nexus One) 211

Posted by kdawson
from the free-to-roam dept.
timothy found this link (hat-tip to Tim O'Reilly) to a paean to the joys of tethering. "In a short post, Steve Souders explores the current state of tethering 3G connections via iPhone (on which he basically gives up, for the perfectly decent reason of not wanting to jailbreak his iPhone) and the Nexus One, with which he has great success. His writeup serves as a micro-tutorial ('use PdaNet's Android app') as well as an endorsement."
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Tethering Is Exhilarating (With the Nexus One)

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  • Re:iPhone Tethering (Score:3, Informative)

    by whisper_jeff (680366) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:43PM (#31339732)
    I'm in Canada where tethering is possible but I thought AT&T began offering tethering last ... June? July? I could well be wrong... Actually, checking the Apple website, I see that I am wrong - it is not currently available in the US. Ah well, yet another example of AT&T sucking it up...

    Anyhow, the point remains - tethering on the iPhone is effortless and easy. Apparently outside the US...
  • Re:webOS Tethering (Score:5, Informative)

    by ZX3 Junglist (643835) <ZX3Junglist @ h o t mail.com> on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @10:48PM (#31339760)
    For Sprint, O2, you can use the one-time-purchase MyTether, which as of the newest version 2.10 is working quite well. From the site http://mytether.net/ [mytether.net]:
    * Allows you to share your O2 UK, Verizon, and Sprint 3G from your Pre to your computer, iPod Touch or other WiFI devices.
    * WiFi network name & WAP key customization options
    * Makes your Pre into a MiFi-like Mobile HotSpot at your convenience to share your 3G connection.
    * Converts Palm Pre into a Wireless Network adapter by letting you share the WiFi connection on the Pre instead of your 3G when tethering over Bluetooth or USB.
    * Network usage graphs and total data usage for the session
    * Reported to work with iTouch/iPhone, PS3, Xbox 360, Eye-Fi, and will probably work with your WiFI device!
    * Ability to turn off the LCD without putting your device into sleep mode.
    * Convenience features such as restoring the old WiFi connection when tethering is disabled, prompts to take care of pre-requesties to tethering, remembering settings and last tether options, restoring modifications to settings back to original value upon exit, and many more to list.
  • by ScrewMaster (602015) * on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:13PM (#31339928)

    isn't jailbreaking an iPhone easier than rooting Android?

    No. I used an autorooter on my G1. Jacked the phone in to the USB, ran the program ... and I was rooted. I don't know how much easier it can get, really.

  • Re:Yawn (Score:5, Informative)

    by poetmatt (793785) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:37PM (#31340078) Journal

    this is a waste. why pay $30 when you can root for free and tether for free? Every market app works once you root. It's not like there's anything special other than that you get more up to date (and more stable) software.

  • by Joe Tie. (567096) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:45PM (#31340128)

    Five minute? It takes more than that just to back up the data on the phone before updating. I'd say it's closer to a full half hour, with the download factored in. More if you take time to read other peoples experiences before doing it. Bricking it might not be a huge danger, but winding up with a half functional system is. So all in all I'd put it closer to 45 minutes. And it's 45 minutes that you'll be repeating over, and over, and over again. While finding some apps don't work, waiting for others to catch up, etc.

    I shrugged it off for the first half year I had an iphone. But there's not a chance in hell I'd put myself through it again. You shouldn't have to fight your system just to use it.

  • Re:Not Surprising (Score:5, Informative)

    by aristotle-dude (626586) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @11:55PM (#31340208)

    Many (non-US) iPhone carriers allow tethering but Apple strongly discourages it through technical measures.

    FUD much? Tethering on the iPhone is blocked on the iPhone on AT&T. It is a carrier setting. Tethering has worked on the iPhone on Canadian carriers since the feature was released in a firmware update. The lack of tethering is an AT&T issue and the reason why they are blocking it is because the iPhone is actually popular whereas Android phones are a small niche so they are not worried about data usage on the Android platform.

  • by black_penguin (621675) <bahathir.gmail@com> on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @02:27AM (#31341200)
    I am using the free alternative way on my locked/unrooted N1, :)
    http://code.google.com/p/azilink/ [google.com]
  • by LucidBeast (601749) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @02:53AM (#31341344)
    I remember doing this like ten years ago.
  • Re:Not Surprising (Score:2, Informative)

    by duane534 (1431259) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @02:57AM (#31341386)
    Or, the fact that only 3% of the T-Mobile network is even UMTS (3.0G) takes care of the situation for them.
  • Re:Not Surprising (Score:3, Informative)

    by yivi (236776) <yivi.mutated@me> on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @03:13AM (#31341488) Homepage

    Parent is right, grand-parent is seriously confused.

    In Spain tethering also worked from day one, using it is extremely simple (either via bluetooth or cable) and the connection is fast. I have a couple of friends (who obviously don't download gigabytes of movies each month) who gave up on their land-line ADSL to rely only on their iPhone Internet's connection.

    The tethering thing it's a provider thing.

    I.-

  • by YucatanLiquorStand (1143099) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @03:23AM (#31341550)
    This will get you up and running with USB tethering - the only downside is that I don't see Cyanogenmod supporting multi-touch: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php/Full_Update_Guide_-_Nexus_One_Firmware_to_CyanogenMod [cyanogenmod.com] then custom compile and setup busybox, dropbear, ssh, etc. Not too difficult if you can read man pages and use 'vi'.
  • Any news here? (Score:5, Informative)

    by raju1kabir (251972) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @04:08AM (#31341910) Homepage

    Just got back from a quick business trip to Thailand. I brought my many-years-old Nokia phone, a brand-new netbook running Ubuntu, and a USB cable (Bluetooth drains batteries fast).

    When I got there I bought a SIM card (DTAC/Happy) for US$1.50 and then paid an additional $4 for 30 hours of online time (could have done one week unlimited 24/7 for $8 but I didn't think I'd use that much).

    Stuck in the SIM card, connected the cable, and everything worked straight away. The Ubuntu wireless menu knew the name of the cell company and offered it as option alongside the wifi networks it saw. And that was it. I used it in the airport, on the bus, in taxis, hotels, restaurants, everywhere. Business hotels wanted $10 for one hour's access; I paid less than half that for all I could use in a week.

    I used to hunt around for hotels with wifi; I don't think I'll be wasting time on that anymore. Even in expensive countries the mobile access is cheaper, especially when you start including airport wifi charges.

  • Re:Yawn (Score:2, Informative)

    by webreaper (1313213) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @06:12AM (#31342764) Homepage
    ...and you must have missed the part where it's free for a trial period and then after that it's free forever for http, they only lock down https in the free version. Which seems pretty good value to me.
  • Re:Not Surprising (Score:3, Informative)

    by sych (526355) on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @08:42AM (#31343898)

    Ditto Australia. Works on carriers that haven't specifically asked Apple to turn it off, incredibly easy to set up and use, nice and fast.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 03, 2010 @09:49AM (#31344606)

    Just an FYI, we're the publisher of EasyTether for Android. It's got a 4.5 star rating and at $9.95 is less than half the price of PdaNet:

    http://www.cyrket.com/p/android/com.mstream.easytether_polyclef/

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