Tethering

WiFi Tether back in the Play Store – for now

It's been quite a while since mainstream wireless tethering apps were available in the Android Market/Google Play Store, presumably because US carriers aren't keen to see free alternatives to their paid services. The most popular third-party tethering app, WiFi Tether for Root Users, has mysteriously re-appeared in the Google Play Store - you can download it for free right now. Who knows how long it will stay there, but in any case, we're happy to see it return.

XCom Global Huawei 3G USB Modem Review

Earlier this year the folks from Huawei were nice enough to offer up some of their USB 3G E176G Dongles with XCom Global data for the team to use while we covered all things Android at Mobile World Congress back during February in Barcelona Spain. If you enjoyed all the news, coverage, and hands-on from the largest mobile event of the year brought to you by us, it was all powered by Huawei's modem. For those times our phones weren't capable of a hotspot, XCom Global saved the day, and the event.

T-Mobile promotional package to include free tethering January 25

A bundled mobile hotspot will be included in select T-Mobile data plans January 25. Though only available in the 5GB or 10GB data packages, the mobile hotspot included normally costs an additional $19.98 per month. They will be termed as the Unlimited-Premium 5GB and Unlimited-Ultra 10GB data feature bundles.

Virgin Mobile won’t start throttling customers until 2012

While Virgin Mobile is technically unlimited (and aren't they proud of it) their parent company had intended to begin throttling its data-hungry users some time in October. Today the company issued a statement saying that while they still intend to slow down the connection of their most active customers, the change won't happen until an unspecified date in 2012.The information was released as Virgin Mobile confirmed that it's offering the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire.

Verizon Wireless blocking apps and their updates in the Market

We all know that carriers allow or block certain applications to and from the market -- some for the better, and others for the worst like we have here. Obviously carrier specific apps like Verizon's NFL Mobile are only accessed by Verizon devices and are blocked to the rest. It now seems Verizon is taking this a step further and are blocking apps in the market, even ones you've already purchased.

Motorola Xoom Continues to Eat Benchmarks For Breakfast

Not to be outdone by the Samsung Galaxy S II, thanks to the smarty-pants developers over at XDA the Xoom is now burning through benchmarks at 1.6 GHz. As games for Honeycomb continue to get more awesome, and with Google's new Movies service, you'll have plenty of content to throw all that speed at. This is all courtesy of the open source Tiamat kernel, which has recently been updated to version 1.4.2.

T-Mobile Set to offer Tethering and WiFi Sharing November 3rd

We know many carriers have a stance on allowing their devices to share it's connection with other devices. Here in the US it's a big deal with carriers rarely just allowing it for free. T-Mobile is going from not offering it on many devices, like the tethering ready G2, this November, for a fee - of course.

T-Mobile Responds to G2 Tethering and WiFi Calling OTA Update

We know people who have gotten the OTA update for their G2’s enabling WiFi Calling and Tethering. However, it seems T-Mobile is not ready to comment, if the push was a mistake, or premature. T-Mobile provided an official response to Phonescoop detailing their stance on what happened. Their response wasn’t the response we were looking for but at least they acknowledged that it would be coming, when in another story.
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