Android 2.2 will support tethering, some wireless carriers may not

The good news is that Google Android 2.2 Froyo will include a built in utility that lets you turn your Android phone into a WiFi hot spot or share an internet connection by tethering your phone to a computer via a USB cable. The bad news is that your wireless carrier gets to decide if and how you’ll use the feature.

TechCrunch reports that Google is making it easy for carriers to either disable tethering completely in the phones they offer, or charge extra for tethering capabilities.

So it looks like there may still be demand for third party tethering apps like PDANet after all.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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  • […] As expected, you’ll be able to tether your Android phone to a computer or other device, allowing you to share a 3G wireless connection without paying separate bills for your phone and laptop connection — assuming your carrier lets you do that. […]

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