While the backlash against these fees is yet to make them go away, users can at least use workarounds in the meantime. There are some great tethering applications available for Android which will get around the problem for now. EasyTether is quite notable because it’s available for all operating systems, easy to use and doesn’t require root access.
Download and install EasyTether Lite in order to see if it works for you. Later you can upgrade to the paid version of EasyTether if you want the extra features, like HTTPS, instant messenger and XBox tethering. Personally, I find the paid version of EasyTether (€ 7) costs exactly the same price as one day of tethering access through my provider. That’s value for money.
Disable Regular Tethering Methods
Firstly, turn off any other automatic tethering options your phone has set up, such as Mobile Broadband Connect (Verizon) and Internet Sharing (Sprint). In order for this to work, we need to disable your normal tethering method.
Download Computer Software
EasyTether works on Windows (Windows 7/XP/Vista), Mac (10.4+ including 10.7) and Linux (Ubuntu 10.4+/Fedora 13+). Simply go to the EasyTether drivers site to find the right software for your computer. EasyTether recommends that your phone not be plugged in to your computer while you install the drivers.
Set Up EasyTether On Phone
Plug your phone in and open the EasyTether application. Choose your operating system and tell the application that you’ve already installed the software.
This next step will depend on your operating system, but essentially it involves setting up a new network for EasyTether on your computer. The phone application will guide you through the steps for your operating system.
With Mac OS X it will automatically detect the new network interface and you can set things up by following the prompts. If it isn’t automatically detected, try rebooting the system or setting it up manually as follows.
Find the network called EasyTether and ensure it uses DHCP to configure IPv4.
On your phone, you should enable EasyTether to allow USB tethering.
Test It Out!
Sadly, EasyTether only works when connecting the phone to the computer via USB cable, which is a pain if your cable comes loose while you’re using the connection. But it works! For me this worked straight away, and worked whether the phone was using a Wi-Fi connection or 3G. At no stage did I get prompted by my service provider to pay extra for tethering, so this means success!
More Great Android Hacks & Apps
To get your Android into perfect shape, take a look at these articles:
- 5 Awesome Android Applications That Could Make Life Easier
- 3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone
- How to Set Up Laptop Wireless Internet Access Through Your Cellphone [Windows]
- 5 Cool Lesser Known Free Android Apps
What’s your opinion on additional tethering fees? Should tethering be automatically included in smartphone contracts? Which tethering application do you use? Let us know in the comments!