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Big Red & AT&T At It Again, Blocking Tethering Apps

Looks like Verizon and AT&T are at it again and this time the are blocking tethering applications in the Android Market. Of course what big major companies like you using applications for free tethering when they can charge you an arm and a leg instead for the service.

Tethering applications like PDANet let you use your device as an internet connetion for your PC, Laptop, and Netbooks whether you are rooted or not. Of course there are apps that require root to be able to tether. However, Thanks to Big Red and AT&T you will no longer see these applications in the market if you go search for them. Why you may ask? Because they lose out.

While Android is supposed to be open source and give users complete freedom many carriers and manufactures alike are taking steps to lock us out of the devices that we purchase with our hard earned money along with the apps that can be used on the devices. There reasoning for it being the same across a the board just because the consumer pays for it doesn’t mean we can use it the way we want to.

However, Verizon and AT&T can’t stop us from side loading the .apks yet. But the question still remains if we pay for the service why not be able to use it how we wish?

The future remains uncertain regarding these types of applications in the market. Do carriers and manufactures have the right to say what we can and can’t do? Let us know your thoughts we would love to hear them.



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