updated 08:40 pm EDT, Fri April 29, 2011
Carries start to block Android wireless tethering
Carriers appear to have started blocking access to Wireless Tether on the Android Market. Although the Wi-Fi hotspot feature appeared in Android 2.2, carriers have insisted users should be paying an additional fee for the capability. Just recently, AT&T began sending messages to Android users on its network that they were to either stop tethering or face being automatically signed up for the $45 tethering plan.
Droid Life has discovered that the Wireless Tether app does not appear as an option for download for the Nexus S and a range of other devices. The app still appears via the browser version of the Market, but can no longer be accessed by devices on both the AT&T network and Verizon's.
The app had been available for users whose carriers had disabled the wireless hotspot feature on their devices, but carriers had noted that users had been circumventing this by downloading apps like Wireless Tether.