updated 05:25 pm EST, Fri March 9, 2012
Tether uses HTML5 to share iOS connection
Tether may have achieved a rare trick by developing a tethering option that reportedly works over the web. Getting around the blocks on tools like the iTether native app, it uses a combination of a Mac or Windows app with an HTML5 mobile page. Creating an ad hoc Wi-Fi network from the computer lets those signed in on the web page from a smartphone or tablet share the device's cellular connection without a wired link.
The methodology hasn't been outlined. Its approach reportedly encrypts the connection to open up access.
Using the service will cost significantly less than a tethering plan on a US carrier, at about $30. An initial promo is offering access for $15. Any device that supports HTML5 browsing on cellular should work, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone.
It's unclear what phone makers and carriers can or would do to stop Tether's strategy. Carriers regularly screen for whether or not subscribers are sharing their connection with an approved plan and have warned customers when they haven't. Tether's use of the web might complicate this, depending on how it works, by making it appear like mobile web access. [via 9to5]