Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd May 2011 22:54 UTC
Google Surprising it is not, but unfortunate it remains. Carriers in the United States have started working together with Google to block tethering applications in the Android Market from running on certain Android devices. While this pretty much seems like a US-only thing, it's still bad.
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Google's rationalisation...
by mrhasbean on Tue 3rd May 2011 23:14 UTC
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

AT&T: Help us block these tethering apps so we can sell more data and we'll give you a percentage of the take.

Google: Ok

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I think it's more like:

Carriers: Help us block these tethering apps like Apple is doing for us or else we'll decrease the Android advertising budget.

Google: Okay.

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guilhermefdc Member since:
2011-02-17

Agreed.

What I would love to hear, though, is the opinion of someone who actually publishes apps on the Market - is "Verizon doesn't want it" allowed by Googles 'open' terms of service?

EDIT: hmmm, quoting Android Market Developer Program Policies
Network Usage and Terms
Applications must not create unpredictable network usage that has an adverse impact on a user's service charges or an Authorized Carrier's network. Applications also may not knowingly violate an Authorized Carrier's terms of service for allowed usage or any Google terms of service.


Given the way the Android Market is fragmented into multiple, carrier-specific stores, this pretty much gives Google the right to remove apps such as PDANet from a specific Market - Verizons and AT&Ts for example.

Edited 2011-05-03 23:37 UTC

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daedliusswartz Member since:
2007-05-28

I think it's more like:

Carriers: We like chocolate ice-cream, you like it too.

Google: Okay.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

I think it's more like:

Carriers: Help us block these tethering apps like Apple is doing for us or else we'll decrease the Android advertising budget.

Google: Okay.


Oh really? Considering my original iPhone had tethering blocked - by the carrier - then later added as a fee service - by the carrier after complaints to Apple - then later made free - by the carrier after more complaints to Apple - and my current iPhone has four times the original's monthly data limit and has HotSpot enabled, I'd suggest you might just be (yet again) wrong...

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