Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tether Your Android Phone For Free

AT&T customers and iPhone fanboys may want to look away as today we are going to give you the low down on a quick easy way of tethering your Android powered phone for free.

For starters we'll offer some words of warning this is a bit of an advanced approach you have to gain root access to your phone, something that involves a multi-step process that uses an unofficial Android add-on which can brick your phone or have other nasty implications if applied incorrectly. Unless you are totally comfortable with what you are attempting you probably shouldn't try it, or at the very least get some help from someone that knows a bit more than you do.

That said for an average PC user that has done things like a bios flash, firmware upgrade or something similar it's really not going to be an overly complicated process, I just offer the warning as some users might not be aware of the dangers. So if you're up for the challenge here is a great tutorial from the Android and Me blog. This is a fairly easy to follow three step process that involves unlocking your phone's bootloader, flashing a recovery image, and flashing an add-on to the default Nexus One firmware.

Once you have you Android phone rooted you need to bounce over to the Google Code site and grab the Android Wi-Fi Tether application. This program enables tethering (via wifi and bluetooth) for "rooted" handsets running Android (such as the Android DevPhone 1). Clients (your laptop for example) can connect via wifi (ad-hoc mode) or bluetooth and get access to the internet using the 3G, 2G mobile connection or (in case you are using bluetooth) the wifi connection which is established by the handset.

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