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Google Allows Android Tethering Outside U.S.

While we’re all busy getting excited about the possibility of tethering for iPhone 3.0, Android users are still mourning that fact that Google pulled a tethering application from the app store because it violated T-Mobile’s terms of service.

Googled pulled the application last week but today, CNet reports that the search giant has made the application available once again, but only for those outside the U.S.

Basically the deal is Google said it can’t have any application that violates T-Mobile’s terms of service (i.e., tethering) but that it didn’t mean to pull the application altogether and non-T-Mobile users were supposed to still have access.

The full statement from Google (via CNet) goes a little bit something like this:

“On Monday, several applications that enable tethering were removed from the Android Market catalog because they were in violation of T-Mobile's terms of service in the U.S. Based on Android's Developer Distribution Agreement (section 7.2), we remove applications from the Android Market catalog that violate the terms of service of a carrier or manufacturer.

We inadvertently unpublished the applications for all carriers, and today we have corrected the problem so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will now have access to the applications. We have notified the affected developers.”

While it’s nice that the rest of the world gets to tether away to their heart’s content, we’re a little disappointed the app won’t be available in the U.S. Fair enough it violates T-Mobile’s terms of service, but what’s to stop T-Mobile introducing a tethering plan with pricing based around or similar to the recently announced 3G modem the company launched?

Jane McEntegart is Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America, and previously worked for more than 7 years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor.

  • Take a dose of your own medicine USA. That will teach you not to give non-residents contests, or give the world Zune Marketplace and the ability to buy iPod apps with Apple giftcards.
  • are you talking about Vengance :-\
  • hellwig
    Considering there was a news story on here not long ago about T-Mobile releasing a new 3G-Modem, I'm not surprised they yanked those apps. No reason to undermine your own business.

    It might be nice, but I'm still not sure where I would have adequate 3G access and not have WiFi. Airports may charge for Wifi, but like your going to get a meaningful 3G signal sharing a tower with 10,000 other cell phones.

    Does anyone use Cell-phone tethering other than to avoid paying for Wi-Fi or home internet access?
  • lejay
    hellwigConsidering there was a news story on here not long ago about T-Mobile releasing a new 3G-Modem,
    Wtf, T-Mobile are building 3g-modems? Are you sure they are not just providing the serivce?
  • MJRSnyder
    i think tethering should be free your paying for the service already so why should you not be able to view the same thing on a bigger screen?
  • cl_spdhax1
    they sell modems on their website, i think they are using the 3g service (but not sure), because tmobile also provides a home telephone service.