Three Top Android Tethering Applications of 2011
These Android tethering applications allow sharing one Internet connection with several Wi-Fi enabled devices (and saving you the charge for having another Internet connection).
This application installed on your Android phone will give you an access to Internet whenever and wherever you want and on any Wi-Fi enabled device and you wonӴ have to pay any extra charges to your Internet provider other than those you pay for your main 3G or 4G data package.
It should be mentioned, though, that some phones with a built- in and fully sanctioned Wi-Fi tethering app as a rule charge extra fee for unlocking stock features.
Android Froyo OS Tethering
This app is the most basic one that made Internet tethering available to the masses. With Froyo installed all youӬl have to do is to connect your phone as a hotspot or modem to your computer or laptop via a Wi-Fi or USB connection (whichever is available). Your OS may want some adjustment in order for it to recognize the modem but youӬl need to do it only once.
Wireless Tether for Root
If you are a root user this application is a best choice to tether wirelessly over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This wireless tether is absolutely secure and equally easy to both set up and use. With this app youӬl be able to create your own network, WEP encryption, MAC address access list and SSID.
If you donӴ want to have Froyo or root your phone the PDANet app will be a good choice featuring wireless Bluetooth DUN, 3G/4G tethering via USB, or VPN - all using a non-rooted Android OS. This app is not free: upon expiration of the 14-day trial period of its downloadable trial version your access to secure, SSL or HTTPS sites (such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, etc.) will be banned leaving available only the non-secure ones. PDANet app regularly costs $23.95 though sometimes is available at $15.95 as well and all its updates are promised to be free.
Secure Internet connection is another considerable benefit tethering through one of these apps on your phone provides, while using an open Wi-Fi hotspot at airport, hotel, or a coffee shop may be expensive and non-secure. Though one should keep in mind that in case you exceed your data plan bandwidth (which is usually within the range of 2-5 GB in a billing period - and surfing using a tethering app may bring you pretty close to these limits), your provider will most probably throttle your 3G speeds.