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My friend teflaime recently got a Droid, and he was wondering if there was an Android app that lets you tether your phone as a wireless access point—that is, connect your phone to your laptop or desktop computer in order to use the phone's data plan for Internet access.

When I first looked into this functionality when I got my Droid back in December, all the apps I found required you to root the phone, but I was curious so checked Android Market to see if there had been any new tethering apps developed. And there has!

Downloaded PdaNet from Android Market to my Droid and installed the computer-side setup from the app developer's website on my VAIO laptop. Ran the setup on my laptop, plugged in phone to laptop using the USB cord, turned on the app, and it works! No rooting required. I’ve turned off my laptop’s wireless and am posting this using my Droid’s 3G connection. Have already done some trial surfing too. Very cool!

PdaNet can also tether via Bluetooth, although I haven’t tried that yet. And there’s a version for Mac O/S as well as Windows and also ones for the iPhone, Blackberry, and Palm O/S.

The free version blocks secure websites after a 14-day trial period (the license is $18.95, on sale from 23.95), but even after the trial, you can still use the free version to access non-secure sites.

Sweet! I can get Internet access on my laptop anywhere I can get 3G now.
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On May 9th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC), bheansidhe commented:
Hm. My HTC Incredible had a flyer in its box that says "To use your HTC Incredible as a modem (wireless Internet) with your computer, please go to http://www.vzam.net to download VZ Access Manager Software."

Then it says in small print, "Subscription to Mobile Broadband Connect feature required." Wonder how much that is versus the solution you describe.
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On May 9th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I didn't have to download VZ Access Manager, buy anything, or subscribe to anything at Verizon in order to use PdaNet to tether my Droid to my laptop. The PdaNet FAQ indicates that the tethered Internet connection uses the phone's data plan (which for me is unlimited). I'll keep an eye on my bill to see if any extraneous charges pop up on it. But I believe the point of the PdaNet app is to allow you to tether your phone without having to pay additional service charges.
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On May 9th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC), pierceheart replied:
I don't know about VZW, but AT&T has been known to nail users who are tethering without paying for the tethering access, who go over 5GB monthly - it seems that the unlimited data plan you can buy from AT&T for a smart phone is actually limited to 5gb monthly ...

Which is why the AT&T Fuze (HTC Raphael) is shipped unable to tether ... flashing a new rom onto to and getting rid of the bloatware fixes that, but is probably a technical violation of the contract.

I'm not saying that to tell you not to do it - just saying how at least one telco sees it.

Also, just googled verizon unlimited data plan limit - they consider anything over 5gb/month presumptive violation of contract.

Edited at 2010-05-09 02:20 pm (UTC)
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On May 9th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC), peadarog commented:
I rooted about a month ago and have been having tremendous fun with my phone. I haven't regretted it for a moment. But then again, I haven't needed the warranty for anything. Yet ;p
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On May 11th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I've been tempted a few times to root my Droid, but the reasons I've wanted to haven't been compelling enough to actually do it (e.g., impatience due to wanting to install Android 2.1 before the official OTA release, functionality I haven't really been hurting for like tethering, and sheer geekitude). Overall, I've found the Android O/S to be extremely accommodating to my customization urges even without rooting.

'Course, I may change my mind at some point.

What prompted you to root your Nexxus One?
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On May 11th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC), peadarog replied:
What prompted you to root your Nexxus One?

All of the stuff you've mentioned above, plus the fact that paid apps are unavailable here in Ireland. I could have pirated them, of course, but not if I can find another way around. One possibility was to get an illegal copy and then donate the cost to the developers, but I don't even like giving Long John Silver the free hits.

By rooting, I can install an app. called "Market Access" that lets me fake my location so that I can buy US or UK apps etc.

Other than that... well, it's mostly been about fun. Doing things just because I can, such as tethering or having the screen flip 360 degrees when I turn it etc. Or making it faster (at least until Froyo comes out).

There's so much exciting stuff going on at the moment in the Android world. One recent example is the wii-remote app that lets you use a nintendo wii controller to play games on your phone.

Do I need that? Do I even play games? Not really. But fun to try and no mistake.
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On May 9th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC), dean13 commented:
Coolness. I will give this a try. It will be good trick for those times when I need the full power of my laptop, but don't have a trusted Wi-Fi source.
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On May 11th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yepper. I don't plan to use it as a primary source of Internet connectivity, as my laptop's wifi is still faster, but for those times when there isn't wifi available (or when our router has a hissy fit on gaming nights), this'll be a great backup.

Have you tried PdaNet on your Droid yet? I tried to get Bluetooth tethering to work, but my laptop or phone (or both) wouldn't make the connection. I subsequently got distracted so didn't tinker any more with it.
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On November 10th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
any charges yet using Pdanet?
Have you had any charges using PdaNet over the past 6 months? Are you using it more or less often than you initially did? Thanks. Steve
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On November 15th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: any charges yet using Pdanet?
Still no charges. I don't use it regularly. Pretty much only when I'm traveling or when our home Internet goes wonky. But when I do use it, it's essential and a huge cost saver.
On November 15th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: any charges yet using Pdanet?
Thanks for the quick reply. Glad to know there haven't been any additional costs. I'll pass info on PdaNet to my non-rooted Android friends for easy "free" remote access while away from home or a wi-fi internet connection. Thanks again. -Steve
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On January 13th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
What are the laws about selling concert tickets online?
Just questioning if eBay makes it possible for you to sell [url=http://www.ticketchoice.com.au]concert tickets[/url] on-line? Do you know if you can find any restrictions depending on what country you're in?

My parents have just referred to as me and asked if i could "get rid" of their two tickets to a concert as they wont be able to make it as a result of yet another family event.

Besides asking buddies etc, i thought ebay would be a fantastic place to sell them.

But whats ebay's policy on promoting tickets? Ive heard alot about it for the news but ive forgotten what happened.

and if it matters, the concert is inside this coming month

Thanks ahead of time for the advice.
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