5 Free Android Apps for Tethering

Marc Georges
August 16, 2012
5 Free Android Apps for Tethering
1. PdaNet

1. PdaNet

When cellular networks started blocking tethering apps, PdaNet was one of the first targeted, but the popular tool from June Fabrics Tech is now back on the Google Play store. PdaNet connects your computer to your cellular network, without having to root your cellphone, so it's easy to install for less tech-savvy Android users. The app supports tethering over both USB and Bluetooth with zero latency, so if you're lucky enough to sport a 4G cellphone, your computer will be able to surf the net at the same speed.

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Last year, carriers began blocking free tethering apps on the Android platform, leaving users in the lurch.

But a recent court ruling stipulated that Verizon must provide users the ability to use third-party tethering apps at no additional costs. Therefore, using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot is going to get easier for many of us.

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Mobile hotspot devices like the Verizon MiFi allow users to connect to a cellular network. But having to carry an extra device can be a pain, and is less convenient than connecting with your always-present smartphone.

We've rounded up five free tethering apps for your Android device. Each lets you connect to your cellular network without rooting your phone, so you can surf the web on your own personal hotspot easily and without breaking the bank.

Have a tethering app you can't live without? Tells us what you think of these tools in the comments.

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