Carriers cracking down on tethering apps.
So now that carriers are cracking down on tethering apps in the market, is there anything that we can/should do to ensure that we retain the apps we already own and are able to continue using them? I use Wireless Tether. How do I go about extracting the .apk in order to always have it available to sideload since it won't be available in the market anymore?
- 05-02-2011, 04:12 PM #2
Not sure about the APK, but mybackup and Ti backup should keep you in business. Someone else will have to let you in on the APK end of things. I imagine if you paid for the app, that the developer will keep up on it to keep selling it, but I really have no idea on that one, just a thought
- 05-02-2011, 07:43 PM #3
I was pondering your question so I opened my Titanium Backup copy of Barnacle and long pressed on it. It gave me the option of moving it to the sdcard.
Then I opened Root Explorer, and did a search for Barnacle WiFi. Once I found the apk file, I long held it and up came a whole lot of options. Not sure which one to choose but there are many and maybe someone else knows more about which one to choose.
Then again, very soon someone will post a link to them and we will be thanking all our community friends. I hope I helped in some way.
- 05-02-2011, 08:19 PM #4
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Someone will always have the APK somewhere. I mean, Wireless tether is on a code.google.com site. If you go there from your phone or your computer you can get it. No one can stop anyone from making the apps. Unless they stop allowing third party apps to be installed! That would totally suck. The question is now, what happens to the people and companies who are making these apps? Are they going to be sued or are they just going to be left alone? Tether has a lot of customers. This will be interesting.
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- 05-03-2011, 09:37 AM #12
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It seems pretty simple that verizon (in our case) would go to google and insist that for any tethering app that the fascinate (again in our case) not show up on the device compatibility list. Lather, rinse, repeat for any carrier/device combo with a contract to stick to.
All that really means is that tether app devs cant collect money from the market for selling their apps to verizon customers. You can always get the apk from the dev's site and install it after unchecking the third party app restriction; none of the free ones (that i have tried) are exclusive to the market. Long live barnacle!
- 05-03-2011, 10:53 AM #13
I just hope that with enough pressure, the carriers will see how silly it is. I'd almost rather just see a usage cap rather than restricting tethering all together. We already pay a hefty sum for 3G data as it is, no reason we should have to pay another premium to consume the same data we're already consuming....
- 05-03-2011, 12:37 PM #15If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.
-- Hunter S. Thompson
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- 05-03-2011, 02:11 PM #17
They could, but honestly, just google the name of the tethering app download the apk, place it on your SD card and install via Root Explorer or whatever. There's also a workaround for the market, I think I saw it here in this thread but I'm not sure so I'll repost.
Turn on Airplane mode (Turn off Network Data) and turn on Wifi, use your Wifi connection to browse the market, it should show up now since the market can't tell what carrier you're on. I know I found barnacle on there yesterday this way, and downloaded it just to have it in case I ever needed it.If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.
-- Hunter S. Thompson
- 05-03-2011, 03:06 PM #18
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it actually is the same data, it doesnt change devices when you tether.the data is routed theough your phone. the carriers pay for bandwidth not data packets, we pay for bandwidth and not data packets as well. when they charge us for data they make more profit. that is all this is about. profit.
- 05-03-2011, 03:24 PM #19
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The bottom line is, it's a money grab. They could offer ala carte tethering (pay per MB) and people would love it (unless it was something outrageous like 5 bucks per meg). Instead they want you to commit to at least a month and a hefty price. Why?
The popularity of tether apps demonstrate a serious failure in the verizon marketing strategy. Just like with movies/cds/tv/etc., if you don't give people what they want at a price they want, they wont' just cringe and pay more because you forced them... They will find some other way to get it for free.
Verizon is at a crossroads: come up with a better way to sell tethering, or start cracking down on people because they don't like the (wrong) way it's being done today. And we are now witnessing which side they want to take.
- 05-03-2011, 04:33 PM #20If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.
-- Hunter S. Thompson
- 05-03-2011, 04:57 PM #21
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- Stock for now!
I pay for unlimited data every month. And if were to use tethering it would be using my unlimited data that I pay for every month. It's just another feature that verizon "turned Off" on our phones so they can charge us for something the phone can do for free. If we don't make a stand right now, we might as well be holding a Iphone where we have to pay for everything!
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- 05-03-2011, 05:06 PM #24
I haven't tethered my Android. Probably won't because this browser workss great. Plus, the PC I have is so slow and makes grinding noises. I'm getting rid of it.
Before tethering I had to hit the library. Working and considering library hours, lines, time limits and the fact that you can't download onto a public computer made me look into tethering.
Home computer and internet are not in my budget nor priorities. I'd much rather use my phone browser.
Having said that I was fully aware tethering my BlackBerry was against my VZW TOS. If they charged or cancelled me, I wouldn't complain or dispute.
Last edited by Chrisy; 05-03-2011 at 05:18 PM.
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