Sprint Blocked Android Tether Apps
I was very happy to find out that Sprint is offering unlimited data plans to its users even though its competition had removed unlimited data plans from their offering a long time back. I thought it is a great marketing strategy to grab readers but now, however, Sprint has done something which would certainly disappoint a lot of its users.
I guess you know that you can tether your Android Smartphone’s internet onto other devices and thus creating your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Well, to stop people from their unlimited data plans, they have blocked all the Android tether apps available on Android Market which is shocking.
It is a rumor that AT&T and Verizon removed unlimited data plans from their offering because people were abusing their unlimited data plans quite heavily which ultimately put a lot of load on their network. Actually, when iPhone 4S was launched, Sprint was the only data carrier that offered unlimited data plans to its customers whereas all other offered tiered data plans.
Well, if you have started to believe that you won’t be able to tether internet on your Android phone again, then cheer up because people who have Android tether apps already installed on their phone can use them without limitations. So, if you want to tether internet from your Android phone now, you would have to download these tether apps from Android Market using some other internet connection.
AT&T and Verizon are really smart in adapting to this situation, they know people need an option to tether internet on their device, so along with a tiered data plan they are offering a paid tether option. It would certainly increase their revenue but users won’t be much happy about it, maybe that’s the reason behind people opting for Sprint (which was offering unlimited data plans) when iPhone 4S released.
What are your thoughts about this?
[via Android Authority]