I upgraded from the original Droid A855 to the
HTC Thunderbolt 4G (review here), I gave my daughter my
old device. Since I had reluctantly switched from Blackberry
to Android, I assured her that once she adjusted to the
change that she would love it. In order to properly activate
it with her number, it was recommended that the phone be
reset to factory defaults. Even though I wanted to leave a
few of the apps on there that I thought she'd like, no big
deal, we could just go to market and download the apps
of the first apps I wanted her to have was PDANet. PDANet
allows you to connect your Android device to your laptop via
a USB cable, and connect to the Internet through your Droid
(or iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, etc.). I went to the Android
Market to download it for her and it had disappeared.
Apparently some carriers have removed it from the Market
because they want you to grossly overpay for a service that
should be included in your already overpriced equipment and
data plan. But fear not, where there's a will there's a way.
of the apps (really just a message) that came up in the
Market after searching for "PDANet" was from the good people
at June Fabrics (the creators of PDANet) explaining that you
can still get the app, but after 3.5 million downloads and a
4.5+ rating, some carriers have blocked it in the Market.
There are a number of ways that you can still get the app:
download it on your computer from JuneFabrics.com and
transfer it to your Droid. Another method (which I have not
tested) is to put your phone in airpland mode, enable wifi
and then try to search in the Market. Supposedly, it will be
back and downloadable (because you are no longer on your
carrier's data plan).