May 20, 2011 Update - PDANet is not available through the
Android Market for some carriers.
See this page
to learn how to get it anyway.
For me, one of the coolest things about having a Smartphone is
that you can use it connect to your laptop and get online. At
pretty damned good speed, I might add. Without hacking.
Prior to switching over to the Android platform, I was a
Blackberry user and used the
app to get on the internet. I believe I paid $59
to purchase the app, and all-in-all still feel that it was a
good investment. Tetherberry now has the same app available for
Android phones and the cost is only $29. I haven't used their
app on my Droid, but that seems like a pretty reasonable deal.
Once I dumped Blackberry for my Droid,
one of the first things I
was research how to get my online with my laptop through
my Droid. At that time Tetherberry (with whom I already had an
account) did not have Droid access. So, through the Droid Market
and forums, I was directed to the PDANet app from
currently offer tethering apps for Droid, iPhone, Blackberry,
Windows Mobile and PalmOS.
Load it on your phone (with the option to load the PC software
onto your SD card to have it ready to load to your laptop when
you connect the two), and in very short order you are online. It
works amazingly well and it is 100% FREE. Sort of.
After downloading the PDANet app to your phone and laptop, you
simply open the software on both and you are online. You may now
surf anywhere on the net---as long as it isn't a secure web
site. Meaning, you can search on Google, go to Yahoo!, visit web
sites, but you can't check your Gmail or log into PayPal or
check your bank account balance.
This is brilliant on the part of June Fabrics. They gave me the
app for free. Allowed me to see how easy and useful it is. Then
reminded me when I habitually tried to check my email, that I
would have to purchase the full version to do that.
So that's what I'm gonna do. It's only $23.95 for a full
licensed version (now on sale for only $15.99) with unlimited
free upgrades for one phone and all the laptops you want to load
Of course, this technology is probably going to go by the
wayside soon as more and more phones are able to become their
own WiFi hotspots.