I’ve personally had a big beef with carriers, specifically with their contradictory push towards faster mobile networks while providing significantly smaller amounts of data. With the next generation of cellular networks hitting up to 50mbps download speeds today, consumers can reach their 2GB data caps in as little as 5 minutes.
As if that weren’t bad enough, cellular networks have the gumption to tell us how we can and can’t use that data, with many carriers either outright blocking tethering (using your smartphone’s data connection to power your tablet or laptop computer), or offering the service as a separate package, often with $15-20 additional monthly fees. Members of the modding community have been able to get around that requirement by rooting their devices, though at least T-Mobile has figured out a way to detect rooted users, and has already started blocking tethering on rooted devices.
A new application by modding-community staple Koushik Dutta, ClockworkMod Tether, aims to benefit both rooted and non-rooted smartphones alike by allowing them to tether their laptop and desktop computers using a process which is (at least currently) undetectable by the carriers. ClockworkMod Tether uses a proxy instead of an NAT/masquerade solution to avoid carrier detection.
Because ClockworkMod Tether supports both rooted and non-rooted devices, the process requires you to install an application on the computer you’d like tethered. Applications have been developed for PC, Mac, and Linux, allowing a broad array of computer users the ability to tether their mobile data connection. A slight inconvenience to be sure, but the application is needed to support non-rooted users.
ClockworkMod Tether is currently in Alpha, though it is being constantly updated. If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, all files and installation instructions can be found on Koush’s Google+ posting. Because the process is in Alpha, there have been some issues with the program, including folks not being able to get it working on their devices.
If you do decide to test it out, let others know whether or not it worked for you in the comments. Be sure to include which device you’re using so we can see if there are any trends.