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Undetectable, root-free tethering possible on Android with ClockworkMod Tether

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Undetectable, root-free tethering possible on Android with ClockworkMod Tether
Many people love the idea of being able to use their smartphone as a mobile access point, but don’t like the hefty monthly charges carriers impose in order to access this feature. It is particularly hard to justify when you are already paying a fee for data access. While, those who root their devices have other options available to get around this caveat, people who want to fly the straight and narrow with stock Android devices have been forced to either accept additional monthly charges or forgo this option altogether.

Thanks to Koushik Dutta, aka Koush, who is a well-known hacker and developer most known for his work on ClockworkMod Recovery, there is another option on the way. Koush has just made available via his Google+ page an alpha version of ClockworkMod Tether. This software enables Android users to use tethering to a computer via USB cable without being detected by their carrier and without having to root their device.

The process works by installing companion software on your computer that creates a virtual network adapter. The software is free and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Currently it only works with USB tethering, but Koush says he is working on a Bluetooth option as well. The software is in alpha and he is soliciting feedback on its performance, therefore some bugs are expected. The currently release is set to time bomb on January 7th, with a newer version being available at that time.

Koush does warn that in this alpha version a carrier could potentially check the http user agent string, but he is working on a work around for that as well. Finally, be advised that carrier data charges and quotas still apply; you just won’t need an additional tethering plan. Obviously, you won’t see this in the Android Market anytime soon, or ever, and as always with this type of app, use at your own risk.

source: Koushik Dutta's Google+ via SlashGear

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posted on 02 Jan 2012, 13:21 1

1. hunted (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


This is great!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 13:50 1

2. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Already done. Use PDA net.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:02 2

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Cheap bast(bleep). If you want the service, pony up and pay for it and stop using so much cellular bandwidth. No wonder cell service rates are high - ridiculous Android phones and their free tethering opportunities. Stuff that causes bandwidth usage to spike.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 16:02

5. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


you can tether for free on iphone as well....

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 19:11 3

8. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you are so stupid

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 23:11 4

10. vijaysivakula (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


When i am paying for all the data that i consume why should i pay extra for how i access the data?

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 15:07

11. jcrally17 (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


The_Miz is correct for being upset. It sucks when your network is slow, but I would not blame everyone who wants to tether their CPU to their mobile data plan, because most of us just want to do simple web browsing and or answer email from our laptop without having to pay for the equivalent of an extra data plan for that convenience.
However, I would blame the millions of people watching/downloading movies, but then again they are just utilizing the amount of data(capped) that they already paid for in advance and your carrier knows that it over promised you and all of their other customers! So, the carriers need to figure it out and in the mean time what does it really matter if its on their phone or CPU, people will do it either-way and even if they can't tether, they will just stream the video/multimedia to their TV/entertainment system...

With that said, I have one question for you. Were you the guy who cheered on the Carrier's when they started capping unlimited data or the guy who said for $1500+ a year, my phone should do a much more, than unlimited texts, minutes, data on a 3-4inch screen?

For the record! I don't agree your data plan should allow you to share your data with 8 other devices at once for free. Yes, you should pony up and pay for that type of widespread usage/sharing.

*****In my opinion the first carrier to offer free WIFI tethering, to your personal CPU and Tablet will probably sweep the market for business accounts and students who want to work on the go.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 15:18 1

4. BattleBrat (Posts: 1055; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I've been using Easy Tether Pro to do free USB tethering for over a year now, root free...

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 16:18

6. robinrisk (unregistered)


Do you guys think that AT&T knows when you;re tethering due to Carrier IQ or similar software?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 18:16

7. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


Carrier IQ is just as software that will send the carrier the ip addresses that phone will request and have acknowledged, coming from one port number, Carrier IQ is not a factor.. it will just see it as a lot of pingings and requests(possibly from multiple tabs from a browser) and not tethering..

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 19:58 1

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I've been using Easy Tether for over a year and it works just fine. I downloaded the free app, and paid $10 for the license, which is a lifetime license, unlike PDAnet which is like $35. Sprint did recently block the app from being installed from the market, but that doesn't stop the ability to download it off the internet and install it. I just wish that there was a root-free, charge free WiFi tether.

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