Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Android is complete!

I've had my T-Mobile G1 for about 9 months now. For the most part I love it. Being able to use the Internet at 3G speeds is awesome. On issue though is tethering. What is tethering?

Well tethering is being able to use my cell phone as a modem so I can browse the Internet on my laptop. Why would I do this? Well sometimes I find myself without a WiFi signal. Sure I can use my phone for a browser, but it's not as fast as a computer. Whenever we go to Vegas we have to use our phones as the hotels charge outrageous fees. This sucks.

My old T-Mobile Dash would allow me to tether just fine. The feature was part of the phone.  No issues. The G1 doesn't support tethering. There is no built in application like the T-Mobile Dash had.

There were applications that allowed tethering but they required complicated hacking of the phone that could result in the phone not being as reliable. No thanks.

While flying to Amarillo the other day, the Captain noticed my T-Mobile G1 and we began talking about Android (the Operating System on the G1). I mentioned the lack of tethering. Then he let me in on a website called June Fabrics. The site has software for several smartphone Operating Systems that allow tethering EASILY. The only crappy part...Windows only. Not a deal breaker for me as I use Windows and Mac on my Macbook.

The application is free for 30 days. After that it only allows use of regular websites (http: only thus no secure sites). The application only cost $29. Well worth it.

I installed it and had it working in under 4 minutes. The download speed test showed 700K/B down and 700 K/B up. Not terribly fast, but more than enough for what I normally use. Nice.

I am going to install this on Kelli's phone as she never bothered to setup T-Mobile hotspot account and now I don't know if she can. I get T-Mobile hotspots free. I think I was grandfathered in from my T-Mobile Dash account.

Now I am totally content with my T-Mobile long as the software isn't disabled through future Android updates.

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