Exploring Two Tethering Apps on Your Android Phone

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"How do you hook up your laptop to your phone?" asked a colleague who had just invested in an Android phone. She was sporting the new buy one-get one free Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile and curious about what apps to install...it made my Motorola Cliq look like a brick!

Brick or not, if you own an Android phone, you’re set to go with several inexpensive apps. I own both apps mentioned in this blog entry, so I feel comfortable elaborating about my experiences here. A quick explanation of what tethering is from EasyTether:
[Program Name] shares your Android smartphone connection with your PC. This app allows you to tether your Android to a desktop or a notebook computer. EasyTether uses exactly the same data plan that is used for the on-phone Internet access like in the built-in browser or e-mail app or youtube application. No additional tethering fees.
The two main competitors that I know about and discuss here--share if you know others that don’t involve “rooting” your Android phone--include (in alpha order) Easy Tether and PDAnet. Both are great products and I confess that both will remain on my phone, although I'm sharing my preferred selection in this blog entry.

Web Sitehttp://www.mobile-stream.com/easytether/android.htmlhttp://www.junefabrics.com/android/
Cost$9.99 per phone.

Rating: Superior
$15.95 for license.

Rating: Good*
LicenseUses your IMEI number to track the license per phone.

Rating: Good
*You can use it on any phone and install the client software on any computer. Consider this when rating the cost.

Rating: Superior
InstallationDownload the app on your phone, install the driver on your computer, start the app on the phone while connected via USB to your computer, and it works.Download the app
Operating System CompatibilityWindows

Rating: Superior

Rating: Good
Phone CompatibilityAndroid
Palm OS
Windows Mobile

Rating: Good
Palm OS
Windows Mobile

Rating: Superior
UsabilityYou can turn tethering on by simply connecting your phone via USB and activating the EasyTether App on your phone. To turn off the tethering, just quit the program.You turn on tethering by connecting the phone and turning on the app, enabling USB tether (bluetooth also supported), then connecting on your desktop.
CommentsI found this to be much easier solution to implement and convenient. . .no need to mess with control panels, etc.

It just worked, which was a pleasant surprise.
This solution involved a bit too many steps to get tethered and I found it cumbersome at times, especially when the desktop program would quit unexpectedly.
OverallFor Android phones only, I’d buy EasyTether due to the lower cost. Since I work on all 3 operating systems, this is now my tethering app of choice.Great choice but it needs some work on minimizing the steps involved to get it working and crashing (on a Mac...no problems on Windows).

What are you using and would you consider switching based on the recommendation in this blog entry?

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