Sprint Starts blocking Tethering Apps in the Market

October 31, 2011

In another move that’s sure to irritate at least a few folks, Sprint has effectively blocked the downloading of any tethering apps from the Android Market, in what seems to be a move to keep people from abusing their unlimited data plans. This follows in the footsteps of the other major US Carriers, who have also blocked tethering apps in the Android Market.

The apps are still working, in case you think that your WiFi tether app that you downloaded last month will no longer work, as it will. But these tethering apps are still available to download via sideloading. Looks like Sprint is hoping this will help a little bit with the current network issues they are experiencing since getting the iPhone 4S, but making it harder for its customers to tether will certainly not help them in keeping customers.

It is the opinion of some people that it’s the users that are tethering on an unlimited data plan, as well as the iPhone users, that are responsible for Verizon and AT&T axing unlimited data for us smartphone users. To be frank – this really sucks, I wish I could have unlimited 4G speeds, but nope, its only 2GB of data per month. If you are wanting to tether, do us all a favor and just sign up for the tethered data plan.

Any thoughts on this?

Comments

  • Jboogie007

    Your last statement pretty much sums it up. Can’t get whatever you want for nothing. Quit complaining and get the hotspot from Sprint. Do that and keep sprint unlimited you dolts.

    • http://androidauthority.com Alexander Maxham

      Or they could use T-Mobile who includes mobile hotspot for free :) Yes it’s throttled speeds after 2GB, but compared to AT&T speeds (which I am still used too) the throttled T-Mobile speeds are still faster. Which is a shame.

  • Anonymous

    If you take whats not yours then its stealing. However being on Sprint myself…why would I steal this trash?

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  • Harrisonweightman

    I have to agree. Something has to give. If you overuse and abuse the data option, then sprint will just axe thee unlimited data. Everyone acts like somehow sprint will just keep spending milions of dollars to upgrade the data options for the same money we already pay. Anyone with half a business brain knows that no company would do this. I love sprint for its great value.

  • Jsframe

    4G sucks with Sprint as it stands! Now that they have programmed time-outs for regular usage not to mention tethering, especially when streaming is involved, I am beyond pissed off. My voice to the FCC and lawyers will be heard! Sprint has screwed with the wrong account holder.

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