image_66OK, so tethering your laptop and G1 device isn’t entirely new, but in the past the processes have required root access, or have just been plain messy. However, help is at hand in the form of PDAnet 3G tethering application by June Fabrics (who partners with Palm). This program allows users to use their mobile internet on their G1 as a modem for their laptop.

First and foremost, this little application does not require root access to work. Second, it is free. Currently in BETA stages, the application seems to still run flawlessly according to numerous reports around the internet. In the future, the final version will likely become a ‘paid application’, but if it works well, we think it will prove rather successful.

Of course there is a downside. Using your G1 as a modem for your laptop is probably in direct conflict with your terms and conditions and excessive usage will easily get you a warning and potentially chucked off the mobile interweb. You have been warned.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.