Last week, while puzzling over whether or how to get a Droid (I was looking for an Apple-like store where I could order it online) I was also trying to figure out if it could tether. Had the answer been a definitive Yes that would have immediately sealed it. I have Sprint MiFi that costs about $60 per month and doesn’t work very well in most places. The idea of getting a Droid that could tether and run on the Verizon network, which I hear has better coverage, is quite appealing. And obviously I’d like to save $60 per month.
The official answer came — they plan to offer it soon for an additional $30 per month, as they do for users of their other cell phones. They gave the same dodgy explanation that Apple/AT&T does, that I frankly don’t believe, that they have to test the network first to be sure it can handle the load. Really — 100K more users makes that big a difference? I don’t think we’re all in Berkeley.
I also got some emails from people, privately, that said there already is an Android app that does tethering, whether or not Verizon approves. So that’s the point of this post — to get a definitive answer without the corporate BS. Can my Droid tether, now, and if so, how do I get it going? (And for this task I don’t mind doing deeply technical stuff, but would prefer not to if possible.)