You’ve probably seen Verizon Wireless’ commercial of three people downloading media to 4G tablets while a rocket speeds to destory a 4G MiFi hotspot. If you have a 4G capable Android phone running OS 2.2 (Froyo) or newer, you don’t need a MiFi hotspot since the phone can become a hotspot itself. However, Verizon Wireless has apparently asked Google to block third tethering apps in the Android Market. These apps are apparently not directly detected by Verizon and provides a way to avoid tethering fees. CNET reports that an advocay group has filed a complaint to the FCC about this blockage because an FCC rule states that Verizon cannot “deny, limit or restrict” applications use by customers.
It should be noted that if tethering apps available outside of the Android Market can be downloaded and installed as a “sideload.”
Video courtesy of Verizon Wireless