February 16, 2010 | by Ed Clark
Good news for owners of non-rooted phones: Mobile Stream’s EasyTether app, already available for Palm, Blackberry, and WinMo users, is now available on the Android Market as a free beta. EasyTether allows you to use your phone’s data connection to provide internet connectivity for your laptop or other device via a USB cable.
Because the app is still in beta, there are still a few things to be ironed out. Only 32-bit Windows (XP/Vista/7) PCs can be tethered for now–64-bit and Mac versions are in the works. There are also plans for Bluetooth capability, which would eliminate the USB cable. The beta expires on February 19, 2010 and pricing is not yet clear. However, the Palm, Blackberry, and WinMo versions sell for $24.95, $9.95, and $19.95, respectively.
Users have confirmed that the application works on the G1, Hero, Droid, Moment and Galaxy, but there are also a few failures being reported, particularly on some Nexus One phones. The folks at Mobile Stream confirmed that they have heard these reports and are looking into the problem. Take this chance to try it for free and see if it works for you.
In addition to installing the application on your phone, EasyTether requires you to install a small app on your Windows machine to enable and disable the connection to your phone. Simply install the app and drivers, fire up EasyTether on your phone and on your PC, and right-click the tray icon to connect. You should now have internet access on your Windows machine. While EasyTether involves a bit more work than rooted tether apps, it is a nice solution for people that can’t or don’t want to root their phones.