Here’s some good news for Android users on Verizon, you can tether for free now!! Yep, Verizon sort of messed up (but won’t admit it of course) in not allowing Android users to access tethering apps in the marketplace and they have to pay a 1.25 million dollar fine to the FCC. Bad for Verizon but good for Android customers on their network.
Apparently Verizon built their 4G network on the ‘C Block’ of the wireless spectrum and that block has some special rules that the other blocks don’s have, and these rules are very good for the consumer. The exact wording is: “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network,” Essentially that means Verizon has to let people use their phones however they want and can’t block apps like those that let people tether. Full FCC report on the ruling here: http://www.fcc.gov/document/verizon-wireless-pay-125-million-settle-investigation
So good news I guess, but don’t expect to see anything similar on the other networks like AT&T as it seems it’s just Verizon that was affected as they used C-Block and no one else did.