One irritation I get when sifting through our Google Analytics to size up how heavily trafficked my articles are relative to the other guys in an effort to try to feel briefly better about myself is that, when pulling up a given day’s visited URLs, right up in the top two or three articles is friggin’ David K’s Windows Phone 7 Tethers! You Can Do It NOW! scoop. Not far below it, some even older thing on T-Mobile MMS server settings, Doug Smith’s. The top MD all-time classics, throwing off my first-glance fuzzy math ego boost sessions.

I have no idea if this trick David somehow got a hold of works or not, not really interested (though I’m guessing it doesn’t), grateful of course for the contribution it made and continues to make to the site, as well as to Smith and his MMS settings thing, terrific stuff (though I made a cab that does the work for you on my old site), hope the two of them can pull that off again and maybe David K will with all the darts the man throws for you.

My question is who the hell is doing all this tethering? I haven’t tethered in .. I can’t remember the last time I tethered. I’ve got a laptop, I’m on the go sometimes, I work doing this and that, I’m up to stuff and I’m down to roll, ludin’ out and yeah I watch Trueblood, but these damn phones have become so good and effective for me that between the my old Nexus One, my Nexus S which suffered a cellular functionality loss during a toilet incident but still works on wifi and has a good screen though slightly greenish and my ol’ trusty computer, I’m covered and have no need for my laptop.

If I had an iPad or a Chromebook, that would likely remain a hypothetical situation because these damn phones are so damn computer-like in spite of being pocket-compatible. And it makes me think that these phones are cutting into the PC market and absorbing a lot of what would otherwise be units of desktop computer activity.

But back to Google Analytics and the ssh terminal to my right tailing the logs, I see this tethering article from almost a year ago, everybody’s still climbing onto it from out of nowhere from all over the world, I feel all alone on this diminished need to use something less phone-like than my phone. Or maybe I’m not alone, but because David K really nailed the big scoop and gets all the pageviews it feels that way.

Or maybe this is my way of exhibiting sustained pageview envy on a Friday night.

Do you tether? Why do you tether? What’s so important and big, physically, that you just gotta tether? Trying to cut the ISP cord any of you? Own the PlayBook? What do you make of these ripoff tethering plans? Which drains your laptop faster, tethering or one of those USB radio things? Any of you Sprint guys know that you have actual IP addresses? Can you get incoming connections?

Would the inability to tether, money and plans and rooting and jailbreaking not being an issue, be a dealbreaker for you in your next device, platform or carrier decision? Not for me. Also, anybody get busted yet with a scary letter or a heavy bill for going up against the man and tethering under the radar, something of which our chief editor is a vocal opponent (tethering, not the penalty, he says tethering is wrong, illegal, stealing etc)? If you don’t tether, what do you make of all these guys who want to tether so bad that they’ll land on some ancient article here of all places?

Regarding tethering on WinPho, there’s been some noise brewing about tethering and Mango and as more people catch wind of that, more googling onto that damn article that’s always laughing at my articles, sitting up a notch or two higher on the list, peeing down upon my own articles with glee. Damn.

Hey, speaking of David K, anybody seen him around lately? I want to take some shots at him, but he’s been off the radar for like two days, so what’s the point. Now I’m depressed. Guess it’s back to Google Analytics for me.


  1. You don’t need to pat my ass to get me to come around (but it did work this time:)). The tethering trick that I uncovered wasn’t as much a scoop as it was that I was the first to figure out how to do it. Brandon Watson said WP7 tethers then he went back on that and I spent some time finding diagnostic codes and the like and playing with my phone and finally figured it all out and bam. And that gives us the #1 spot in Google if you type in “Windows phone tether”. Now for the real secret. I don’t tether. Since figuring this out I haven’t used it a single time. Years ago before tethering was well known I used it a bunch with a SlingBox. Since carriers have come out and starting enforcing fees I entirely stopped. There’s also a lot more wifi availability over time and I don’t really need to tether. But I can see during a road trip the desire to have a laptop running or if you internet on your PC goes down you just tether for a short period…it happens

  2. I like having the ability to tether, but I don’t typically do it. I might start doing it more now that I have my touchpad. I’m typing this on my touchpad, I wonder what the icons below my name will show what I’m using…

  3. Man, had a long post and when I hit to post comment the frickin’ page timed out. Not repeating all that so here are the cliff notes. Like Simmons i’ve found myself not needing to tether. Left tethering alone when I gave my Touch Pro 2 to my baby sister.

    Carriers have caught on to the game and I don’t have time to be arguing with carriers over astronomically high bills risking my credit over the dispute.

  4. I guess I am a villain then. I often used tethering while traveling on business because of the horrible wifi in US airports and hotels. There has been many times I needed to send a quick email from my laptop because of needed files or information on it. But here is the thing, once again ATT fails at understanding that there are folks that tether that aren’t out to bring their network to it’s knees streaming or watching movies. I would have gladly paid for a tethering plan but not at the sacrifice of my unlimited plan. Why can’t we have a 250mb small tethering plan to use with my unlimited plan. Perhaps there was no way in the past to measure this but if the tethering police are able to spot me doing it, then they should have the ability to measure this too. But gone are the days of unlimited data plans and welcome are the days of throttling and data limits. I now do not tether and instead just wait until I get to a decent place for wifi, which often means walking down to the lobby of the hotel.

    I am in the process of moving all my critical files and marketing stuff to the cloud, but 10 years of information is a lot of work to mull through and upload. All my emails are also now backed up. Just a lot of work to covert to cloud and protect atts precious network.

  5. I use my Samsung Focus everyday at work to tether my laptop. There is wifi from a nearby store but the connection is unreliable. Not having the ability to tether WOULD be a dealbreaker. Hopefully I never lose my unlimited data plan.

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