Google gets evil, helps carriers hobble Android phones

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May 3, 2011
CNet News    
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"Some of the nation's biggest wireless carriers are trying to put the kibosh on free apps that let Google Android users use their smartphones as modems without paying the carriers' extra fee. ... Reports first surfaced from the blog DroidLife that the free tethering app Wireless Tether could not be downloaded onto AT&T and Verizon Wireless handsets. AT&T and Verizon representatives declined to comment, and said that Google chooses which apps are in the Android Market. ... A Google spokesman told Fierce Wireless that it is not blocking the app. Instead it's simply making it unavailable for download on certain carrier networks at the request of those carriers." (05/03/11)

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