Breaking up the monotony of awesomeness that is the steady stream of news out of CES this week, the webOS Internals development team has released the first version of their easy-peasy tethering app called freeTether for Palm webOS devices. freeTether allows users to share their internet connection from their phone to other devices via WiFi Bluetooth or USB connections. We broke out our beloved original Sprint Pre and tested out the WiFi tethering option which while slower than we had hoped, did work like a charm and gave us a fast enough internet connection to our laptop so that we could load up GizmoNinja and download this week’s NinjaCast episode (here!). You do have to have the Preware homebrew application installed with the testing feeds enabled in order to access freeTether and it is still considered a beta application so no complaints if there are any bugs or issues with it but if those types of things don’t shy you away, it is a great app for getting tethering done on your webOS device. Take a look at the screenshot below and go give it a run and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Huzzah and hooray – tethering is now easy (well, easier) for webOS homebrew aficionados to install and use. Thanks to WebOS Internals (with a special shout out to PuffTheMagic), a lovely little app called FreeTether is available to anybody who’s daring enough to enable the test app feeds in Preware and download. It will tether via WiFi most easily, but can also handle both USB and Bluetooth tethering if you prefer to kick it old school.
Obligatory caveats: if the terms Preware, testing feed, and bugs scare you, well, we recommend you wait a bit longer to try it. More importanly, remember that while this app will enable tethering for any webOS phone, what effect that has on your data costs is between you and your carrier – buyer homebrewer beware.
In our testing thus far it’s a little slower than we’d hoped, but this thing is still in beta stages and given how much work we imagine went into this app, we’re not going to knock it. Take a look at the buglist if you’re interested and be sure check out the source link for more info.
Finally, if this sort of thing helps you or just makes you smile, WebOS Internals is always happy to take donations.
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