Android 2.2 build FRF84B was leaked earlier this week for the Motorola Droid, and if you’re included in the group who decided to install the ROM on your rooted handset you may want to hold off on attempting to use the new tethering feature to share a data connection with a PC. Those that do are directed to a Verizon Wireless page asking users to sign up for Mobile Broadband Connect…but no plan for the Droid exists. Of course this is because Droid owners aren’t technically supposed to have Android 2.2 (and VZW claims they in fact did not push a test update to select owners).
One reader over at Droid-Life related the following exchange with a VZW customer service rep:
“Just got back off the phone with vz and they stated that I should not have 2.2 and they wanted to know where I got it. I refused to answer that because I just read and am not an active participant in the Droid Life community. They said if they find out anyone is tethering they can suspend or terminate there contract. As well as they refused to release whatever they put on my account to stop me from tethering.”
Verizon is getting ready to launch its mobile hotspot plan with the Droid X, and the feature will also be present on the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate. We’re confident the function will also come standard on the Droid 2, so it is foreseeable that when the original Droid gets its official update current subscribers will be able to add hotspot capabilities onto their plan.
For now, if you are the kind that backs down in the face of threats you may want to hold off on trying to tether your device if you are running 2.2.