Something tells me this one won’t be popular with the masses, but we’ll report it anyway. Tether for Android – the latest tethering option that doesn’t come from Google or your carrier of choice – has been in beta for quite some time but the folks who created it are sure it’s ready for a stable launch now. Their claim to fame over other non-root options such as PDANet and Easy Tether is that it’s faster. Simple as that.
We’re not sure how true that is, but we’ll roll with it. Now how much will you have to fork over for this piece of software? They’ve launched it with a “special” introductory price of $24.99, with the price being bumped back up to $29.99 on November 19th. (And be lucky they’re not asking for the $49.95 that their site currently lists it as.)
Look, we’re not trying to be mean here, but who would want this over any of the free options? What could it possibly offer over the competition to justify its cost? It’s clear that this application was created in a time where Blackberry was the premier app platform and where users on that platform would pay ridiculous amounts of money for anything.
I’m all for buying apps – my plea for the disappearance of disgust against ad-supported apps would tell you as much – but only if the apps offer something unique that you can’t get anywhere else and that go above and beyond to justify their costs. I’m sorry, Tether, you just don’t fall into this category for me, and if I may speak on behalf of the millions of users on the Android market, you don’t fall into that category for countless others.
For the other 1% of you, check their site out now if you’d like to purchase it.