myTether Back In Good Graces with Palm?

Interesting events have occurred with myTether over the past few days since our article, “Is MyTether a Black-Eye for Homebrew“.  PreCentral’s Jason Robitaille, also the author of webOS Quick Install, gave his blessing to myTether and also detailed some of the changes made by the developer.

Better still, with this version of MyTether, there’s no more wifi driver replacement. It now harnesses the Mobile Hotspot Linux daemon present in all webOS devices to get the Mobile Hotspot-like results in MyTether.  As Palm is unlikely to kill their own Mobile Hotspot app, this route will likely, in turn, make MyTether lasting and reliable.

Earlier this week the developer of myTether, via their Twitter account, wrote “Palm, Inc. claims to PayPal that I’m infringing upon their intellectual property.. what IP did I infringe?” This brought concerns that perhaps this app wasn’t long for this world, given that it does directly compete with Palm’s Mobile Hotspot app.

It appears the changes made in myTether 2.1, as outlined by Robitaille, have put the developer back in the good graces of Palm. As per his tweet this afternoon, “IP issue with Palm, Inc. has been resolved. I had some old, unused files of Palm inside the service, from mytether 2.0.1. Removed them now.”

Looks to us like everything has been resolved both within the homebrew community and with Palm. Group hug?

Is MyTether a Black-Eye for Homebrew?

Last week, myTether released an update to their application that added support for Verizon’s new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. For those unfamiliar with the app, it allows you to utilize your Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus as a wireless modem, allowing you to use your webOS device to connect a laptop to the Internet.


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MyTether for webOS Now Compatible with Verizon

Ruh-roh. Verizon’s new Mobilehotspot software just got new competition in the form of homebrew app myTether. The developer has released a Verizon compatible version that effectively does the same thing as the Mobilehotspot app, but without the monthly fees. Of course, myTether will set you back $14.95, but that’s a small price to pay when compared to the monthly hotspot fee of $40 for a 5GB plan.


We should caution you that if Verizon happens to see activity on your account that indicates you might be using something other than a Palm Pre Plus smartphone, you could subject yourself to contract termination or overage charges. With that disclaimer out of the way, we’ve never seen this happen to folks who were using PDANet.


[Palm Pre Hacks via jkOnTheRun]