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Tethering will be supported in Android 2.2, but it will be at the carriers discretion

May 21, 2010 | by Robert Nelson

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Tethering will be supported in Android 2.2, but it will be at the carriers discretion

As we learned yesterday, Android 2.2 will officially include support for Internet tethering. That part was the good news, but it does come with a catch — that support will be left in the hands of the carriers.

In other words, Google is going to support it but the individual carrier does not have to. And if they do, they can consider it an added service, which may come with an added price.

In the end, most people (at least here in the US) will likely not have the option available and if they do it will come as an added expense. After all, the only phone that officially offers tethering for free here in the US is Verizon and the Palm Pre Plus and many would argue that was added as an incentive to get people to purchase the phones.

[via TechCrunch]