The new Palm Pre doesn’t function as a modem for other devices, and the companies behind it aren’t going to allow third-party developers to add this feature.
Sprint decided that tethering isn’t on this smartphone’s feature list, and those who are trying to add it are getting warnings from Palm — albeit very polite ones.
The Pre Dev Wiki has posted this note on its site:
We have been politely cautioned by Palm (in private, and not by any legal team) that any discussion of tethering during the Sprint exclusivity period (and perhaps beyond — we don’t know yet) will probably cause Sprint to complain to Palm, and if that happened then Palm would be forced to react against the people running the IRC channel and this wiki.
The site has decided to agree to this request and not allow discussions of bringing this feature to the Palm Pre.
What Is Tethering?
Tethering is the process of using a mobile phone to provide wireless Internet access to another computer, usually a laptop. Carriers have different names for this — like Sprint’s “Phone As Modem” service — but the generic term is tethering.
Some smartphones come with this feature built in, but not all. And wireless carriers have a wide range of opinions toward it. Still, there are third-party applications for virtually every smartphone platform that add this feature, no matter what the carriers want.
Sprint charges its customers extra for tethering service. It’s not known why this company won’t allow users to tether the Palm Pre when this function is allowed on some of this carrier’s other smartphones.