Smartphones were a good backup solution for browsing internet on Desktop/Laptop with tethering until many carrier started to restrict unauthorised tethering. Even if you have bought a unlimited data connection, you are not allowed to share it on your PC as carrier can detect while you try to tether and force close it. To get internet access on PC using your phone you need to buy a secondary data pan from the career.
Good news is there are some genius developer working to rescue us from this kind of situation. Koushik Dutta, a familiar Android developer just developed an application titled: ClockworkMod Tether Alpha which is a USB tether solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux that allows you to use your phone’s data connection to get internet access on your desktop or laptop. Using existing 3G or 4G connection of you Android device with a virtual network adapter on your computer, the technique will spoof carriers checking for the TTL (Time To Live) data coming from a desktop, which would usually give the game away. Tether should work with any carrier and phone, and is not blockable or detectable by carriers. The best part is it doesn’t require to Root your Phone, just need a PC side install.
Linux: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/tether-linux.tgz (There is no UI for the Linux interface. Just sudo linux/run.sh after extracting the zip)
The above links should automatically install the Android portion, but if that does not work, here is the link to the Android APK:
ClockworkMod Tether Android app is in alpha stage and the free version of the app will expire on Jan 7th, before that a final version will be released on Android Market with proper installation guide. Just try and make sure it does work. Hopefully ClockworkMod Tether android app will be a great success for a little price while carriers charges about $20+ for a secondary plan. Let us know what you think?