It was first revealed back in April that Verizon had started to block apps in the Android Market that they had deemed unacceptable or to be in violation of their contract terms. The most immediate to face the block were a range of tethering applications, which were obviously chewing up precious bandwidth on the big red’s network. It now appears that Verizon have taken their app blocking to a whole new level, implementing a new strategy of blocking updates to previously approved paid apps.
This has not been confirmed by Verizon and so should be treated as a rumor at this stage, but the image below has come via a Reddit user who went to the Android Market to update EasyTether and was greeted by a message from Verizon telling him the app has now been blocked. The problem faced here is that he originally paid $9.99 for the app, when it was not blocked by his provider. The workaround is fairly simple, you just switch to Wi-Fi only mode and then head to the Android Market and update your app. The not so simple part is that Verizon have now implemented a method of tying any wireless tether app you download from the market into the built-in wireless tether app in the Android OS, which you need to have enabled on their end for it to work.
The below video presents a workaround for this, but we do not recommend doing this as there is no way of knowing what Verizon will do once they figure out why all this extra data is still being consumed by tethered users!
If you do decide to proceed, as always let us know how you go.
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