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Tethering the Motorola DROID Android phone on Linux (Ubuntu Karmic)

Tethering lets you to use the 3G connection on your  Android-based cell phone to browse the internet from your laptop.  Some phones come with tethering applications build int, but on other phones tethering is not possible – or you have to jump through a lot of hoops to enable it.

The nice new Motorola DROID phone does not have a tethering ability by standard (all-though a Verizon representative told that Verizon will be coming out with something at some point) but it is still possible to tether it using the Proxoid application. Unlike other approaches, you do not have to root your phone.

A detailed installation guide is available here. To use this guide with the Motorola DROID phone you should put the following line in /etc/udev/rules.d/11-android.rules:

SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="22b8", SYSFS{idProduct}=="41db", MODE="0666", OWNER="USERNAME"

If you’re on Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 you should restart udev using the following command:

sudo service udev restart

When trying to connect to the android phone you mave have to run

sudo ./adb kill-server
sudo ./adb start-server

Before you can see the device (this happens if the server was already started when you changed the udev rules). This works on Ubuntu Karmic Koala.

Be aware that tethering may not be allowed by your service provider, you should read your contract to find out.