While I’m currently paying $60 a month to Verizon Wireless for EVDO, I’m always looking for backup connectivity. I have a $10 Boingo Wireless account I also pay for and I’ve enabled Internet Tethering for my iPhone 3GS. But I do have a 3G radio in my Palm Pre as well, so I figured to use the MyTether homebrew application as another “just in case” connection. Note that tethering on either of my handsets is against the terms of service, so I’m enabling these as emergency connections only. I don’t sit around and tether my phone for modem use on a regular basis and the one time I had issues, this approach saved the day.
So yesterday, I decided to upgrade from the original MyTether 1.5 version to the donation-ware version 2.0 using my MacBook running Snow Leopard. It’s a $10 donation and the newer version offers more functionality as well as online support. My purchase transaction went through just fine and I was able to grab the installation file immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the new version to install. It requires the Pre be in Developer Mode and needs Palm Novacom installed, which should be part of the SDK. I’m good on both counts.
Unfortunately, the installation script — which requires Rosetta on Snow Leopard, by the way — is failing. I thought that perhaps I was missing a required component, but after posting my woes on the MyTether forums, I see that other Snow Leopard users are experiencing the same. At the moment, there’s no fix, but I have time to wait. This is, after all, just another backup connection and not a primary one. In any case, if you plan to use MyTether 2.0 and don’t already have it installed, it doesn’t seem like you can install it to your Pre using Snow Leopard at the moment. My advice would be to install it with a Windows PC or a Mac running Leopard. If you already have MyTether installed, I can’t see why it wouldn’t properly tether to a Snow Leopard Mac — the issue is one of installation to your Pre, not with running the app.