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You've been waiting for it, and now it's finally here. freeTether 1.0, a homebrew app that allows you to connect multiple devices to your webOS smartphone for instant internet access, is now available for the mass of Preware users everywhere to install. This is the first public release of the application from the WebOS Internals crew, so expect updates to be coming forward in time.

To get freeTether on your device, just install via Preware or WebOS Quick Install. Once you've done that, you'll have no problems launching the app just like any other, except that this one allows you to share your phone's data connection with the connectivity starved world around you. You can connect multiple devices at once using either Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB connections, and can manage all of those device connections quickly from one screen (that one screen being your phone).

We've been playing with freeTether through its beta period and we can say that it works like a charm. When creating wireless networks, you can choose between two different security settings: Open or WPA2 Personal, which allows you to create a private password and keep the baddies out (we recommend this setting, if just to keep strangers from hogging your bandwidth). Just make sure you're sharing your data connection wisely, it's all too easy to go over the limits set by your service provider when using a computer instead of a phone.

freeTether 1.0 is brought to you completely free and open source from the great developers at WebOS Internals, but it's never a bad idea to pay a little something in return for their efforts. If you've found this app valuable to you in some way, please consider sending a donation (large or small) via thisĀ Support and Donations page, which goes directly to the app's developers.