Google Android has been a popular platform gaining massive amounts of traction in the mobile space. Android looks to be unstoppable. The open nature of the platform has been leading an initiative to allow your devices to operate in any way the hardware will allow, instead of being limited by the software. Android version 2.2 (Froyo) looks as if it is going to allow USB tethering, and Hot spot creation within the operating system without the need for additional programs. There is not information currently as to if carriers can disable this option in the operating system.