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How's the tether up there?
Open Garden is an application that assists those of us who need to access the Internet via varying electronic devices. To most of us, this process is done through tethering. Tethering is the art of co...
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On new devices it may work well.
I used to use this on my thunderbloat...opted out for barnacle or google apps version
So, in conclusion, you essentially said that Open Garden's mesh network is only worthwhile if it is available to iPhone users. It makes sense that a mesh network needs as many nodes as possible, just like traffic reporting can work better with more users. Still, I would think that platform-availability shouldn't be a make-or-break issue here, particularly if Apple never OKs it and Android's market share grows beyond 50 percent.
Part of the problem I notice is the apps have to catch up to the device and so on. Sometimes it takes 6 months to get the right fix or update. The coding is changing which makes compatibility that much harder for people with older models. 
No problem in the EU :) We can tether freely with stock Android.
I think one challenge for an app like Open Garden is that, like peer-to-peer networking, on some level others have access to your device. I would think that Open Garden would not allow others to see what's on your device, but some of their packets might be stored there temporarily. Are people OK with that?

The other question is whether it impacts battery life enough to cause problems. Then again, with a mesh network, maybe a lot of phones would provide the "hotspot" so it would not burden 1 particular phone too badly.

Overall, it does sound like it could be a pretty resilient network in that it does not depend on just 1 node.
Maybe i misread the article? does OpenGarden now 
"combined" hotspots together?
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