But yeah, when it comes to Android apps, there's no real good reason to pirate, if you are paying for a data plan, you probably can afford a $3 app.
I know SpeedX uses a neat little code block that checks if it was installed via Market, and only works if it is to prevent the backup/refund method.
Just out of curiosity, and not intended as judgement, but to those of you who who are so eager to say that it is morally wrong to pirate apps, do you apply the same morality when it comes to circumventing the carrier's TOS regarding tethering via pdanet or using rooted wifi hotspot apps for free?
Wrong is wrong, right?
Just for the record, I agree that it is wrong to pirate software. However, I am not adverse to tethering for free.
Logic dictates that my position is ethically inconsistent.
Logically my reasoning is impeccable, though not without argument. It works for me.
By violating our TOS all we're really doing (yes, I know what we're really really doing) is allowing Verizon to terminate our contract. They want our money, so they're loath to do that as long as we're paid up.
Sent from my DROIDX using my fingers and magic.
As for wired tethering, we pay x amount of dollars a month for the unlimited and unhindered use of Verizon's 3G network. I can only speak for myself, but I do not cheat Verizon in any way, and gladly pay my $30 a month for unlimited data. By charging an extra fee, Verizon is kind of being cheap by making us pay for a service which we already pay for. By using a free tethering app, we are still using the same unlimited data which we pay for, only we are using it in creative ways.
In short, by pirating an app, we are hurting a developer and discouraging further development. But by using a tether app, we are still paying Verizon. It would be like if you payed a monthly fee to listen to music, but if you wanted to use speakers so that others could also listen, you had to pay twice as much.
Companies do that all the time, i.e. you get to check 1 bag with a plane ticket but it has a weight and size restriction.