Tethering

Tethering of a Smartphone to a computer and using teh smart phone as a modem to connect to the internet to surf.

Location independent, mobile office, or digital nomad wish to move from country to country without needing to look for WIFI, or USB Internet Modems. The solution is to use the Global Email connection of a BlackBerry or other smart phones and tether your computer.

Tethering Concepts:

  1. Tether.com
  2. Cable versus Bluetooth connection
  3. Does your Smartphone Internet provider charge or do they even know?

Tethering Defined:
Tethering is the use of a mobile device with Internet access such as 3G cellular service to serve as an Internet gateway or access point for other devices. Other devices may connect to the gateway via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or by Universal Serial Bus (USB) cabling.

Tethering uses mobile applications or software depending on the mobile's operating system. A popular application is Joikuspot that works on Nokia(Symbian), Samsung and Windows Mobile phones.

There are advantages and disadvantages to tethering.

Data transfers over tethered mobile phones may violate the terms of use imposed by the mobile carrier or may even be subject to high fees.[citation needed] As cited in Sprint's Terms of Service, "Except with Phone-as-Modem plans, you may not use a phone (including a Bluetooth phone) as a modem in connection with a computer, PDA, or similar device. We reserve the right to deny or terminate service without notice for any misuse or any use that adversely affects network performance." Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility currently offer tethering to their plans for a fee.

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