When I’m on the move, on a train or in a waiting room, I like to be able to do my work. In this day and age, I need the Internet to perform even the most menial of tasks—I need to access my documents from the cloud, email my boss and so on and so forth.
It can be a pain but with a smartphone there is an incredibly easy solution, and it’s called a mobile hotspot.
Antennas are not just one-way, indeed your phone has to communicate with your network in order to sent a text or surf the web. This applies to Wi-Fi too. Now, phone companies have begun to exploit this fact in order to solve the above problem.
You simply activate your phone’s capability to function as a two-way antenna, and the device can forward your mobile network like an email.
Your computer cannot connect directly to your mobile network but now it can connect through your mobile device.
This allows you to access the Internet on the go—without paying the extortionate prices that Wi-Fi on the go charges. Gone are the days where you are expected to pay £5 for an hour of Wi-Fi on the train.
Most networks allow the tethering (connection to your device) data to be deducted from your data package. Others, like 3 give customers a separate limit. Whilst the extra limit may seem unnecessary and unfair for the customer, it bypasses the need for the network to slow down your 3G or 4G connection because of the higher bandwidth demanded by a computer than a mobile phone—as it’s a separate paid service.
Your tethering device doesn’t have to be a mobile phone though; mobile phone networks provide ‘dongles’. These small devices allow you to connect your laptop directly to the mobile network using a separate plan.
Using your phone as a hotspot allows easier working on the move, and you can do it cheaply. It’s a great discovery—actually, I’m on a train now!