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All posts tagged "tethering"


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Telus Now Offering No Cost Phone + Tablet Data Sharing Plans for Android and RIM Tablets

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.telusmobility.com/en/AB/...P=HomeBANC2data

My fellow Canadians, take note: Telus has dropped the gauntlet on the other wireless carriers in Canada by offering a new no-cost data sharing plan between your phone and your tablet. Let me repeat that: no cost to share the data plan. This is a big deal, because traditionally the carriers have added a fee to allow this functionality. There's a catch though: this Telus plan only works with Android and RIM tablets because it apparently relies upon tethering instead of a direct network connection.

This was, previously, a very expensive proposition - iPhoneinCanada.ca has a great post on this topic from two months ago: as of February 2011, Rogers was charging customers an extra $30 per month if they wanted to share their 6 GB data plan with another device. This is a network-level data share, so it applies to iPad 3G's for instance and isn't exactly the same as tethered sharing, but the concept is the same: two devices sharing a pool of data. $30 per month extra on top of the $30 or so that the customer is already paying for the 6 GB plan. Ouch. That's some mighty expensive data sharing!

I hope that Telus' move here places pressure on Rogers and Bell to re-position their sharing plans and pricing. And, I might note, it makes me long for the day when Windows Phone 7 allows for either Bluetooth tethering sharing or, better yet, full-fledged WiFi hotspot functionality. When I'm out with my WiFi iPad 2, I can only stare at my Windows Phone 7 with disdain and think "You know, I could do this sort of thing with Windows Mobile 6.5...".

UPDATE: It looks like the parallels I was trying to draw were inaccurate; Rogers has allowed no-charge tethering on all data plans over 1 GB, and tethering is a different scenario than a directly connected tablet with a SIM card. Apologies for the confusion!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

T-Mo Officially Offering Tethering on November 3

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010...mber-3rd-14-99/

"Listen up T-Mobile tetherers, we've just been sent in some intel that indicates America's fourth largest carrier will begin to offer/charge for tethering on November 3rd. The Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On, which will have a monthly cost of $14.99, will allow customers to use their smartphones as a tethered modem or Wi-Fi hotspot."

You can hit up BGR for the full text of the announcement, but the details are thus: You need a phone capable of it, you're gonna pay $14.99, and it's available on both prepaid and postpaid plans. Legal tethering, as opposed to possibly flying under the radar now ;)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

T-Mobile G2 Getting an OTA Update, Includes WiFi Calling, Hotspots

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 07:06 AM

http://ip208-100-42-21.static.xda-d...ad.php?t=806266

Word is trickling through the grapevine that the T-Mobile G2 is getting an OTA update as we speak, enabling WiFi Calling, and mobile hotspot. Probably the quickest I've ever seen a ROM update, and it does remove one of the things I disliked about the G2 (lack of hotspot capability). Any G2 owners getting updated?


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What Is Your Must-Have Feature?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM


This summer, on a whim, I decided to write a book. Because I knew it would be a substantial writing project, and because I'd never used Google Docs for anything in particular, I figured I'd try using it for my manuscript. While I eventually ditched it (That's a whole different post), While I was using it, I found that I'd need to be connected to the Internet while writing to have it auto save (duh...). The problem was, sometimes inspiration would hit me on the train home, and even though this is 2010, Metro North Railroad still doesn't have WiFi on it's trains. So I used my Android phone's built in Tethering support. When I got an iPad in July, I also found the tethering indispensable - allowing me to surf the web on my way home when not being annoyed by throngs of Yankees fans on their way back from a game.
For me, Froyo's built-in tethering is the Must-Have feature of my Nexus One. It is something that, now that I have, I never want to be without. What is your essential Android feature?


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