New tech – hotspots

I encountered a very cool technology today.   A cellular hot-spot.    

This is a cell phone that can access the Internet via the cellular system and which then rebroadcasts the Internet access to other devices around itself via WiFi.

In the case I’ve found, it is an Android HTC  phone, tethered to the T-Mobile network here in the U.S.   The app itself is called “Hot-Spot” and it came with the HTC Android phone.

I’m told that cell providers like AT&T and T-Mobile here in the U.S. are not enthusiastic about the “Hot-Spot” concept and they are working out how to either block folks from sharing their signal or to charge them for the extra devices accessing the Internet via the hotspot.

There are also free-lance apps around (not from the cell phone maker) that can do this but I’ve read that these can be buggy.  One such is “MyWi”.

If you know more about all of this or have corrections to what I’ve posted here, let me know.

Dennis

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