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Which phones can you turn into a Wi-Fi hotspot?

Which makes of phone can you turn into a Wi-Fi hotspot? I’d like to use my new phone’s data connection with my laptop. Is that called tethering?

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newmanbeing  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:02

I know you can with the Nokia 5800 if you use the app Joiku Spot as I have used it for that. I thought that the desire was able to with the froyo update? Would be good for me to know also as I am in the market for a new phone and it would be on my nice to have list!

emmajk42 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:10

You can do it with the iPhone 4 when you upgrade to iOS 4.3, but you have to check that your network supports it too. I'm with Tesco Mobile and it doesn't support tethering yet.

mrew42  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:20

Android 2.2 (froyo) and above phones have this capability. Quite a choice currently. I often use my HTC Desire for this purpose.

newmanbeing  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:37

mrew42 is that via an app? As emmajk42 says that a network needs to support tethering....if you just use a normal data connection and an app to act as a wifi hotspot then there is no way they can tell that you are tethered (Joiku Spot on the Nokia 5800 acts this way)

mrew42  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:44

It's part of the of the Operating System. you just enable it through the Andriod settings as you would enable Mobile Data, GPRS & Wifi. I've used mine (on orange with my wifi Android tablet) many times with no issues.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2011 at 14:46

The hp / Palm webOS devices (Pre and Pixi 2) allow tethering for up to 5 devices since webOS 2 as a built-in feature. For Blackberry devices there are a number of Apps in the AppWorld.

newmanbeing  Apr. 6, 2011 at 15:03

So as I said above if it is via an app there is no way they can tell you are tethered right?

MrRatPants  Apr. 6, 2011 at 15:41

Barnacle on Android can give you this capability even if you don't have 2.1.

My understanding on the network side is somewhat limited but I think they can tell you're tethered if they do packet inspection because they will be able to tell that you're NAT'ed.

mrew42  Apr. 6, 2011 at 15:46

Found this rather telling line from a report about tethering via Android.
"One thing that isn’t clear from the information we’ve received is whether carriers can turn this feature off, or even charge for it, unless they break away from the standard Android build."
Get a non-network specific build on there and bobs your mother's brother.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2011 at 16:54

There is another issue as far as the networks are concerned - some networks use different APN's for different purposes. Your cheap-a*s data add-on may work well with the phone's browser or email client, but it'll not work when tethering a laptop or desktop composter. I just realise how redundant this was LOL... I need a coffee :p

allan1954  Jul. 3, 2011 at 15:48

samsung galaxy mini makes great wifi hotspot only if you have data package from your network.

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