As an alternative to tethering, which can be seen as complicated and confusing to smartphone newbies and slow for those who demand performance without speed bottlenecks of WiFi, USB, or Bluetooth depending on the various tethering technologies and options available, Asus is introducing a netbook and smartphone design that will make wireless connectivity sharing a bit more simple. The design essentially allows a user to insert or dock their smartphone into a dedicated slot in the netbook to “share” the wireless connection, much like plugging in a PC Card or USB modem into its dedicated slot or port. The design also may be more cost effective as it calls for one SIM card and one data plan that can be shared on two devices.
Wireless sharing has become a popular feature on smartphones as consumers purchase more advanced gadgets that may require connectivity to the Internet. Verizon Wireless has made sharing official on its Palm Pre Plus via a mobile hotspot app and Sprint will be introducing its HTC EVO 4G smartphone early June that will allow users to tether and connect up to 8 devices to the carrier’s 3G or 4G network, depending on coverage.
A mockup of the modular Asus netbook was not available, but the phone aspect is said to be made by Modu–you can see the phone designs on the company’s webpage.