Posts tagged with: tethering
  • by | March 21, 2014 7:28 AM

    Tethering is one of those things that many of us got really excited about way back in the early days of cell phones. Here we had a little phone that we could connect to our laptop which would let us access the Internet or closed network (the office, university, etc.) without having to plug into a land-line to do so. Speeds weren't all that great, but being able to work from anywhere often trumped that. Today we have our choice of various high-speed technologies offered by any one of a handful of cellular carriers. We also have numerous ways to connect our laptops to our phones -- and we ...

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  • by | March 14, 2014 7:26 AM

    Finally, after years of you and I telling them so, mainstream carriers are starting to offer "unlimited" plans. Why the "air quotes"? Because even though we're told they're "unlimited", these plans still have "limits". We had unlimited mobile to mobile minutes (but not to land lines or to people on other carriers), then unlimited talk time (but only on the weekends and after 7pm). Eventually we got unlimited texting (which we really should have had all along, but that's another article entirely). The odd-ball has always been data. Some plans offered a few hundred megabytes of data, others ...

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  • by | January 20, 2014 7:25 AM

    I've been a T-Mobile customer for well over a decade. Since I picked up my T-Mobile G1 (way back in the day) I've been a happy user of both the carrier and Android as a platform. As time progressed I loved the ability to tether other devices to my smartphone and use some of my 5GB of data on a tablet or laptop. I was never a heavy user of tethered data, and only used it when WiFi wasn't an option. Then T-Mobile tried to tell everyone that "tethered data" was somehow different from "device data" and phones bearing the T-Mobile brand forced users to purchase a separate tethering plan. ...

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  • by | July 31, 2012 8:13 AM

    Have you ever noticed that your Internet connection isn't as stable when you're tethered to your smartphone as it is when you're connected to a WAP or router connected to a cable? Why is that? In this episode of the Android Guy Weekly we'll cover: How cell towers keep you connected to one tower even though you may be within reach of another tower (and why that's not necessarily a bad thing) How this is especially troublesome while you're moving (like on a train or a bus) One way wireless providers could mitigate the whole "moving" problem (and why it will take a long time to implement) ...

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