Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tethering on Verizon Wireless

If you use Verizon Wireless, you need VZAccess Manager to tether your smartphone to your laptop/notebook/ultra-mobile PC. Where do you go to download VZAccess Manager? You can find it here:

Verizon used to call tethering "BroadbandAccess Connect." That phrase confused me. Now, it looks like they're using the phrase "Mobile Broadband Connect." That sounds better, but why don't they just call it what it is? Tethering. Plain and simple.

You can tether using other methods, but I'm not going to get into that right now. Verizon charges an extra "tethering fee" that doesn't always show up when you go to order a smartphone. I hope that they change that in the future.

If you're a healthcare professional, do you travel for work? If you do, tethering is an invaluable way to stay connected while you're on the road (or in the airport, hotel, park, or anywhere else). Many places now have Wi-Fi, so you may not need to use your smartphone as a wireless modem. However, if you spend time in areas that lack Wi-Fi, then tethering may become your best friend.

1 comment:

  1. A sweet little program I found is called WMWIRouter. It allows you to use your phone as a modem, but without any wires and regardless of the operating system. The Verizon Broadband Access program does not support Mac OS. With this program, you only pay for the program once and you are in business. It is worth the ~$30 (US).