Tuesday, June 29, 2010

3 Reasons Not to Use Your Smartphone as a Wi-Fi Hot Spot

You've probably heard that can use certain 3G (and now 4G) smartphones as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Is this a good feature or a bad one?

Here are 3 reasons why this is not a good idea:
  1. You have to pay an extra fee to use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hot spot. You can tether (using a USB cable or Bluetooth) for less.
  2. You'll be draining the battery on your smartphone and your laptop at a faster rate if you're using Wi-Fi compared to a USB cable. If you tether using a USB cable, then you can keep your smartphone charged.
  3. Your friends will want to share your data connection, so that will only slow you down. We all like to share, don't we?
So, what do you think? Is it worth it to use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hot spot? I think I'll stick to USB cable tethering.

1 comment:

  1. Equally pointless, here are 3 reasons not to use USB tethering.

    1) You have to carry a USB cable around.
    2) You have to keep your computer and phone physically connected together, which decreases your mobility and increases the risk of dropping one or both devices, resulting in data loss and/or expensive repairs.
    3) The length of the USB cable limits the distance that you can move the phone in order to place and receive calls.