I’ve become somewhat spoiled in recent years spending much of my time on college campuses where there’s wireless, well, everywhere – and it’s fast, too. Though come to think of it, that’s not that unusual anymore – it used to be that only coffee shops and bookstores had wireless access, but now you see it at a lot of random places like fast food restaurants and department stores. And even some places that used to charge ridiculous amounts for access (Borders and Starbucks come to mind!) have free wireless now.
My laptop is pretty much glued to my hip, along with my phone, and so if I could tether to my phone’s wifi that would actually be kind of awesome. Because whereas I can use my phone to do a lot, it certainly has its limitations. I actually had a situation recently where I got a phone call from work while I was driving asking if I could do something very quickly – and I said I could, as I’d be home in about half an hour. Of course then I got stuck in insane traffic and watched that half hour squeeze its way into a whole hour. If I could have pulled over into the nearest parking lot and been able to get online on my laptop, I probably would have. Honestly, this is probably one of the main reasons I would consider switching to a phone that allows tethering.
And of course we all have so many different wifi-enabled devices now that being able to connect more than one to our phone would be pretty handy – not just for the purpose of Internet access, but to share among devices. You could even connect your phone to your gaming console.
So do you think that being able to connect basically whatever you wanted to your phone would change things? If you could connect up to 5 devices at a time using just your mobile phone, how would that change how and when you access the Internet?