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?

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?

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11 Responses to 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?

  1. I dunno, personally I've figured out how to get the internet pretty much anywhere I am. I have 3G on my phone and between home and the college I am a student at, I generally have WiFi on my computer. There really aren't any other devices I own that would benefit from an always-connected type of network.

  2. I dunno, personally I’ve figured out how to get the internet pretty much anywhere I am. I have 3G on my phone and between home and the college I am a student at, I generally have WiFi on my computer. There really aren’t any other devices I own that would benefit from an always-connected type of network.

  3. Frankly, this isn't a dream for the future, I do this regularly. I have a Windows Mobile phone, and just plug it into my laptop and activate Internet Sharing so that wherever I am I can get online. This is very handy during my commute on the train to work.

    Also, I recently went on vacation to a hotel that didn't have internet access in the room, so I set up my phone as a Mobile Wi-Fi router, and all 4 computers in our condo were connected to the internet through our little wireless network.

    So, in answer to your question, I can get online with any device anywhere I have a cell phone signal. Beyond keeping in up with social networks, this has allowed me to work in times that would have been simply "wasted," basically including my commute in my 8 hour work day rather than adding 2 hours to the 8 hours I'm away from home.

  4. Frankly, this isn’t a dream for the future, I do this regularly. I have a Windows Mobile phone, and just plug it into my laptop and activate Internet Sharing so that wherever I am I can get online. This is very handy during my commute on the train to work.

    Also, I recently went on vacation to a hotel that didn’t have internet access in the room, so I set up my phone as a Mobile Wi-Fi router, and all 4 computers in our condo were connected to the internet through our little wireless network.

    So, in answer to your question, I can get online with any device anywhere I have a cell phone signal. Beyond keeping in up with social networks, this has allowed me to work in times that would have been simply “wasted,” basically including my commute in my 8 hour work day rather than adding 2 hours to the 8 hours I’m away from home.

  5. Yeah, this isn’t a what if… it’s been the reality for many years now. Catch up.

  6. 3G is to slow to me. 4G would be great to tether to, but 3G would be painful. Imagine 4 devices trying to access the web via the same 3g device. With the right speed I think it would change things considerably; however, the drive by manufacturers seems geared towards making each device connect separately. . . so they can get another fee. The Sprint HTC EVO is the first phone that acts as a "hot spot" as far as I know. . . so this may start to change things.

  7. 3G is to slow to me. 4G would be great to tether to, but 3G would be painful. Imagine 4 devices trying to access the web via the same 3g device. With the right speed I think it would change things considerably; however, the drive by manufacturers seems geared towards making each device connect separately. . . so they can get another fee. The Sprint HTC EVO is the first phone that acts as a “hot spot” as far as I know. . . so this may start to change things.

  8. I have a Verizon mifi.. it does just what you are asking. It is no inconvenience for me to have my mifi and Android phone with me all the time.

  9. I have a Verizon mifi.. it does just what you are asking. It is no inconvenience for me to have my mifi and Android phone with me all the time.

  10.  Alright … I am going to say this once and hopefully it will prevent more from happening. STOP WORKING ON OUR PHONES. They are smart enough. I want my damn flying car, I want my holographic computing device that fits nicely over my forearm, and I want my cybernetic arm.

    Our phones are fine, leave them be … lets work on something else people. Chop chop. lol