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    Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I was talking to this guy next to me on my flight who explained that he cancelled his Comcast Cable Modem and instead is using his 4G Samsung Galaxy (with Verizon service) as his router. He claims his download speeds are just as fast as cable modem.

    True?

    Would the same be true if multiple devices shared the WiFi?


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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    I was talking to this guy next to me on my flight who explained that he cancelled his Comcast Cable Modem and instead is using his 4G Samsung Galaxy (with Verizon service) as his router. He claims his download speeds are just as fast as cable modem.

    True?

    Would the same be true if multiple devices shared the WiFi?
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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    It is about 5-10 Mbps.. Which is fast enough for most usage.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    I was talking to this guy next to me on my flight who explained that he cancelled his Comcast Cable Modem and instead is using his 4G Samsung Galaxy (with Verizon service) as his router. He claims his download speeds are just as fast as cable modem.

    True?

    Would the same be true if multiple devices shared the WiFi?
    US Cellular in Ames is now running 4G LTE with speeds from 10-18mbps

    I can game and run netflix on 4mbps, so 18 is crazy good.

    Also, US Cell offers free 5 device hotspot app.

    **Disclaimer: They only offer 1 4G phone at the moment.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    Verizon charges $15/mo to make your phone a hotspot



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I've been using an app called pdanet for about 2 years now to make my phone a hotspot, and it didn't cost me a thing



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    Watch out for usage caps.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I'm rooted with an unlimited data plan from Verizon. I've used the feature a lot while travelling. I would have done the same as the guy in the OP if I was in a 4G area. 3G will get you by with basic functionality, but I certainly couldn't live with it at home day to day.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I have a US Cellular 3G phone and I can use my phone as a hotspot for 2 connections. Can play netflix it just buffers a lot.


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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I use EasyTether on my Droid with Verizon, it's completely free and easy to use but if you don't have unlimited data watch out. The only problem with it is you can't access anything that requires a secure connection, so things like gmail are out, but if you upgrade to the full version I believe you can. Not sure on the cost of the the full version though



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I have PDA Net on my phone so I can tether my phone in places where I don't have internet.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I pay $15 / month (I think?) for wireless tethering and can run up to 5 devices. I know you can do it for free with pdanet and probably will switch to that at some point. Checked my usage and haven't been above 1GB much out of the 5GB limit. Great when traveling and the three kids can be on their ipods and the wife on her kindle fire or laptop.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    This brings up the question for me.. I love the internet in the dorms here for my ps3 (netflix and gaming..) but when I go home (a farm in northwest Iowa) our internet isn't fast enough to support netflix on my ps3.

    So is a new and better router the only way to fix this or could I get a new phone through US Cellular that's hotspot would be fast enough to support netfix?


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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    Quote Originally Posted by CynadoAlley View Post
    This brings up the question for me.. I love the internet in the dorms here for my ps3 (netflix and gaming..) but when I go home (a farm in northwest Iowa) our internet isn't fast enough to support netflix on my ps3.

    So is a new and better router the only way to fix this or could I get a new phone through US Cellular that's hotspot would be fast enough to support netfix?
    At that speed you could game, netflix, surf, and download movies on 4 devices and be fine.



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    Re: Can Your Cell Phone Also Be Your Router?

    I can't wait for this to catch on. With 3G there were real latency problems but with 4G it should be better. It will be nice to get rid of another expense honestly.




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