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livingchoice's avatar

Which smartphones allow tethering?

Asked by livingchoice (538 points ) February 23rd, 2011

I’m looking to purchase a cell phone to also use as a wireless hotspot and would like to know the phones make and model that allow teathering. So far I know the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO. What are the others please?

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robmandu's avatar

Well, the Verizon iPhone, of course.

I believe most Blackberries can be used for tethering (not as Wifi hotspots), too.

The thing to keep in mind is that even if a device has the technical capability to offer tethering (and WiFi hotspot), it doesn’t mean that feature is actually available unless the carrier allows it (à la the AT&T iPhone).

livingchoice's avatar

@ gailcalled

Yes. LOL.

mrlaconic's avatar

Most phones running Android 2.2 can do WIFI hotspot teathering.

jerv's avatar

If I wanted to pay an extra $20/month, I could use my Droid X as a wifi hotspot.

mrlaconic's avatar

@jerv you can do that with any android device running 2.2 free of charge.

jerv's avatar

@mrlaconic I am aware that Android offers that option for free, but Verizon does not and I haven’t seen a legal workaround.

wundayatta's avatar

@mrlaconic Are you sure that any 2.2 device can be a hot spot? I’ve got a MyTouch 3g, and it doesn’t have the menu options to turn it into a hotspot.

mrlaconic's avatar

@wundayatta perhaps not.. but I didn’t think that 2.2 was meant for the myTouch 3G? I have a vibrant, mytouch 4G, and a G2 all running android 2.2 and they all have options for WI-FI hotspot or Mobile AP (access point)

wundayatta's avatar

Yeah, we had the upgrade to 2.2 pushed out to us. It’s nice in some ways. A little weird in others. Like I can no longer double tap to highlight a word that is spelled wrong. So I don’t know how to do it now. Better ask my son :)

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