Archive for June, 2016

How to Make a Hotspot for Internet on Vacation

You already know that your tablet or laptop computer can get into the Internet if you are near a Wi-Fi hotspot. For example the local public library, a local coffee shop or even McDonald’s offer free Wi-Fi to their customers.

But what about if you’re on vacation far away from the city and you would like to surf the Internet? Well, you likely have a smart phone that has Internet access but you find the screen of your smart phone is rather small for doing much web surfing.

Did you know there is a way to tether your smart phone to your tablet or laptop? Sometimes this is called tethering and other times it is called hotspot. With a USB cable you can connect the phone to your tablet and turn on the tethering option. But you can also use the Wi-Fi. Turn Wi-Fi on in your tablet. Then make sure Wi-Fi is off on your smart phone and get into the Internet using your data service. Been looking around inside the android menus you should find a place where it says you can turn on a hotspot. When you find it, you have the option of putting in a password to prevent other people from using it. But if you’re in a remote area, that would hardly be needed.

The advantage¬† is that your tablet provides a much nicer screen for movies. And here’s the surprise. Some mobile carriers will not charge you data usage if you use it only for watching movies on certain services. For example, Netflix has an agreement with many of the will cell phone carriers to let people watch as much as they want without going over there data connection limit. Ask your local cell phone service provider. I have used it and found it to be a real neat way to watch movies or TV shows and not get charged for over use of my data plan. In fact, I got one of those free phones for people with limited income. And yes, I am unlimited income. True, I have this website, but I’m not rich.

The cell phone carrier I received was a company called TAG. The service they offer is through T-Mobile and streaming Netflix through my phone does not incur extra data charges. So I thought that was a very neat trick. A free phone and all the Netflix I want. Of course, I still have to pay for my Netflix. No I don’t. My daughter let’s me use her Netflix account. Netflix lets you use up to four different devices for one Netflix account.

So yes, I watch Netflix for free on my phone phone. And if I want a bigger screen I can tether or hotspot my phone so that my tablet will pick it up on Wi-Fi or USB. Check with your local service provider to see what their policy is about watching movies and about using a hotspot. Some providers will charge you extra for adding a hotspot to your smart phone. So you need to check first.

More cheap cell phones from China.

The Chinese already produce lots of cell phones and they’re going to start producing more and more. So expect the price to come down on some very nice cell phones Look at photo.


How do I know this is true? Because recently one of the big cell phone manufacturers in China has purchased patents from Iker soft. No not a half dozen patents, instead some 1500 patents were purchased by a big Chinese telecom maker from the great big software maker.

Reference: Microsoft Sells Patents.

The exact details of how much it cost was not given, but it was definitely related to telecommunication patents and this has led rise to the idea that the company will be wanting to sell products to the United States. Without the sufficient patents, it would be near impossible to sell anything in the United States.

The United States has patents for almost anything and everything related to telecommunications. Now inside their own country this is not a problem for the Chinese. It becomes a problem when they wish to export their best products to the United States.
So then, can the Chinese really make good cell phones? Actually, they do. They already make some very excellent smart phones and now even more will be coming and this should cause the market prices to drop for almost a every cell phone currently on the market.