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.