iphone tetheringThe internet and mobile phones have literally taken over the world so it was only a matter of time before the two became one! In today’s article we shall look at how you can use your mobile phone to get broadband access – otherwise known as tethering.

How Does Tethering Work?

Through the use of various technologies, it is now possible for compatible mobile phones to be able to provide broadband internet access to another device, such as a laptop or PDA, that is not connected to the internet.

You can create your own mobile broadband set up either by using a USB cable or through Bluetooth technology.

The ability to connect to the internet via your phone has been around for quite some time, however it has only recently become more prominent since broadband speeds have increased in phones and the access costs are much lower than they once were.

Benefits of Accessing Broadband via your Phone

Using your phone as an external mobile broadband device can be incredibly useful in certain situations – however it does have its limitations. Broadband via your phone is often much more expensive than standard mobile internet fees – meaning that if you consistently use your phone as a mobile internet modem then you could rack up a huge bill!

Despite this, tethering can be very handy if you’re on the go and need to gain access to the internet on a different device. Many professionals use the mobile internet capabilities of their phone to connect to broadband on their PDA’s.

If you don’t require mobile broadband on a regular basis and can’t justify signing up for a mobile broadband plan then accessing broadband via your phone is a great alternative for those times when you do need it – such as while waiting at an airport or checking movie times etc…

Restrictions on Using your Phone for Broadband

Many mobile phone companies have restrictions preventing you from connecting to broadband via your phone in a tethering capacity. Always read the user agreement before using your phone for mobile broadband.

Most Australian mobile network providers do allow for tethering. However they largely do so because people use a lot of data allowance using the tethering method. So be aware of the additional charges you may gather.

Tethering can also be quite a slow and expensive way to get mobile broadband. It is helpful in some situations; however it is not ideal for regular use.

What Phones are Compatible with Tethering?

More and more phones are becoming compatible with tethering. Most recently the iPhone has brought the ability to have mobile broadband via your phone into the limelight.

The ever-popular iPhone has the ability to connect your laptop or PDA device to mobile broadband on most of the major networks including Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. Through the wireless internal modem in your iPhone you can connect to the 3G broadband network that offers speeds of up to 3Mbps.

Most smart phones, including the Blackberry and Palm, have the ability to connect to mobile broadband via your phone. It is become the standard for new smart phones being released in Australia.