Wi-Fi Tethering Not Used On My Train A Lot – Yet

Wi-Fi tethering has been in Android and other mobile operating systems for quite some time now and as of late I've become quite fond of it, having exchanged my 3G dongle with Wi-Fi connectivity to a phone or tablet. It seems, however, that for the moment, I am pretty much alone with this approach on my daily commute as I don't see any other Wi-Fi hotspots with a strong signal in the train in which, by the way, the carriages are openly connected, i.e. my PC could see any Wi-Fi signal from at least 4 or 5 carriages. Just a note on the blog for a moment so I can come back to it over time should this change in the future.

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  1. I can only speak for myself – but for me, I have long since eliminated all tethering and have a dedicated SIM for each device.

    Why is that? Simple:
    1) power: My smartphones battery hardly lasts a day anyway. If I would also tether it would be dead within hours.

    And as you can call yourself lucky to get even _one_ power socket in a train these days, how would I want to rely on getting _two_ (laptop & phone)?

    2) it’s just not convenient:
    Why would I want to pull my phone out of a pocket or bag and switch on the hotspot everytime I want to check mail on the ipad… It has a dedicated SIM, I don’t care about my phone…

    Tethering was nice in the days when it wasn’t even called that way – when hooking your laptop via cable to a GPRS phone was almost the only thing you could do to get internet at all. But today?

    I don’t know how other people handle this, but I could imagine that there’s not a huge demand for tethering any more: You do get a multicard with almost all kinds of contracts for small money, so if your main contract’s data package is large enough, you can go with that…
    (Or (like me) you take advantage of the fact that data-only contracts come a lot cheaper than smartphone contracts with big data volume.)

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