Monday, March 31, 2008

Software turns cell phones into Wi-Fi hotspots

By Peter Svensson
updated 3:44 p.m. ET March 26, 2008

NEW YORK - Here's a cool use for a phone that has both cellular broadband and Wi-Fi: Turn it into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot so your friends can surf the Internet on their laptops.

A couple startups have created and made available software like this in the last year. But a more established software maker said Wednesday that it has created a package for carriers to offer their customers.

TapRoot Systems Inc. of Research Triangle Park, N.C., said it was talking with carriers about providing their customers with the software, which would let up to five Wi-Fi users connect to a phone.

This is great, but we just need more companies to offer wi-fi, the services to become cheaper, faster access speeds and more downloads.


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