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4G is a wireless gimmick

4G, perhaps this term regarding advanced wireless technologies, was first used by Verizon with the mention of the 4G LTE service.  Now, it seems that every carrier under the sun claims to have “blazing” 4G speeds and the “largest” 4G network.

Apple has been in headlines recently due to the company advertising that the new iPad has 4G data.  The same is true for the iPhone in which a software update brought forth the appearance of 4G on the display screen; when in fact the iPhone is incapable of achieving 4G speeds when it has no 4G radios.

Is the Cupertino behemoth the only company falsifying data speeds?  Surely not.  The line between 3G, 4G, Wi-Max, and HSPA+ have been blurred for the past year.  Cell phone makers carriers alike need to make the distinction between the different speed thresholds because sooner or later customers will realize that their device’s promised speeds will never be met.

Bottom line:  The entire marketplace is a lie.  Carriers and hardware manufacturers must differentiate data speeds.  Honestly, consumers are getting sick of term after term.  In the end, the only thing they want is performance.

WiFi Tethering and Carriers

WiFi Tethering, carriers offer it but they charge those that use it.  True, tethering is a service; however, when the data you are using has ALREADY been paid for, it makes less and less sense.  Our smartphones can do great things — one of those is to become a mobile hotspot in a time of need.

Many early free tethering apps required you to root your Android or iOS device; however, FoxFi has caused a recent storm for Android users by bringing this convenient app to a variety of devices and let’s not mention the apps for iOS that allow the same option once jailbroken such as MyWi.

As long as there are users that believe that tethering should be part of their monthly data allowance there will be apps that allow it.  I have never understood why you have to add the mobile hotspot to your data plan in order to use the ability that your device has without it.

Bottom line:  Carriers, please wake up.  We will tether…for FREE.