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December 10, 2015

Turning a SmartPhone into a WiFi HotSpot

Did you know that you can turn just about any smartphone into a WiFi hot spot? I didn’t really know about this until one day before Hurricane Sandy hit us – I was on Facebook and saw someone mention something about it for their iPhone. I don’t have an iPhone, just a simple smartphone that allows me to do what I need to do, so I didn’t think much of it.

So, after the Hurricane struck, my Internet went out and it was out for 4 1/2 days – which seemed like forever to me and I was getting quite annoyed at the length of time it took to come back on, considering my neighbors had it and I didn’t. After getting no where with my Internet provider, I decided to do a search on my phone to see if there was anything for my Nokia. Found something and it had rave reviews, so I downloaded it. Not expecting much, I fired up my laptop and turned on this WiFi app and sure enough – I was online! WOOHOO!!

Best of all, it was FREE!! Now, this particular app only works with Nokia smart phones – it’s called JoikuSpot Light. The free version is Light, but you can  upgrade to the Premium edition for around $18 (which is a one time fee) to allow you to do more with it. Considering I just wanted to get online, properly check my email, websites, etc…I didn’t need anything else.

The Premium also allows for a secure connection, while the Light is not. So, if you were wanting to get online to do some shopping, you would really want the upgrade, which is very inexpensive, if you ask me!

I also got to thinking – if you just use a laptop or ipad, not a desktop, you could probably get rid of your Internet and just use your Phone. But, you do need unlimited Internet on your phone and you’ll also need to recharge it quite often, but for the small fee – think it would be worth it.

I don’t know of any other apps for other kinds of phones, as I don’t need them, but just do a quick search on your favorite search engine for “Free Wifi App For (then put the make of your phone here)”. I am sure you will find something that will work for you!!