by Deona Hooper, MSW
Jail Break or root, neither of these terms are appealing even when discussing how to turn your phone into a wifi enabled mobile hotspot without accruing a monthly charge by your service provider. Have you ever created the best presentation using the hottest technology out there only to find out the office or classroom where you are giving the presentation does not have internet access? What is a tech guru to do without internet access? Well, there are a few solutions depending upon which mobile operating system that you are using. By far, Android users have the absolute best options for the wifi economically challenged.
Iphone users, you are out of luck with this tip because Apple blocks the hottest mobile app download FoxFi that will turn your phone into a mobile hotspot without any root or jailbreak which will instantly void the warranty of your phone. AT&T and Sprint have disabled their android users’ ability to download FoxFi from Google play using their mobile internet access. However, if you navigate to Foxfi from a desktop computer, you can use your camera to scan the QR code located on the Foxfi webpage. By scanning the QR code, your phone will instantly install the Foxi mobile app without needing to download through your mobile internet access. Now, you have an instant mobile hotspot that can operate up to five devices without a monthly charge. No spike in your internet service because you could be looking a movie on Netflix.
Iphone users, your best option other than adding a monthly re-occurring mobile hotpost charge, is buying an av adapter for your Apple product which sells for approximately $40.00 at the Apple store. With this adapter, you can connect a regular HDMI cable to the HDMI port on any up to date LCD or Plasma TV. HDMI cables can be purchased for 8 to 20 dollars at any electronics store or at Walmart. This option will only help you provided your school or agency has actually sprung for updated electronic equipment.
Otherwise, you may be better off printing out your powerpoint presentation and go old school with a handout. How did this tip work out for you?