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WalkingHotSpot Available for Smartphone Users

  • Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2008
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  • Author: pradhana
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  • Filed under: Wi-Fi Hotspots

By Sue Marek

Smartphone software vendor TapRoot Systems commercially launched its WalkingHotSpot solution for WiFi enabled smart phones today. The software, when downloaded to a smartphone, makes it possible for a consumer to use their 3G phone as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices such as laptops, MP3 players, and gaming devices. The 3G radio in the phone functions as the network backhaul. The WiFi radio creates the WLAN giving the various client devices access to the Internet.

The software, introduced earlier this year, has been in beta testing for the past five months in a trial involving thousands of users and major wireless networks, the company said. It is initially available for smartphones that use Symbian S60 or Windows Mobile 6.0 devices that have WiFi connectivity. A free trial is available. Monthly subscriptions will cost $6.99 per month. A yearly subscription is available at an introductory rate of $24.99. The software is distributed directly to consumers via [FierceBroadbandWireless]

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