hotspotting

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1525

Sherry from California

Sherry is looking for an affordable Chromebook, budget $350. Rich says that to be sure you don't get one so cheap, that it's underpowered. Acer makes a good model in that price range. Also, get one that has a touch screen so that you can use Android apps. Unfortunately, Chromebooks won't let you install third party apps other than those Android apps, but if you can live with that, Rich recommends going to Costco and pick up one. They're a great deal, so you can get more bang for your buck. Can I connect to the internet with my mobile phone and the chromebook?

How can I stream to my TV from my phone?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1510

Dave from Hermosa Beach, CA

Dave has a mobile phone and he wants to know how he can stream to his TV from it. Leo says to get the Google Chromecast. This will allow him to pull up a video stream on his phone, and then hand it off to the Chromecast to put it on the TV. He'll need internet and Wi-Fi to make it work. If all his internet access is through his phone, then he could use a hotspot with his TV if it supports that, and then Chromecast that way. But he'll take a bandwidth hit on his phone.

Why doesn't my hotspotting work?

ZTE Z988

Episode 1436

Joe from West Palm Beach, FL

Joe is having trouble with his ZTE Z988 phone and hotspotting. He keeps turning it on and after a minute, it drops. Leo says to call T-Mobile and let them know his hotspot feature isn't working, because it sounds like they haven't activated it. But it's also possible that it's not available with that phone and his new carrier. There can be some hardware limitations too. But if he's getting data anyway, then that's not it. It probably just needs activation.

How can I get hotspotting with Verizon?

Episode 1272

Vic from Yorba Linda, CA

Vic's Verizon Mi-Fi is broken. He's replaced it and it still doesn't work. Leo says that Vic could use his mobile phone as a hotspot and bypass the MiFi altogether. It'll cost about $20 a month to be able to do it. Leo also suggests a mobile hotspot called Karma Go. It's pay as you go through Sprint and Leo loves it. $15 a GB, or $10 GB in a package. It's a great option.

Do I need to tether my phone and pay for more data?

Episode 1190

Dan from Whittier, CA

Dan just got a new iPhone and he and his son has shared data. How does that affect when he uses his phone as a personal hotspot? Leo says that when he uses a personal hotspot, it brings no more to the party, he's just paying more for the priviledge of hotspotting. Dan can use a free service like FreedomPop, but it's for a very limited amount of data. Then he'd start paying. Wi-Fi hotspots, though, will cost him nothing. So if he's at a Starbucks, he can connect to that and it won't count against his data at all.

What happened to tethering in Android?

Episode 1039

Frank from Vancouver, WA

Frank has a Google Nexus 7 and has been using tethering. He updated the OS to KitKat and the tethering option has disappeared. When he takes the SIM card out, it reappears, but when he puts it back, and it disappears again. Leo says that it's likely AT&T doing that. They want to charge him for hotspotting and tethering. If he doesn't pay for it, they're not going to let him do it. It's also happened to T-Mobile users. Some solutions will require him to root his tablet, which is certainly possible.