How to Turn Your Phone Into a Hand-Held Hotspot

Internet access for your tablet or laptop is in the palm of your hand.

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BlackBerry

Install the application Tether, which uses your phone's existing data plan to get your PC online.

• Click on the app

• Choose either USB or Bluetooth connection

$50; tether.com

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Motorola Droid X and Samsung Fascinate

With the new Froyo software, you can not only tether but create a hotspot that connects up to five devices.

• Go to Applications

• Choose 3G Hotspot and follow prompts

$20 a month for 2 GB of data; verizonwireless.com

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iPhone

Any model beyond the first generation can tether via USB and Bluetooth.

• Go to Settings

• Select General

• Select Network

• Click Internet Tethering

$20 a month for 2 GB of data; wireless.att.com

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