Do you tether from your phone, or do you add separate devices to your data plan?

– Oh, spreading the internet connection is spreading the joy. One thing I think is interesting though, sharing the data connection from a phone versus buying products that all have their own LTE or 5G radios. In this current day of connected devices, what do you use on the go? Let's talk about tethering. (upbeat music) If you're on 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi
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always think it's interesting to see how many gadgets have
been replaced by our phones. Cameras, music and media players, GPS. Increasingly we reach for this first and it's quickly replaced
a whole collection of consumer electronics. Tethering is another use case
for the phone as a brain, which facilitates working
on other computers. Of course, tethering is when
we use the data connection going to a phone and share
that with other devices. It can work over a cable,
Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi.

Your phone becomes the modem. A quick flashback. It really wasn't that long ago that I was covering trade
shows around the globe and working with my writers and editors to figure out our data strategy. Often we'd rely on some kind of hotspot and a local data plan that was usually outrageously expensive. And we'd combine that
with a little hotel Wi-Fi or hook up a laptop in a press room. It was sometime back
during the first Pixel days that I can remember hacking a
phone to accomplish that task instead of a hotspot. We threw in a Google Fi
SIM it was the easiest way to guarantee international
LTE connectivity, we could turn that plan on and
off only when we needed it, and it was our lifeline to make sure we always had
some kind of connection.

And when you're producing videos and covering a trade show, if you can get your video
finished and uploaded from the show floor, it makes your content a lot more timely. Over these last several years, however, I think it's interesting
that tethering is still kind of a fluid perk
offered from carriers. On this channel we recently
detailed the differences between Mint and US Mobile. For example, there are
going to be different kinds of tethering from both of those MVNOs. Mint doesn't consider tethering different from your normal phone data if you have a cap on your data plan. So say you pay for 15 gigs a month. They don't care how you use that 15 gigs. However, I went for their unlimited plan and that puts a five gigabyte
monthly limit on my tethering, which if I'm working on the road and I need to support a laptop, that would be less than two video uploads at the quality I tend to produce. My whole monthly allowance, two videos, actually less than two videos. US Mobile, on the other hand, doesn't keep a monthly cap on tethering for their unlimited plans, but you do have to pay more
per month for the privilege.

And breaking down every other
carrier plans and pricing, it seems every carrier
has a different flavor of this as a feature. Why I think this is interesting today. I think there was an
expectation from carriers that LTE-enabled devices were going to be more popular with consumers. You would just pay an extra
10 bucks a month on your plan for each device, and then your watch, your tablet, your laptop. They would all have their
own unique data connections, which is what I kinda wanna throw out here as the question for this video. How many data enabled devices
do you keep on your plan, or do you more regularly
piggyback other devices on your phone data? For my own use as an example,
because I'm super cheap, I just do increasingly more from my phone. I recently did a road
trip to visit some family and I didn't even bother
packing the laptop. Instead I used a laptop
dock with my phone.

Mint's monthly tethering did not affect me because it was all phone data. And honestly, even if I had used a laptop to edit my videos on the road, I suppose I could have
transferred files back to my phone to upload from there, too,
because I'm hella cheap. So this kicked off a little
behind the scenes conversation here with the team
and it made me curious enough to throw the question out here. I can still understand the idea of having a dedicated hotspot, something that has its own battery, it doesn't tank your phone's power, maybe even a separate data
plan to avoid additional costs. I totally get that, but
do you think the phone has eclipsed the idea of
using a standalone product? What is your mobile data strategy and how many devices do you
keep active on your plan? Let's get into some nerdy conversation down below this video.

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