In the secret Into Mobile staff chat room, where we hatch our world domination strategy, we’ve been wondering how in the world we’re going to get internet access in our apartment during Mobile World Congress. Will and my boss Tom have Windows Mobile devices that they can turn into WiFi routers, we covered that application here, but what about us S60 folk?
Dusan sent me a link to this Nseries blog, which then linked me to this article on Cellular News, which in turn caused a Google search and brought me to this most awesome development house in Finland called Joikusoft.
They’ve created an application called JoikuSpot which turns your S60 smartphone into a WiFi access point, using your 3G connection of course. I’m in the process of testing it right now and will report back in this blog post, definitely excited by this.
Here is the application running:
Negative things right off the bat: I can’t create an encrypted network.
Here is my laptop finding the network:
I had to crop the signal, but it is full strength!
According to the manual (PDF) this application only supports http and https protocols. Outlook and Skype may not work, haven’t tested bit torrent since I’m not on unlimited here, but basic internet surfing worked find. I went to a few sites and they popped up instantaneously.
Think of the uses for this. Wireless gaming with your PSP or DS. Browse the internet and check email on your large screen iPod touch.