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My idea is this: It would be really convenient if i could buy a smartphone with an integrated mobile hotspot so i dont have to carry around a separate device. So is this sold? if so, by whom and approximately how expensive can this get? (assume carrier is irrelevant, i can easily switch to another if Verizon doesn't work)

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I'd say most of the Android phone support this out of the box. You can also buy MiFi device if you want. –  roxan Oct 16 '12 at 6:02

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Some SmartPhones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 lets you create a Wi-Fi hotspot. Unfortunately, this would decrease the phone's battery life, which is why having a separate device would be better option.

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The Motorolo Droid Bionic also supports a hotspot mode. Don't even think about it if the phone isn't on the charger... –  TomG Oct 16 '12 at 1:46

This feature is called WiFI Tethering, it comes with most modern Android devices. You can read more about it on our wifi-tether tag.

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