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Joiku Turns Your S60 Handset into a WiFi Hotspot

No, the image to the right isn’t from the Blair Witch Project. It’s the logo of mobile developer Joiku, the Finnish team that has finally brought hotspot capabilities to the S60 platform. Windows Mobile users have had this capability for a while, and now S60 device owners can kiss laptop tethering goodbye for good as well. As if that news wasn’t good enough, JoikuSpot Light is 100% free! Yes, this application turns your handset into a pocketable HSDPA-backed WiFi hotspot and it is absolutely free. JoikuSpot Light is currently in public beta phase and users have not encountered any major problems from what we’re hearing so far. There are some limitations for the time being, namely that you cannot create an encrypted access point. As such, your handset becomes a public hotspot and access cannot be restricted. As the app is tagged with “Light” in the title, we have to assume that a full version will be released at some point with additional supported features such as WEP / WPA. In the meantime, just keep looking over your shoulder and if your connection slows down, you know what to do. Oh, and for the love of god, don’t even think about playing with this app unless you have an unlimited data plan.

[Via Cellular News]


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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