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Coming: Use your iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet

Many carriers offer the ability to connect your laptop to the Internet by using your mobile phone as a sort of modem. It's often called tethering. That way you need not be in the vicinity of a wireless hotspot to go online with your laptop — you're able to connect wherever you can get a cell phone signal. This functionality is very convenient — but hasn't yet been available to the iPhone. However, an AT&T executive recently mentioned at an event that tethering was coming. You can read more at the CIO web site. Unfortunately, tethering usually entails an extra $15-30 per month on your plan, so it's not cheap. But if you travel a lot, it may be worth the expense.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.