What does it actually mean to be wireless? 3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Hot Spot, USB - these are all different ways of staying wireless and connected on your smartphone or laptop computer.
So what are the different ways of staying wireless? Firstly, there is WiFi (the acronym does not in fact stand for anything), wireless networks that will connect your device to the internet.
If your device has a WiFi card inserted (most come pre- installed when purchasing) then your device will be able to connect anywhere with a WiFi connection. If usually means you must sign on to the network, sometimes with a password. This is usually what you find in public areas
like airports or cafes.
A Bluetooth connection links devices wirelessly with personal networks using short wave signals. Things like remote controls, garage door openers and wireless keyboards use this type of technology. With a Bluetooth connection you can wirelessly connect with other devices and
share information easily.
3G/4G connections are what keep your Smartphone constantly hooked up to the Internet. The 'G' stands for generation, so the higher the number, the faster and more advanced the technology, meaning the faster you can connect and download or upload information. Phones like the Blackberry and iPhone come connected to a 3G/4G network that allows your phone to be hooked into a wireless connection at any time.
In my business coaching role I often use another wireless option, a plug-in USB stick, which offers a sort of dial up connection to a network that is available wherever the signal carries. These sticks plug into your device and create a connection that you can sign in and out of and is secure to your device.
Hot Spots are public areas in which an internet connection is available but in order to tap in you have to pay for a password and username.
As a travelling business coach I believe these are not usually worth the price and are last resort options considering all the other convenient possibilities on offer. Believe me, I've tried them all!