BELLEVUE, USA: The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) kicked off its “Ditch the Dongle” campaign to raise consumer awareness of the ability for Bluetooth technology – the global wireless standard found in the majority of mobile phones – to connect PCs to the Internet wirelessly, free of charge, without extra equipment or subscriptions, and from anywhere the mobile phone receives 3G network access.
“Many consumers are unaware that they even have this capability in their current phone because the majority of cell phone carriers don’t want them to know,” said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG. “But when you connect this way, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it – the key to connection has been in your pocket all along.”
So if you could connect, where would you connect?
Consumers are being asked via the Bluetooth SIG Facebook page to share where and why they would connect if they could. Does your job require you work far from the creature comforts of Starbucks and a T-Mobile hotspot?
Or do you hike and bike through our country’s stretches of wilderness? Or perhaps sometimes you just don’t want to pay the $6.99 for Wi-Fi service while you wait for your plane to arrive? Let us know – we will be posting the best answers to Bluetooth.com.
How it works
To use Bluetooth technology to access the Internet, your computer needs to have Bluetooth technology and your mobile phone needs to be 3G and Bluetooth enabled. If your devices fulfill these requirements, check out helpful hints here (note: for additional set-up information contact your mobile phone manufacturer and/or carrier): http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Experience/Bluetooth_Internet_Access.