A friend dropped by and asked me yesterday if there was a way to utilize Wi-Fi tethering with his BlackBerry 9650. In case you don’t know what that means Wi-Fi tethering means you can use your device as a 3G wireless mobile access point kind of like a MiFi access point. That would be idea because then you could go online with your Nintendo DS, iPod Touch, and any other device that has Wi-Fi over your BlackBerry data connection. Palm has had this feature in their latest WebOS devices and Google is adding it in the Android 2.2 release.
I did a bit of research on the issue and it looks like BlackBerry tethering is currently limited to USB and Bluetooth tethering. While many people are asking about Wi-Fi tethering I am curious if RIM plans on adding such a feature in OS 6. RIM has not made any mention of it and I think we would have heard of it from all the leaks. Still it would be a killer feature for RIM to add since it looks like that is the way the industry is moving.
The idea got me thinking about if developers could currently create such an app for current BlackBerry devices. I am sure companies like PDAnet and Tether could make a killing if they developed such a feature but I am not sure if it is possible.
What do you think? Would you want to be able to tether any device to your BlackBerry over Wi-Fi?
PS: Yes I do know that Cradlepoint has a device (pictured above) that lets you use your BlackBerry to connect other devices to the internet but having to lug around another device is in no way ideal…