Sunday, July 24, 2011

3G/4G Routers Should Support Bluetooth for Tethered Phone Support

Attention 3G & 4G Router companies - here is a free tip for you.  I know that it is a LOT of work supporting smartphones directly in your routers.  You get it working and then a phone firmware upgrade breaks things.  There are lots of users that use iPhones, Android phones, BlackBerries and it really is impossible to support ALL of these phones.  However, many of these users would love the ability to extend their smartphone support to a router, so that ethernet devices and greater ranges can be had.  In facet, I think many would purchase a router just for this purpose.

So here is the million dollar tip.

Throw away all development for individual phone support and instead support adding a USB Bluetooth dongle to your 3G/4G Router.  All the routers already have USB.  Once you write the drivers to support a single USB Bluetooth device, you will immediately support thousands of smartphones with very minimal efforts.  A BlueTooth USB device is in the $15 - $30 range, so they are pretty cheap.

So, Router companies, you in?  I promise that the first company that delivers will see a nice bump in sales.

Let me know what you think, add your comments.

Michael Ginsberg