Smartphones and tablets are allowed at this years Olympic venues but officials are laying down the law when it comes to 3G tethering.
This year's list of prohibited items for the London Olympics reads like an airport security sign. Items like hard-sided bags and large bottles of liquid are banned from entering any of the games venues. But among the list of obvious, and not so obvious, banned items includes 3G tethering for mobile devices.
While a ban on 3G hotspots may be for security reasons, it may also have to do with the fact that BT will be offering its Wi-Fi service for a price at the Summer Games.
A theory purposed by the people at Gigaom suggests the hotspot ban may be entirely profit motivated. With BT offering Wi-Fi at Olympic venues for prices ranging up to £39, it seems highly likely that 3G tethering could cut into profit.
Tethering your phones 3G connection to surf the web on your iPad would certainly cut out the BT middleman.
However, it's hard to imagine such a ban being practically enforced. Attendees at the games will be allowed to bring in their mobile devices and could, hypothetically, surreptitiously create a mobile 3G hotspot.
Even if attendees are not able to tether their iPhone so they can surf the web they'll still have a variety of options to get online in London this summer. Let's just hope the gigantic number of attendees at this year's games doesn't clog up the available Wi-Fi.
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