Am I getting free Personal Hotspot on the iPhone 5 Verizon?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by stoopkitty, Sep 30, 2012.

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    I switched to Verizon when I got an iPhone 5 last week, but I didn't sign up for personal hotspot, unless they signed me up without telling me. But when I go into settings, I am able to turn personal hotspot on. Did it just charge me $20? Is this a new thing where it is now free? On AT&T, when I tried to use personal hotspot (it wasn't on my plan), it wouldn't let me and told me to call AT&T and add it.

    I'm wondering if it's free for everyone because of this.
     
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    It's part of your share everything plan. It uses your 2GB of data or whatever limit you have.

     
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    Personal Hotspot is able to be turned on on my iPhone 4, too. Looked at my features on their website and I am still not paying for it. Weird. Also, I still have unlimited data.
     
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    illippinno

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    From my understanding, there is no extra charge to use the hotspot. It has been discussed before that there was a court ruling that prevented Verizon and AT&T from tacking on an extra charge.

    The first time I got my iPhone 5, I turned it on and used it the first day with my Verizon 4gb Shared Data plan and my bill didn't show any additional charges for using it.
     
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    armoredsaint

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    yup^^^^

    sadly it's not active on mine since I have a grandfathered unlimited plan with VZW unless I change my plan or pay the extra $30 to turn it on IIRC :(
     
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    boomhower

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    It's part of the shared plan. They can still charge for tethering, they just can't block apps in the app store which isn't a problem on iOS it just affected Android. With tiered data and LTE speeds they want to give you every opportunity to burn up data. Tethering is a great way for them to let you do that.
     
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    From A Buick 8

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    So what is the deal with the personal hotspot, Verizon, the court ruling, LTE.

    I have read conflicting post , about Verizon not being aloud to charge extra to tether LTE, but that only applies to apps that allow tethering not the built in hotspot.
     
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    From A Buick 8

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    Thanks, I read through it and it does seem that I would be aloud to use an app that creates a hotspot to share my unlimited LTE ( unless I'm reading it wrong). Not sure if it applies to the built in hotspot in iOS
     
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    reclusive46

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    I suppose you could argue Settings is an app :p
     
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    From A Buick 8

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    So are any of you using it?
     

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