Hotspot Confusion

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by skysailing, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2012
    Can somebody who has/understands how Mobile Hotspots work help me? I have put money away for the next generation iPhone and I am getting a Retina MacBook Pro in March. I go to A LOT of places that have SUCKY wifi and I want to know what the hell a Mobile Hotspot is and how it works. I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan from AT&T. What am I supposed to buy? Is it a freaking device or an add-on? Will it hurt my plan?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    Not sure about how it'll affect your current grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan (so you might want to call them up and check before you add mobile hot spot capabilities).

    Adding a mobile hotspot option to your data plan allows you to tether data from your mobile device to another device over a WLAN. This allows you to tether and consume data from your mobile device pretty much anywhere you're able to get signal from your carrier's network to pretty much any sort of device -- including your notebook/laptop and your tablet.

    Definitely look into getting one of these if you're constantly in non wi-fi zones or really crappy wi-fi zones and you need access to a faster data network:
  3. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2012
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You can't tether on an unlimited plan on AT&T.
    They will make you switch plans to have official tethering enabled.
  5. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    The only plans that include tethering on AT&T are the $50 5gb plan and the mobile share plans. The only way to tether on the unlimited plan is to jailbreak, but once they figure out you are doing it they will send you a warning that if you do it again they will take the unlimited plan away.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011

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