iPad mini Using iPad Mini as a Wifi Hotspot

Discussion in 'iPad' started by d4zza, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I'm due to receive a cellular iPad Mini and was just wondering if I could use it as a personal wifi hotspot to tether my iPhone to it. The carrier I use on my iPhone, o2-Uk, does not have a 3g signal where I work, but the carrier I am going to be using for the iPad Mini, Three, does.
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Anyone?? Usually such a good forum for hands on experiences being shared.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2011
    This is carrier dependant, but the Mini has this feature and works fine.

    Two limitations, compared to other hotspots:
    1) You cannot rename the hotspot/SSID,
    2) The password is displayed in clear, in the Settings of the iPad.

    My carrier is an overseas provider, and initially the Hotspot feature did not appear. However, after a short trip away (in Airplane mode) the feature appeared when cellular was reactivated. (Don't know if this was related to the simultaneous press release for launch of iPhone 5 in my region?)

    Anyway, it works and is easy/reliable to initiate.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Yes, Three will let you tether with an iPad plan, I regularly do so and it works very well :)
  5. macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
  6. macrumors regular

    May 31, 2010
    Is the tether part of the ATT 3GB plan or not?

    From their website, the 5GB plan is clearly described as including tether.

    This is not only to you but to anyone who knows the answer. :)

    Also, can the tether be done via USB or Bluetooth?
  7. macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
  8. macrumors regular

    May 31, 2010
    Cool, thanks for the info!

    I was gonna give ATT a phone call.

    Do you know if the tether can be done via USB or Bluetooth as well? Or is it via WiFi only?

    Thanks again for the info!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    after AT&T makes their change in the system you'll have to do a hard reset and then it'll just know and be an extra feature in the general settings tab

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