Carrier Buying Wifi only and using 5S personal hotspot?

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  1. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    What are the downsides to this/anyone currently going this route. I know in settings it does state "additional charges may apply". I have verizon unlimited data granfathered in. Can anyone enlighten me if it shares the plan or what charges I can expect? Thanks
     
  2. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    It will cost you extra $$ to do this on the unlimited data granfathered, at least it did on mine. one of the reasons i dropped the unlimited and when went the share everything plan
     
  3. falcora macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know, the verizon unlimited plan doesn't allow tethering.

    You could switch to a mobile share plan, and that would allow tethering.

    Even though I have mobile share, I still opted for the LTE iPad because it is instant on, always connected. I don't need to pull out my iphone each time, drain the battery, waste time configuring the hotspot. If you put your ipad to sleep, it kills your hotspot and you have to pull your phone out again. It's just an inconvenience.
     
  4. ZacUSNYR macrumors regular

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    Not sure about the details of your verizon plan or the air.

    But with the iPad 2 when I got it, I had to add tethering to my iPhone 4 which cost an additional $20 a month and chopped unlimited to 4GB. With AT&Ts new data share plan (as well as Verizons), my bill is cheaper, both of my iPhones include tethering, and we share Data. (Got the 4GB shared and never had a need to add additional).

    The iPad 2 I know I had to use bluetooth tethering to have GPS function as the non-3g one had no GPS chip.

    I'm torn between just continuing using the bluetooth tether or spending $10 additional a month and $130 up front to get an LTE iPad.
     
  5. heathpitts macrumors member

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    This is what I have done in the past and it works well with AT&T. Use Bluetooth to connect from the iPad to the iPhone and it won't go to sleep. Saves the 10 bucks a month AT&T would charge to add the iPad as a device to my data plan.
     
  6. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When I enabled it everything worked fine. Just scares me to see what kind of charges they may have so I turned it off. I asked a Verizon employee and she didn't have any real answers for me. Thanks for the quick responses.
     
  7. ZacUSNYR macrumors regular

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    The bluetooth tether works really well. I have no complaints there.

    It's the $130 additional purchase, $120 a year additional charge. For 2 years that's $370 I saved, which is half the cost of the iPad in the first place.
     
  8. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    it will cost you $10 to 20 a month. They may not catch it right away but they will.
     
  9. 8pril macrumors member

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    It's $30 to add the hotspot capability through Verizon. I get a discount from the company I work for and so it's $24 to add a hotspot. You can add it and remove it when you need it.
     
  10. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    ^ this

    For the amount of time it takes to set it up and the amout of time my ipad is out of the house it is just not worth the extra $370.
     
  11. papa8706 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Recurring $30 monthly charge? I know the service charges for the ipad 2 wifi-3g was pushing like 29.99 a month. So even then its really not too bad to activate when needed.
     
  12. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    Once a jailbreak is out you can teather for free and save $30 a month:D
     
  13. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    $30/month. Uses your iPhone Unlimited Data plan.
     
  14. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    never give up unlimited data:D
     
  15. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    I have both grandfathered unlimited data and tethering. Costs me $44 month total with my discounts, and is totally worth it.
     
  16. whyflyguy macrumors newbie

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    I tried this last month, still have verizon unlimited data plan, i turned on the 29.99 hotspot for a day, on my bill i was only charged $0.97 for using it that day.

    I now have it turned on all the time. I have a non jailbroken iphone 6+.
     

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