Cheapest data plan for tethering 2-3 GB a month?

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  1. ansabakhan macrumors 65816

    ansabakhan

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    I need a iphone for my business where I should be able to tether data while on the go, what is the cheapest plan I can get in USA (need 2 to 3 GB a month) .. I don't care what carrier ... my main usage will be in new york and upstate new york... please help ... thanks
     
  2. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    Try t-Mobile 1 line is $70 unlimited talk text and data with 500mb hotspot. Additional GB available not sure of the price .
     
  3. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    only 500 mb for hotspot will not work for me... if i pay another $10 for each gig that around $100 a month !
     
  4. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    What do you define to be cheap? And what will you be tethering?
     
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Tmobile $70 gets you unlimited talk+text and 4.5GB of tethering

    Or $60 for 2.5GB of tethering
     
  6. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    T-mobile has a $30 prepaid plan that gives 5GB, 100 minutes, and unlimited texts. You can only get it by signing up online. It tethers for free as long as you don't update your phone to the newly released T-mobile carrier profile which now forces you to officially pay for tethering. But even if you had to pay for it, it's just $15 extra so your total would be $45 per month and you can tether up to 5GB. It doesn't give you many minutes to talk, but if you go over, it's just $0.10 per minute, so might still be the most economical plan. It would rely on you having an unlocked device already that you could use with the plan.
     
  7. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    cheap means any thing which is a good value for standalone plan (no family share etc)

    $70 for unlimited every thing from tmobile sounds decent .. but is there a 500 mb cap for tethering?
     
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    The OP would probably need to go on the Post paid $70 plan. I have the $70 pre paid and have no option to but hotspot nor do I have 500MB free.

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    I have this plan on two iPhones also and it does not include 500 MB tethering but to buy hot post, it is $15.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    $100/month is about what you are going to pay on every carrier.
     
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Here are your options:

    $70 for unlimited data (on the phone), 500MB of tethering included
    $80 for unlimited data (on the phone), 2.5GB of tethering included
    $90 for unlimited data (on the phone), 4.5GB of tethering included

    OR

    All data can be tethered, data speeds throttled after reaching the data limit

    $50 for 500MB of data
    $60 for 2.5GB of data
    $70 for 4.5GB of data
    $80 for 6.5GB of data
    +$10 per 2GB of data up to 12GB
     
  11. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Tmobile.?
     
  12. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't it be cheaper to get a mifi or an ipad with a prepaid tethering plan? Then you could get the iphone on whatever carrier suits you best.
     
  13. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    I think this would be the cheapest way to get LTE + tethering. With an iPad you might not need to tether a laptop to it after all.
     
  14. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Yes
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Either of those seems like your best bet. If you don't use a lot of phone data go with the $60 plan....if you do, go for the $70 plan.

    Personally I use less than a gig a month using spotify, the web here and there, and just facebooking.
     

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