Confusion about AT&T hotspot plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kayzle, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Kayzle macrumors member

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    "The hotspot capability, which requires AT&T’s $25 2GB per month Data Pro plan, costs an additional $20 per month"

    I'm one of the people who got grandfathered into the unlimited data plan, The quote above is the only info I can find on costs of tethering from AT&T. Am I already eligible for the hotspot bc I'm on the unlimited data or am I going to have to pay extra? Can anyone clear this up?
     
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I'd call AT&T.
     
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    As long as you are on unlimited you will not be able to get personal hotspot.

    To use personal hotspot with AT&T you need to switch to the 4 GB DataPro with tethering plan that gives you 4 GB a month.
     
  4. Kayzle thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah AT&T will do anything to get people off of unlimited won't they?

    Anyone know if switching to this 4 gb plan would be more or less expensive than my current unlmtd plan?

    I realize I could call ATT and ask, just seeing if anyone might know off the top of their head.
     
  5. Scott90 macrumors 6502

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    The 4GB plan is $45, so it's $15 per month more.
     
  6. Kayzle thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, this sounds like a pretty lame deal, maybe jailbreaking is worth it.
     
  7. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    From my own experience it's worth it if you don't ever get near 4 GB of data in a month. I'm doing it now and enjoy it. I was paying for a Mifi and my iPhone before but now I'm just paying for one device. Remember that you won't be using a larger amount of data because your iPhone already views things the same thing as your computer and iPad.
     
  8. Randman macrumors 65816

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    I'm planning on this.
     
  9. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    I have wifi only iPad. If I have hotspot can I implement the hotspot with my wifi only iPad?

    And I have a laptop, and 2 iMacs... Can I get rid of my cable Internet and use the hotspot as our Internet?
     
  10. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Yes, you can tether your iPhone to your iPad.

    No, don't get rid of your connection at home. All those devices using 4 GB of data a month? No way.
     
  11. Kayzle thread starter macrumors member

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    I had planned on getting a wifi ipad and tethering, I guess I need to go back and see how much data i actually usually use.
     
  12. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    Over 90% of customers never use even 2GB's a month, so the lure of the
    unlimited plan is just the illusion of a good deal.

    A friend is giving up his unlimited after researching his use. It averaged
    500mb a month. He will be getting an iPad2 wifi model and getting the tethering deal for a net increase of $15 a month for 4gb.
     
  13. jacollins macrumors 6502a

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    I seriously hope you are trolling. Otherwise I fear for the future of humanity.
     
  14. dagored macrumors 65816

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    So, if I have a 2 gig plan, and buy a WiFi iPad 2 and sign up for the tethering plan, I get 4 gig total. I could use it all on one device if needed?

    What I mean is, it is just total usage of up to 4 gig. Right?
    EX. - 3 gig on the phone and 1 gig tethering.
     
  15. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it's 4GB total to use as you see fit.
     
  16. Randman macrumors 65816

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    Link to rumor? Doesn't sound likely.
     
  17. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt this. AT&T is allowing continued grandfathering of unlimited data plans for the iPad 2. I don't see them getting rid of unlimited 3G data until there is a a good amount of 4G nationwide.
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Unless the iphone 5 is true 4G LTE then we will be forced to upgrade to 4G plans.
    If its still 3G or HSPA+ 14.4Mbps then you'd still be able to keep your unlimited grandfathered plan.
     

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