Help with tethering/hotspot

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PostHate, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. PostHate macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    I currently have an iPhone 4S with AT&T service. I have the $15/month 200MB data package. I usually only use about 60-80MB/month so that is fine.

    I would like to get an iPad (or iPad Mini possibly). 95% of the time that I use it I will be in a WiFi. The other 5% of the time I might be on the road or in a customer's house and need to send/receive an e-mail, check a webpage, or something else small like that.

    Since I already have the wireless capability on my phone, and I always have my phone on me, I would like to save the $129 initial cost plus data plan cost for the iPad.

    AT&T's website says that I can upgrade my current iPhone plan to a tether plan for not too much more money. But someone here said that tethering is using a cable, I would rather it be wireless. On the other hand, I've read people saying that you can now connect without upgrading your plan. So I am very confused and would like some clarification from people who know about this.

    Thank you, I appreciate it.
  2. Jnyce macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    i pretty sure you need to get the shared data plan in order to make a mobile hotspot with your phone.

    or go here and read up
  3. PostHate thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Ya see, that confuses me as well. Would I definitely need the share plan if I am the only person on my plan and my iPhone is the only cellular device that i am using? The iPad would be tethered to the iPhone, not be on the AT&T network itself.

    Even the AT&T site isn't confirming anything.
  4. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    Since your needs are that small is it really worth it to get a tethering plan when you can do that on your phone?
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Via cable is only one way to tether. Your phone will also act as a WiFi hotspot to connect up to three additional devices simultaneously.

    You can also connect and share your internet connection via bluetooth.

    If you jailbreak your phone it's possible. However AT&T is known for checking for that sort of thing.

    To do it legit, you need a plan that explicitly supports Personal Hotspot.
  6. PostHate thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Thanks for the reply! So tethering isn't only connecting with a wire? Good to know.

    I assume setting up a hot spot would be faster and better than Bluetooth?

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