How much data does the hotspot use?

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  1. mattdo93 macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2010
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    As the thread title says, how much data will the mobile hotspot use up per minute/hour? I dont have the unlimited plan but the 2GB for $25 a month one. Anyone with MyWi know how much data a hotspot uses up? :)
  2. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    As much data that is used by the accompanied device.
  3. vachargerfan macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
    Depends on how much porn is being downloaded :D
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Great question:)
    It's not counted by the minute. It depends how you use it and how much data you're pulling.
  5. Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2010
    Pre-orders start Feb 3rd, stop asking questions that can only be answered once the phone is finally available.

    we can only assume that there is no background usage so usage is equal to what you download.
  6. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2010
    Swoyersville, PA
    Did you notice that the OP referenced that he is using an AT&T iPhone. Did you also notice he asked how much data the MyWi uses. Did you notice anywhere in his post that he wanted to know how much data the Verizon iPhone personal hotspot was using? I just don't understand why some members on this forum are at each others throats all the time.

    Anyway, to the OP. I have never had a MyWi, but I have used the mobile hotspot feature on Verizon from the Droid X, Droid 2 and Palm Pre Plus, I usually used my iPad with it. Normal usage, some games/apps (~10), about 3-5 webpages, 10-15 e-mails, all getting replies and other small stuff. Usually about 45-60 minutes of surfing and I roughly used 25-40MB on average over that time.
  7. Weiser878 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2009
    A lot.
    This is a screencap of my usage.
    I use MyWi to tether my MacBook for forum browsing/photo management, but I use a lot of Netfliix, Slacker and YouTube from my phone too.
    But still, if I didn't have unlimited data, I'd be in trouble

  8. mattdo93 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2010
    Thank you very much sir :D
  9. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I personally don't own a MiFi device or anything, but I'm pretty sure it's up to the user to decide how much data is being used. So the more you do, the more data you'll use. If you wanna know how much data you use on your computer, you can install some type of little widget that'll track the usage and tell you.
  10. Infraggable Kru, Jan 11, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011

    Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2010
    1) OP never mentioned he was using AT&T Phone
    2) Read carefully OP was asking a question in future tense
    3)"The Mobile hotspot", as in the recently announced one = as in the one that comes with iOS 4.2.5. for the Verizon iPhone (yet to be released) or potentially in iOS 4.3 for AT&T (also yet to be released)

    4) He then asked an unrelated question. MiWi is a jailbroken app, that is not supported by AT&T or a stock feature of the current iOS.
    This is unrelated to a feature already built into the phone such as the iOS mobile hotspot option in question.

    I've been using MiWi since it was first released, but that has nothing to do with how much data a mobile hotspot will use, nor does it give me any idea how much the future hotspot feature will use. ( who knows maybe it uses 50mb in background communication, it has yet to be released, so who can say)
    Also I have an unlimited plan, you can't compare the usage of someone with an unlimited plan to someone with a 2GB or 5GB limit.

    A better question would be.

  11. Weiser878 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2009
    He specifically asked "Anyone with MyWi know how much data a hotspot uses up"
    MyWy is a Cydia jailbreak app for the AT&T iPhone.

    Methinks you just didn't know enough to intelligently answer the question
  12. Infraggable Kru macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2010
    How much data will the mobile hotspot use up per minute/hour?

    1) He was asking a future tense question about the mobile hotspot feature that comes with iPhone iOS 4.2.5 and 4.3
    2) The program is Called MyWi, originally released under "Rock your Phone" not Cydia
    3) MyWi does not call the feature "Mobile Hotspot" it called WiFi Tethering

    But all of those are small details. My point is, its pointless to ask these kind of questions because the iOS native "Mobile Hotspot" feature has not been released yet so we can't give the OP advice.
    And many of us who do have MiWi tethering have unlimited plans. Again he should be aiming his question to those users who tether and have a limited data plan.
  13. mattdo93 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2010
    Sorry guys I should have rephrased the question better :( But I think I'm just going to get unlimited data and save myself the trouble :)
  14. parker770 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    I should have a pretty good idea by the end of the month.

    I recently moved and got tired of excessive cable bills, so I decided to use my iP4 exclusively for all things web related via MyWi since I kept unlimited data and really didn't utilize it in the past.

    Most of time it has been amazingly quick, and it streams netflix movies on my MBP easily. It does slow down for about an hour peak usage, but recovers quickly.

    I have only been watching netflix for 2 days, and have already used 3.5GB:cool:

    Now if only I could get the PS3 to connect I would be all set. I tried to setup the MBP and share the internet connection, but it wasn't able to obtain an ip, just timed out repeatedly.
  15. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    I can't believe nobody has started attacking you for this. Are people finally over the stupid other people's bandwidth affecting them thing?
  16. blackberrypilot macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    He's only that .1% of AT&T that is using over 2GB/month. I use about 3-5GB... that's why I pay for unlimited.
  17. Aatos.1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2010
  18. XxChubbycatsxX macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2017
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Hehe i can relate
  19. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    You commented on a post from 2011. ‍♂️
  20. d123 macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2009
    Nothing quite like trawling through the archives and necro’ing dead threads, is there?

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    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
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  22. Volgin Suspended


    Jul 17, 2017
    Smithfield, RI
    It also depends on what is tethered. Tethering to a laptop will generally use more data than tethering to an iPad.
  23. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Knowing me, i would download so much I would take down the entire network

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