Ipad 2 Hotspot Question

djmatt

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For AT&T,

What will the costs be to use the iPhone 4 as a hotspot?

Also, what if you had a previous iPhone and kept the Unlimited plan, will you be able to use that for the hotspot for no cost?

Thanks
 

53x12

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No one knows since iOS 4.3 is not out yet. Wait until March 11.
 

djransom

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In order to use Hotspot you MUST downgrade to the 2GB data plan on your iPhone. You would get 2GB for data + 2GB for tether for $45 a month. Unfortunately they're not allowing unlimited plus tether. I downgraded this AM.
 

Sounds Good

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In order to use Hotspot you MUST downgrade to the 2GB data plan on your iPhone. You would get 2GB for data + 2GB for tether for $45 a month. Unfortunately they're not allowing unlimited plus tether. I downgraded this AM.
This is a real shame. I, like many others, would like the tethering hotspot option... but don't wish to give up the Unlimited plan.
 

ClutchThese

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just wait for the jailbreak. This will allow you to unlock the use of Hotspot. Just be patient and all will work out without causing you a fortune per month for data use.
 

Sounds Good

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By the way, is AT&T tracking the usage separately -- 2gb for the phone and 2gb for tethering? Or is it just a "total" of 4gb data usage, regardless of if it's phone or tether devices?
 

djransom

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By the way, is AT&T tracking the usage separately -- 2gb for the phone and 2gb for tethering? Or is it just a "total" of 4gb data usage, regardless of if it's phone or tether devices?
Good question. Also, keep in mind if you do purchase the 3G iPad you're still capped @ 2GB as well. This is why I didn't mind the downgrade plus I only use 1GB worth of data per month on my iPhone.
 

ClutchThese

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from what i understand, it's all rolled into "data".

There isn't anything to signify what your using to suck the data up.

The data is just a signal that comes from the tower and is sent to your phone. From your phone, it is used to display the request...shouldn't matter if its displayed on the iPhone screen or the screen of another product. the tower sees no difference.
 

djransom

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from what i understand, it's all rolled into "data".

There isn't anything to signify what your using to suck the data up.

The data is just a signal that comes from the tower and is sent to your phone. From your phone, it is used to display the request...shouldn't matter if its displayed on the iPhone screen or the screen of another product. the tower sees no difference.
If this is indeed the case then 4GB should be more than enough for me :D
 

Sounds Good

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Good question. Also, keep in mind if you do purchase the 3G iPad you're still capped @ 2GB as well. This is why I didn't mind the downgrade plus I only use 1GB worth of data per month on my iPhone.
Another question: Let's say we have the 3G iPad. AT&T allows you to get an "as needed" data plan -- no contract needed. Turn it on this month, but off (and not paid for) next month. Does the tethered hotspot also come with this "as needed" plan? Or are you charged for it monthly, regardless? (like a contact)
 

djransom

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Another question: Let's say we have the 3G iPad. AT&T allows you to get an "as needed" data plan -- no contract needed. Turn it on this month, but off (and not paid for) next month. Does the tethered hotspot also come with this "as needed" plan? Or are you charged for it monthly, regardless? (like a contact)
Hotspot is not an as needed plan.