Ipad 2 Hotspot Question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by djmatt, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. djmatt macrumors member

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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
     
  2. 53x12 macrumors 68000

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    No one knows since iOS 4.3 is not out yet. Wait until March 11.
     
  3. djransom macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  4. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  5. 53x12 macrumors 68000

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    If unlimited is not an option too bad. Mywi here I come.
     
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  7. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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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?
     
  8. djransom macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  9. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  10. djransom macrumors 68040

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    If this is indeed the case then 4GB should be more than enough for me :D
     
  11. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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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)
     
  12. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Hotspot is not an as needed plan.
     
  13. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm. Then the 3G iPad MIGHT be cheaper for data overall fir those that don't need 3G on the iPad every single month.
     

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