No hotspot feature for unlimited data users?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by coreysandler, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. coreysandler macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    San Diego, California
    I have AT&T and they just told me I would need to switch over to a capped data plan to access Simple Hotspot in iOS 8. Is this true?
  2. davefromca macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2011
    Santa Barbara
    Yes because Im pretty sure that feature is through Att, they want as many people as possible off those unlimited plans. Im pretty sure jail broken Iphones can access that hotspot feature no matter what but of course no i0s8 device is jailbroken yet.
  3. coreysandler thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    San Diego, California
    Thanks... I was afraid of that. What is the point of having Unlimited restricted data? I've held onto it for years hoping that Apple would come out with a tethering solution...only to find out that AT&T is still able to restrict use of it :/
  4. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    It's been like that for awhile. Are you on a single line account? If so, it's cheaper to keep the unlimited data. Unless hot spot is a must for you, then it will be worth the extra cost.
  5. nnacrumors macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2014
    To be fair they mean unlimited data for the smartphone you are paying for... not your entire home internet access.

    As for hotspot you can jailbreak to get access, but ATT can sniff your data packets and might send you a letter or text explaining that you've been caught tethering (which is against the terms of service) and if you keep doing it they will move you off your unlimited plan onto a tiered plan.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It's been like this for years.
    And it's not apples decision or option to allow you to tether on unlimited data. Only AT&T can give or take away that option since they are your carrier. The manufacturer has to play by the carrier wireless rules.
    Unless you jb your device....
  7. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2011
    Yes, because that feature is just a short cut to the tethering feature which in the US is not something they just give away for free like they should.
  8. amro macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2008
    Another reason to switch to T-Mobile (as long as your area can get good reception). I'm grandfathered in on AT&T with unlimited and worldwide unlimited international data roaming for an extra $30/month. T-mobile actually gives me better rates and more features including international roaming except they limit the international roaming to 128kbps. I don't have that limit on AT&T up to 5GB. Then it gets sloooow. So, I'm torn. Also, since I'm on Android, I just turn on portable hotspot and can use my iPad.

    I really want to go back to iPhone and if I do, I'll have to switch to T-Mobile. At least I'll get WiFi calling and hotspot legitimately. Not sure how slow 128kbps. It may be just good enough for email and navigation.
  9. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    True. I'm getting 3GB of Hotspot with non-throttled unlimited data.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I hate to be the one to break it to you... Apple has provided us with tethering for years. It just needs to be "turned on" by the carrier...
  11. JawneeWin, Sep 17, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014

    JawneeWin macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    I'm on the T-mobile prepaid plan with the 5gb LTE unlimited data for 30 bucks. My hotspot feature was disabled since I got it a year ago, but about 3 months ago, the option for it just randomly appeared. Ever since, I've been able to use it without any problems or extra fees. I found it weird because I called T-mobile about it before and they said that Hotspot won't work with my plan. o.o It's perfect for me because even though it only has 100 minutes, I barely use my minute at all.
  12. iOz macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2014
    T-mobile unlimited high-speed data post paid for $30 gives you 5GB Hot spot data as well.
  13. b0bab0i macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2012
    They messaged me this also, but I haven't been tethering at all.
  14. BCPhotog macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2014
    You could always jailbreak your phone and use a hotspot bypass on Cydia to use the hotspot. It's what I do on my 5.
  15. MacKid1983 macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2011
    My Verizon iphone w ios8 wont work either. Says to call verizon and setup the hotspot feature.
  16. itjw macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    This is OLD news sorry.

    Your unlimited plan is for your phone. Period. All the throttled data you can eat.

    Never did they advertise or promise you could tether. Move to a non-unlimited if you have to do it, otherwise they'll know, even jail broken, and have the right and ability to kick you off unlimited forever. It happened to a friend and there is NO way to get it back once they do.

    If you want UL, don't tether.
  17. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Works on mine. Guess Personal Hotspot is allowed on the AT&T Mobile share plans.

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