Question about carrying 2 Phones

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ACint24, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. ACint24 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I currently own an iPhone Plus which I use for my personal phone. I would like to buy a Galaxy Note 4 unlocked to use as a secondary work phone.

    Would it be possible to just tether the note 4 to my iPhone and use it without a SIM card? I would use google voice for phone and SMS.

    If not, how do others handle carrying two phones?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yes you could likely do that using the hotspot feature of the iPhone. But not sure it's best way to go or reliable. You could just get a sim with data plan only and put that in the Note 4.
     
  3. ACint24 thread starter macrumors member

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    How much would that cost? Right now I have a 30GB value share plan on AT&T with 2 phones on it.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Question about carrying 2 Phones

    I don't know I'm in Europe (Ireland). Here I can get a sim with data only (around 3gb) for €10 per month...

    I just think using your iPhone continuously in hotspot mode is going to hammer the battery life on it, making getting through the day tough.
     
  5. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    It would cost $15 a month to add that phone to your plan as long as the phone was paid off.
     
  6. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    On att, to add a device to your share plan costs $10/mo. You just share the data with your plan.That's for something like a tablet. However, I don't think you can do that with a phone. So, like the above poster, it's $15/mo which for me comes to $19.82/mo (counting taxes and fees). That's for the line only. How you pay for the phone is a separate matter.
     
  7. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    If you end up tethering a lot, I would put the sim in the Note 4 and use its hotspot instead (if that works with your plan ofc).

    The wifi hotspot on my Note 2 is 100% reliable and can be toggled on/off directly from the home screen using a widget (Power Toggles). Whereas my iPhone 6 Plus hotspot likes to drop the connection every 10-20 minutes or so, and then I have to go into Settings to restart it, and have that settings page open with the screen on to establish a new connection.

    Also the battery drain would be easier to manage on the Note 4. If your wifi regularly empties battery, just carry a spare one for an instantaneous full recharge when needed.
     
  8. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Hey I've done that before with the Note 3/iPhone 5s combo even though both had separate lines, the poor radio signal in the Note would force me to use my 5s as a hotspot the whole day. Battery drains faster than a sieve .
     
  9. spriter macrumors 65816

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    Agree with the battery comments - whichever way around you do it, you'll be charging/changing batteries more than you'd like.

    I tried a Note 4 on a 5S (I know, small battery) and the opposite way, and even with a spare battery, I eventually just got a separate data SIM. I do have the dual SIM Note 4 which helps in this regard.

    Suppose it depends how often you'll be tethering and for how long.
     

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