Quick tethering Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Scarpad, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    When I had my Iphone 5 on AT&T I remember in order to tether to another device I had to pay an extra charge, this might have been before IOS 7 I cannot remember. With my current phone which is a Lumia 1520 Windows phone, I can set it up as a mobile Hotspot, something that comes in handy for my laptop when I'm out and about. I'm thinking of going to an Iphone 6 early next year and wondering with IOS 8 will I be able to do this ?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its up to the carrier to allow you to tether, not the phone, so while iOS6 and beyond has this ability, if your carrier prevented it, you couldn't.

    VZW allows you to tether and so regardless of the version of iOS or even the phone type (I'm on Lumia Icon) I'm able to tether.
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Generally speaking (at least with Verizon) you can tether as long as you aren't still on an unlimited plan. I have a tiered data plan with VZW and I can tether which counts against my data usage.
  4. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2009
    For customers still on the unlimited data plan, there is a $30 add-on feature that gives you unlimited mobile hotspot (tethering), but it still counts against your main data pool of unlimited GBs. But even if you don't pay for that, I've not read of anyone being kicked off their plan for tethering without paying for it.
  5. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    Check the newer rate plans. We have 4 phones, 10gb data and any of the them can be a hotspot.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    What rate plan are you on? Most likely you switched to a newer rate plan (like Mobile Share) that permits tethering. So more likely than not, you'll be able to tether fine on an iPhone.
  7. stevejobz macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2014
    I have Verizon, although expensive i can tether anywhere that i am in need of service. Its a trade off for me do i want no tethering and a cheaper plan or tethering and a little more expensive. Then again if i were to go with AT&T and get tethering it would cost more than Verizon probably.
  8. b3av3r macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2012
    I have an ATT grandfathered unlimited data plan on my phone, iPhone 5 with ios7. If I go to settings and try to activate the tethering option a notification pops up saying I have to contact ATT to turn this feature on. I assume they want to charge me for tethering since I have unlimited data.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    They want to do more than that: if you want tethering, they will require that you go off your grandfathered unlimited plan and onto a current data-limited plan. Even when AT&T signed people up on unlimited iPhone data plans, they would not offer tethering on it. You had to go on a more expensive, capped plan, and even that took about a year after Mobile Hotspot was introduced in iOS, that AT&T allowed it at any price.

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