iPad mini Using iPhone as hotspot for iPad

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  1. Chevelle macrumors regular

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    I got an iPhone 6 yesterday. Coming from an S5. I really liked the s5's size and display but I have Apple devices for everything and wanted better syncing between my devices.

    I'm noticing right away that I miss the screen real estate of the s5 so I was considering getting the 6 plus. But my wife was like just get an iPad mini and use the iPhone as a hotspot for when you want data. How well does this work? I have an unlimited data plan with ATT that I don't want to lose. I also don't want to get a separate data plan for an iPad. For the amount of data that I use every month it would be very expensive. I don't have access to wifi at work so I use a lot of data. Would my plan of using an iPhone as a hotspot for an iPad mini be a good idea?
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but AT&T doesn't allow mobile hotspot to be used on unlimited plans. (At least they didn't a year ago). There are jailbreak apps that can get around it, but on standard iOS, it's turned off.
     
  3. Chevelle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Of course. Why would they let you use something that you pay for. Doesn't make any sense lol. I knew it would be too easy of a solution. Well that sucks. Guess I'll either have to get a 6+, or an iPad mini and only use it when I have wifi and compromise with the smaller screen of the 6.
     
  4. Badrottie, Apr 19, 2015
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    You are super correct. To use a hotspot he would have to give up unlimited data plan..How clever AT&T is! :apple:

    Anyway when AT&T texted me for iPhone upgrade so I went there and uppgraded to iPhone 6 Plus and they gave me free tablet with mobile hotspot 6GB data for 40 bucks so I decided to test with Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 tablet. Mobile hotspot is nice with my iPad Air.
     
  5. Skylitfly macrumors 6502a

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    Thats what is wrong with retarded yunk companies.

    I'm using unlimited dataplan for my iPhone and I have absolutely no problems to use my phone as a hotspot for my iPad or Mac. I guess you should move to nothern Europe for better service.
     
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Or you can get iPad mini cellular, and free 200 mb a month from tmobile.

    Or move to tmoobile and use your phone as hot spot.
     
  7. Vaga8ond, Apr 19, 2015
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    Vaga8ond macrumors member

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    I thought it was $10 per month to turn on the Hotspot feature?

    EDIT:
    Spoke with a representative:


    AT&T: Hello! How may I help you today?
    Me: Can I use my phone as a hotspot and if so is there an upcharge?
    AT&T: Please wait while a secure chat connection is established.
    Lukeisha M: a
    Lukeisha M: Allow me a moment to check for you
    Me: Okay
    Lukeisha M: I apologize, I am still looking for the correct answer for you. Thank you very much for your patience!
    Me: Okay
    Lukeisha M: Tethering and mobile hotspot use is allowed for up to 5 simultaneous devices.
    Me: And is there an upcharge or fee for that service?
    Lukeisha M: Not with our mobile share value plans
    Me: Thanks.

    Hope that helps. I was wondering the same thing.
     
  8. r8ders2k macrumors member

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    AT&T's Mobile Share Plans, but not unlimited...

    The only other option would be for you to pick up an unlimited plan iPad off eBay.
     

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