wi fi hot spot

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  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

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    Will the new iPhone 5 have the capability to be a wi fi hot spot.
    I was thinking of getting a Verizon jet pak but a friend told me to just upgrade my OLD iPhone 3 to an iPhone 5 and use the phone as a mobile wi fi hot spot. Is he accurate??
    Thx.
    Frank
     
  2. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

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    My friend is using an iPhone 4S and it can be used as a WiFi hot spot. We're in Hong Kong and not USA.
     
  3. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    Isn't it an iOS feature, rather than a phone feature?

    So as long as your data tariff supports the "Personal Hotspot" (also referred to as "Tethering"), then you'll be fine.
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Yep. Don't remember if the 3GS supports it officially or not, but the 4 and 4S do already.
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    this. I am pretty sure the carriers charge you extra to be able to tether though
     
  6. Beelzbub macrumors regular

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    The 3GS supports bluetooth only for the hotspot.
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Can depend on plan. Verizon's Share Everything plans include it.
     
  8. whohasaquestion macrumors 6502

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    Didn't know there is an official support for Wi-Fi hotspot on iPhone. Does the carrier charge a premium for it?

    I had to root my Android to have tether/Wi-Fi hotspot, but I don't pay for it other than normal monthly bill.
     
  9. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Again, it's up to the carrier. I am with O2 here in the UK and they do not charge me extra for data when creating a hotspot (it just comes out of my data allowance). Unfortunately other providers will, though.
     
  10. whohasaquestion macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.

    Can anyone speak to the US carriers?
     
  11. garbeth macrumors regular

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    I think US carriers charge a premium for it. Fortunately here in Canada they don't :)
     
  12. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint do charge for hotspot features.

    However, those with a Verizon Share Everything or AT&T Mobile Share plan do not have to pay for hotspot features, as they are included free.

    I can't speak for any regional carriers or prepaid carriers that have it, but I assume prepaid carriers are free.
     
  13. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    AT&T is "free" for the 5GB non-Share plan too, I think. The $30 one doesn't include it.
     
  14. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a

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    Listen Americans :D

    Three UK, all you can eat data (genuinely unlimited) including tethering
    5,000 minutes
    Unlimited texts

    Free Galaxy S3

    :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple: £34/month

    come to the UK!
     
  15. Demonface, Aug 8, 2012
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    Demonface macrumors 6502a

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    wow that sounds good . But you didnt state how long the contract is for.
    Actually in the US that comes to about 54.00 a month which doesnt sound too bad as it comes with "unlimited' data
     
  16. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    It's a 2 year contract (if you get a a free/heavily subsidised phone).

    Also, it's "2000" any network minutes and 5000 "3 to 3" minutes.

    Or.....you can get the same tariff on a SIM Only, 1 month rolling tariff, for £25 per month ($42 or so).
     
  17. k3roro macrumors 6502

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    That sounds awesome, just curious as to what speed you get with HSPA+.
     
  18. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    I just did a test and got 9.47 Mbps down & 3.36Mbps up.
     

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