Previous 1 2 Next 15 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2014 3:29 PM by Ibookunsavvy
NapkinSketch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Sorry if this has been posted, I cant seem to find it anywhere. Will the new iPad 2 3G ATT or Verizon do Personal HotSpot that is built into iOS 4.3?

Message was edited by: NapkinSketch

All, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,700 points)
    If you're asking whether the iPad can create a hotspot (wifi) that other devices can connect to then no. But it can connect to any wifi hotspot that is provided by a modem or cell phone.
  • Matthew Jones6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I REALLY wish they would let the iPad 3G's function as HotSpots. I have two laptops that need mobile broadband in addition to my iPad. Right now I have to carry a MiFi around with me everywhere I go. It has terrible battery life and stops functioning whenever it rains.

    I have to lug the power cord for the MiFI with me and plug in pretty much anywhere I go.

    If I could use my iPad 3G as a portable hotspot, it would solve that problem entirely. I know it seems like a niche need, but it would totally make me spring for a new iPad.

    I know the simple solution might seem "Go buy an iPhone", but I'm a small business owner. I rely on my phone a lot and burn through TONS of minutes every month. I'm currently on a "monthly unlimited" plan from Virgin Mobile. If I switched to AT&T or Verizon my monthly phone bill would double.

    Even though I'd love an iPhone, I just can't justify the additional cost.
  • NapkinSketch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Correct, I mean the iPad2 would be the HotSpot providing for other devices. I havent seen anything stated that this will be available on the new iPad2 through ATT/Verizon and I think its a shame, were paying for the data and should be able to use the feature which is already provided in iOS 4.3.

    I too have an iPhone 4, but its owned by my business which will not spend another $20 to get iPhone 4 Personal HotSpot, not would I have them switch plans from my grandfathered unlimited.
  • HuskerG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    NapkinSketch wrote:
    I too have an iPhone 4, but its owned by my business which will not spend another $20 to get iPhone 4 Personal HotSpot, not would I have them switch plans from my grandfathered unlimited.


    Well the price is $45 on AT&T anyway, not $20.
    You cannot use your unlimited plan for the hotspot and the cheapest plan is $45. That leans you pay $30 for your unlimited plus $45.

    Do what I'm doing, stream netflix or Hulu or something 24/7 on your unlimited plan to make a point.

    Message was edited by: HuskerG
  • ScottWerkema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=19295&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=31675

    There is a statement in this PR where it sounds like you might be able to but you will need the $45 plan with 2GB extra data (DataPro 4GB + HotSpot).

    Message was edited by: ScottWerkema
  • tonefox Level 6 Level 6 (8,935 points)
    HuskerG wrote:



    Do what I'm doing, stream netflix or Hulu or something 24/7 on your unlimited plan to make a point.

    I'm sure that will make them sit up and take notice...
  • HuskerG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    tonefox wrote:


    I'm sure that will make them sit up and take notice...


    They may not notice or care, but it will make me feel better.

    Message was edited by: HuskerG
  • King974 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just got off the phone with ATT. As per the ATT representative, who called Apple, The iPhone 4G is the only iOS device that can act as a WiFi personal hotspot. The 3GS can be a personal hotspot via USB or Bluetooth.

    Here is the website I was referred to: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4517

    I have not spoken with Verizon and thus do not know if they have the same policy.
  • SantaCruzBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was just at Verizon this morning and the guy told me this:

    Because I already have a data plan with a mi-fi card, he can setup the iPad2 to receive the data from that plan and the iPad2 becomes the hotspot. Same 5 simultaneous users. The card is disabled and I would probably resell it on Craigs or eBay.

    Not sure if I believe it. I'll have to see it first.
  • openend Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
  • cltanaka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually, it would cost NapkinSketch an extra $15. To tether he'd have to give up his $30 Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone and re-sign up for the $45/4GB DataPro for iPhone plan. The 4GB DataPro plans are the tethering data plans.
  • Ibookunsavvy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is not a reply, but an updated inquiry on the topic.  It is now March 3, 2014. I just switched to a newer ATT personal hotspot plan.  The ATT customer support people insist that the iPad 2 can serve as a personal hotspot, yet I see no personal hotspot option under "settings."  My OS is iOS 7.0.6 on my iPad 2 3G.  So based on this thread, it seems that when the ATT personal hotspot was rolled out in 2011, the iPad 2 3G could not serve as a personal hotspot.  Is this still the case with an iPad 2 3G using iOS 7.0.6 and the new ATT Mobile Share plan?  I can set up my iPhone 5S as a hotspot with no problem, but not the iPad 2 3G.  Does anyone outhere have any more recent experience with this topic?  Cheers!

  • Kneil31 Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    You probably aren't paying for it. Typically cell providers charge an extra fee or a separate plan for internet. I also don't think the iPad 2 has the ability to be a hotspot.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (46,895 points)

    Ibookunsavvy wrote:

     

    I can set up my iPhone 5S as a hotspot with no problem, but not the iPad 2 3G.  Does anyone outhere have any more recent experience with this topic?  Cheers!

    The iPad 2 does not support the personal hotspot feature.

Previous 1 2 Next