8407 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2011 1:06 PM by landoncube
Another question: How is your monthly bill computed when you're using a hotspot? For example, let's say your account normally allows you 100 minutes of time on the phone. If you spend 100 minutes on the phone and also use your hotspot to connect your iPad or laptop, using 2 GB of bandwidth, would you be charged extra, or is the hotspot sort of a free piggyback affair?
Your hotspot will be billed by AT&T or Verizon based on your iPhone's model. Only the iPhone 4 from Verizon would allow a Verizon hotspot. Others have posted information revealing that the Verizon 3G connection is somewhat slower than the AT&T service. Also, the Verizon service suspends the use of hotspot when you take a phone call. The AT&T service continues during calling.
Selecting the hotspot feature under General> Settings> Personal Hotspot will change your data plan from your previous 250MB, 2GB, or unlimited amount to a new 4GB plan that includes tethering. AT&T charges me $45 instead of my Unlimited, but No Tethering Allowed, $30.
You can connect three devices that have WiFi. Verizon hotspots can connect five. Your speed should be about the same as the iPhone 4 browsing speed on 3G. If your phone is on WiFi, the devices need to connect separately to that WiFi, not to your hotspot. I would love to see a software update that allows my WiFi connection to be shared, so I don't have to manually connect the iPods that my boys use one at a time.