8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2012 4:28 PM by edithfrompowell river
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Can someone please explain Bluetooth to me.  I know it can be used to link cell phones to vehicles, and can be used on iPads similar to using We-Fi.  What I'd like is to know if there are any charges involved in using it and if I have to be in a Wi-Fi area or would I have to have cellular coverage on my iPad to use Bluetooth?

iPad (4th gen) Wi-Fi, iOS 6.0.1, I think it's 6.0.1 (updated today)
Solved by John Galt on Dec 19, 2012 1:42 PM Solved

edithfrompowell river wrote:


...  Either way there are no extra charges other than wha my carrier already charges.  Right?




Bluetooth and your Wi-Fi network are totally separate. They don't need each other to function.

Reply by John Galt on Nov 26, 2012 7:31 PM Helpful

BlueTooth is a short range communication standard. It basically eliminates the need for a cable between your cell phone and a hands free device, for example, or from a keyboard to an iPad.


There are no charges associated with its use.

Reply by John Galt on Nov 26, 2012 7:49 PM Helpful

It depends on your particular model iPhone, but yes.


This is also called "tethering".


iOS: System requirements for Personal Hotspot


iOS: Understanding Personal Hotspot


iOS: Troubleshooting Personal Hotspot


I have to qualify my earlier answer though - there are no charges associated with Bluetooth other than what your cellular carrier already charges for your data plan. You can't avoid that.

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