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Will setting up the Personal WiFi Hotspot use my data?

I am on the 4gb data plan and have the iPhone 4S. Using AT&T hotspots are super slow and my phone is rarely able to connect to them...so if I use my phone as a personal hotspot for my laptop, will it count as data useage on my account?

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remylayne wrote:

I am on the 4gb data plan and have the iPhone 4S. Using AT&T hotspots are super slow and my phone is rarely able to connect to them...so if I use my phone as a personal hotspot for my laptop, will it count as data useage on my account?


Yes, the AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot feature will count agiasnt your $45 4GB data plan, but you'll be able to achieve fast HSPA+ speeds with your iPhone and your internet-enabled device, a feature and speed regular AT&T Hotspots may not offer.

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remylayne wrote:

Because I honestly didn't know. Didn't realize there was an entrance exam to ask a forum question...I'll make sure I take that class next.


Yeah, basically anytime you use AT&T's E, 3G or 4G networks to access the internet, it'll count against your data usage. The only times it won't is when you use a public AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot or you use another Wi-Fi network of some sort. Anything on the cellular network that's not a phone call or a message counts against your data plan. I can see why that's confusing though. But with a $45 4GB data plan, I'd go ahead and use the feature anyway. Just be aware of your usage and only use the amount of data you need. Make a compromise between going out and staying in to access the internet. If you don't think you'll use it, I'd downgrade to the $30 3GB data plan to save money. The $45 4-5GB data plan was created with the Hotspot feature in-mind.

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I have the 15GB shared data plan, will using my iphone4 as a hotspot use any more data than if I were to use my air card?
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Erose3 wrote:
I have the 15GB shared data plan, will using my iphone4 as a hotspot use any more data than if I were to use my air card?

Hard to say.  IF you use the iPhone as the hotspot, the phone will use whatever data the phone uses for the functions it's running in addition to what's connected via it's hotspot.  Your ai rcard uses whatever data the device connected to it uses.

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Best way to know if your using your data plan is look at the top left of your phone if it displays anything other than the wi-fi signal you are using your allotted data and remember if the wi-fi signal is to weak it will then revert to 3G/4G unless you have cellular turned off.

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I have an unlimited plan and am only on the network while at work. I would like to set up Personal WiFi just to download my music from the Amazon Cloud to my Kindle so I can listen to my music at work right now. Can I do that?
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At this time, AT&T does not allow you to setup the Personal Hot Spot feature if you have the unlimited data plans.  Those plans are old and outdated, and have not been updated to allow the newer features such as Personal Hotspot.  If you want to use the Personal Hotspot, consider migrating to one of the new Mobile Share Value Plans.


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Thanks for your quick response to my question.  Guess I'll remember to download my music from the Cloud to my Kindle before I leave the house tomorrow morning.  :-}

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Pbh95 wrote:

Thanks for your quick response to my question.  Guess I'll remember to download my music from the Cloud to my Kindle before I leave the house tomorrow morning.  :-}


Since you asked this on the Apple forum, I presume you have an iPhone so I'm just curious, why not just download the music to the iPhone and play it from there? That's how I play all my music. Why download to the Kindle? Even if you are talking about the Amazon cloud, you can still download that music directly to the iPhone or stream it from the cloud. You just need the cloud player app.

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Will it be bad
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@Jarcar123456

Rather than guessingwhat you might be asking,  would you please write a question as a complete thought.  

 

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