Will setting up the Personal WiFi Hotspot use my data?

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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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Professor

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Yes, you are using the phone's cell data connection when you use it as a hotspot for other devices. As far as the data is concerned, it's the same as if you are using the data on your phone, instead of using it on a device connected to the phone.
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Well, that news just sucks...as a kid struggling between a full time job and school, it's easier to do homework and work on research papers in a public location instead of sitting on my bed waiting for the next distraction at home...oh well. Guess I know where I'll be. lol. Thanks for the info guys.

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remylayne wrote:

Well, that news just sucks...as a kid struggling between a full time job and school, it's easier to do homework and work on research papers in a public location instead of sitting on my bed waiting for the next distraction at home...oh well. Guess I know where I'll be. lol. Thanks for the info guys.


You can use AT&T's public Wi-Fi Hotspots for free of charge.
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I have got to ask you why you thought using data to feed your personal hotspot would not count as data?
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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.

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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.

Question was not meant to be taken the way you did.........

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my apologies, I took it the way it was written.

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Keep this in mind - any time your phone isn't on wi-fi (whether your own or someone else's), you're using data against your data allocation. It's really that simple. 

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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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