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Message Board > Computers AARGH!!! > iPhone hot spot for iPad ( Moderated by Pyrose, Deepika)

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Date: 7/6/12 5:00 PM

Hi, I understand there's a way to use the iPhone in conjunction with the iPad to get wifi access. I'm not very techy, but if I get some pointers on "how to", I've got friends who can help me.

I've got a 3g iPhone and an iPad without. I'm underusing the iPad and don't take it out of the house. On the road, I use my iPhone that has an unlimited data plan and at home there's a laptop with internet and wifi.

Specifically, I'm going to New York and want to fabric shop. I'm debating about buying Pattern File to store my patterns for easy access away from home. The app doesn't yet work faultlessly on this feature. It does most things very well.

In general, once I know how to access wifi on my iPad, I'll be using it a lot more. Thanks for any guidance you can share.

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Date: 7/6/12 5:07 PM

Here's Apple's page on personal hotspots

Note that you need a iPhone 3GS and apparently, it involves bluetooth. You need the iPhone 4 to actually share 3G over WiFi
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Date: 7/6/12 5:10 PM

Here is what Apple says...
Hotspot info
It does depend on a lot of things- your iPhone, your carrier, etc. Hope that helps a bit.

Apparently great minds think alike!
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Date: 7/6/12 5:39 PM

I use my hotspots all the time. It,s not complicated at all. You don't need Bluetooth unless your iPhone is still version 3. Possibly updating your OS would also give you a hotspots on v3.

1. On the phone, look in settings and open the hotspot. Turn it on. You will notice that there is will be a password on the page lower down. Take note of it.

2. On the iPad, go also to settings and network. Find the name of your iPhone among the wifi access points. Connect and type in the password when prompted.

This is it in a nutshell. If you need more detail and pictures, go to the apple links.

On thing I notice when hooking into my hotspots with my windows laptop is that I lose the connection from time to time. In that case, turn the hotspot off on the phone and back on again. Reconnect.

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Date: 7/6/12 8:36 PM

Yes, I use mine all the time, too. DH, the "expert", used to do it as well, but his iphone has flatly refused to operate as a hot spot for ages. We don't know why.

I work in a school with no wireless and they have done things like lock out facebook on their system. so if for some reason we need to look at facebook (yes, there are legitimate reasons! ) I fire up the hot spot and ipad and off we go.

The ipad travels all over the house with me and to work daily. I don't carry it everywhere, but often wish I did, as it is so much easier to navigate the internet on it.

People who are slow tech adapters, which usually includes me but not this time, have been known to do a jaw drop with a rueful, "my next phone really has to be an iphone."

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Date: 7/6/12 8:48 PM

I use my iPhone as a hotspot for my Android tablet all the time. Initial set up was very easy and turning on is just a few touches. I would imagine Apple to Apple would be even faster and easier.

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Date: 7/6/12 10:47 PM

Oh boy! This is really great news. Tomorrow I'll go with my husband to a somewhere without wifi and give it a go. I'll let you know how it unfolds. Many, many thanks for your coaching and reassurances.

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Date: 7/10/12 2:26 AM

Today, the Apple support people confirmed it would be easy to set up the hot spot. And also, it turns out my long-time, unlimited data-plan at $30/month does not cover this. I'd have to drop it and get a $50/month plan that gives me less- 5GB. I can't justify that leap in cost and no way I'm giving up my unlimited plan.

Has anyone else run into this? Or, do you just happen to have a plan in place that works for the hot spot?

Unless there's something else I wasn't told, or there's another work around, it looks like I'm not configured to use my iPhone as a hot spot for my iPad. I'll use it at home with my wifi and at internet cafes.

The hot spot question came up because it's useful in general, but I also wanted to use my iPad on fabric shopping forays with Pattern File. Now, I have to rethink if the program and app are worthwhile using with these contraints.

When I stop and think about how much all this connectivity costs, it's jaw dropping. Phones- land line and cell, texting, data plans, internet and dish = a heck of a lot of fabric and sewing stuff!

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Date: 7/10/12 6:50 PM

Wendy - that is a shame! My system has been to wangle a way for DH to pay for my phone service. But when I was shopping to try to set up a new iphone for myself, it was ridiculous. "Yes, on this plan you get what you want plus 500 things you don't want and it all costs way too much except if you order today we have a special that includes 6 friends, but if your friends don't want it you can give it to a family member, but only if they are under 18 and live at home OR we give you 500 free minutes right now and an even higher price later!" Urrrrghhh...

The good news is that so many places are putting in wifi now it is easier and easier to get online free. We were in a restaurant with friends who "check in" to facebook a lot. They were surprised when the waiter said they didn't have wifi and my friend responded with "you know even McDonalds has free wifi now, don't you?"

If they have wireless debit/credit card capability, you would think they could manage a measly little internet connection, wouldn't you?

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Date: 7/10/12 6:58 PM

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They were surprised when the waiter said they didn't have wifi and my friend responded with "you know even McDonalds has free wifi now, don't you?"


Probably has something to do with "ambiance".

Still, I'd like it if my fabric store and my grocery store had wifi. Especially since the latter has an iPad/iPhone coupon app.
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