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Old 06-19-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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AT&T mobile value plans - internet access

After many hours of searching the forum (search engine rejects ATT as too short a word) I figured I'd just ask the forum.

I'm configuring a new 21 with a Wilson RV/Trucker antenna and probably a Wilson Sleek at the head end for use with an iPhone and a laptop by using the iPhone as a hotspot.

ATT considers a laptop another device on the account, but WILL allow monthly service for $20 by adding the laptop as a new line without a contract. I am fortunate enough to have the activation fee waived each time I add the laptop for a travel period.

Since I really don't trust the salespeople to be accurate, I'm curious if anyone else is running with this arrangement.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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I don't get it. What difference does it make to them if you are using your iPhone or using your iPhone as a hot spot?
I tether my MacBook Air to my iPhone with a cable, or by bluetooth or by Wifi. It's the phone that is using the data and the Mac is just a keyboard and viewing device.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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I don't get it. What difference does it make to them if you are using your iPhone or using your iPhone as a hot spot?
I tether my MacBook Air to my iPhone with a cable, or by bluetooth or by Wifi. It's the phone that is using the data and the Mac is just a keyboard and viewing device.
I agree, that was my plan (Wifi laptop over to iPhone) so I didn't get it either! Lotsa confusing stuff when all ATT really wants to get you to do is buy a MiFi device....
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Used to have a cell phone and a Mac laptop when I worked as news photog. We had to send pix back to the paper, which is a heavy data use. The company bought some sort of data key that plugged into the Mac and was a separate account.
Sounds like that's what ATT is trying to get you to do. Perhaps they haven't yet paid for old technology. As long as you have data on your iPhone, I don't see why you need another account.
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I would contact a different ATT office and see if you get the same information. I believe with ATT you need to have a 20 GB data plan and then pay an extra fee for making a hot spot. Maybe it is you pay the extra fee and then get an extra 20 GB of data with the deal. I do know you have to have ATT make a change to your account for it to work. You can then turn on the hot spot yourself, the feature shows up on your phone once they have activated it.
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I'm with ATT, they have a senior plan for $55/month. When I got my iPad, they added an extra line for another $10/month, combined total is 1 Gig and unlimited texts. The iPad or iPhone can be turned into a hot spot or I use the iPad as my computer now, so no hot spot is needed. I was able to use a weather APP on the iPad while traveling that shows current radar and NOAA for each state. The issue is coverage, some areas there is no signal, particularly out west. As long as you are near the interstates you will have a signal.
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I'm with ATT, they have a senior plan for $55/month. When I got my iPad, they added an extra line for another $10/month, combined total is 1 Gig and unlimited texts. The iPad or iPhone can be turned into a hot spot or I use the iPad as my computer now, so no hot spot is needed. I was able to use a weather APP on the iPad while traveling that shows current radar and NOAA for each state. The issue is coverage, some areas there is no signal, particularly out west. As long as you are near the interstates you will have a signal.
I'll check that out - hoping the Wilson antenna with the Sleek front end will help with the range.
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I was able to use a weather APP on the iPad while traveling that shows current radar and NOAA for each state.
What did you do about the weather, once you had the information?8)
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I have Verizon and there is no extra charge for using my iPhone as a hotspot for my Mac. The usage is debited from my plan allowance.
I was thinking of getting an iPad with ATT, to use in areas without Verizon, but paying only the monthly usage fee, if and only if I cannot reach the Verizon network.
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What did you do about the weather, once you had the information?8)
I'm going to change it, is that not what you do??
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