tethering / wifi hotspot question…..
got a broadband prob at the moment so trying to use phones as internet access points. ive used mine before for tethering on giffgaff, but it doesnt seem to be working as it did before. itll get google, but no other websites for some strange reason. i made it into a wifi hotspot instead and that works fine, but im limited to 1Gb data.
so…… ive looked at getting through the wifes ‘3’ account. hers is unlimited data, but no tethering allowed. so i tried the wifi hotspot option and its working. my question is….. why is it working? i understand the difference between tethering and wifi hotspot but i cant understand how wifi hotspot is allowed but not tethering. surely its all the same data being used?
thanksPosted 4 years ago
yeah, think its specific to her plan, no tethering.
wifi hotspot is a from the phone not the provider so nothing they can do about it basically works the same, both my kids attach to my phone when we are out with kindle’s or pads
hmmmm……. but surely someone allows her to use only so much data? if you were with virgin, or talktalk say, dont they have a limit to the amount of data allowed to be d/loaded? unless youre unlimited?
so it can only be three that would monitor that?
what am i missing here??Posted 4 years ago
wife just tried to get on internet and the address bar said something about tethering block and wont allow it.
so……. looks like tethering and wifi hotspot are the same thing then? and three have noticed that shes trying to use her phone with a laptop and stopped it? all seems a bit strange to me. baffles me how they know as well…..Posted 4 years ago
aye, looks like its definite. she had a text saying her account suspended for tethering!! shes got to ring em and get it sorted and text says she get smacked botty if she breaks terms and conditions again.
so in answer to my original post, looks like the wifi hotspot and tethering are one and the same. and are overlooked by the providers.
thanks for your help 🙂Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
As long as you don’t take the piss you can tether on a 3 contract, I have a few times without issues, when we were away a few months ago I let the mrs use my unlimited data as she’s only got 100mb. AFAIK, they’ll spot pretty much straight away if you use a laptop, but if you’re tethered to an ipad or other mobile device they aren’t too bothered.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
I can use my EE iPhone as a personal hotspot no problem, ie phone acts as wifi provider for other devices.
I also have a three mobile wifi device, works great. Much much faster than internet through EE and very flexible as can have multiple devices connected which the EE hotspot struggles with.Posted 4 years agofatboysloMember
I use 3 all the time as my broadband and have since I found it was faster than sky !
Using the wi fi hot spot on my I pad right now, and get through about 7 – 8 gb a month
All allowed on my unlimited data 1 plan contract so no worries other plans however would not allow it.Posted 4 years ago
Irks me to pay a fiver a month when I’m just using the data allowance I’ve already paid for. Seems a bit backwards of three when a lot of the other networks aren’t charging extra (though I guess not many are still doing unlimited data.)
Care to elaborate?
You need to use a browser where you can set the browser type string (e.g safari on OS X with Xcode installed.)Posted 4 years agoallmountainventureMember
I some times use wifi hotspot for my tablet or laptop (if I forget my MIFI unit). It doesn’t half blast through the data cap, maybe 5 days to use most of a months 2gb allowance; I can fiddle with my phone all day every day and not get anywhere near it. I can understand the extra charge if you have an unlimited allowance because surely its based on browsing on a phone and therefore much lower data usage?Posted 4 years ago
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