are there any drawbacks ?
are there any drawbacks ?
I imagine you'd get dinged for the data that anyone else that may be connected to it. Even if you have an "unlimited" data plan, most of them these days will throttle the speeds down after x amount of data have been used for the billing cycle.
oh id only allow me to connect to it
Should be a great way to connect a laptop to the Internet for the limited uses that require a computer device. Mostly... old pictures and files not yet uploaded to a cloud storage service. But most stuff (with the exception of gaming) can be handled well with a modern smart phone.So once you get your files available on-line the phone can handle most of the same tasks as a normal PC.
Use it all the time for work when I'm on the road with no available WiFi. Speeds are relatively good. Have had 4 people accessing the internet through my one smart phone.
I do it all the time. With OS X Yosemite and the latest version of iOS; I now have this cool feature where I can click on my Wi-Fi logo on the menubar on my mac, and I'll see both phone and my iPad. Rather than needing to go into the phones settings, as before, and pair the phone or turn on it's Wi-Fi hotspot; it now uses BT4.0; so it turns on the phones hotspot remotely with a click of a button. Handy!
If you're worried about battery life, most smartphones support hotspot over USB as well. Then your phone stays charged.
I tether my Android phone over usb using PdaNet. Works great.
I used to tether my Blackberry back before phones were capable of much. Considering the power of a modern smartphone I haven't really seen the need to use the hotspot feature.
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To activate the hotspot feature, T-Mobile forced me to include "unlimited Data" so I don't really worry about data limits. Only downsides, battery life as mentioned, and being in a dead zone where there is no coverage. Also, 4G is notably slower than LTE.
While my preference is to use a public hotspot, this is backup when no hotspots are available. Also, in most countries T-Mobile doesn't charge for international in most countries for data and text. In the Canary Islands and throughout Spain, I hooked up with the local carriers for both hotspot application powering other devices, or directly to power apps on the iPhone, such as maps and walking tours.
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I use my cellphone hotspot for my laptop. My laptop becoming a fifth wheel nowadays.
I labeled my mobile hotspot, "ILoveAngelica". Only a matter of time before it starts to creep my neighbor out.
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Can't add much, but we have used my phone as a hotspot when the DSL line pooped out here for a few days last year. Also on the road in hotels in which our room has been in a wifi dead spot. While you can do almost everything with the smartphone... sometimes you just want a bigger screen and/or a keyboard.
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