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Do you need a data plan to be a wifi hotspot?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by cannon11, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. cannon11

    cannon11 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I know if you root your phone you have the ability to be a wifi hotspot/tether. My question is, do you need to have a data plan in order for this to work? My guess would be yes, But I would just like to confirm this.

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  2. divinebovine

    divinebovine Android Expert

    The data needs to come from somewhere. Your phone can't provide internet that it doesn't have.

    AFAIK most plans do not allow you to use wifi tethering even if you have unlimited data. That's just something to consider when deciding to do it or how much to do it.
  3. biker57

    biker57 Android Enthusiast

    You won't necessarily have to have a data plan, but it will be similar to running data thru your phone when using the internet and the possible charges you incur for that.

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