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To tell you that if you have an iPhone and an ipad (iPad without 3G) it is possible to get 3G on the iPad without sim card or contract

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Shaky Mon 24-Mar-14 22:57:59

My brother in law has informed me of this fab bit of news today. Apparently you can pair your iPad and iPhone to share 3G so you can access the Internet when you are not connected to wifi. Basically, anywhere you can get 3G on your phone, you can get it on your iPad.

instructions are here

It's really easy to do, it did it today and it works! It involves creating a personal hotspot and pairing using Bluetooth, sounds complex but the instructions are really easy to follow.

Apparently, you can also do it with the hudl, kindle etc.

However, beware if you are on pay as you go on your smartphone, it may cost you a fortune. If you have unlimited data in your monthly contract you are landed!

Hope this helps anyone at all.

CleverClod Mon 24-Mar-14 23:04:27

Yes, you can, but only if your 'phone provider allows it, eg: Giffgaff won't let you, but T Mobile does.

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 23:04:57

DDs do it all the time with a kindle fire, nexus and two iPods. dD was reading fan fiction on her nexus 7 all the way up the motorway last night while I was MNing.

You do need to check you have a contract that has unlimited data and allows tethering or it may get expensive.

FayKnights Mon 24-Mar-14 23:05:02

We do this on long train journeys, it's excellent. Very nice of you to share!

Shaky Mon 24-Mar-14 23:09:02

I only found this out yesterday and felt the need to spread the news. grin

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 23:12:39

Mines a £32 a month 3 contract, not cheap, but effective.

You can probably do it for less if you have a 3G android phone rather than an iPhone.

wobblyweebles Tue 25-Mar-14 00:33:57

I do this regularly but I have to pay my phone provider for the hotspot functionality to be switched on. You can also connect a laptop.

Sometimes it's faster than the wifi on offer.

Caitlin17 Tue 25-Mar-14 00:38:24

You can do it for considerably less with an Android phone!

ICanSeeTheSun Tue 25-Mar-14 00:40:45

I have a MiFi, didn't know about this though will come in handy ( if It works) when MiFi runs out of charge.

Arkina Tue 25-Mar-14 02:34:58

It's not exclusive to iPhones. I tether my ipad and kindle to my android phone regularly

Blu Tue 25-Mar-14 03:04:41

We ran our laptops off our phone hotspots when a certain Internet provider cut us off for 6 weeks.

Uses your phone battery up fast, though, so plan for that if you are on a long journey.

VestaCurry Tue 25-Mar-14 03:30:52

O2 let's you do it (on my contract anyway) but I'm going to downgrade now it's up for renewal to SIM only with less data (there's a analysis I found that shows you whether you are on the right contract for your useage), I just don't need the data allowance etc, only time I tether the phone to the ipad is if I'm on hol with no wifi but I can do without that for the annual savings on my contract.

QueenofLouisiana Tue 25-Mar-14 07:47:50

Thank you! I didn't know that. I have only done the phone part at the moment, but will do the iPad bit tonight. Looking forward to using it on long car journeys over Easter!

VivaLeBeaver Tue 25-Mar-14 07:53:57

I think GiffGaff let you on some bundles.

Orange let you, have been doing it for years with an android phone.

MomOfTwoGirls2 Tue 25-Mar-14 08:35:45

Thank you OP. I must try this.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Tue 25-Mar-14 12:51:57

I do this on my tenner a month t-mobile contract.

I don't see the point of getting a more expensive ipad (it was £100 extra when I got mine) and paying for a separate data service for a second device, unless you either have more money than sense or need to internet on your ipad loads and loads.

Cabrinha Tue 25-Mar-14 13:05:38

Thank you!

MaidOfStars Tue 25-Mar-14 13:11:53

Yep, I tether them together all the time! Have also tethered my laptop to my mobile, when our work internet connection went.

nannynewo Tue 25-Mar-14 13:15:40

Does this work for an Itouch? Sorry if this has already been asked!

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 25-Mar-14 13:43:21

Just be aware it drains your iPhone battery much faster than being on standby.

Nocomet Tue 25-Mar-14 16:52:40

Both the DDs' touches teather to my iPhone at the same time and still let me MN.

Yes it eats batteries, when we were camping we had a constant round of iPhone and iPods being plugged into the car to charge.

However, when the rain is hammering on a very small tent (we were visiting relatives and only had sleeping and breakfast making space) and keeping people awake it was very welcome.

Shaky Wed 26-Mar-14 22:18:52

nanny I don't know, sorry.

You are all very welcome. I will certainly be using this when on holidays.

UserNameDenied Thu 27-Mar-14 00:56:44

Very true about draining your batteries fast.

I have an unlimited plan with three for £15 amonth (no handset) that allows tethering.

costsofemployment Thu 27-Mar-14 08:02:02

I'm on the three 15quid plan (huge allowances for everything) and tether a lot.

I can download media faster by tethering than through my very slow home broadband but have broadband as tethering kills my phone battery.

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