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Personal hotspot and Internet tethering

Hi Gary. How is the personal  hotspot feature different from the internet tethering feature.? 
I always used the latter but now on my iPhone 3gs after  upgrading to iPhone OS 4.3, the Internet thetgering has gone and personal hotfoot shows up. I tried it and it is mostly the same. How different are both of them. 
Cyrus Dubash

Comments: 5 Responses to “Personal hotspot and Internet tethering”

    10 years ago

    Wires. The tethering feature is done by connecting your iPhone via a dock cable to your Mac. One iPhone, one Mac. The personal hotspot feature does this wirelessly by setting up a small wifi network. You don’t need the wires, and you can connect more than one computer. Handy, too, for devices that don’t have a way to tether, like the iPad.

    9 years ago


    I have two new roommates. They both have iPhone 4s’. What kind of tethering and hotspot programs do you recommend. Their phone plan for hotspots is horrendous.


      9 years ago

      Not sure what you mean by programs. The “personal hotspot” is built in to iOS. You really only have one choice. An alternative would be to get a separate mobile wifi hotspot device.

    9 years ago

    What I mean is there an app that is available like on the Android circuit that allows you to share a internet signal wirelessly from your iPhone.

    Second, which tethering app, do you think works best?

      9 years ago

      No. The major (all?) U.S. carriers have clauses in their contracts that you have to pay them for this service. So there are no apps.

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