I haven't posted in a LONG time on HF but just wanted to thank everyone on this thread for this awesome tip!
I switched to Verizon a few days ago (mainly because of LTE) and used this tip on Sunday. It took a few seconds to ask for the 4G hotspot and the phone rep congratulated me for getting unlimited data. She almost sounded more excited than me and also advised not to drop the hotspot!
Thanks again to all!
Still looking for the best deal in wireless!
Just to throw into the mix here...
I have a co-worker and good friend who just happen to buy a new 4G Android phone last week. Because he needed it, he had the 4G Hotspot feature added when he bought it.
However, he has the 4G data plan, increased to 6G of data due to the Hotspot feature, but not unlimited.
Why? Is the link between the 4G Hotspot feature and unlimited data not available at the VZW stores too?
What your friend has is what's actually supposed to happen on devices that are not grandfathered onto unlimited.
So the rep actually did their job correctly.
But hey if this is Verizons way of wishing everyone a Merry Christmas I'm all for it. lol
I am thoroughly confused now, just got off the phone with Verizon.
I added another line to my account today in an effort to get the unlimited data plan and here is what I was told:
All Mobile Hotspot Access is unlimited data!
Access to Unlimited Mobile Hotspot on 3G network is FREE there is no need to pay the additional $30 unless you plan on accessing 4G. (5 Devices can be supported)
Access to Unlimited Mobile Hotspot on 4g network is $30. (8 Devices can be supported)
The rep stated when using Mobile Hotspot it has nothing to due with your normal data plans all is bypassed since your phone is being used as a modem.
I paid the $30 anyway because I was so confused and my plan did not show unlimited data and now it does see image.
I will keep this plan and pay the extra $30 happily if it works as advertised.
Get my bill in 8 days it will be interesting to see how it is stated on the official billing.
I do business travel daily to 4G areas and feel more comfortable with the unlimited data showing in my account than the 4GB. I also saw in some of the other forums that people are losing the unlimited status when they remove the MHS feature from their accounts.
Does anyone know if it is true that you get FREE Unlimited Data when using your 4G phone as a MHS in a 3G area?
Took me way too many times but finally got a rep to add the unlimited 4g hotspot and she said when it added the unlimited data auto added. Perfect...
Thanks OP. Two lines now with unlimited data and one with unlimited hotspot.
iPhone 4 - 550 Min Fam Plan w/ 5 F&F | Unl Data | 1500 Txt | Home Phone Connect (2nd Line)
In order to be legally tethering on the VZW network with any device in any area (3G or 4G) there needs to be an appropriate feature code added to the account, whether that code is the $30 unlimited that's allowed for grandfathered unlimited plans on 4G devices, the $20 code for 3G devices or the embedded code with the tiered pricing.
If you had tried tethering without the appropriate codes attached in billing, you would have gotten a re-direct to a webpage asking you to subscribe to the service.
Just... FFS... [and this is me being frustrated at my co-workers now] how hard is it to take the extra minute or two to research and make sure you get the correct answer? (don't answer - it's a rhetorical question)
Wireless Internet Access
Select any of the following features: 3G Mobile Hotspot & Mobile Broadband Connect Select Smartphones can be used as a modem for notebooks with a USB cable or 3G Mobile Hotspot on up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. 2GB data/mo included.