I just came back from a trip to Latin America and while over there I was pleasantly surprised to see that the local prepaid plan I chose enabled the (until then hidden) Personal Hotspot option in my unlocked iPhone 3GS (iOS 5.1.1, not jailbroken). This allowed me to share my data with my kids' iPods (via BT for 3GS, via wifi for 4/4S) for their occasional check of e-mail/FB etc. Nothing big. It was wonderful to have that option in a real PayAsYouGo plan (not fixed monthly cost). But as soon as I put my Airvoice sim back into my iPhone, the Personal Hotspot option disappeared.
Is there a PAYG plan/provider in the U.S. that allows the "Personal Hotspot" feature by default on iPhones?
I'd rather not use a monthly expensive hybrid prepaid plan for this feature, I'm a light user.
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Also, I often have visitors with iPhones from overseas who I'm sure would like something like this, and not everyone likes jailbreaking their devices.
Other than that and using tweaks post-jailbreak, not really.
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As I said in my OP, I didn't really "tether" (I didn't connect a PC or any other data-guzzler device to my iPhone, although the term can still be correct), I just shared few MBs with my kid's iPod once in a while (not that the local prepaid provider would have cared anyway). It was an inexpensive and nice perk to have while on the road or in non-WiFi areas and now I miss it.
This really upsets me more now that we "light users" no longer even have the option of data packages with no expensive monthly voice charges with at&t's GoPhone or any other real PAYG plan.
As I said above, you can have this feature if you'll jailbreak your iphone(s). I resisted jailbreaking for the longest. After I did it, and understood exactly how it works, I've been kicking myself ever since for not doing it sooner. I could never go back to an unjailbroken phone.
You can say that again. When I visited Nigeria in April I bought 2 sim cards for approx $1 each(actually less) and signed up for 1GB/30 days validity of data for about $7 on one of the sims, which I put in my USB modem. The used the other for voice + data (if needed). Direct calls to US numbers were about $0.10/min. Prepaids in those countries, which is used by majority of them, is light years ahead of the US prepaids. The 3G speeds were insane as well.