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can I tether my verizon iphone 5 to my ipad free with the unlimted data plan?

NINkita 206 January 3, 2013 at 09:59 AM
I purchased a Verizon iPhone 5 a couple of days before Christmas from best buy using one of our other available dumb phone lines which they activated and then deactivated for me to activate on my grandfathered unlimited data plan at my liesure.
Right now I am using a jailbroken iPhone 4s to tether to my wifi iPad using tetherme. This is a big deal to me as I do this quite often. I still have not activated the iPhone 5 with verizon on my line because of the tethering issue. I have activated in itunes though so it's being used as an ipod. Please correct me if I am wrong as I have only been able to read up on this in short spurts. All I want is to tether my unlimted data for free to my ipad. It seems there is no jailbreak for iphone 5. Do I need to be jailbroken in order to use the free hotspot with the unlimted data plan? Is the free hotspot only for the tiered plans?
I was thinking of returning my wifi ipad and getting the verizon 4g ipad instead. If I did this will I need to add another device to my plan or can I just purchase a seperate prepaid data plan for 1 month and then cancel? I would really appreciate any info that anyone can give as I am just waiting to activate this iPhone. Thanks.

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I purchased a Verizon iPhone 5 a couple of days before Christmas from best buy using one of our other available dumb phone lines which they activated and then deactivated for me to activate on my grandfathered unlimited data plan at my liesure.
Right now I am using a jailbroken iPhone 4s to tether to my wifi iPad using tetherme. This is a big deal to me as I do this quite often. I still have not activated the iPhone 5 with verizon on my line because of the tethering issue. I have activated in itunes though so it's being used as an ipod. Please correct me if I am wrong as I have only been able to read up on this in short spurts. All I want is to tether my unlimted data for free to my ipad. It seems there is no jailbreak for iphone 5. Do I need to be jailbroken in order to use the free hotspot with the unlimted data plan? Is the free hotspot only for the tiered plans?
I was thinking of returning my wifi ipad and getting the verizon 4g ipad instead. If I did this will I need to add another device to my plan or can I just purchase a seperate prepaid data plan for 1 month and then cancel? I would really appreciate any info that anyone can give as I am just waiting to activate this iPhone. Thanks.
Unlimited plans are stuck on 3G so you'll go at a snail's pace if you do go that route with a new iPhone 5. If you upgrade to 4G, you'll have to opt with a new data plan that is not unlimited.

More information can be found in this article [zdnet.com] and you can follow the links within it.

In essence, you'll be charged for tethering. And they can throttle your connection even slower than it currently is if you consume too much data. Yayyyy Verizon. Annoyed

Can't see why you can't add another device to your plan however the more devices then the more data consumed potentially. Draw closer to their invisible limits and they will throttle you.
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Unlimited plans are not tied to 3G only. I am using LTE on an unlimited plan with no issues at all. That being said, tethering is not included for free with the Unlimited plans. (Unless you Jailbreak / root and go that way)
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Is there a jailbreak for iPhone 5? Is there even a tethered jailbreak? I have read that Verizon does not throttle their unlimited plan but AT&T does at 5 GB.
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Unlimited plans are not tied to 3G only. I am using LTE on an unlimited plan with no issues at all. That being said, tethering is not included for free with the Unlimited plans. (Unless you Jailbreak / root and go that way)
Unlimited data on 4G? I was under the impression that if you upgraded to a 4G LTE phone you would be migrated to a data share plan which are not unlimited. Users have the option of paying full price for 4G phones and keep their grandfathered unlimited 3G plans or buy a subsidized phone and be migrated to a data share plan. Color me mistaken.
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Unlimited plans are not tied to 3G only. I am using LTE on an unlimited plan with no issues at all. That being said, tethering is not included for free with the Unlimited plans. (Unless you Jailbreak / root and go that way)
I don't believe you can do this today though. I am pretty sure you did this back in the summer before they made the policy change. From what I understand there is not a way around this today.
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Unlimited data on 4G? I was under the impression that if you upgraded to a 4G LTE phone you would be migrated to a data share plan which are not unlimited. Users have the option of paying full price for 4G phones and keep their grandfathered unlimited 3G plans or buy a subsidized phone and be migrated to a data share plan. Color me mistaken.

At this point, you cannot change or renew your contract and keep unlimited. If you buy a new LTE phone for retail cost, you can add it without renewing our contract. Therefore, keep Unlimited.
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I purchased a Verizon iPhone 5 a couple of days before Christmas from best buy using one of our other available dumb phone lines which they activated and then deactivated for me to activate on my grandfathered unlimited data plan at my liesure.
Right now I am using a jailbroken iPhone 4s to tether to my wifi iPad using tetherme. This is a big deal to me as I do this quite often. I still have not activated the iPhone 5 with verizon on my line because of the tethering issue. I have activated in itunes though so it's being used as an ipod. Please correct me if I am wrong as I have only been able to read up on this in short spurts. All I want is to tether my unlimted data for free to my ipad. It seems there is no jailbreak for iphone 5. Do I need to be jailbroken in order to use the free hotspot with the unlimted data plan? Is the free hotspot only for the tiered plans?
I was thinking of returning my wifi ipad and getting the verizon 4g ipad instead. If I did this will I need to add another device to my plan or can I just purchase a seperate prepaid data plan for 1 month and then cancel? I would really appreciate any info that anyone can give as I am just waiting to activate this iPhone. Thanks.
If you upgrade to the new share anything plan you can tether for free, or get a 4g ipad and it will cost you an extra $10 a month.
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At this point, you cannot change or renew your contract and keep unlimited. If you buy a new LTE phone for retail cost, you can add it without renewing our contract. Therefore, keep Unlimited.
Yup, this I know.
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At this point, you cannot change or renew your contract and keep unlimited. If you buy a new LTE phone for retail cost, you can add it without renewing our contract. Therefore, keep Unlimited.
question is, LTE or 3G? do u automatically get LTE?
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I know I can keep my unlimited data on the iPhone because the contract was signed on another line that had a dumb phone. There are many threads regarding this with verizon. Anyway, maybe I will return my wifi ipad and get the verizon Lte one for $10 a month. Now the question is will I need to sign a contract or can I cancel the $10 a month data plan when a jailbreak comes out?
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question is, LTE or 3G? do u automatically get LTE?
No, because of the price difference in 4G LTE and 3G, they'll probably ask you if you want 4G and explain the pricing.
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question is, LTE or 3G? do u automatically get LTE?
As long as you buy an 4G LTE phone, you get it. There is no separate 3G and 4G tiers.
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No, because of the price difference in 4G LTE and 3G, they'll probably ask you if you want 4G and explain the pricing.
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As long as you buy an 4G LTE phone, you get it. There is no separate 3G and 4G tiers.
haha, head hurts here... Im not on Verizon but they do classify 4GLTE and 3G data plans separately on att, no price difference though. i dunno if verizon apply...
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I thought Verizon unlimited was unlimited no matter if it was LTE or 3g. It should pick it up and give LTE no matter what. It did for me anyway going from Droid X to Nexus.

Also you can tether your iPhone 5 to your iPad. I use FoxFi on my Nexus to hook up my laptop/some other device all the time. Make sure to try it with your iPhone 5 before you return the iPad, and get the LTE version.
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