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Monday, June 6th, 2022 3:28 AM

Is it possible to use an older "dead" phone as a hotspot?

I currently have an iPhone 13+, with the AT&T Unlimited Elite Plan which comes with hotspot data.

I also have a "dead" iphone 11 thats sitting in a drawer, dead meaning that I've paid it off and is off because I upgraded to the 13+

Is there any way I can use the 11 as a hotspot device using the same Unlimited Elite plan? I don't want to connect it to a line or phone number. I only really need a hotspot like one month a year, so I don't need an extra line/plan. Last resort, does AT&T offer just a data plan a device. I know they sell hotspot devices but would rather not get into a 2-3 year contract to pay for a device I use one month a year.

I don't wanna use my 13 as the hotspot device as I wanna use a stationary hotspot device as it'll be in a hotel convention center/ballroom and will be connected to multiple devices. I walk around alot with my phone so I want the devices connected to maintain connection with a stationary hotspot device.

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8 months ago

Phone has to be attached to a line with a plan that has a hotspot. 

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8 months ago

Is there any way I can use the 11 as a hotspot device using the same Unlimited Elite plan?

I don't want to connect it to a line or phone number. I only really need a hotspot like one month a year

Not how any of this works... 

What you're asking for, is adding service to the 11, in order to use it as a dedicated hotspot. That cannot be done without adding service to the phone just as you have service on your iPhone 13 which requires a line and a phone number.  

You would have to add a phone plan, and the most generous phone plan permitted is the unlimited Elite which you already have.  It would be like adding a second line to your existing service plan , with the sane 40 gigs of hotspot available. 

Allowing people to connect to it would be the same as how you use your hotspot on your current iPhone 13, it's not an open connection, they would have to enter the code.  

And in case your next question is "can't you just have a dedicated hotspot plan" , the answer is no. AT&T does not allow a dedicated hotspot plan on a phone and vice versa. 

FYI, not a dead phone.  You are on an unlimited data plan so you could have traded in the iPhone 11 for $700 to $1,000 off of the iPhone 13 at the time of purchase, or lump sum from Apple.   If you like to keep a spare phone around that's fine but it's still a phone.

If you still want a dedicated hotspot device to use one month a year, consider purchasing just that, and the prepaid $ $55 100 GB plan.   (all devices have a 'line' with a phone number for billing and connection purposes) 

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