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Are tethering and hotspotting the same thing?

Are tethering and hotspotting the same thing?

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Sep. 28, 2012 at 16:33

Tethering is connecting another device (tablet, laptop, another phone) to your phones 2g/3g/4g data connection via cable or wifi (if through wifi your phone could be called a hotspot). Phone companies not too keen on these and often charge crazy amounts for data used this way.

Hotspots can also be more permanent wifi set ups in shops, pubs, restaurants, trains, and airports etc which you can connect to, often for free but sometimes charges may apply. Phone companies like these as most likely you aren't using your phones data if one of these is nearby.
When you see signs of (free) wifi available here that's a hotspot.

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Pondlife  Sep. 28, 2012 at 16:33

Tethering is connecting another device (tablet, laptop, another phone) to your phones 2g/3g/4g data connection via cable or wifi (if through wifi your phone could be called a hotspot). Phone companies not too keen on these and often charge crazy amounts for data used this way.

Hotspots can also be more permanent wifi set ups in shops, pubs, restaurants, trains, and airports etc which you can connect to, often for free but sometimes charges may apply. Phone companies like these as most likely you aren't using your phones data if one of these is nearby.
When you see signs of (free) wifi available here that's a hotspot.

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