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AT&T® FAQ

Can I use my phone’s WiFi hotspot instead of paying for Internet?

Although there are ways to tether your smartphone to other devices as an alternative to traditional Internet, there a a few reasons why this isn’t the best method. First off, when tethered, your connected devices will have a much slower connection than using a router. Also, most wireless plans will cap your data at a certain point, which could severely limit your usage. Additionally, some providers will throttle the speeds provided by your hotspot, which also results in slower connection. Occasional web browsing shouldn’t be much of an issue, but if you plan streaming your favorite TV shows and movies, traditional Internet is the way to go.