Tethering allows you to use your smartphone as a modem, so you can use it to connect another device to the internet. You can tether any compatible device with a USB port, or Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity – like your laptop, game consoles and tablets. Check if your plan allows for tethering.
A hotspot is a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signal made by your smartphone that enables you to connect a compatible Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled device to the internet. All you do to share your connection with your other devices, colleagues, friends and family is let them connect using your password.
Apart from the cost of a USB cable, there is no cost to set up a hotspot on your enabled smartphone. There will however be additional data usage, especially if multiple devices are connected and using high-demand activities like online gaming or streaming videos. We would strongly recommend adding a mobile internet data Add-on if you decide to tether.
For frequent users, or users looking for a faster experience, tethering may not the best option because your connection may interfere with your ability to take and receive calls. In these cases, another option is to use a mobile broadband modem like the award-winning Pocket WiFi™2, or a USB modem.
The advantages are that it's a dedicated Wi-Fi or USB connection so you will get longer battery life and better performance. Plus, Pocket WiFi™2 can connect multiple devices at the same time. There is a range of 12 month, month to month, and prepaid options to choose from.
Add a Data Add-on to your Vodafone plan and enjoy more possibilities on your smartphone. Download apps, stream music, email on your phone and surf for longer.
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