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Cell Phone As Hotspot?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones
 
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David asks:

Can I use my cell phone (not a smartphone) as a router for my Kindle Fire HDX (WiFi only) to get on the Internet when not in a WiFi location? I have an LG phone, circa 2009, with Bluetooth and Internet capability. I can’t figure out the model # of the LG (it’s a flip type, like a Star Trek communicator), otherwise I’d give you that too.

Hi David!

Cell phones can be set up to provide wireless access similar to a router, although when they provide this, they are generally called a “hotspot”.

I cannot say for certain if your particular phone can be turned into a mobile hotspot, but the best way to find out is to contact your cellular network provider and ask. As you mention it is not a smartphone, you may not be able to use it. Also keep in mind this service is generally an additional charge on your monthly cell phone bill, as well, and will make use of your data plan. If you have data plan limits, keep an eye on the amount you are using to avoid additional charges.

- Audra

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2 Responses to “Cell Phone As Hotspot?”

  1. ROBERTA WESCOTT says:

    Please comeback with more information using a smartphone

    • audra says:

      Roberta,

      Again, I would say to contact your cellular service provider. They would be the best place to get specific information for your phone. Almost all newer smartphones are able to be set up this way, but the details would be specific to your phone, network, and plan.

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