No internet, no problem: how your phone’s data can save you in times of need

The current lockdown has brought the world to an almost complete standstill, and, with everyone but key workers assigned to the house, it has sent internet and WiFi access through the roof. So much so, in fact that people have experienced a shutdown of connection for hours on end. Thank goodness then, for a mobile phone with data.

Mobile phones have developed in such a way that they can now be classed as small computers themselves. Almost everything can be accessed and possibilities are endless, whether it be accessing the best online bingo sites or the latest hit-em-up titles, consoles are no longer needed as a phone can do just the job at the touch of a button.

As such, the mobile is integral in keeping people occupied with this current lockdown. Often the main entertainment point throughout the day, the phone has become an emergency hot-spot for those whose WiFi has been playing up as the rate of service and internet outages inflates. So instead of the usual up-and-down flow throughout a normal working day, internet service providers are experiencing a constant and continuous demand which has restricted the ability to use that said network.

Though your phone’s data is unlikely to be strong enough to maintain the whim of a gaming console, the mobile hotspot feature will undoubtedly benefit laptop users. Here’s what you need to know about using a phone’s hotspot to stay connected.

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Multiple devices can be connected

The mobile hotspot settings can be a useful starting point to see the number of connections your phone can handle, although others will just stop devices connecting once they have reached their limit. Of course, Apple’s support page for the iPhone’s personal hotspot feature states that the number of connections available is based on iPhone model and carrier. Others such as T-Mobile allow up to ten devices, for example.

Monitor data usage

Though there may well be a current unlimited data plan on your phone, mobile hotspot data is often treated in a different manner. AT&T, for example, includes 15GB of mobile hotspot use alongside its unlimited extra plan, though most US carriers have added extra mobile hotspot data for free.

Tracking your current usage is simple by using your carrier’s mobile app, though stats are often a few hours behind. US carriers will slow connection to 3G speeds once data allocation is reached which will make video calls or live streaming a problem.

Not a permanent solution

A mobile hotspot is not a permanent solution to the lack of internet connectivity, however. Speeds will always be slower due to your phone sitting as a WiFi access point from which it relays information to the wireless carrier and connected devices.

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It is, however, an incredibly useful fallback option for those times when the normal internet connection fails. Plus, it is so simple to activate.

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