I have been a T-Mobile customer for quite a while now, but I have never really paid much attention to tethering. My plan is:
Even More Plus 750 Talk + Unlimited Text
• 750 whenever minutes
• Unlimited weekend minutes
• Unlimited weeknight minutes
• Preferred Android Web
I got a Google Asus Nexus 7 for Christmas and I just bought a Google LG Nexus 4 recently. Anyway, now that I have been using both of them I have been wondering about tethering when I am not within wifi range for the Nexus 7. I seem to recall reading that tethering can be an issue. I called T-Mobile to add tethering, but they wanted to change my whole plan.
Anyway, when or if I decide to tether, what is the best way to do it? Should I select:
I suspect that tethering via USB is always going to be faster than either Bluetooth or Wifi, isn't it? Also, if I am in an area of poor wifi, can I use a phone as a "repeater"? For example, can I place my phone in an area and receive wi-fi and then send data via Bluetooth to my Nexus 7? Or, is wi-fi to wi-fi tethering possible?
Also, with regards to battery life, I assume that either Bluetooth or wifi tethering will use more power than USB tethering. I suppose if I connect a charger it won't matter.
What about range with Bluetooth vs. sifi? I seem to recall reading that wi-fi range is better than Bluetooth. Is Bluetooth only allow a range of 20 or 30 feet and wifi perhaps 150 feet or is that way off?
What cable(s) do I need for wired tethering? Since both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 use micro USB, do I simply need a cable with micro USB connectors on each end or do I need something more? Also, are these cables easy to find at MicroCenter, Best Buy, or Radio Shack?
Also, when tethering T-Mobile cellular data, is HSPA+ considered 4G thus truly unlimited or will the truly unlimited T-Mobile 4G only be when there is LTE coverage?
Finally, I have read LOTS of conflicting information about restoring LTE on the Nexus 4. I have read that it both can and can't be done. I have read that if it can be done it doesn't have the correct hardware for LTE. Anyway, can anyone advise me of the definitive answer on Nexus 4 LTE?