The iPhone is one of the most functional smart phones on the market today. Its innovative touch screen and unparalleled applications library make it a popular choice. Unfortunately, to purchase a brand-new iPhone, you must sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T. This discourages many potential buyers, as the cheapest monthly plan totals nearly $80 per month. Fortunately, there is a way around the two-year commitment by using the Sprint MiFi device. The MiFi creates a portable hotspot that can be used by the iPhone wherever cell coverage exists.
Things You'll Need
- Sprint MiFi Device
- Active Data Plan
How To Use an iPhone on Sprint
Press the power button on the MiFi device to turn it on and place it near your iPhone. This will ensure that the two devices can "see" each other during their initial pairing.
Go to the tab entitled "Settings" at the bottom of your iPhone's screen. At the top of the screen you will see an option called "Airplane Mode," which is turned off by default. Turn it on by tapping the screen. Turn on the Wi-Fi interface by tapping the Wi-Fi button, which is located directly underneath the "Airplane Mode" option. Connect the iPhone to the Sprint MiFi by selecting the MiFi as a wireless access point. Surf the web and download applications just as you would over a cellular network.
Open the web browser on your computer and navigate to Skype's official website. Create a Skype account and add funds to your wallet to ensure that you can pay for the calls you make while using the service.
Install the Skype application onto your iPhone by visiting the App Store and searching for "Skype." Sign into the application using the Skype username that you previously created. Make calls to anyone over Wi-Fi through the Skype application.
Tips & Warnings
- The Sprint MiFi has a monthly data limit of 5GB (gigabytes) per month. Ensure that you do not exceed this limit or else you will be subject to overage charges.
- Your iPhone will not be able to make or receive calls when not connected to the MiFi device.
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