Last Updated: May 16, 2014
Answers to some of your questions about Wi-Fi hotspots
What is a Wi-Fi hotspot and what can I do with it?
Wi-Fi hotspots are locations where a Wi-Fi-capable device can access the Internet.
What do I need to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot?
There are two types of Wi-Fi networks: Secure and unsecure.
You usually need the password from the Wi-Fi network owner to connect to a secure network
If the hotspot doesn't require a password when you first set it up, it's not a secure network.
Sprint doesn't recommend connecting to an unsecured Wi-Fi signal.
What types of devices can access a Wi-Fi hotspot?
Wi-Fi capable devices include mobile phones such as your Apple iPhone 5, tablets, netbooks, laptops and desktop PCs.
Where can I find a Wi-Fi hotspot?
You can find Wi-Fi hotspots at public places like shopping centers, cafes, hotels or airports.
What is an SSID?
SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the public name of a wireless network.
Does it cost more to connect my Apple iPhone 5 to a public Wi-Fi hotspot?
Public Wi-Fi hotspots may be free or they can require a fee or a paid subscription. Before you access a Wi-Fi hotspot, be sure you understand the provider's terms and conditions of use.
Can I use my Apple iPhone 5 as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot?
Yes, you can share your Sprint data connection with other Wi-Fi capable devices with Sprint Mobile Hotspot add-on service.
Does using my Apple iPhone 5 as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot drain my battery?
Using your Apple iPhone 5 as a personal and portable Sprint Wi-Fi hotspot can increase battery consumption based on usage.
You can also take steps to conserve your battery.
Does it cost more to use my Apple iPhone 5 as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot?
Yes. You can add the Sprint Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot service to your Apple iPhone 5. The cost is based on the add-on you choose.