In May, I couldn't resist buying the second generation iPhone SE for the relatively low price of $400 US. I already had an iPhone 8 from a few years ago. I then cloned the data from the iPhone 8 to the new iPhone and have virtually identical iPhones with respect to data. I only have a SIM card in the older iPhone 8. When I am on the road in a vehicle or otherwise, I take the iPhone 8 with me.
The iPhone 8 has an account with Spectrum for their $14 for 1 GB data plus unlimited talk and text monthly.
I notice that when I am on the orad and I want to use the iPhone 8 for data--such as listening to a radio station, when I check to see what I am hooked up to for Internet, it says: 'Ron's iPhone: hot spot. I have cellular data turned off on the iPhone 8 and I have the iPhone second generation SE turned on and connected to my high speed home network via WIFI.
I no longer see an increase in data for my Spectrum account. It is as if somehow, the newer iPhone is acting as a hot spot and is using my WIFI for Internet access and is transferring this information--somehow--to my iPhone 8 when I am on the road.
My questions are: first, am I right about this? Is my new iPhone acting as a hot spot and bypassing any need for a remote cellular data path or public WIFI? And if so, what network or method is the newer iPhone using to accomplish this? I haven't tried it when traveling very far from home, but I have been about 5 miles away when I have experienced this behavior.
Any explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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