i baught this phone and rooted it. there are a bunch of sites on the internet that will tell you how., the guy below is right, straight talk will not give you the instructions on how to make it into a hotspot. they keep telling you it is against ther rules. after a lot of work and trial and err , i finally was able to get it to hotspot and it worked ok for aobut 4 months. then , after that , they started to throttle the speed and like the guy said, it is right around 2 or 3 gb that they trottle speed so much that it's not worth to even use as internet is so slow both on the phone and as a hotspot. i might switch to sprint directly as they allow phones to be used as hotspots
My apologies for not being helpful.
Unofficial answer: If you want to root the phone and can do so without bricking it, yes, it may be possible. The phone does not support hotspot functionality out of the box. However, rooting will obviously void the warranty and the phone will no longer be supported by Straight Talk nor Samsung.
Also, since both are prohibited by the Terms and Conditions of Service, you run the risk of being terminated for excessive usage if found you are tethering the phone.
And, using the phone as a hotspot may not be that practical as speeds could be throttled to 2G when 2.5 GB of data are used. 2G speeds for a hotspot would be miserable as that could be as slow as dial-up and sometimes slower under some conditions (location, weather, network congestion, tower congestion, etc.). This being a Sprint-powered device, it may not be subject to the throttling as much as some of the others but the possibility still exists as that is a general condition of the Unlimited Plan no matter what network is used.
Official answer: Straight Talk's Terms and Conditions of Service prohibits tethering for all phones used with their plans including the Unlimited Plans. This includes using a phone as a hotspot.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago