All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

Summary: One of the (few) surprises during yesterday's big announcement was that Verizon iPhones will be getting personal hotspots. They won't be alone.

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One of the (few) surprises during yesterday's big announcement was that Verizon iPhones will be getting personal hotspots. They won't be alone.

According to BGR, it has been "confirmed" that the personal hotspot feature will be rolled out to all iPhones regardless of carrier with iOS 4.3. (Naturally, the carrier is going to come into play somehow, so AT&T users might not be able to take advantage of this feature so easily.)

Expected to drop in March, the OS version will be 8F5148b and the baseband will be 04.08.00. Users will be able to connect up to five devices to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and possibly Bluetooth. Of course, if you don't have an unlimited (or at least 2GB) data plan, this will surely eat up your data usage allotment quickly.

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  • Interesting

    Wonder what the feature charge would be. I currently have unlimited data with AT&T and an iPhone 4. Not sure if I would use this much since I am around WiFi quite a bit. One thing I like about being with AT&T is many restaurants, cafe's and businesses have WiFi access for free for AT&T customers.
    bobiroc
    • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

      @bobiroc I wonder if it will be incorporated with the tethering plans or if it will be a separate charge (or even better free of iPhone users - doubtfully but hopefully) so those of us with "unlimited" plans can take advantage of it.
      athynz
      • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

        @athynz

        I hope so it is free but I also doubt it. If it is not I will probably not get it as I have only found a few instances on where it would have been convenient. Like I mentioned above I am almost always near WiFi and have access to a computer when I can actually stop and use a computer.
        bobiroc
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    I'm absolutely sick and tired of US carriers charging for tethering/hotspot functions as "services". The worst part is that they are now becoming very inconsistent in how they charge (or don't charge) for them. Case in point:

    Verizon is offering 5 Gig Free Hotspot on Palm Pre/Pixi phones, Free Hotspot on tablets that comes out of your tablet data plan, and word is, it will also be free on the iPhone (unconfirmed) but they STILL charge $20/2Gig on Android and WM smartphones. Now T-Mobile is trying to get into the tethering "nickel-and-diming" game too, along with AT&T and Sprint. I really wish they would quit this and just leave it for what it is: a functionality of the phone or device and just let people use it as part of basic data service much as they do in Asia and Europe, mandated by government tariff.
    podstolom
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    I guess it's one of the few advantages we Canadian clients have over our American counterparts.
    Fido (a Rogers subsidiary) never charged me for any tethering. It's part of my data plan.
    Now with this WiFi hotspot thingy, I'll be able to use my WiFi iPad outside a WiFi zone. Cool!
    For little positives like this we put up with 3 year contracts, so my iPhone 3GS will stay with me 'till at least the summer of 2012.
    MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    So... Android devices have had this for a year, and now this is news because iPhones get it?

    People are so goddamn stupid.
    Droid101
    • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

      @Droid101 You got that right. Even tho iPhone made smartphones cool and attractive, Android is doing it right!

      http://bit.ly/hs5i9G
      ALISON SMOCK
    • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

      @Droid101 And you are a troll.
      athynz
    • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

      @Droid101

      Just like when Android finally got native support to connect to corporate email services like exchange years after everyone else? Who cares.
      bobiroc
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    Damn! I want to get one if I can. I could use that hotspot.

    http://bit.ly/hs5i9G
    ALISON SMOCK
  • This ain't anything new on the iPhone

    This is just another of apple's act of bringing stuff from the hacker's world into the official world. All of this has been available to the non-official iPhone 2G way b4 the 4G through MyWi. And guess what, you don't need your fukn carrier to add any fukn fees to your plan; it's all there for free. PERIOD.
    MrElectrifyer
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    @Droid

    Don't be ridiculous. No one is claiming the feature is newsworthy in and of itself. But when a new feature hits a handset that has many millions of users it's worth reporting in a gadet rag. Superiority complexes on any side of what is ultimately a consumer choice crack me up to no end.
    Jammin72
  • RE: All iPhones will reportedly get personal hotspots with iOS 4.3

    in order to get the most out of iOS 4.3, users may need the help of iFunia iPhone software.<br><a href="http://www.ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html</a>
    John Titlow
  • AT&amp;T Is Already Planning To Include This

    It's part of their "Rape Your Wallet More" data plan to charge you for using data you already are paying for on your iPhone.

    Comcast is looking at a similar model to charge for every computer you hook to your router at home.
    Ron Burgundy