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Old Jan 11th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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iOS 4.3 to possibly bring mobile hotspot to GSM iphones

iOS 4.3 to Bring Mobile Hotspots to GSM iPhones, Pending Carrier Support? - Mac Rumors

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iOS 4.3 to Bring Mobile Hotspots to GSM iPhones, Pending Carrier Support?

One of the major new features offered with the Verizon iPhone 4 announced today is support for turning the device into a personal hotspot allowing up to five Wi-Fi devices to share the iPhone's cellular data connection. Personal hotspot support comes built directly into the operating system of the Verizon iPhone 4, which is running a new iOS 4.2.5.

According to both iPhoneclub.nl [Google translation] and iPhoneHellas [Google translation], Apple will be bringing the same personal hotspot support to current GSM iPhones with a forthcoming iOS 4.3 update.

The catch is that the functionality is also subject to the approval of individual carriers, requiring them to be onboard for allowing their customers to access the feature. For its part, AT&T has said that it is "evaluating" the hotspot feature and that it has "no plans to announce today".

Despite support for somewhat-similar Internet tethering via USB and Bluetooth included in iPhone OS 3.0 released in mid-2009 and with a number of international carriers moving quickly to support the feature, AT&T waited an entire year as it cited concerns over network performance before finally supporting the feature with the release of iOS 4.0.
Hopefully rogers and the others allow this with the same rules as USB tethering. Would be great for my wifi ipad since I have the 6gb of data (I don't want to jailbreak my iPhone4)
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Old Jan 12th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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i doubt we will see a 4.3 release its more likely a iOS 5.0 release either with the next iPad or iPhone.
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I would LOVE this! Then I could use my Wifi iPad anywhere on my 6GB data plan without having to pay extra!
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Also able to keep my iPhone in my pocket and connect my MBP. Cable free. Bingo.
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I would LOVE this! Then I could use my Wifi iPad anywhere on my 6GB data plan without having to pay extra!
Isn't it adorable to see such raw naive optimism?

I am almost certain that Rogers and Bell will charge extra for WiFi hotspot capability.
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Android 2.2 has a wifi hotspot mode (although a bit shoddy, my computer has trouble connecting to it sometimes) with all Canadian carriers (on compatible phones) so I don't see why Apple wouldn't integrate it.
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Isn't it adorable to see such raw naive optimism?

I am almost certain that Rogers and Bell will charge extra for WiFi hotspot capability.
I don't have to pay extra for my tethering with Rogers, I don't see why its naive to think this would be the same. Definitely optimistic though.
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I don't have to pay extra for my tethering with Rogers, I don't see why its naive to think this would be the same. Definitely optimistic though.
You're also limited on what you can tether it to... No point in them offering iPad data plans if you can just hot spot your iPhone.....
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That's assuming everyone with an iPad also has an iPhone with 1gb+ data plan though.
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That's also assuming everybody has a 3G iPad...
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