iOS 4.3 to bring Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot to GSM/AT&T iPhone?
Rumors are afoot that a forthcoming iOS 4.3 update will bring the just announced Verizon iPhone's Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot feature to the GSM (AT&T) iPhone 4 as well. Personal Hotspot, as shown off on the Verizon iPhone running iOS 4.3.5, lets you share your phone's 3G connection with up to 5 other devices over Wi-Fi (like an iPod touch or iPad). Current tethering only allows 1 other device to share access over Bluetooth or USB.
However, not all carriers may choose to offer Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot even though Apple makes it available -- AT&T famously took a year longer than most other carriers to offer regular tethering. Even if carriers do choose to offer it, there's no word yet on what kind of extra fees, if any, will be levied for the privilege, though upwards of $20 a month wouldn't be surprising.
Also, Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot will no doubt put a dent in iPhone 4 battery life as it does on other devices that already support the feature.
What do you think, will your carrier choose to carry it?
[iPhoneclub.nl, iPhoneHellas via Macrumors]
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another reason to Jailbreak...
And no, I'm not jailbroken.
First the following is not directed @(Copy of) Dev but in general. Just because someone wants an iPhone, pays for the hardware activates it and agrees to the Software license does not mean you can do anything you want. That is why you AGREE to the license, let's all grow up and put on big people pants and have some integrity. Want an iPhone live with the license and the software, want to put anything you want on a phone, that is what Android is for.
I'll use my phone how ever I want. I paid for it. I don't give a rip about how Steve wants me to use it. I'll continue to jailbreak and use MyWi until Jobs is able to pry it out of my dead cold hand.
AT&T is the sorriest company. They are the worst. You think they'd do something to try and restore their position instead of gauging customers over a feature that we should have had and taking pot shots @ verizon.
AT&T you have to know spending millions on a stupid ad campaign is not going to restore you to the top. You have to work on your network and make your customers happy. Which we all know you won't do.
AT&T deserves to lose every customer that leaves to go to verizon and they deserve the bottom spot because they earned it.
A show of good faith would be to enable hot spot functionality without beating your customers over the head with a charge for it. But, like I said, you won't because you love being @ the bottom and having people diss you 24/7.
3+ years never dropped a call cause of me always when I was talking to a VZW user
Verizion is the worst about charging an arm and a leg for everything and getting you to get that "free" extra phone so it will make your bill 2x as large
When I had coverage issues at VZW the rep told me to buy a different phone seriously!
Everytime I call or go into an AT&T store with a problem 15 mins later I'm happy even on IP4 launch day left apple store cause it was crazy after picking up my IP4 and went over to AT&T and the rep spent so much time with me
AT&T does have it's flaws just like every phone company but for me it's the best out of the big 4
VZW BIGGEST MOST REALIBLE
AT&T FASTEST AND UNTILL NOW IPHONE EXCLUSIVE
SPRINT CHEAPER AND 1st 4G
TMOBILE CHEAPEST BUT LEAST COVERAGE
I have noticed one consistent thing here in DC, though. Nearly everyone who believed that Verizon was the coverage utopia, and left other networks to get it, were sorely disappointed. Most people I know ended up coming back to AT&T. Of course, the iPhone helped in that migration.
The bottom line from my perspective is that people say "AT&T sucks! without even really knowing why. Either they've never had Verizon, or they had it years before when people were using flip phones. The network and environment are much different now.
Good luck catching that dream, Verizonbois.