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All iPhones to get hotspot feature in iOS 4.3, says source

updated 10:40 am EST, Wed January 12, 2011

Will likely be limited by carriers

All iPhones should indeed get support for creating personal hotspots with iOS 4.3, a BGR source claims. The option is reported to have been found in early code. The OS will allegedly be build 8F5148b, and include v04.08.00 baseband; "technical acceptance" is planned for March.

The ability to actually use an iPhone as a hotspot is likely to vary from carrier to carrier. Verizon is so far the only one to announce support, and carriers are typically reluctant to allow the data use that comes with tethering. AT&T may, on the other hand, feel pressure to enable hotspots to avoid losing too many subscribers to its chief rival.




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  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +5

    AT&T's network will implode with hotspots

    They can barely handle just Smart Phone data usage which is why they charge an arm an a leg for tethering while, Canadian carriers include it in their plans FOR FREE.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +5

    Why...

    Once your phone is connected to a telephone network, why should the service provider have any say in what you subsequently connect to that phone? You're paying dearly for the connection, how you ultimately interface with that connection is nobody's business. Imagine if fixed-line and cable operators sought to charge extra if a wi-fi router was connected to your adsl or cable modem. The wireless Telco's need a serious dose of reality, soon. If they're not sorted soon, wired communication, as it disappears entirely, will become yet another oft-lamented and sorely missed thing of the past.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -9

    Re: Why?

    You're paying dearly for the connection, how you ultimately interface with that connection is nobody's business.

    Dearly? Really? $30 is "Dearly". You make it seem like your going through pains selling blood to make the money needed to get internet access.

    The prices are $30 a month because the intention that it will only be used by that device. It also is based on the type of device, where the thought is that usage on a phone would be far less than on a computer. For example, if you get an wireless card for your computer, you'll notice the price is significantly higher.

    So ATT has a solution for the "Sure, just allow anyone on board" people. Hike the prices for everyone! Sure, that would be unfair to those people who don't have a need or desire to share their data connection. But s**** them!

    What's really amazing is how many people will go "Wow, the AppStore is great! Sure, there are restrictions, and you can't share, but that's what helps keep the prices low!" because it is Apple. But ATT offers a data plan, and its "Oh, this sucks! Why is it restrictive! I should be able to use it however I want, especially considering how they are basically taking my child's college tuition every month is heinous costs!"

  1. xmlaroux

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2010

    +6

    @All

    I believe you pay for a 5G per month data plan on your smartphone. How I get to my 5G is up to me. I hotspot my Verizon phone with no issues and as long as I don't go over my 5G... all is well. If I do, I pay the overage. Thats the way it is... all are happy.

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001

    +2

    Agreed

    If my contract is for 6GB/month, I should have the right to use my full 6GB regardless of how I get there.

    As it is, we are dealing with the largest cable provider in Western Canada (Shaw Cable) pulling a fast one on their customers with the start of the new year by reducing bandwidth caps across all plans (ranging from 20-30% depending on the plan) without making any announcements or disclosure to their customers. In addition, they are also introducing a 3-strikes and you'll get charged for additional bandwidth (at rates ranging from $1/GB to $2/GB) unless you also pay for add-on data packages.

    This is all to counter the Netflix invasion exposing their highway robbery pay per view/rental rates on digital content.

  1. FireWire

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    Joined: Oct 1999

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    not our problem

    not our problem.. I pay for X amount of bandwidth, which I shall use as I'm pleased. It's like paying for a All-you-can-eat buffet but they bar men 6' and over and force you to use a straw to eat your meal..

    "Go ahead, pay for 6 GB of data... wait wait wait, you're going to use it for real? how dare you!?"

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -8

    Re: not our problem

    not our problem.. I pay for X amount of bandwidth, which I shall use as I'm pleased. It's like paying for a All-you-can-eat buffet but they bar men 6' and over and force you to use a straw to eat your meal..

    OK, so you'll be fine paying the $60 a month for that 6GB of usage, because you want your "ala carte way"?

  1. FireWire

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

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    no..

    I don't want any "a la carte" favour, I just want to use what I pay for in its entirety because that's why I'm paying for it. Charging an extra because you want to use what you paid for is a ripoff. When you pay to see a movie, you expect to stay until the credits without being charged again mid-movie. Saying we have 6 GB, hoping the customer won't use it and charging an extra because they want to use it is fraud.

    "welcome to McDonald's, can I take your order? - yeah I'll have a #1 Big Mac, fries, coke combo please - that'll be 6.80 please - you forgot the fries - oh, you REALLY want your fries? we know we said it was included but we hoped you'd be too full, tha'll be 9$ in that case"

    It's like the carriers that charged more for iPhone data in the beginning because we were able to use more bandwidth. If you can't handle 6 GB per customer don't say you do...

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