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The new Personal Hotspot feature on iOS 4.2.5 will not remain exclusive to the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4, and will arrive with the release of iOS 4.3 for existing GSM-based handsets, according to a new rumor.

As reported by iPhoneHellas.gr, (via Google Translate), the feature will be part of a purported update in the works known as iOS 4.3. The rumor was credited to "reliable information" obtained by the site.

The Personal Hotspot feature is included in a new version of iOS, dubbed 4.2.5, that was spotted on pre-release CDMA iPhone hardware shown off at Tuesday's Verizon iPhone press conference. The feature is found in the Settings application on the phone, where it can be turned on or off and the Wi-Fi password can be changed.

In July, iPhoneHellas.gr correctly indicated the release date of iOS 4.0.1. The publication also correctly stated the release of iPhone OS 2.2 in 2008, 10 days in advance.

In addition, on Tuesday iPhoneclub.nl (via Google Translate) also reported that the iOS 4.3 update will only support the mobile hotspot feature, which allows up to five devices to be connected to a 3G data connection over Wi-Fi, will only be available if a carrier offers it.

AT&T famously did not allow tethering on the iPhone in the U.S. even after Apple had added the ability to share a wireless Internet connection via USB or Bluetooth to its mobile operating system. The feature eventually arrived last June alongside new, capped data plans. Tethering with an iPhone on AT&T costs an extra $20 per month.

When asked by AppleInsider on Tuesday whether AT&T will offer the Personal Hotspot feature on its network, a company spokesperson said they wouldn't "speculate" on potential future features. Apple has not made any mention of the Personal Hotspot coming to existing iPhones since the feature was first revealed on Tuesday.

The last time a supposed iOS 4.3 was mentioned was in November, when it was suggested the software update could add recurring application subscriptions with software on the App Store. Such a feature could allow iPad users to pay to subscribe to a regularly updated publication, like a newspaper or magazine.
post #2 of 31
let the GAMES BEGIN.

i want a GREAT DEAL with benefits

what is a great deal with att?

love this stuff, hope that my next 2 year contract rocks
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post #3 of 31
If I had to speculate, I'd say it comes out January 18th to coincide with the release of: "The Daily".
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I think the iPhone and iPod touch will get an updated version of iOS when the Verizon iPhone is released. Maybe it's 4.2.5 or maybe that's just an internal build and the Verizon iPhone will ship with 4.3 and the GSM iPhone and iPod touch will get it too. I don't think Apple has ever had different versions running on the iPhone and iPod touch. They even updated iOS on the touch when they fixed the bars on the iPhone during "Antennagate." Only the iPad waits for updates.
post #5 of 31
I live in Portland, Oregon and overall I have been fairly happy with my iPhone on AT&T. But If the Verizon iPhone comes with free tethering...... that would be very enticing. I already pay for internet in my house & on my phone. Don't make me pay a third time for the convenience of occasionally using the cellular connection I already paid for on my tablet or laptop.

Heck, I would even be happy with a reasonable monthly cap on data for devices connected to my phone. 1GB for free then charge after that. Let's hope healthy competition can improve plans for everyone.
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If I had to speculate, I'd say it comes out January 18th to coincide with the release of: "The Daily".

I don't think it will be out before the Verizon iPhone. In all likelihood, Apple will even give them some time to have it to themselves. I could see Verizon providing the iPhone with iOS 4.2.5 on Feb 10th, then either provide 4.3 with wifi tethering to all phones a couple weeks/a month later or just wait to include it in iOS 5.
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post #7 of 31
I pay for 2GB of data. let me use it how I want, ATT!!!! Give me tethering!!!!

Also, let me use FaceTime over 3G! Skype is great for this, but let's remove all governers and open this baby up!!!
post #8 of 31
Yeah but it won't be free..
post #9 of 31
AT&T will enable it but still require a tethering plan, there's really no difference to them, it's just a function of how the device(s) connect. The only issue I can see is that people may start canceling their iPad data plans, but remember you'd have to pay an extra $20 to add tethering if you didn't already have it.
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Yeah but it won't be free..

Most likely this is correct, but if you have to pay an extra fee it isn't really tethering. Your just getting a discount on the second device.
post #11 of 31
This is great, it's getting hot in here. Its like pitting divorced parents against each other for the best gifts.
post #12 of 31
We will know ahead of time when iOS 4.3 or 4.2.5 is officially released since Apple usually gives developers a beta.
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I pay for 2GB of data. let me use it how I want, ATT!!!! Give me tethering!!!!

Also, let me use FaceTime over 3G! Skype is great for this, but let's remove all governers and open this baby up!!!

Right...I am all for the competition and the mobile hot spots and stuff. But I never heard if Verizon is going to allow their customers to FaceTime over 3G compared to AT&T? Any news on that? Just curious!?
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Couldn't use it anyway

post #15 of 31
I'll wait for the hidden flashlight app that does this for $1.
post #16 of 31
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Right...I am all for the competition and the mobile hot spots and stuff. But I never heard if Verizon is going to allow their customers to FaceTime over 3G compared to AT&T? Any news on that? Just curious!?

I have no idea if Verizon will let video chat over 3G happen. All I know is the new Skype app allows it on ATT. So it's obviously possible. It would be nice if FaceTime could too. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
post #17 of 31
AT&T:"Over my dead body!"

...Or better:

"Fine, but it'll cost you an extra XX usd/month"

I do hope Softbank allows this, though...
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post #18 of 31
Frankly, I don't see why AT&T wouldn't offer it. It already offers $20 tethering option for one computing device (excluding iPad) that piggybacks off of $25 2GB plan.

Letting 5 devices wouldn't make that much of a difference as they would still be sharing 2 GB bandwidth (and $10/additional 1GB).

Verizon's current hotspot plan actually costs $4.99 more than AT&T, as it requires $29.99 unlimited data plan and $20 hotspot feature (2GB data cap, not unlimited) and $20/additional 2GB.
post #19 of 31
Jailbreak you iPhone and use myfi to make your phone a mobile hotspot. 1 time $20 fee for the app and your done. Everything needed is already in your phone, it just needs to be freed.
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I have a big problem with "tethering" option fees. ATT is simply raping its customers. iPhone users pay for a data plan. You pay for a certain amount of data per month. What is the difference if you use this data on your iPhone or use it on a tethered computer? It's still the same amount of data you purchased. The tethering option fee is simply paying twice for the same data. This is totally unfair to the customer. I have no moral problem whatsoever with jailbreaking and using MyWi. I refuse to be cheated any more than possible by ATT. It's great that Verizon is getting the iPhone. It would be even better if T-Mobile would get it, too. Competition is good for the consumer. ATT has had several years to take advantage of its iPhone customers. Now, we have a choice. ATT - Are you listening?
post #21 of 31
I love my AT&T 3g Speed and service. I am NOT switching to VZW.
That said, what good is the hotspot when you are limited to 2GB a month?
You can allow your friends to mooch a few times a month maybe, but I see this as a Really fast way to use up 2GB and / or have overages.
I use around 700 to 900 MB a month, that doesn't leave a lot to hotspot out to others.
5 extra devices using web simultaneously will eat up that 1G thats left over in a hurry.
post #22 of 31
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Frankly, I don't see why AT&T wouldn't offer it. It already offers $20 tethering option for one computing device (excluding iPad) that piggybacks off of $25 2GB plan.

Letting 5 devices wouldn't make that much of a difference as they would still be sharing 2 GB bandwidth (and $10/additional 1GB).

Verizon's current hotspot plan actually costs $4.99 more than AT&T, as it requires $29.99 unlimited data plan and $20 hotspot feature (2GB data cap, not unlimited) and $20/additional 2GB.

Verizon gives you 5GB for tethering, not 2GB, which is much more reasonable. Either pay $29.99 for unlimited data on your phone plus $20 for 5GB of tethering (wireless or not), which is $50 total, or spend $60 for 5GB total on an aircard or MiFi. Much better deal in my opinion.
post #23 of 31
Hopefully this happens, then I'll be able to get an iPad2 with 3G but only get a pay-as-you-go sim for occasional use - no locked in plan.
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post #24 of 31
I'm looking forward to some good competition. I could really use a new alternative for my network.

I currently have 2 iphones w/ unlimited data plans. As of about 2 weeks ago, I finally got 3g coverage where I live. Before that, my house is on that border of the 3% that AT&T doesn't cover, so I would get lots of dropped calls. In fact, when I would stream data on my iphone, with apps like Pandora, I would use a non-ATT data network, which caused them to get so concerned, they turned a bit on my service that would display 'Off Network' instead of AT&T, when I wasn't on their data network, to make me feel bad, so that I wouldn't surf/stream, whenever I saw that message. Seems nice of them to let me know when they would be having to pay out of pocket for me to use my iphone.

For my home internet, I am using a VZ mifi. Another recent turn of events: I have the $59.99 / 5gb plan. I am eligible for a corp discount with my company, but in order for me to use that, I have to have a plan of $60+. When I got close to exceeding my 5g for my third consecutive month, I called VZ up, and asked what they had available. They told me about the $80.00 / 10gb plan. So I decided to get it for a month, just to get me thru my high month. When I went to look at my account online, I noticed that my 22% discount was now in affect, which now comes to $62.40 / 10gb. Not too shabby as mifi plans go.

The reason I have to use a mifi, is because I have NOTHING else in my neighborhood. N-O-T-H-I-N-G....so, the mifi gets me what I need, but doesn't really allow me to stream, like netflix, etc, etc. If I did, it would surely eat up my 5gb - now 10gb.

I tried the sprint mifi, but was barely on their 3g coverage. My thought was that I could buy a EVO, and hotspot it for my network. That would have solved my unlimited usage issue.

Next I tried the virgin mobile mifi. Since it runs on sprint network, I kinda figured it would be the same, and it pretty much was. Plus, it appeared that it removed a feature to allow it to be plugged in to usb, which I was relying on to plug into my cradlepoint mbr1200, which I use for my home network.

So if AT&T does allow this new feature, and I have the ability to do it to my existing iphone, I'll just turn one of those into my internet for my entire house, and then get a new phone for my wife, with a smaller data plan since she doesnt really need it like that.

At any rate, the possibilities are growing.
post #25 of 31
Hoping they bring the hotspot feature to GSM iphone 4's in Canada.

I've had the tethering feature free and clear since day one.
post #26 of 31
So a mobile hot spot is built into iPhone 4, requiring only a software update to work. Does anyone know if the same is true of iPhone 3GS? Just curious...
post #27 of 31
Haha, it's free on android. (In the UK anyway) Since changing to android I save £30 a month and already get hot spot rather than having to tether. Apple is way behind on this and will be a victim of its own success in that you will always have to pay extra to use the phone as a data connection for other devices.
post #28 of 31
It's tantamount to the water company charging you $X to run the dishwasher, $Y to take a shower, and $Z to wash your car. It's bullshit and the govt needs to step in and regulate this crap.

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I have a big problem with "tethering" option fees. ATT is simply raping its customers. iPhone users pay for a data plan. You pay for a certain amount of data per month. What is the difference if you use this data on your iPhone or use it on a tethered computer? It's still the same amount of data you purchased. The tethering option fee is simply paying twice for the same data. This is totally unfair to the customer. I have no moral problem whatsoever with jailbreaking and using MyWi. I refuse to be cheated any more than possible by ATT. It's great that Verizon is getting the iPhone. It would be even better if T-Mobile would get it, too. Competition is good for the consumer. ATT has had several years to take advantage of its iPhone customers. Now, we have a choice. ATT - Are you listening?
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It's tantamount to the water company charging you $X to run the dishwasher, $Y to take a shower, and $Z to wash your car. It's bullshit and the govt needs to step in and regulate this crap.

So yell at them to do it. You'll get made fun of for complaining about it here.

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post #30 of 31
It will be great if iPhone and Touch get this update. Once its on the devices, it probably won't take long before someone (Verizon or ATT) offer some kind of Data plan for the WiFi only iPads and Touch.

This is a big group of people that would be willing to pay a price to be able to turn those devices loose.

At the present time, I only have a Virgin Mobile MiFi. I pay only $40.00 monthly, that is it. With that I do ALL my Internet connections. I am online at least 18 hours in a day and night. I carry it with me all day. I have the internet with me at all times. Listen to Pandora all night, (10:00pm till 7:00am).
I would gladly pay Verizon that much at least.

But better, yet it would be awesome if somebody would finally do what they promised, and put that White Spaces they begged the Government for to use. They finally do something in our behalf, Google, Microsoft, and some others supposedly fought to get this. Now what is the holdup? Once it would be put to use, perhaps this new upgrade in the Apple device will be an unbeatable luxury.
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So a mobile hot spot is built into iPhone 4, requiring only a software update to work. Does anyone know if the same is true of iPhone 3GS? Just curious...

If they push out another firmware update before the next iPhone hardware refresh, then I would guess that it would be supported on the 3GS. If they don't before June, expect them to only support the new hardware and the iPhone 4. It's been pretty much clockwork, new features are supported on current and last gen hardware for the iPhones, I don't own an iPod Touch so who knows there. It doesn't really matter to me though, fastest speeds I get are in the 25 - 30 KBs range on a clear day in broad sunlight. AT&T is horrible out to a 60 mile range where I live, and every one of their competitors has rock solid service in the same footprint. If I wasn't forced to move here to find employment I wouldn't have AT&T. Too big a hassle to pay and ETF and jump ship. Hopefully I'll be gone to a better area by June-July for school.
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