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  • AT&T is Getting Their Network Ready for iPhone 4 Personal Hotspot Feature

    AppleInsider is reporting that AT&T is about ready to launch the personal hotspot feature for the iPhone 4. AT&T is apparently getting their network ready for an anticipated increase in network demand. Verizon iPhones already have this capability with iOS 4.2.6, a version that is only available for their devices. AT&T customers will have to wait until Apple releases iOS 4.3, which is expected sometime later this month. This feature is also said to only be compatible with iPhone 4 and will not be available for previous iPhone models. Beta copies of iOS 4.3 already include the hotspot feature, but itís up to the individual carriers to implement it on their networks.

    With growing demand for personal hotspots and tethering options, both carriers hope to entice their customers into paying extra for the privilege. iPhone users who jailbreak their devices can have this feature without a monthly fee by installing the MyWi app on their iPhones, for a one time cost of only $20. Of course, Apple frowns on users jailbreaking their devices. AT&T has not yet released the cost of adding a hotspot feature to an iPhone account, but they are widely expected to charge the same $20 a month that Verizon does.

    This isnít the first time that AT&T has been slow to add features generally available on other phones. The original iPhone could only send SMS text messages, when most phones at the time could send MMS text messages. They were also slow to add a tethering option, waiting until iOS 3.0 before making it available. This was all before AT&T had any competition, of course. Now they have to keep up with features that Verizon offers to its customers as well. In this way, competition has proven to be a boon for customers using both carriers. One day you may actually be able to use your iPhone to make calls on AT&Tís network. When that happens AT&T might actually give Verizon a run for its money.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T is Getting Their Network Ready for iPhone 4 Personal Hotspot Feature started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. Mookest's Avatar
      Mookest -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Again, you may think you are "sticking it to the man", but you are just sticking it to yourself in the end. The grandfathered plan won't last forever, nor will ATT's willingness to look the other way.
      No one is sticking it to themselves in the end. No matter what we do, how we do it or when we do it, the grandfathered plan will eventually go. What we do in the present will not effect it. If everyone in the US stopped using tethering it will still be the same end. So Letting him download 133gigs will not stick it to himself. I say stick it to AT&T while you can because AT&T will eventually Stick it to you anyway. We'll all move on to LTE system AT&T will bring us anyway.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You know, I saw a pretty big car accident once on the 101 freeway and blogged about it. I was pretty pissed to hear that more people knew about it from the NEWS COVERAGE than through my blog.
      lmfao! classic.

      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Well yes AT&T hates me, Recieved 133gigs sent 3.4gigs, and all of that is just from Netflix on 3G over the course of about 3 months, I have the unlimited plan haha AT&T
      this is MUCH different than what I was referring to. I'm not the a-hole crippling the network streaming netflix through mywi. I just use mywi for doing my homework/email/facebook(very little data usage compared to netflix), etc. but no youtube/other video streaming when i'm not around a wifi hotspot. i probably go through 11gigs or so per month which i think is reasonable. but 133gigs? you're just ruining it for the rest of us and it is that kind of obscene usage that will get us all screwed over it. i hope at&t throttles your kpbs down to 1 and you suffer miserably from it.

      Technically speaking...we have "unlimited" data even though the contract may or may not say "5gigs max". Plus this thing about the contract saying you can't tether wouldn't really hold up in court if they tried to can your connection over it because you could theoretically use "unlimited" amounts of data on your actual phone but you're still using the 3G connection with "unlimited" data that you paid for. You can't call something "unlimited" and then limit it and since my monthly bill says "unlimited" data plan on it then I would definitely have a strong case against AT&T in court which I assume is why so many people can just use 40 or 50 gigs per month and not have AT&T do a damn thing about it.

      Since when is unlimited synonymous with unlimited*

      *actually limited but we call it unlimited to draw more subscribers
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Great for those that want to pay an extra $20/month! I'll stick with MyWi On Demand
      Same here, the only way that att can keep up now is to offer it at a lower price because we all know that it wont be free