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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. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Great for those that want to pay an extra $20/month! I'll stick with MyWi On Demand
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Maybe for the majority of people who don't jailbreak their iPhones for whatever reason, but us jailbreakers i think are happy with MyWi. I know i am
    1. rockness724's Avatar
      rockness724 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Maybe for the majority of people who don't jailbreak their iPhones for whatever reason, but us jailbreakers i think are happy with MyWi. I know i am
      Amen to that brother!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      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
      MyWi on demand FTW!
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      I thought us not being able to send MMS messages was because of Jobs' own reluctance to add the feature and not that of AT&T's?

      MyWi FTW!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      I thought us not being able to send MMS messages was because of Jobs' own reluctance to add the feature and not that of AT&T's?

      MyWi FTW!
      What are you talking about "not being able to send MMS"?

      EDIT sorry i see what your talking about now....Jailbreakers could send MMS tho!
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Unlimited plan + MyWi + 3G Unrestricter = Epic Win


      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Maybe for the majority of people who don't jailbreak their iPhones for whatever reason, but us jailbreakers i think are happy with MyWi. I know i am
      True my good sir, very true
    1. Major Herbie's Avatar
      Major Herbie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post


      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 it’s 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 isn’t 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&T’s network. When that happens AT&T might actually give Verizon a run for its money.

      Source: AppleInsider
      I've already posted this.

      ďPersonal HotspotĒ
    1. Dizzy714's Avatar
      Dizzy714 -
      Get out of here with that cheap AT&T blow guy, hater. Not a damn thing wrong with AT&T's network.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      Unlimited plan + MyWi + 3G Unrestricter = Epic Win


      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
      Same here dude. Lovin' it!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Get out of here with that cheap AT&T blow guy, hater. Not a damn thing wrong with AT&T's network.
      who are you talking to?
    1. Major Herbie's Avatar
      Major Herbie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Get out of here with that cheap AT&T blow guy, hater. Not a damn thing wrong with AT&T's network.
      I hope your not talking to me...
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Just like everyone else said. $20/month or $20-one time fee for MyWi. For those of us grandfathered into the $30 unlimited data plan MyWi is a godsend and there isn't a damn thing AT&T will do about it. Any change in our unlimited data to capped data represents a material change and lets us out of our contract.

      Stick that in your pipe and smoke it AT&T. To Verizon, you guys still suck and I use voice/data simultaneously almost every day so suck it.
    1. k0mpresd's Avatar
      k0mpresd -
      why has no one posted 4.3 + tetherme = working personal hotspot?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      maybe cuz not everyone has access to 4.3 and MyWi is the Shiznit
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      Hmm thats odd. My iphone makes calls just fine on att. Since when has modmyi allowed such moronic articles to grace their site.
    1. Major Herbie's Avatar
      Major Herbie -
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      Hmm thats odd. My iphone makes calls just fine on att. Since when has modmyi allowed such moronic articles to grace their site.
      Lol, I have already posted on this here is the LINK. As you can see i posted it beofre him and it has info from more then one source.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Its like deja vu with the articles
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Get out of here with that cheap AT&T blow guy, hater. Not a damn thing wrong with AT&T's network.
      I have never had an issue either and I'm a new AT&T customer.