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AT&T is tinkering with the notion of using the new hotspot feature for the iPhone

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AT&T is tinkering with the notion of using the new hotspot feature for the iPhone
Verizon customer will soon experience all the wonders and joys that the Apple iPhone 4 has to offer, but as of right now, Big Red's version will have a mobile hotspot functionality from the onset – which is something that AT&T iPhone owners lack.

Granted that tethering was available with iOS 3 for a short period of time back in mid-2009 when the iPhone 3GS was released, it was unfortunately never rolled out officially to AT&T customers due to the possibility of adversely affecting their over-saturated network. But now that we're seeing Verizon's model offering it, right now, AT&T seems to be watching as AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom hinted to the notion that they are “evaluating” the new functionality – which is added with iOS 4.2.5 on the Verizon device. He says, “This is a brand new software feature from Apple. We are evaluating the feature, but have no plans to announce today.”

Even though Verizon's network has already been tested by the myriad of Android powered smartphones on its network, it's going to be interesting to see how the iPhone's mobile hotspot functionality will test their network further. Regardless, it might not matter as much since pricing for the mobile hotspot functionality is yet unknown – and plays a larger roll in whether or not customers will add it to their plans. However, it would more than likely follow the same pricing structure in use with other smartphones on their lineup.

source: Electronista

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posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:26

1. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


The AT&T iPhone can be a mobile hotspot? I don't remember that ever being said.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:02

2. Baron95 (unregistered)


For jailbroken iPhones you can download apps like MyWi and have hotspots on AT&T iPhones - that is the number one reason to jailbreak. And if you have the unlimited data plan, that is trully unlimited hot spot on HSPDA.

Veryzon has announced the pricing for the mobile hotspot. It is $45/month for unlimited data + hot spot with a 2GB limit on the host spot data.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:28

4. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


I just don't remember that Apple said that there was a WiFi transmitter inside the AT&T phone.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:06

8. Libertasian (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Like all other phones it has a Wi-Fi transceiver. its just a matter of turning it into an access point.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:05 1

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Dude, I really hope AT&T picks this one up. Like I said, the best thing about Verizon getting the iPhone is consumers get more innovation. Of course, this really isn't innovative, but it gives more features to me...the consumer!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:57

5. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


At&t waits til verizon decides to use hotspot then all of a sudden they want to. I love at&t in all but they are some followers. the other phone companies come out with awesome features and at&t doesnt catch on for like a year

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:22

9. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


How are they followers when they had the feature before. Also Verizon are the one's who begged for the iphone, so who's really following. Hwy whateverman, do you have proof AT&T doesn't have 3g coverage in most area's. Sounds like your just following the hearsay. My 3g works great, compared to my Verizon work laptop and phone which constantly drops out.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:20

6. netposer (unregistered)


A hotspot option on any ATT 3G phone is a million times better than on a CDMA phone since you can use data and voice at the same time.

The hotspot on Verizon is pretty much useless if you need to get any work done while you are on the phone.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:37

7. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Again with that same old argument voice and data. Question, how use is that same feature if you don't even get 3G in most places? That argument just doesn't hold water for most people. Try again.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:45 1

12. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


That was my favorite part of my iPhone 3G. I had it jailbrokem and used mywi to make it a mobile hotspot so I could connect my laptop at work. Gave me great speeds and let me make calls. Extremely vital in my line of work and probably for most people that would use the feature. And 3G coverage for att is very large. Don't believe the hype. It may not always be reliable and I've been a victim of that but I'd say 90% of the time I have no problem. And in my hometown I get 2-3 mb/s connections. Not everyone will but its not an exception.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 00:03

14. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I never believe hype. I've checked ATTs own maps and saw it for myself. One fifth of the coverage is what I saw with my own eyes. The 2g that ATT offers in my area just won't cut it, and even when I'm at work (in Chicago), I'm talking away on my Droid X while the iPhone users are all saying "Hello... Hello...". But they look really trendy holding and not talking on their phones.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:38

10. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


The att iPhone has the capability. In fact iPhone has had the capability some the first iPhone came out. It's only been available to those that jailbreak but the hardware capability has been there.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:42

11. networkdood (Posts: 6301; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Works great on my CAPTIVATE!!!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 23:22 1

13. E-Z DUZ-IT (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Mar 2009)


No simultaneous voice and data, that's gonna cut your 5 wifi connections off should you get a phone call. " oh, sorry guys, let me take this call".

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:34 1

15. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


My mom is 65 years old and has a rooted (thanx to me) T-Mobile GalaxyS Vibrant. She recently cancelled her $41/mo Comcast internet and uses her WiFi hotspot application for her laptop now.
If you have an unlocked phone (like my Nokia N900 or an N8), if you have an old WinMo device with WiFi hotspot built into the operating system (like the HD2 and others), or can root any Android device (like my mom's GalaxyS) you can have free WiFi hotspot! No additional monthly payments, no BS, no extra fees, no nothing!!!
No ridiculous 32 step jail-break crap, no AT&T authorization for functionality, no network approval, no update to the OS...

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:37

16. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


By the way, my Nokia N93 could act as a WiFi hotspot for free back in 2006...
This kinda stuff seems like a sad joke from the distant past...

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