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WiFi hotspot feature for Verizon iPhone will cost you

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WiFi hotspot feature for Verizon iPhone will cost you
The launch of the much anticipated Verizon branded Apple iPhone 4 is just around the corner and some new news has surfaced that the WiFi hotspot feature will cost users an extra monthly charge on their bill.

The Verizon version of the iPhone is the first of to have the WiFi hotspot capability. Other devices on the Verizon lineup with this capability have an additional charge, so it should come as no surprise that the iPhone does as well.

The ability to use the iPhone as a WiFi hotspot will run you $20 monthly. However, this is not an unlimited plan as Verizon will be implementing a 2 GB data cap. If you go over that limit, it will cost you another $20 for each extra GB of data used. The iPhone can be used to provide internet for up to five devices at once, so if you want to use the feature proceed with caution

Any surprise about the pricing for the hotspot feature on Verizon’s Apple iPhone 4? How about the price for going over your monthly data allowance? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Slash Gear

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posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:15 5

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


Well that doesn't surprise me. They aren't gonna give the service away.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:17

2. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)


HAHA that was the only plus verizon had on their iphone over AT&T's and it sucks, they could have taken advantage of the feature. if they made it ten dollars and unlimited it would have been amazing, but that unrealistic. And this is an example of how AT&T's talk and surf the web at the same time comes is handy. My mom has the iPhone and i use it while she drives in the car and she has bluetooth so when someone calls her i can still go on the internet. Im not leaving AT&T its the best.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:36

5. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


Don't Upgrade to the Next iPhone...If you do Your unlimited data will turn to 2GB..haha! What are you like 10 yrs old...My mom has an iPhone...really dude?? Let grown folks handle this one!!

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:47 2

7. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


WRONG!! You can keep your unlimited 30.00 data plan when upgrading to any other smartphone, if you had it originally....next?

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 23:23 1

22. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


I seriously cant read another article, people are so seriously missing some brain cells. WiFi hotspot has ALWAYS been seperate to the MAIN data plan. 20$ 5 gigs, or 20 in this case. so


WRONG!!! YOU CANT READ!!

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:02 1

10. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)


@DF334 if therygy is a 10 year old kid, then you're the douche that just picked on a 10 year old. Good job out of you fella

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 23:39

23. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


Oh well he shouldn't enter or talk about something he doesn't really know about!!

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:58 2

14. QuikNui (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Pull your head out. 2GB is just for the Hotspot!!! You still get Unlimited for $30

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:46 2

6. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Why the "-"s on this post? With AT&T, you get a ton of mobile hot spots for free with the service...but the plan is not unlimited unless you are grandfathered....ah well, get a DROID phone, rooted with free wi-fi tethering, or do the same with your iphone.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:01 5

9. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


you mean your mommy isnt leaving AT&T so you dont have a choice...

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:31 3

3. misteranderson (unregistered)


Considering that's the same plan as any other phone that offers the same feature thru Verizon, I'm not sure how this is news. So exciting.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:32 2

4. wow (unregistered)


You are using your moms iphone while she drives.....

you lose

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:51

8. boxrocket (unregistered)


So it's the same price as a 2GB plan with Tethering on AT&T, but you can "tether" up to 5 devices, which will really use that 2GB stupidly fast. What's the point? Get a MiFi with 5GB or more instead if you insist on tethering/WiFi hotspotting, or get with a carrier that offers soft-cap unlimited with tethering (i.e. T-Mobile). My G2 can be a mobile hotspot, and it doesn't cost me any more than my usual charges. And that's at "4G" speeds (14.4 in my area), too

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:03 2

11. njcizzle (unregistered)


plan will still be 30 dollars for unlimited data use on device, 20 for hotspot, big deal.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:18

12. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Not surprised at all

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 19:41

13. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


Looks like a typical Verizon plan to me... !!

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 20:14

15. goatelope (unregistered)


its the same as hotspot has been on everything except Palms. And they were only cause they didnt sell without it

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 20:15

16. bme (unregistered)


nothing a jailbreak cant fix....

posted on 13 Feb 2011, 15:16

41. christinamg83 (unregistered)


how can jailbreak fix this??? I jailbroke my iphone 4 and when I get to the personal hotspot (which I had to get to through network settings not on the main general settings tab) it says I have to add the feature either call verizon or go online

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 21:32 1

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not a surprise. Even less surprising is the fact that yet another article about the Verizon iPhone on this site has a decidedly anti Verizon slant. "You can't talk and browse at the same time," "Verizon's plans cost more," "Verizon's iPhone is fifty bucks more at full retail price," and now "the Verizon iPhone's Wifi hotspot plan will COST YOU." DUN DUN DUN.

It's starting to get old, Phonearena.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 21:41

18. oneluv (unregistered)


I dont really think this has an anti-verizon slant to it... the author said that this plan should come to no surprise as other phones feature the same charge... and I am pretty sure that this isn't the only site posting this news, so whats the problem?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 09:01

30. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Look at the title of the piece. "Verizon iphone's wifi hotspot feature will cost you." Then look at the history of the articles regarding the Verizon iphone in the past. They all have a very whiny and negative tone to them.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 22:16

19. phone 555 (unregistered)


Is the hotspot plan required to get the iphone on verizon? Can you just have the data plan and voice plan? or is it required to have the iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 06:58

28. Fred (unregistered)


No... the hotspot plan is not required.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 09:02

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's not required. Stop your worrying. You'll only need some kind of data plan to run it.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 22:54 1

21. elgee02 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)


Why is this news? Seriously? This is the exact same pricing for mobile hotspot on VZW's Droids that came out last summer. Phonearena this is bush league here. Y'all bored or something?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 00:41

25. Superchick (unregistered)


Really... It's exciting. Can you really be on 5 devices at once, or should I even ask that question? For a large family it probably isn't ideal, but worst case scenario you spend $30 for a data package (unlimited) for your phone to access the net, and $20 for 2GB of usage for a total of $50 (which is about the same as I pay now for a discounted service at half the speed through qwest). 2GB is plenty as long as you are not constantly streaming video (10 small emails are 1mb), and now you can use verizon's huge coverage area as your playground. You can use the unlimited data on your phone for the larger Internet data transfers. If you live in a decent area with wireless enabled coffee houses and such, you don't need to use your data then. Because I go to coffee houses often, for me I should only be using the $15 data package with the $20 hot spot. Since I have a wireless iPad already, this is truly exciting. $35/mo for Internet without the bullshit of qwest, I'm in!

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 03:04

26. tripps (unregistered)


heck I have the mobile hotspot for free on my pre plus and I have a 5 GB cap on mine but 2 GB cap on the I phone kinda sounds real weak to me

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 04:25

27. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


Why is this post full of angry know it all jerks, with their heads up their own asses. Put your iphones down and go out and get laid, its just a phone.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 07:00

29. Fred (unregistered)


EVERY article on here is full of angry, know-it-all jerks because they are all fan boys with no ability to distinguish between opinion and fact. The only ability they have is to flame people on messageboards/comment threads.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:07

32. sgw3 (unregistered)


This is robbery!!! do customers have the option if they dont want that hotspot on their phones?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:09

33. sgw3 (unregistered)


that's robbery!!! do customers have an option not to have that hotspot on their iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:10

34. sgw3 (unregistered)


that's robbery!!! do customers have an option not to have that hotspot on their iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:19

35. sgw3r (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


that's robbery!!! do customers have an option not to have that hotspot on their iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:20

36. sgw3r (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


that's robbery!!! do customers have an option not to have that hotspot on their iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 10:21

37. sgw3r (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


that's robbery!!! do customers have an option not to have that hotspot on their iphone?

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 12:23

38. xxA4Hxx (unregistered)


It is all just a shell game with iphone but not exclusively to the iphone, all cellphone carriers play the shell game with their pricing and what you get for it. Forget grandfather data plan because as soon as they want to deny it when you get the next phone poof it is gone.

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 17:16 1

39. spinelessrabbit (Posts: 35; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)


my captivate is an access point with unlmtd data with no extra charge cause android pee's on apple's sneakers!

posted on 06 Feb 2011, 22:17

40. Dumbpeople (unregistered)


I have an idea why dont all you people who are bitching about verizon just not have verizon stay with AT&T the call quality sucks, the customer service sucks but just stay with them and everyone who wants to be with verizon and pay a little more for better service all the way around will stay with verizon

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