WiFi hotspot feature for Verizon iPhone will cost you

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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1. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

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

2. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 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.

5. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 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!!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

22. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 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!!

10. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 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

23. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

14. QuikNui

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

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

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

9. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

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

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.

4. wow unregistered

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

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

11. njcizzle unregistered

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

12. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Not surprised at all

13. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

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

15. goatelope unregistered

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

16. bme unregistered

nothing a jailbreak cant fix....

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

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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?

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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?

28. Fred unregistered

No... the hotspot plan is not required.

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

21. elgee02

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 26, 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?

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!

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

27. nimo

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 11, 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.

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.

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