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Apple iOS 4.3 (beta) Released, Rumored To Have WiFi Hotspot Capability

     
11:04 am on Jan 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Apple iOS 4.3 (beta) Released [pcpro.co.uk]

A forthcoming upgrade to Apple's iOS software will turn all iPhones into Wi-Fi hotspots, according to leaked reports.

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The only bummer is, like the Android which already has this feature built-in, is that service providers hike up a nice premium to use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature.

UK carriers are unlikely to be impressed by the move. Networks such as O2 currently charge customers extra to tether their laptop to the iPhone


Verizon does the same with Android, I'm certain they will follow suit with any other operating system, including iOS.
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Not really had any issues with my carrier blocking teathering either through usb or portable WiFi hotspot. If my carrier did try and block a phone feature, I would leave them!

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They don't block it, they charge for it. The devices are capable of being a mini wireless router, providing Wi-Fi access to other devices. However, since the "service" you pay for is for your phone device only, you must pay a premium plus any activation charge for other devices (your laptop) to use the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature.

Yes, you may tether the device, but even then you need to be aware that you may be breaking your carrier's terms of service. Disputes abound on the web regarding this topic and whether or not carriers can tell if you have "rooted" (or "jailbreak") your phone and/or running a tethering app.

It would seem as though carriers are concerned about their bandwidth consumption where as it probably comes down to the almighty dollar.