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iOS 4.3 Will Bring Personal Hotspot to GSM iPhones?

iOS 4.3 Will Bring Personal Hotspot to GSM iPhones?

Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:49pm by iClarified
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An upcoming release of iOS 4.3 will reportedly bring the Personal Hotspot feature to GSM iPhones.

The new mobile hotspot feature that ships with the Verizon iPhone lets your phone create a wireless network and share its Internet connection with up to five devices.

Currently the Verizon iPhone is running iOS 4.2.5; however, both iPhoneHellas and iPhoneclub.nl report that the feature will come to existing iPhones via an iOS 4.3 update.


The iPhone 4 CDMA, such as information from the American media, comes with iOS 4.2.5 but according to reliable information, the feature will be added to "our" iPhone 4 in the upcoming iOS 4.3. [iPhoneHellas]

We received this information from a reliable source within the local telecommunications industry, our 100% correct information previously unannounced firmware versions provided. Bij de volgende grote iOS-update (4.3) komt de functie beschikbaar, op voorwaarde dat je operator tethering ondersteunt. At the next major update IOS (4.3), the feature, provided that your operator supports tethering. [iPhoneclub.nl]

No word yet on when this update may become available...

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soymilk
soymilk - January 12, 2011 at 8:17am
for gsm or cdma? gsm is att not verizon?
Nick
Nick - January 12, 2011 at 10:16am
CDMA is Verizon and GSM is AT&T. The Verizon iPhone is definitely coming out with Wi-Fi hotspot tethering for up to 5 devices, people are guessing that the 4.3 firmware will also enable it on all the other iPhones (which are GSM based on AT&T's network).
Alex
Alex - January 11, 2011 at 11:33pm
"I guess this means the current untethered jailbreaks for iOS 4.2.1 will be postponed yet again in wait for iOS 4.3"; I wouldn't be surprised if this were the case.
Nick
Nick - January 12, 2011 at 10:17am
I hope this isn't the case, I'm still on firmware 4.0.1 and I've been waiting for the 4.2.1 jailbreak for quite some time. I'm getting tired of these bluetooth problems and the proximity sensor issues as well.
Mr Chucks
Mr Chucks - January 11, 2011 at 5:40pm
MyWi 4.0 already does this. NO extra tethering charges. $20 one time charge.
Nick
Nick - January 11, 2011 at 5:45pm
And we don't have to pay a stupid additional fee to tether with our iPhone. I also think it's ridiculous that AT&T is also forcing people off of their unlimited data plans down to a 2GB data plan if they want to add on the tethering option. Guess what AT&T? I've been tethering since before you even offered a tethering plan and won't be stopping, paying more, or getting rid of my unlimited data plan!
Joel
Joel - January 12, 2011 at 10:37am
MyWi Rules, and saved me money also when i bought a 64GB ipad without 3g, and i use MyWi on my iPhone 4, works beautyfull!!!!!! Easy, no extra charges, Just Good Stuff!!!!!
Nick
Nick - January 12, 2011 at 10:42am
That's what I was planning on doing when I buy an iPad too! One thing I did notice, and this could just be me, but has anyone else noticed that using MiWi produces slower internet speeds than using PDAnet? It could just be a bug with my iPhone or something along those lines, but I was just curious. Not that it really matters too much, but I was wondering if anyone else noticed this.
Joel
Joel - January 12, 2011 at 10:46am
Hey Nick it happened to me, i just went to cydia uninstalled mywi, (and i presume u bought the app also), and installed it again. Theres an update already that supports bluetooth also...
Nick
Nick - January 12, 2011 at 11:01am
I'll give that a shot and see if it helps, thanks! I updated to the bluetooth supported version, but haven't tried it out yet.
iceblu121
iceblu121 - January 11, 2011 at 5:13pm
i think apple should hand over the programming to MR. jay freeman.and let him help design a stunning reliable fully loaded OS with great features i think that would go over smoothly with me
Nick
Nick - January 11, 2011 at 5:03pm
Oh just you wait, I bet they'll be adding to the SMS client in iOS 5.x. It is real funny how Apple has been slowly implementing features that have been available through jailbreaking for so long now, this is exactly the reason why I jailbreak my phone, because I'm not going to wait for Apple to slowly release these features just to keep the general masses excited about their new iOS. This is also a reason why I love the people that work on jailbreaking the iPhone and the developers behind the apps available through jailbreaking.
iceblu121
iceblu121 - January 11, 2011 at 4:56pm
can someone answer this tho? with the new hotspot. does that have anything to do with tethering u dont need to att a tethering plan to use this do u ? if so ill just stick with my jb mywi i would think u would need a tethering thing why would apple add this feature knowing att got rid of unlimited data plan . tho i still have it
JC
JC - January 11, 2011 at 4:16pm
Speaking of factory-unlocked iPhones, let me throw this question out. The fact that Verizon got the iPhone means the AT&T/iPhone exclusivity is over, no? That being the case, does that mean that Apple will ship factory-unlocked iPhones (which could be used on T-Mobile) from now on?
torrente
torrente - January 11, 2011 at 4:18pm
this way it happened in Europe...
Nick
Nick - January 11, 2011 at 4:55pm
I'm guessing no. Verizon doesn't have an exclusive deal with Apple on the iPhone for the CDMA model, but I'm guessing that AT&T and Apple still have an exclusive agreement for the GSM version of the iPhone. They might release a unlocked version of the CDMA iPhone, but I highly doubt it.
thearsid
thearsid - January 11, 2011 at 3:59pm
is this gonna be a free feature?
Thatcher
Thatcher - January 11, 2011 at 4:08pm
I imagine the networks will take advantage of this and charge for an extra 'Tether' package.....They can't have a laptop slurping up all that connectivity
john
john - January 11, 2011 at 5:06pm
no i heard from a very relaible source at ATT there will be a small fee of $15 a month plus a $20 tethering plan so just a $35 dollar a month charge which aint to bad at all
iceblu121
iceblu121 - January 11, 2011 at 5:11pm
wow so it is gonna be $35 dollars plus 30 for your unlimited plan then u can get wifi spots! thats awesome damn good price too if i dont say
Nick
Nick - January 11, 2011 at 5:12pm
No, to add tethering to your data plan you cannot be on the unlimited data plan any longer. You have to move to the 2GB data plan, which is $25, to add tethering as an option.
Joel
Joel - January 12, 2011 at 10:51am
John, why 35$ a month when u can dload MyWi From Cydia for 20 bucks and use your unlimited data plan, like... UNLIMITED. And the battery will drain as much as the original app... Rgds
jahmed80
jahmed80 - January 11, 2011 at 3:54pm
woooho... i have a factory unlock iphone 4 and cant wait for this future..
torrente
torrente - January 11, 2011 at 3:58pm
wohoooo, i also have a factory unlocked i4 and i have this feature for a long time. JB your idevice!
Nick
Nick - January 11, 2011 at 4:53pm
And through Jailbreaking your device you don't have to pay for tethering either! I will never pay for tethering, as far as I'm concerned that's a feature that should be included for free on every unlimited data plan.
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