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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Sharing Limited to Three Devices in Many Countries?






Engadget posts a purported internal AT&T sales document sharing details of Apple's iOS 4.3 launch scheduled for next Friday, March 11th. According to the document, the personal hotspot functionality included in the update, which the carrier has already announced that it will support[/url] will be limited to three connected Wi-Fi devices.
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According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices. Just about every MiFi / mobile hotspot device we've ever seen -- including Verizon's iPhone 4 -- has supported five WiFi devices, but unless AT&T pulls a 180 here, it'll be limiting its iPhone to just three connections.
Apple's own iOS 4.3 preview page offers similar language with additional detail revealing the limitations:
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You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB - with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.
Apple elaborates even further in a footnote on the page, revealing device limitations for each of the connection methods:
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Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan from your carrier and works with up to three devices over Wi-Fi, three devices over Bluetooth, and one device over USB.
Interestingly, while identical language is present on Apple's iOS 4.3 preview pages for customers in Canada, Australia, Japan, and many other countries, suggesting that the limitation is Apple's and not AT&T's, pages for customers in European countries simply mention the total limit of five devices.

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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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I'm not in favor of the limit, but can anyone imagine sharing a 3g connection with more than 3 people? I guess if all everyone's doing is email it makes sense. But beyond that, man that'd be painful.
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:08 PM   #3
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nah...

there goes my 3G...... but then that's how it is. Time for a new phone
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:11 PM   #4
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I'm not in favor of the limit, but can anyone imagine sharing a 3g connection with more than 3 people? I guess if all everyone's doing is email it makes sense. But beyond that, man that'd be painful.
Agreed. Three devices is two too many for a 3G connection.
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:13 PM   #5
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Could be differences in allowed WiFi?

I know most of the world allows 13 channels for 802.11b, while the US uses 11 and Japan uses 14. There are similar differences for 802.11g and 802.11n.

This could be that it is a technical limit, there are different WiFi access points for different countries.
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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faster safari performance is always welcome, I always feel like it can be faster, i hope jailbreak comes out for this.
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Why the limit? Here in Canada - on Robelus - and probably on others too - there is no restriction on what you can tether as long as you have 1Gig data plan or more..

Imposing a limit on the number of devices seems pretty retarded IMO. Sure the performance will be degraded the more devices being tethered at the same time, of course, but thats to be expected. But as a user, thats my choice.
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Why would anyone want more than three devices over a 3G connection anyway? It's probably not even a business move for them, more of quality control.
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:20 PM   #9
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What about letting an iPod Touch tether (using Bluetooth) to any cel phone that supports it?
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:23 PM   #10
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What about letting an iPod Touch tether (using Bluetooth) to any cel phone that supports it?
Why not just get an iPhone???
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:24 PM   #11
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havent jailbroken yet but AT&T makes me want to with their $20 tethering plan and having to downgrade to a 2 gb data plan...
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:25 PM   #12
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Don't think this is AT&T's doing.

More a hardware or software issue.
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Old Mar 4, 2011, 02:29 PM   #13
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Has to be for the sake of battery or hardware limitation.

Regardless, only have connected 2 at the most and don't particularly care to connect more.
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I'm having trouble getting outraged over this "limitation." I've been carrying a MiFi for a year and I've never used it with three devices at the same time. A laptop and iPad, yes, but that's only two.

Not an issue for 98% of customers.
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What about letting an iPod Touch tether (using Bluetooth) to any cel phone that supports it?
iPod Touch tethers just fine using WIFI - but that'll consume more power than using BT of course.
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I wish Apple would enable Bluetooth tethering as a *CLIENT* on the iPad.

This way an iPad can tether through an iPhone to the net without consuming a lot of extra power.

Wifi will probably work great, but it's more power hungry since it wasn't intended for this purpose.
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I know most of the world allows 13 channels for 802.11b, while the US uses 11 and Japan uses 14. There are similar differences for 802.11g and 802.11n.

This could be that it is a technical limit, there are different WiFi access points for different countries.
I doubt it's that. The WiFi sharing would be over 1 channel.


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I wish Apple would enable Bluetooth tethering as a *CLIENT* on the iPad.

This way an iPad can tether through an iPhone to the net without consuming a lot of extra power.

Wifi will probably work great, but it's more power hungry since it wasn't intended for this purpose.
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I wish Apple would enable Bluetooth tethering as a *CLIENT* on the iPad.

This way an iPad can tether through an iPhone to the net without consuming a lot of extra power.

Wifi will probably work great, but it's more power hungry since it wasn't intended for this purpose.
Um, you can in 4.3.
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This document actually makes it look like both the iPhone and iPad are getting all of these features.

Obviously, the iPad isn't getting the Personal Hotspot feature, but I have to ask now... Would the iPhone be getting the switch toggle option and PhotoBooth?

Now that would be a nifty addition - even though I doubt it. Did anyone else read that like I did?
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This document actually makes it look like both the iPhone and iPad are getting all of these features.

Obviously, the iPad isn't getting the Personal Hotspot feature, but I have to ask now... Would the iPhone be getting the switch toggle option and PhotoBooth?

Now that would be a nifty addition - even though I doubt it. Did anyone else read that like I did?
The iPhone doesn't get Photobooth in iOS 4.3. Maybe in the future that will change.
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Doesn't the Verizon iPhone's 4.2.6 support 5 devices on wifi?
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Verizon supports 5
AT&T supports 3

make the right choice
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$100 says iOS 4.3 on VZW makes it 3
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Verizon supports 5
AT&T supports 3

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If that's the only thing affecting your choice I worry for you.
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