AT&T Confirms Personal Hotspot Support Alongside March 11th iOS 4.3 Launch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Several weeks ago, we reported that AT&T iPhone customers with access to iOS 4.3 beta versions were finding that the personal hotspot functionality was working with their existing tethering plans, but the carrier had yet to offer any official word on whether it would support the functionality once the software launched to the general public.

    Electronista now reports that AT&T has indeed confirmed that it will support personal hotspot functionality on existing tethering plans with the public launch of iOS 4.3 on March 11th. Hotspot functionality will require that users have the $25/month DataPro plan with 2 GB of data plus the $20/month add-on tethering plan that the carrier recently augmented with an additional 2 GB of data capacity.
    While the personal hotspot functionality is included in iOS 4.3, it does require carriers to specifically support the feature. Given that AT&T has been slow to adopt similar features such as tethering in the past, some customers had been concerned that the carrier would not offer hotspot services at launch.

    Verizon is already able to offer hotspot functionality with its version of the iPhone, pricing its plans in a package of unlimited phone data for $29.99 per month with a separate 2 GB bucket of data for hotspot and tethering priced at an additional $20 per month. The carrier is, however, planning to drop its unlimited plan in favor of tiered pricing this summer, although tethering/hotspot add-ons will presumably continue under a similar pricing structure.

    Article Link: AT&T Confirms Personal Hotspot Support Alongside March 11th iOS 4.3 Launch
  2. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    4 gigs for 45 bucks plus tethering included? Hmmm. I don't have a need for tethering (handylight if I do), but if it was maybe 8 gigs.....that would be a better deal. Maybe?
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    So they are going to add this for a monthly cost that is the same as the one time cost of purchasing MyWi?

    This is going to be a tough decision as to which to use.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    I still wish tethering was included for those with unlimited data plans. It is not worth having for the handful of times I would use it when traveling for work.
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    $20 a month to flip a 0 to a 1.

    I look forward to seeing what the jailbreaks do.
  7. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    gouging the public they are. wifi everywhere; at home you can surely pay less for unlimited. some needs to break through with an all encompassing value package that will enable me to drop my home internet service, geez.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    I agree. With unlimited data I should be able to use the data in whatever unlimited way I want. I doubt I'll sign up for tethering. I'd only use it sparingly and since that is the case there is no reason for me to pay $45 per month. :eek:
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    That's my issue. I could see myself using it every now and then, but most of the time I have wifi access.

    I suppose I could turn the feature on an off as needed, but these pricing models really annoy me. I mean I never use the 450 minutes they make me buy each month, and not being able to access tethering with an unlimited plan is just frustration.

    Cell phone companies never put the customer first. They are about maximizing revenue. This kills any loyalty and is only bad for them long term IMO.
  10. macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2008
    Plano, TX
    AT&T is really trying to get the grandfathered customers off that unlimited data plan. Really lame that we are penalized and not able to take advantage of these new technologies.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    MyWi looks nice, but Im one of those people that would rather not jailbreak my phone. With my luck Id brick the damn thing no matter how easy it is.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    As my 3gs contract isn't up until around the iphone 5 release it is somewhat disappointing to see this feature set as iphone 4 only.

    But at the current price o2 charge for the tethering plan it is cheaper to get a myfi on Three with access to 5Gb data that doesn't drain my phone battery.

    I'll only use it for light browsing and reading news etc in the morning at coffee shops and maybe the odd email in a location without wifi though so i may just go the jailbreak route.

    Just a shame i can't use the o2 access to BT Openzone i got with my iphone contract on my iPad.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2009
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
    Never thought about jailbreaking my iphone until now. This has got to be almost pure profit for these providers. Unlimited data should be unlimited.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2003
    AT&T please compete on data. Make the hotspot part of the data service and pool data usage. No need to change prices. Do this and you will get more money from me and many others I'm sure.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Thanks AT&T

    You've convinced me to Jailbreak.

    I pay $20 extra for 2GB, you won't let me use it as a I want.

    Screw you.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2003
    The Midwest, USA
    Ditto. Plus, 6-8 Mbps down.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2006
    Yup, tethering plans are an even bigger scam than text messaging plans.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    Gouging the public is right. If I have on AT&T the lowest data plan and I go over my data limit on my phone I will get charged an overage fee. I should be allowed to use the personal hotspot function without paying extra; and if an iPad or whatever pushes me over my limit then I should be charged for going over the limit. None of this, well if you want to tether or personal hotspot you need to purchase this as well as this and be billed monthly for it. That's hogwash from a consumer perspective.
  21. macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    It is amazing that majority of people still don't understand for things like this that pricing is based on what people will actually use and not what is available.

    With hotspot usage, the average user will use significantly more bandwidth, thus AT&T's costs will go up significantly. Thus they charge more money for it. It is pretty simple, but this concept has befuddled most people here forever and I am not sure why.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    This is the lone reason my phone is jailbroken. Pricing for this is ridiculous. Also, I'm still on the unlimited plan and don't want to give it up for this "feature."
  23. macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Tethering fees should be criminal. Should the water company charge me extra for every faucet I have in my house? Should the power company charge me for every outlet?

    If I'm sitting at the airport and I'd rather view the data I'm paying for on a 10" screen instead of a 4" screen, why should I have to pay extra for that?

  24. macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL

    That will get me absolutely no where. I would not even be able to stream a single HD movie on my iPad, with my iPhone as a hotspot. Lets try oh I dont know 20gb to start!
  25. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    No, it's more hearing about people in Europe who don't have to pay extra for this or text messages. I could also care less about the "average" user when I just want it for occasionally using an iPad and not paying the $130 extra for a 3G radio in one. I'm nowhere near using my 2GB per month, so why exactly should I pay more for this hotspot than someone who uses up 2GB just on an iPhone plan?

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