So somebody posted this article as to why the Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/tex...v8&view=text&node=47:188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206&idno=47 Specifically this text was referenced: (e) Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers, to the extent such features are compliant with the licensee's standards pursuant to paragraph (b)of this section, nor configure handsets it provides to prohibit use of such handsets on other providers' networks. The interesting passage is this in my opinion: "No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers.." The hotspot functionality is a native "feature" of the handset, not the network. Their carrier flags specifically disable this feature on the iPhone 5. Verizon's LTE which the iPhone 5 is using has to abide to these regulations. Unlimited data or not has nothing to do with these regulations. Note that I am not saying that Verizon is blocking third party tethering apps. Apple is doing that and unless you can prove that they are being influenced it's a moot point. Do you think it is legal that Verizon is blocking the hotspot feature on the iPhone 5 in light of these regulations? Does the FCC care or do they only care about third party apps?