WiFi Hotspot on GSM iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mtnDewFTW, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I have two questions.

    1. Will AT&T/Verizon charge you extra for the personal hotspot feature? If so, will it be the same as the tethering fee?

    2. Are we gonna be able to FaceTime anywhere if the personal Hotspot is on?
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It appears that if you have tethering enabled on your iPhone (because your carrier allows it - either free or as part of something extra that you pay for) then the Hotspot feature will work as well.

    On AT&T that means that if you pay the Tethering fee, the Personal Hotspot will work with no additional cost.

    Of course, this could all change by the time 4.3 comes out.

    Not sure if anyone's tested it, but I'd assume that if the iPhone's hotspot feature is on, that the phone wouldn't be able to connect to another Wi-Fi network (let alone connect to itself). So I'd say no.
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    1. We'll have to wait and see, but I'd guess it will be extra.

    2. If the WiFi is connected to devices serving internet, then it is not connected to a wireless access point. As long as FaceTime still requires WiFi, I can't see how you could use FT and the hot spot at the same time.
  4. macfanboy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    correct me if im wrong, but i think the OP is asking whether a phone connected to a personal hotspot (not serving it) can make a facetime call. That is also unknown at this point.
  5. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    How about location services on the wireless? Did Apple revert to it's own lookup service for locations via wifi base stations? And if they did it might mean that it can implement GPS sharing on the local net.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If that was the question then yes if you're connected to another iPhone using it's wifi then your iPhone will be able to FaceTime using the other iPhones connection.

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