As announced yesterday by Verizon in the US, and as seen by many in today's iOS 4.3 beta release, iOS will soon support a personal hotspot feature allowing the phone to create a wifi hotspot to share its internet connection with other devices. Effectively, this is a wireless version of the tethering feature that Rogers already provides with our plans. Will Rogers also support Personal Hotspots?
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Exciting news for sure.
We'd love to have this officially available in Canada but that's up to Apple to make it available on a Canadian device.
Samsung Galaxy S, Palm Pre II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab all have WiFi HotSpot enabled.
True and anyone with an Android phone with the latest or 2nd latest version also has this... So there is hope that it will be free with an ios update.
@RogersErin, based on the phones you mentioned, would you expect that this feature would be included in the existing free tethering arrangement that we have?
I'm a registered member of the Apple Development Network and have installed IOS Beta 4.3 on my iPhone 3GS. I get a pop-up message stating that I need to contact Rogers to have the Personal Hotspot feature enabled. I gave Rogers a call and they said that this feature is not currently supported but they are working on it. I noticed on the web that people managed to get this feature working on their Rogers iPhone. Not sure how they did it. Jailbreaking?
If personal hotspots are enabled in Canada (which, if Rogers wants to stay competitive, they should support) from the perspective of the carrier, an iPhone personal wifi hotspot is no different from USB or Bluetooth tethering. It only requires a software update to be enabled. We already pay good money to have a good network: let us use it!
You need a data plan that at least allows tethering under the old OS. But even if you did have a plan that allows tethering, the 3Gs seems to be limited to Bluetooth and USB "Personal Hotspots", which is exactly the same as tethering to begin with. That was my experience on my 3Gs. But, on the iPhone 4, WiFi Personal Hotspots are enabled.
Just one way Apple is helping us come to the realization that we really don't need money for things other than a new iPhone!
Hope that helps.