A new feature named ‘Personal Hotspot’ will be introduced in the new CMDA iPhone 4, which was announced by Verizon and Apple earlier today. The feature will allow the device to act as a mobile Wi-Fi connection for up to 5 devices. The new iPhone, due to be released on February 10th, will come with a new version of iOS which will have the feature built in to the Settings application.
Although Verizon stated during its announcement that the feature would be available through a dedicated app for the device, Engadget have discovered that it will instead be built-in to iOS 4.2.5 following a hands-on with the device:
Verizon called it an app, but getting hands-on we can see that’s not the case at all — Personal Hotspot is built right into the CDMA iPhone 4’s build of iOS 4.2.5. Perhaps we’ll see it migrate to other devices as well?
The feature lets you create a personal hotspot that will finally allow you to share your 3G data connection with your iPad, laptop, or other Wi-Fi devices without using a wired connection. AT&T have offered a similar feature through tethering for some time, however, tethering is only accessible via Bluetooth or USB and only one device can use your iPhone’s connection at any time.
It’s not yet clear how much Verizon will charge for this privilege on the iPhone 4, but it’s expected the carrier will use the same rate they charge Android users, which is an additional $20 per month.
News and image via: Engadget
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