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Personal Hotspots Coming To All iPhones In iOS 4.3

by Sean P. Aune | January 12, 2011January 12, 2011 9:07 am PDT

Jealous that those newbie iPhone owners on Verizon will be getting the ability to generate personal Wi-Fi hotspots?  Don’t worry, everyone wi get them with iOS 4.3.

According to Boy Genius Report, and confirmed via screenshots, Apple is working on adding the personal hotspot feature first seen in the Verizon iPhone to all units sometime in the very near future.  Of course, there is one potential speed bump to all of this, and that is if the carrier you are on will allow it.  AT&T in the United States is notoriously stingy with data consumption, so there is every chance they may block it, but if they want to continue to keep the subscribers they have, and compete for new ones, they are going to have to at least consider letting you use it.

According to the report, the software version will be the OS 8F5148b, and the baseband will be 04.08.00.  Technical acceptance is hoped to be achieved by March with no word on when we will see it sent out to end users.

I would imagine this is a trend we may see for some time.  One carrier gets a new feature exclusively for a brief time, and then the other will get it a short time later.  It could be an entire new revenue stream for Apple as carriers fight to outbid one another for those brief exclusivity windows to win more subscribers.

Perhaps we now have a window into part of why Verizon finally got the iPhone.

What say you?  Was the Wi-Fi hotspot a make or break feature for you?

[via Boy Genius Report]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...