Hotspot support for AT&T iPhones and how to enable it

The highlight of Apple’s announcement Verizon would carry the iPhone was mobile hotspot support in addition to tethering. While the iPhone on AT&T supports data tethering, the process took months and was bogged with delays. To combat Verizon, AT&T is being more lenient with its data caps and supporting Mobile Hotspot for iPhone users.

As of right now the personal hotspot feature is available publicly for Verizon iPhone users. AT&T hasn’t announced its intention to provide the same feature but there is evidence the carrier will do so in betas of iOS 4.3. Developers on the other hand have been able to beta test personal hotspot support on their GSM iPhones since the first beta revisions of iOS 4.3 were released by Apple.

Obtaining and installing a beta of iOS 4.3 isn’t enough to enable mobile hotspot support on your AT&T iPhone. In addition to your data plan, AT&T requires you to sign up for a monthly tethering plan which costs $20 – the same as Verizon’s mobile hotspot plan.

If you don’t have access to a Beta of iOS 4.3 and pay for tethering support on your iPhone, you’ll have to wait for the public release of iOS 4.3.

About Tanner Godarzi

Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.

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