Verizon iPhone hotspot will cost you $20 a month

The Verizon iPhone is only days away from being officially available across America, and much like other products that near a release date, the catches begin to roll in.

When Verizon announced the iPhone will be available on its carrier on January 11, journalists from around the world noticed that the phone was running iOS 4.2.5, which allowed anyone to turn the iPhone into a hotspot. The new feature will allow up to five WiFi-enabled devices to connect to the iPhone and share its data.

The Verizon iPhone will be the first to officially support this feature, but it will come at a price. As Macworld.com reported, Verizon will be charging customers $20 a month on top of their voice and data plan. The next catch is the hotspot will only have a 2GB allowance, and if you go over that, you will be charged an additional $20 per gigabyte.

Depending on your usage, especially with up to five devices connected to your phone, that 2GB allowance could be used up within a few hours. The Verizon iPhone will have its own pool of data usage for regular 3G surfing, separate from the hotspot data.

When iOS 4.2.5 (or 4.3) releases in the coming weeks, the hotspot feature may not be available through all carriers. As many iPhone owners in the United States already know, AT&T now officially supported tethering for the iPhone, so it will be interesting if the carrier will support the hotspot feature.

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I wonder if the tethering will work to where I can connect to my home wireless on the iPhone, then use it as a hotspot, effectively creating a repeater on my home network.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, this is the same company that use to; charge 10 cents per text message, dole out mystery charges, doubled the ETF's and teamed up with Comcast to support getting the Net Neutrality in their favor and then turning around with Google to sue the FCC over the same thing they supported.

Well, the amount of people who tether their iPhones to their Macs, And blitz through 40GB per month.

Phone infrastructures were not meant to handle this, A single Youtube video watched on an iPhone consumes as much data as 12,000 Text Messages sent simultaneously.

Benjy91 said,
Well, the amount of people who tether their iPhones to their Macs, And blitz through 40GB per month.

Phone infrastructures were not meant to handle this, A single Youtube video watched on an iPhone consumes as much data as 12,000 Text Messages sent simultaneously.

Never really thought of comparing the data usage like that.

Can carriers even tell if you are tethering or just using data? I don't think there is as here in Canada I use tethering all the time on my Android phone, and when I check my data usage its all the same.

Lexcyn said,
Can carriers even tell if you are tethering or just using data? I don't think there is as here in Canada I use tethering all the time on my Android phone, and when I check my data usage its all the same.
I've wondered about that for awhile. I'm currently with WIND Mobile on a $40/month unlimited voice and data plan that allows tethering. My friend is on a similar plan for $45/month (it's essentially the same - minus tethering). Despite the "lack of support" for tethering, he can still browse the web by connecting through his smartphone. He hasn't received the bill for his first month of usage but I doubt he'll be charged extra for it. With WIND, tethering isn't a feature per se but more of an added bonus.

Why people should learn to root. Its not as hard as it was when Androids were first introduced. Takes less that 5 minutes now and most of the work is done for you. Just have to run an app. Then free hotspot. Wonder if Verizon will be monitoring user bandwidth to see if they are doing this for free....

techbeck said,
Why people should learn to root. Its not as hard as it was when Androids were first introduced. Takes less that 5 minutes now and most of the work is done for you. Just have to run an app. Then free hotspot. Wonder if Verizon will be monitoring user bandwidth to see if they are doing this for free....

tethering build into android no need to root or anything just go to wireless, tethering turn on. BTW how can they tell if you are sharing out your internet connection, if you have paid for data, then you should be allowed to use how you want!

lflashl said,

tethering build into android no need to root or anything just go to wireless, tethering turn on. BTW how can they tell if you are sharing out your internet connection, if you have paid for data, then you should be allowed to use how you want!

Because your not going to access WoW game servers on an iPhone

Doesn't this just force people to jailbreak and use MyWi? I sure hope Telus/Bell/Rogers don't pull this crap in Canada ... though I doubt it. Tethering with cable and bluetooth is currently free, as is Visual Voicemail (with Telus) ... so I'm thinking Wifi tethering will also be free.

Rudy said,
$20/GB???? That's crazy

I know.. I could go through that data in about one or two hours. I like the unlimited data tho Here is to hoping the jailbreak community makes short work of this

Rudy said,
$20/GB???? That's crazy

How is the overage crazy? you realise that bandwidth is limited with wireless technologies so even if they had the backhaul you'd end up having contention at the base station with calls being dropped etc. Wireless broadband was never designed to replace fix line broad band - I don't know why people think that it is the case.

reidtheweed01 said,
its free on my palm pre+

The Pre+ was hardly a 'roaring success' that would 'collapse the network in a big screaming heap' because a huge number of people would be using up the bandwidth.