When Verizon Wireless announced that iPhone 4 would soon be available on its network one of the surprise features turned out to be the ability to use your iPhone 4 as a hotspot. Apple’s iOS 4.3 beta 1 introduced a new option in the settings menu called ‘Personal Hotspot’ which would allow you to use your iPhone as a wifi hotspot and share the network with upto 5 devices.
Macworld recently confirmed that Verizon customers would be able to use this feature by paying $20/month in addition to the regular data plan.
Raney said that Verizon iPhone owners will be able to take advantage of the 3G wireless hotspot feature for an extra $20 per month on top of the iPhones required voice and data plans–thats the same price that applies to current Verizon smartphone owners.
The new wireless hotspot feature is carrier dependent so it’s not clear if it will be available for AT&T customers too as they are already struggling with high amount of data usage from iPhone users.
AT&T currently offers 2GB of total data which can be used on iPhone or with a single tethered device for $25. Verizon will offer 2GB data when tethering via hotspot feature for $20 and unlimited data when on iPhone for $29.99.
Another interesting twist to the above pricing is that Verizon might offer the unlimited data plan only for a limited time. So, if you have decided to get Verizon iPhone 4 then it will probably be a good idea to sign up for unlimited plan so that you can lock in unlimited data until you purchase another phone from the network provider.