Confirmed: iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot To Be Free On Rogers/Fido With 1GB & Higher Data Plan

When Apple released the early betas of iOS 4.3, the Personal Hotspot feature caught the eye of many iPhone owners. We all wondered whether the feature would be available in Canada, and even more importantly, would it be free?

For those that don’t remember, Personal Hotspot is a new feature in iOS 4.3 that enables users to create a local, personal WiFi hotspot using the iPhone 4’s 3G connection in order to connect other WiFi-capable devices to the web.

Apple has also indicated that users can share the connection with up to five devices at once over WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB — with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, this functionality will sound familiar if you use MyWi. The main difference here is that Personal Hotspot does not require a jailbreak.

Works In Canada

Early on the iOS 4.3 beta, it was confirmed that Personal Hotspot would work in Canada. Canadians installed the new beta firmware on their iPhone 4 devices and were easily able to create a WiFi hotspot without any fuss. Shortly afterward, Rogers confirmed that the feature would be supported in Canada for Rogers/Fido customers.

The next question was if the feature would be free or would the Canadian carriers charge a fee? Until now, Rogers did not release any specific pricing information.

Works In Canada…For Free!

After the iPad 2 reveal this morning during Apple’s media event, Rogers  confirmed that Personal Hotspot in iOS 4.3 will be available to Rogers/Fido customers who have a 1GB or higher data plan for free.

In other words, Rogers is following their existing tethering policy that requires users to have a 1GB or higher data plan to tether. Anything less than 1GB, and you will be unable to tether or use Personal Hotspot.

…Mobile hotspot on iOS 4.3 will be enabled on the Rogers network and will follow our current tethering policy. This feature will be available at no additional charge for Rogers and Fido customers who subscribe to data plans of 1GB and above.

This is great news for Rogers and Fido customers!

While Telus/Bell/Virgin have not announced anything specific yet, it is safe to say that if Rogers/Fido are offering Personal Hotspot for free based on their existing tethering policy, the former three companies will follow with their respective tethering policies.

What Does This Mean For Me?

In short, this means that if you were so inclined, you could purchase a WiFi-only iPad, for example, and using your iPhone 4 with Personal Hotspot, you can connect your iPad and four other WiFi-capable devices to the web using your existing iPhone 4 data plan!

Of course using such a setup outside of Canada would deliver expensive roaming charges, but within Canada, it’s a perfect fit.

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  • Anonymous

    great news!

    unfortunately it looks like the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS4.3 will only be available for iPhone 4, not the 3GS – I think that’s what they said during today’s announcement. 🙁

  • Pwobrien

    iPad 2 wifi here I come

  • Anonymous

    This is great! I’m running out of reasons to jailbreak. If Apple releases an SBSettings equivalent and removes the 20 mb cap on 3G downloads I will never jailbreak again.

  • Dboisvert23

    That is right … and this is the reason why jailbreak and mywi is the best app for 3gs

  • jt

    Wow, I’m starting to like Rogers now. I was certain for sure that they will charge for this, but they surprised us again, just like how tethering was free.

  • Eason_1108

    so, i have 1gb max flex data plan, would that work too?

  • Eason_1108

    so, i have 1gb max flex data plan, would that work too?

  • Anonymous

    For me, this is the best surprise of the day!

  • Anonymous

    For me, this is the best surprise of the day!

  • How is the iPhone battery life while acting as a hotspot? Also, will the wi-fi only iPad geotag tweets, photos and the like?

  • Andy

    I am completely shocked by Rogers. They are finally giving customers a FREE added value service. I was hell bent on switching carriers once my contract was up but Rogers come back into the race.

  • Thefrazethatpays

    Finally some good news from Rogers/Fido! Yay!

  • Anonymous

    It’s nothing new at all. Theyre changing nothing. They already allowed people to tether from the start if u have 1 gb or more per month and since wifi tethering is still tethering it follows the same policy.

  • Cheapbast

    Hmmmmm… I think we are all forgetting about Robbers…. They don’t care about customers, and they NEVER GIVE US ANYTHING FREE. The key point here is the line ” current tethering policy “…..

    Correct me if I’m wrong guys and gals, but wasn’t that policy that Included the line That shocked us a while back:

    $10 per device per month plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee (GRRF)…..

    I think were about to get robbed again 🙁

  • Cheapbast

    Anyone with Rogers connections care to comment or look into this pls.

    Tks,
    Cheapbast.

  • Anonymous

    That plan is so far the only one that does not allow tethering and has a 1gb limit.
    So consider it a special case 😛

  • Anonymous

    Geotag is supposedly supported, but only if it can identify the location through its Wifi connection.
    For example.. if you were connecting it through MyWi or the Mobile Hotspot on an iPhone 4 then the iPad will know its exact location quickly. You can try this right now if you have MyWi and connect it to an iPad or iPod touch and launch Maps then the button to locate your current position… Found almost instantly

  • Anonymous

    FWIW…. the current tethering policy has been around since iOS 3.0 came out in 2009 supporting tethering via USB or Bluetooth. Rogers was quick to support it with 1gb and greater plans and haven’t changed at all.
    That data share plan is not tethering. It is opening a 2nd line on your account sharing your data only. You do not need to keep that device close to the main line at all. One can be in Vancouver and the other in Montreal and the data will work fine. It is just like you opening up a 2nd phone line to share your minutes, instead you’re only sharing data.

  • Anonymous

    iOS 4.3 will be available on the 3GS YES… But the Mobile Hotspot feature will only be on the iPhone 4.
    Much like how Multitasking is not supported an iPhone 3G even though jailbreakers have no issues with multitasking.

  • Ex

    Apparently good

  • Riceboy

    Sometihing for free!!!!!

  • Eason_1108

    this sucks ><

  • Anonymous

    Great news!!! The feature works very well in the bets version. I’m glad using it isn’t going to cost me anything extra. It’s my data… I should be able to use it any frakkin way I want!!!

  • IcemanYVR

    Thank you Rogers for allowing me to use the Data I’m already paying for in any which way I choose 😐

  • Anonymous

    @mwatcher:
    yes, as draz mentions below, the *download* is available for all iPads, the GSM iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS

    but on Apple’s webpage describing iOS 4.3 it says: “Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4”
    http://www.apple.com/ios/

    this Macworld article also repeats:
    “…with iOS 4.3, any GSM-based iPhone 4 will gain the Personal Hotspot feature, first introduced on the Verizon iPhone. ”
    http://www.macworld.com/article/158264/2011/03/apple_previews_ios_43.html

    as an iPhone 3GS owner, I’d really *like* it to be true that I’ll get Personal Hotspot with 4.3, but unfortunately it seems otherwise

  • Dogbowl

    As far as I can see Apple has no technical reason not to support Personal Hotspot on 3GS. There were a number of reports that this support was working fine in IOS4.3. beta releases. This short-sighted decision is just going to force a large number of 3GS users to finally be disgusted enough to go the jailbreak route.

  • Anonymous

    installous?….those apps that you want to try but dont want to pay for 😛

  • It’s not a value added service, they’re aren’t doing anything. Are they really that bad that we need to pat them on the back because Apple made a firmware update?

  • Anonymous

    Developers work hard to make applications. I tried to learn Objective-C once and it’s fucking difficult. “Those apps you want to try but don’t want to pay for.”
    When does anybody want to pay for anything? If everybody just used installous we would only have ad-supported apps, which tend to be crappy. People don’t actually go and buy an app they like after they pirate it.

    I’m not saying I’ve never pirated software before. Some things aren’t for sale in the Canadian app store
    like NBA TV League Pass. But I can live without those one in a million applications that I hardly use anyways. On the desktop side of things I pirated Photoshop because I need it for school and I don’t have $1000 to throw around.

  • Mike2201

    Rogers rips u off

  • Anonymous

    i’ve bought apps after “trying” them numerous times. if its an app that i will be using alot, then i feel like i would support the developers. DocumentsToG Premium for one. totally worth the $15….the fact that the Premium version supports online cloud computing (e.g. dropbox) is amazing….your rationalization of pirating photoshop in one sentence and then support of the develiopers in the previous sentence clashes. if you’re a firm believe that developers work hard then “if everybody pirated photoshop” would it be around?….do you pay for all your songs or do you download?….did you pay for windows 7 (assuming you upgraded)? how about microsoft office?…..theres a software suite that almost EVERYBODY needs who has a computer (probably primary reason of purchasing a computer), yet not alot of people actually want to spend an additional $400 on the suite….especially since its free to pirate.

  • Anonymous

    as opposed to Bell where you get absolutely the worst possible customer service who don’t help with any issue?….when the iPhone4 came out they were first to offer the 30/6gb plan….others followed suit (if i remember correctly)….Rogers rips you off in comparision to US plans…..but so does any other Cell Carrier (except maybe those new small cheap ones, where it’d be a moot issue because they dont even have the iphone which this post is about :P)

  • Anonymous

    I currently have a 3G + WiFi iPad and I am likely going to upgrade to the iPad 2… this makes a very compelling reason to buy a WiFi only iPad and stop this ridiculousness of paying $23 extra a month to “share” my 6GB iPhone plan… It’s only a question of how inconvenient/convenient it will be going this route. Anybody have some experience?

  • Alex

    Keep in mind that the WIFI only version does not have GPS chip. Many location services apps may not work. I doubt it can piggy back off of the iphone’s gps…any ideas anyone?

  • Anonymous

    Oh right, good point… siiiiiiigh… decisions, decisions…

  • Chris

    I was given a WiFi only iPad for X-mas…I used it for a bit and then realized there was no GPS chip. I couldn’t even use Google maps effectively. I immediately sold that iPad and upgraded to the WiFi + 3G version. I don’t use a SIM card…but I now have GPS. Also, I have an iPhone 4 and the iPad cannot piggy back off the iPhone’s GPS.

  • Carl

    As a developer, I can say you’re part of the problem.

  • buba

    I would have considered it stealing if they would have charged for it.
    I pay for 6GB of data and that’s what I’m entitled to use. Not matter how I use it doesn’t affect Rogers at all. Don’t sell the data if you don’t want us to use it.

    So this is excellent news indeed and it’s also the last thing that kept me from getting an iPad. I won’t tether often but I’ll greatly appreciate the rare occasions I will 🙂 Thanks Rogers!

  • Red Star

    Rogers?!?

  • Johnny_cat

    Heres my next question now that Rogers has said the hotspotting is included; Will I be able to create a network from my phone, then play a multiplayer wifi game from the same phone on said network against another iphone/pod? I don’t think I’ve heard if thats possible.

  • JformK

    If the iPhone 5 is released with Sim card networks and CDMA support theres no reason in Canada, one couldn’t use the latest technology on one of those “cheap ones” assuming they’ll offer data connectivity.

  • PJ

    Interesting news but I have been trying to confirm with Fido that indeed I can use Personal Hotspot to tether the iPad 2. I have a 6GB plan and have tethering enabled. However, apparently Fido knows nothing, I say nothing about the iPad. They are telling me that they don’t carry it and don’t know anything about it. I would need to contact Apple about this.
    What is the real deal here. Can I tether, using Personal Hotspot with my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 or not?
    I was not able to speak to anyone that has any information on this topic at Fido.

  • Ex

    Yes you can.
    You can use personal hotspot

  • +1

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  • Rich Teer

    There are people still paying $400 (or whatever for M$ Office, when they can use OpenOffice, perfectly legally, for free?

  • I don’t get what the point of charging $30 for data plan sharing is when they knew that this feature was coming up and that it would be free. You’d have to be a HUGE idiot to pay that $30 a month with this feature about a month away.

  • PJ

    Thank you for your reply. I wish that the companies would let their employees in on their deals.
    I really want to get an iPad this time, they look really cool

  • Anonymous

    An interesting question, and one I’m sure many game devs are about to start working on. So while I would say yes it’s possible… Only time will tell on how it will be used in the near future.

    I’m quite optimistic that this is possible!

  • Anonymous

    It depends on how you look at it.
    The $30 charge can be great if you want to open up a 2nd line on your account. This means you can have your iPad in one city and your iPhone in another city and they will still be useable sharing that same data plan. It is like opening up a 2nd line to share your voice minutes, but this time you are only sharing your data.

    But if you keep your iPad and your iPhone side by side all the time… Then don’t spend the extra $30 to share your 6gb data plan, turn on Wifi Hotspot.

  • Anonymous

    Well, that basically decided whether to get the 3G version of the iPad or not… going to save my money and get the WiFi-only version and use my 6GB plan on my iPhone to provide non-WiFi bandwidth.

  • Anonymous

    I would actually not want any tethering with that plan. It is suppose to be for very lite usage whenever you don’t have a Wifi connection around.
    If you are using between 500mb-> 1gb data monthly then just get a regular 1gb plan through retentions and have the tethering.

  • Michele

    This feauture will work on Iphone 3G?

  • No

  • Zac

    I wonder if you can FaceTime, while your iPhone is connected to your personal hotspot. That’d be pretty legit

  • Anonymous

    No. iOS 4.3 will not be available for the 3G

  • Anonymous

    You cannot use FaceTime on the iPhone that is broadcasting the wifi hotspot. But FaceTime will work on the other devices which are connected to that hotspot.

  • Marco

    Strictly is not free…. you all ready paid for it…

  • Modedan

    What is better to use. Personal hotspot or tethering ? I don’t understand.

  • Zoyd

    How do I get the personal hotspot to work? I use a laptop at home and would like to test it out!
    Thanks

  • Zoyd

    How do I get the persoal hotspot to work on my iphone 4? I have a laptop I would like to test this on

  • Anonymous

    Well what do you know……for once Canadians aren’t going to get screwed over this. AT&T is apparently going to charge $20.00 a month for this feature! Sucks to be an American on their network

  • Craig

    Hotspot = multiple devices & over wifi so bigger range.
    Tethering typically one device at a time.
    Unsure, but obviously for USB cable tethering, which is better for battery life.

    Enjoy !

  • Craig

    Hotspot = multiple devices & over wifi so bigger range.
    Tethering typically one device at a time.
    Unsure, but obviously for USB cable tethering, which is better for battery life.

    Enjoy !

  • twowheeledsmurf

    I downloaded 4.3 for my 3GS and Personal Hotspot appeared in ‘Settings’. I turned off wi-fi on the phone, disconnected my laptop from the net and connected the iphone to the laptop. It recognized the iPhone and I was now surfing on the laptop via the iphone. I wouldn’t be downloading movies with it but it’s nice to know it’s an option. So… it DOES work with the 3GS…

  • Langis

    Will the reverse be true, if I use my iPod Touch will I be able to connect to the internet using Personal Hotspot offered through my iPad 3G with a 5GB data plan?

  • Sorianoacura

    Go to settings>general>network >personal hotspot turn it on.. Enjoy!!

  • Cdubb80

    you are tethering via USB or bluetooth, not “Wifi hotspot”

  • Sri

    Incorrect, the iPad can most definitely piggy back off the iPhone’s GPS.

    http://ca.gizmodo.com/5782674/wi+fi-ipad-2-gains-gps-powers-when-tethered-to-iphone

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  • Nofkinggood

    AWWWWSOME

  • Nofkinggood

    I have a friend with the 3gs w/4.3 and no luck. There is no “personal hotspot” showing in the settings.

  • Lalakitigasin

    This is the best!!!! Goodbye cydia!! no more jailbreaking

  • Seminar2010

     Can I have use it on my Ipad too?

  • Tkw451

    Will hotspot work for Rogers pay as you go customers on a prepaid data add on?

  • Tkw451

    Will hotspot work for Rogers pay as you go customers on a prepaid data add on?

  • Tkw451

    Will hotspot work for Rogers pay as you go customers on a prepaid data add on?

  • ingenious

    other then the iphone doesn’t support the communication bandwidth that the smaller companies use.

  • ingenious

    other then the iphone doesn’t support the communication bandwidth that the smaller companies use.

  • ingenious

    other then the iphone doesn’t support the communication bandwidth that the smaller companies use.

  • ingenious

    other then the iphone doesn’t support the communication bandwidth that the smaller companies use.

  • Jay

    Does seem to only be pseudo-support. I have 4.3.5 on Rogers, 3GS. I see the personal hotspot in place of tethering, but the instructions remain the same, regarding using Bluetooth or USB tethering, and I don’t see it as wifi.

    I was hoping for this as i’d like to tether my ps3 when working out of town.

    I will not jailbreak this, unless I keep it after I upgrade to iPhone 4 soon, and then it’s a moot point.

  • Jay

    Does seem to only be pseudo-support. I have 4.3.5 on Rogers, 3GS. I see the personal hotspot in place of tethering, but the instructions remain the same, regarding using Bluetooth or USB tethering, and I don’t see it as wifi.

    I was hoping for this as i’d like to tether my ps3 when working out of town.

    I will not jailbreak this, unless I keep it after I upgrade to iPhone 4 soon, and then it’s a moot point.

  • Crandog

    Yes they very much do. Rogers are the biggest scamming pricks out there. More expensive than everyone else and half the coverage. I count the days till my
    Contract is up as they want my first born child to get out early. I don’t see what gives them the right to make you buy a pricier package to use apples built in options. I cannot understand it.

  • Crandog

    Yes they very much do. Rogers are the biggest scamming pricks out there. More expensive than everyone else and half the coverage. I count the days till my
    Contract is up as they want my first born child to get out early. I don’t see what gives them the right to make you buy a pricier package to use apples built in options. I cannot understand it.

  • Abc

    Promise 😉

  • Metrotub

    When using my Iphone as a hotspot for my laptop and I leave it on, but am not active on the laptop is it draining the data plan?  IE when I travel and leave it on, have my laptop idle and my magicjack plugged in … is it using data?

  • Potter

    What about Sasktel?