Confirmed: Personal Hotspot Feature Working in Canada

Update 4: @BradinToronto shows a screenshot of getting 6Mbps using Personal Hotspot on Fido in Toronto.

Update 3: Confirmed to work with Bell as well, via HDStig in the comments.

Update 2: More info from acfusion29:

it just says wi-fi password and i have to enter a password that’s at least 8 characters.

no WPA/WPA2/WEP options as far as i can see.

Update 1: Fido too. There’s only 1 bar of signal though. Thanks @iRuni_ !

With the release of iOS 4.3 beta 1 for developers, new features are being discovered. There have been questions surrounding Personal Hotspot, but a screenshot from the MacRumors Forums (member acfusion29) confirms it’s working fine here in Canada on Rogers:

Anyone else have this working on Telus/Bell?

[MacRumors Forums via @shazron]

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  • Anonymous

    Pretty soon I will stop jailbreaking!! Just add Lockinfo to iOS & I will not jailbreak Mr Jobs 😉

  • Morint

    Now all we need are better data plans!

  • Junior Cortorreal

    Bro I got the 6GB data plan I’m set 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Unless Verizon comes out with stellar data plans and not limited like AT&T’s… there will be very little reason for the Canadian carriers to offer anything better than the current 500mb/1gb/2gb/etc.. plans.

    The 6gb plan comes once a year for a few weeks so if it does come around this summer sign up!

  • Ex

    This was it for me. With MyWi not really needed, I have no reason to JB

  • Morint

    absolutely I’ll be all over it!

  • Patt

    Excellent! Now to just confirmation that it works on Telus, and I can lose my Jailbreak.

  • Yeah. They are definitely giving us less reasons to jailbreak. Smarter than what Sony is doing right now. 😉

  • If the Telus has the Internet sharing option enabled for the iPhone (like Rogers and Fido), it will work…

  • Scott Mclean

    Downloaded and installed 4.3 and I’ve only got the option for hotspot over USB and bluetooth. I don’t know why I’m missing WIFI. Maybe because I have a 3gs? I’m on rogers with a 6gb data plan.

  • It would be “logical” for apple to offer this feature on the iPhone 4 only…

    Also the iPhone 4 has a different wifi chip… So this might be the reason why the wifi hotspot is not available on the iPhone 3GS…

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure reading on Telus site that all data plans has tethering enabled. So if you can tether via USB or Bluetooth right now, you’re good to go.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure reading on Telus site that all data plans has tethering enabled. So if you can tether via USB or Bluetooth right now, you’re good to go.

  • Anonymous

    Since it’s been on every year during iPhone launch periods there’s a real good chance it’ll come around again!

  • Anonymous

    Nothing to do with the chip as MyWi app works fine.
    It is just Apple and them not supporting the 3GS with this ‘new’ feature of theirs. Hopefully we see support in future beta builds before it goes gold.

  • TeenWolf

    All I need now is something bite SMS like and status notification and the jailbreak is obsolete.

  • HDStig

    Confirmed Bell

  • Mohammed

    If virgin mobile unlock my phone then there would be no reason for me to jailbreak any more.

  • Anonymous

    Same here with my 3GS. No Wifi option.
    Bummer!

  • Ken

    Can a iPad connect to this ? Anyone test that yet?

  • Anonymous

    Yes the iPad connects fine.

  • brichar

    great! another way to use the 3G that’s already slammed with network traffic. How in the world did you get 6Mbps?!!?? Either you’re going to go sterile from living 5′ away from a broadcast tower or you know something that I don’t. 5 bars strength and Rogers struggles to prevent a phone call dropping. Same with gf’s phone.. sometimes can’t even connect to dial for an entire evening, and we are downtown toronto!

  • with the software/hardware they use, maybe this is the case…
    iPhone 4 has 802.11n capability… while the 3Gs is only 802.11g…

    also, MyWi only has WEP encryption… this encryption type can be bypassed within a few seconds…
    the new Hotspot feature has WPA2…
    the iPhone 3Gs might not be able to use WPA2 when configured to share his Internet connection… or if it does, it might be slower because WPA2 needs more processing power to encode/decode this encryption type.

  • Chris9999

    Same here — personal hotspot on my Rogers iPhone 3GS only shows the bluetooth and usb options. The wi-fi option is not available so no iPad tethering. This is effectively the same as the original data tethering that was available pre-4.3.

  • Same here. Does not work with my 3GS on Rogers. Very disappointed. Hopefully a carrier update or new beta can/will resolve this.

  • jt

    Does this mean that us canucks won’t have to pay anything extra for this service? Or can the big 3 charge for the hotspot feature while keeping tethering with usb/bt still free?

  • Doezer

    Can I facetime over personal wifi hotspot?

  • Interesting question!!! I want to know too!!!

    Le 2011-01-13 à 10:15, “Disqus” a écrit :

  • jt

    y not? every device will see it just as a wifi router

  • jt

    orrrrrrrr do you mean if you can connect to your own hotspot and ft over that? 😐

  • The 6Mbps speed was after midnight (from a condo downtown). I just tried again around noon from an office building in North York and got about 1Mbps, so it certainly is variable!

  • The 6Mbps speed was after midnight (from a condo downtown). I just tried again around noon from an office building in North York and got about 1Mbps, so it certainly is variable!

  • Anonymous

    LockInfo, SBSettings, and more customization options for sounds are my last real requests. The sounds one I /could/ do without.

  • Anonymous

    As long as Rogers doesn’t charge extra for this, I MAY actually be close to neutral with them!

  • Murvin

    Don’t Rogers, Telus or Bell currently sell Android smartphones with the Hotspot feature? Do they charge extra to use this feature?

  • Norm

    I installed the beta last night on my 3Gs and Hotspot sharing is available ONLY over USB and Bluetooth. No WiFi. Unless I’m missing something basic…which is possible given my current mental state!

  • Norm

    Same with me buddy! They’re crippling the 3Gs and it’s still for sale by Apple!

  • Anonymous

    So this is basically the Apple version of MyWifi from Cydia? I’ll upgrade to the 4.3 beta if that’s the case because MyWiFi is the only real reason I’ve kept my current jailbreak anyway.

  • Paraa85

    How do I get the os4.3??

  • Wait for apple to release it officially in a few weeks or get a developer account for 99$…

  • Anonymous

    You have to enroll in the iPhone Developer program with Apple for $99/year. That gives you official access to the beta versions of their O/S’s. I’m sure you can find an unofficial copy on some torrent site if you look really hard though.

  • Yes… But apple version is more secure because it uses wpa2 encryption instead of wep used by myfi

  • Yes… But apple version is more secure because it uses wpa2 encryption instead of wep used by myfi

  • You may be able to find a torrent somewhere but you will still need to have your device registered on a developer account to be able to activate your iPhone with a beta iOS…

  • You may be able to find a torrent somewhere but you will still need to have your device registered on a developer account to be able to activate your iPhone with a beta iOS…

  • Anonymous

    Just installed 4.3 beta on my iPhone 4 and the Personal Hotspot feature works just fine here in Hamilton. Connected my MacBook Pro as soon as I typed in the password. Very cool as this was the only real feature I needed from my Jailbreak. Nicely done Apple.

  • Robt

    Will an iPad pick up the signal? You can’t tether an iPhone to an iPad directly, but can you do it through the personal hotspot?

  • CarGuyGTI

    Or maybe the 3GS is like the unwanted adolescent of Apple and Jobs. The couple (Apple and Jobs) are concerned with Apple’s pregnancy of the iPad and the planed pregnancy of the iPhone 5. They cannot be concerned with their older children, they only love babies.

  • Well, I got ios 4.3 beta1 installed on my iphone 4 – connecting via wifi to my macbook pro, no problem. While at Futureshop store, I tried a number of PCs, and was able to host a full internet link to only one Windows 7 laptop. Came home, tried it with my Ubuntu 10.10 – forget it – doesn’t even “see” the iPhone 4 …

  • Hardkore

    Nope they don’t charge extra for it and lets keep in mind they don’t charge us extra to teather either so fear seems to be unfounded.

  • yosef

    O man really? thats great news! one of the reasons I didn’t buy the ipad was that exact problem, I just couldn’t justify getting another Data plan besides my phone for the ipad since I use maybe 900MB of my 6gb plan a month tops. that means my girlfriend’s iphone (dataless) and my ipad2 will be connected! Nice. apple should have had that last year!

  • mike

    How did you install 4.3? I tried restoring it with the firmware, I keep getting an error message.

  • Tested the 4.3 Hotspot feature with Rogers, wi-fi connects every time with my MacBook Pro. Went to an electronics store, and could wi-fi connect only a single Windows 7 machine, none of the other ones worked. Came home, tried a wi-fi connect to my Kubuntu 10.10 – the wi-fi scan could not even see my iPhone 4. This is why it’s called a BETA.

  • Doezer

    Yeah that’s what I was asking

  • MiFi does use WPA2 too.

  • I was talking about mywi (free tethering for iPhone).. And this program only had support for wep…

  • Oh, sorry.… seems that I cleary missunderstood you. MiFi != Myfi

  • Braille signature ftw

  • unlimited

    i’m in canada and i have an unlimited data plan for $40, now i just need an iphone and ipad

  • With which provider?

  • luvit

    Please help! I upgraded my iPhone 4 to ios 4.3 and turned on Personal Hotspot.
    I see my iPhone in the network list and tried to connect but it always says “Unable to join the network”.
    I have Telus data plan and tried it with my iPad, Laptops and HTC phone with no luck.
    Password I typed in is correct, of course.
    Tethering using USB cable works fine as usual and I even did Reset Network Settings on the iPhone.
    I read a few articles on the web and they said Telus supports Personal Hotspot feature.
    Does anyone know what problem I have or what I did wrong or any other ideas?
    Thanks for reading.

  • Try this… Disable hotspot, reset network settings and reenable hotspot…

  • Mylegoandpaperguns

    I have 6gb package, but does it cost anything to use hotspot?

  • No Added fees to use it…