Personal Hotspot in iOS 4.3 Limited to Three WiFi Connections

The Internet got a little worked up today over news that AT&T was apparently “limiting” Personal Hotspot from iOS 4.3 to three WiFi connections. However, it is apparent that AT&T wasn’t at fault, but the limiting to three WiFi connections is part of iOS 4.3, as clearly stated on Apple’s website.

Here is the description of Personal Hotspot from Apple’s iOS page:

…You can share your connection with up to five devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB — with up to three of those connections using Wi-Fi.4

A footnote for this line reveals more details:

4 Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan from your carrier and works with up to three devices over Wi-Fi, three devices over Bluetooth, and one device over USB.

This is more than generous, considering our 3G data speeds fluctuate based on your location and network. When are you in a situation that requires sharing WiFi with more than three people? Even when you’re sharing with three people, it would be for light surfing anyways. iPhone users are just happy to have the Personal Hotspot option as a native iOS feature.

Do you care that Personal Hotspot is limited to three WiFi connections?

[Engadget]

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  • Anonymous

    3 connections is more than enough. Anymore than that would be so slow as to be almost useless anyway.

  • Speederd

    I will continue to use MyWi over this.

  • Yes and someone near you could easily “hack” your mywi connection because it only uses wep for the encryption…

  • Yamadorishitate

    3 is more than enough. Unless you really want to pay for all your friends’ internet use. I personally don’t. Call me cheap!

  • 3 connections is almost to much already lol
    imagine splitting Rogers recently degraded shitty 3G 2Mbps Average DL rate I normally get on a good day to 3 connections. only thing that would be missing is the dial up sounds back in the days of 56K Fax modems lol… im sure there is an app for that lol

  • Ron

    Why on earth anyone would use more than 3, is beyond me! People are complaining about this? I’m surprised this even makes the blog sites.

  • toutou

    smartest comment i’ve read today !

  • Anonymous

    The line that worries me is:

    “Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan from your carrier”

    I guess this pretty much guarantees that robbers will be robbing anyone that actually wants to use this feature?

  • Rogers already confirmed that it was going to be supported if your data plan as tethering enabled (all plans with at least 1GB of has this for free).

    Wifi hotspot and tethering (USB or bluetooth) is only one option on the iPhone… So hotspot will always be included if tethering is enabled.

  • S3c0nd4ry

    I Agree 100%.

    Its called “personal hotspots”. If anyone can tell me what 3 personal or even friends devices they would be using parallel to each other that requires 5 additional internet connections (3x wifi, USB, Blueooth), aside from the iPhone itself, I’d be impressed if someone could give me a legitimate answer so I can understand all the fuss.

    You wanting to run a business with your 3G data? Open a college? Have an internet book club reading streamed group novels over your iPads? Send wifi signals to the alien mother-ship?

    Come on people.

  • S3c0nd4ry

    I Agree 100%.

    Its called “personal hotspots”. If anyone can tell me what 3 personal or even friends devices they would be using parallel to each other that requires 5 additional internet connections (3x wifi, USB, Blueooth), aside from the iPhone itself, I’d be impressed if someone could give me a legitimate answer so I can understand all the fuss.

    You wanting to run a business with your 3G data? Open a college? Have an internet book club reading streamed group novels over your iPads? Send wifi signals to the alien mother-ship?

    Come on people.

  • Anonymous

    I am fine with just 3, but I’m curious as to why it was reduced from 5 (I think) in the betas.

  • AnonymousGuy

    I can see this being a problem with people who have large families with 4+ kids who all have ipads, iphones, etc. on a road trip or what ever, and all want access to the internet at the same time 😉

  • They are likely to have more than 1 iPhones… So with 2 iPhones, they can serve 6 devices on wifi…

  • Anonymous

    Why is this even a issue,unless you got unlimited data. You can hit your cap very fast with 3 or more people using your connection. Even with 6gb data your going to get capped and destroyed in overages.

  • 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