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iPhone Personal Hotspot coming to all in iOS 4.3

iPhone Personal Hotspot coming to all in iOS 4.3

The personal hotspot functionality unveiled on the Verizon iPhone 4 yesterday is coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3, though it will require carrier blessing before users can actually take advantage of it. According to BGR's source, the new firmware is expected to hit technical acceptance in March 2011.

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Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

Now that the iPhone 4 has been officially announced for Verizon's network, many potential customers are going to be asking an obvious question: what's different? While all of the details regarding the phone are still a mystery, more or less, we do know that, for the most part, the iPhone 4 on Verizon is pretty much the same exact phone that's currently available, and has been available on AT&T's network for some time now. However, there are some changes, so let's go ahead and run through them.

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Samsung 4G-Enabled Galaxy Tab, Smartphone & Mobile Hotspot Announced at CES 2011

Samsung 4G-Enabled Galaxy Tab, Smartphone & Mobile Hotspot Announced at CES 2011

While HTC may have been first to pull the trigger on the Verizon stage at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing off the often-rumored about HTC ThunderBolt and making it official, Samsung is ready to announce three new 4G-enabled devices. They aren't focusing on one market, though. They've just announced that they've got a smarphone, a tablet, and a mobile hotspot with the Samsung name coming to Verizon soon.

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Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G and Novatel 3G/4G MiFi get official

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G and Novatel 3G/4G MiFi get official

Sprint has officially announced the HTC EVO Shift 4G, as well as the carrier's MiFi 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Novatel Wireless. The HTC EVO Shift 4G will land on January 9 2011, priced at $149.99, while the 4G-capable MiFi hotspot will follow on February 27 for $49.99.

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T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G mobile hotspot due Feb 2011

T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G mobile hotspot due Feb 2011

T-Mobile USA is readying its first mobile hotspot, and the debut device will apparently support the high-speed HSPA+ 4G service offered by the network. One of two MiFi-style devices for the first half of 2011, the first model - codenamed "Lil Wayne" - is expected to arrive in February 2011 according to TmoNews' sources and support up to 21Mbps downloads.

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Best Buy offers iPad buyers a free mobile hotspot (with an agreement, naturally)

Best Buy offers iPad buyers a free mobile hotspot (with an agreement, naturally)

Best Buy is offering iPad buyers a "free" mobile hotspot to get online with the WiFi-only version of the Apple tablet. The deal, spotted by 9to5Mac, includes Verizon's FiveSpot, AT&T's MiFi 2372 or Sprint's 4G OverDrive, though each does require a new, two-year agreement.

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Novatel MiFi 4082 WiMAX mobile hotspot clears FCC

Novatel MiFi 4082 WiMAX mobile hotspot clears FCC

Novatel Wireless has been promising WiMAX-capable MiFi mobile hotspots since February this year, but it's taken until now for the 4G device to show up in any form. Fresh through the FCC is the Novatel MiFi 4082, complete with CDMA/EVDO and WiMAX connectivity that can be shared out over a WiFi connection.

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CLEAR iSpot and Spot 4G mobile hotspots price-slashed

CLEAR iSpot and Spot 4G mobile hotspots price-slashed

If you've a taste for WiMAX but a near-empty wallet, Clear reckons it can make do with the meager scrapings left at the bottom. The company is running a week of holiday deals, and so far you can pick up the CLEAR Spot 4G mobile hotspot for just $20 rather than the usual $99; the Apple-devoted should hold off, since as of Thursday you'll be able to grab a CLEAR iSpot - complete with a $25 month-to-month service plan - for just $20.

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T-Mobile $15 tethering add-on arrives November 14

T-Mobile $15 tethering add-on arrives November 14

T-Mobile USA has announced that their previously-promised Tethering and WiFi Sharing add-on - which allows mobile hotspot functionality for an extra $14.99 per month - will be available from November 14, for those users on "4G Web – Unlimited" $30 monthly Even More plans or "4G Web – Unlimited" $25 Even More Plus plans. Meanwhile, on the same day there will be two new Even More promo plans for individuals and families; full details after the cut.

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Sprint ZTE PEEL 3G cradle for iPod touch will be $80

Sprint ZTE PEEL 3G cradle for iPod touch will be $80

Sprint has announced the ZTE PEEL, a 3G-capable cradle for the iPod touch that basically turns it into a VoIP-capable mobile device. The PEEL - which will drop on November 14, priced at $79.99 with a month-to-month rolling data contract - is in effect a 3G mobile hotspot, capable of sharing its EVDO Rev.A connection with up to two simultaneous WiFi clients.

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Mount Everest: Now with WiFi

Mount Everest: Now with WiFi

If you happen to be one of those sorts of people who like to scale things, things like, say, a giant mountain called Mount Everest, and you'd like to share your business with the world while you're up there, you're now in luck. Right up near the top there is a brand new 3G station (plus 6 more around the area) set up by Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera. Go up there and stream a football game or something. That'd be neato.

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Sprint CEO thanks iPad for hotspot sales; coy on Apple relationship

Sprint CEO thanks iPad for hotspot sales; coy on Apple relationship

Neither Sprint 3G or 4G is inside the iPad, and - unlike AT&T and Verizon - the carrier doesn't even sell the Apple tablet in its stores, but that doesn't stop CEO Dan Hesse from being mighty thankful to the slate all the same.  According to Hesse, brisk sales of the carrier's 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot are for the large part down to WiFi-only iPad users wanting to get online via Sprint's CDMA/WiMAX network.  However, he declined to talk to GigaOm about the iPhone and potential relationships with Apple.

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