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iPhone HotSpot Feature to Cost $20 per Month

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Jan 25, 2011, 11:36 PM
I find it extremely comical Laughing as well as tragic Crying or Very sad that there will be more than enough people that will pay out the Surprised for every revenue mongering feature that carriers throw at them. Even those that are not at all necessary.

Jan 26, 2011, 12:43 AM
Thats Verizon for you. Rolling Eyes

Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 AM
STFU - all carriers charge for this service.

Jan 26, 2011, 2:43 AM
Maybe people want to use the mobile hotspot feature. Just because you don't need it doesn't mean other people don't.
T Bone

Jan 26, 2011, 8:50 AM
A mobile hotspot could be very useful in places where one has Verizon coverage but no WiFi or very weak and unreliable WiFi.

Just bcause you personally don't have any use for such a feature doesn't mean that no one has any use for it, and it certainly doesn't mean that the feature itself has no value.

Jan 26, 2011, 10:57 AM
I was expecting more responses reflecting that same view.
Ex: "Just because you" etc.,
It's usefulness depends on true necessity for the user.
Interesting how people shell out money like it's water for mobile communication devices nowadays.
There are more sensible and necessary things in life than walking around trying to appear self-important by fiddling around with a mobile device.
Don't get me wrongs sure it is wonderful to be able to do so many things from the convenience of 1 device.
People need to get their priorities straight.
It is ridiculous what the mobile industry has become.
T Bone

Jan 26, 2011, 11:10 AM
If people are signing up for these services just for the hell of it I agree.....

But as for me, a mobile hotspot would be very helpful, because I often need internet but cannot get it, or the wifi connection I can get is too slow to do what I need. The wifi connection at work is only 80kb/second, I often need a faster connection.

The problem is that the place I go where I might need internet, Verizon is the ONLY carrier, and they only have 1x coverage, not 3G. So a Verizon mobile hotspot would be a waste of money for me.

Now, if a carrier had 3G coverage around here....I would probably sign up for it. I moght even sign up for one of those 'Overdrive' things from Sprint...if they had coverage here.

Jan 27, 2011, 2:42 PM
Yes, if there is true necessity for it, of course.

Jan 28, 2011, 9:00 PM
What constitutes true necessity?

Nobody is forcing you to use this feature. If you don't need a mobile hotspot then don't pay $20 bucks a month. This is a very simple concept.

I have a laptop that has a wifi antenna but doesn't have a mobile broadband card. I also have a Droid 2. Very often while i'm on the metro into work, i'll turn on my mobile hotspot, boot up my laptop and do work. Spreadsheets, powerpoints, inventory etc are all things that i need the internet for. For less than one dollar a day i can be productive for the one hour that i spend sitting in the DC Metro system. Completely worth it. Is it necessary? No, of course not. I could simply listen to music thats loaded into my phone, or utilize pandora.


Jan 30, 2011, 6:40 PM
I pay 15 dollars a month for USB tethering/wi-fi hotspot internet connection with my mytouch 4G. It is something that I felt was a good deal for me to have an internet connection for my laptop in places where one does not exist or is very weak. It is also a secure connection, so I don't have to worry about others trying to get into my network.

I also do not have to worry about rooting my phone to unlock the hotspot capabilities and thereby risking contract termination and a warranty void. Could I root it? Sure, but why take that risk?

To some like yourself, having a wi-fi hotspot capability is unnecessary because that is not what you use your phone for (as you have stated before in the past). And that is cool.

But for others like my...

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