We’ve been tipped that AT&T is prepping their network for the impending launch of hotspot tethering with the release of iOS 4.3, bringing the GSM iPhone 4 on AT&T to feature parity with the Verizon iPhone 4.
Anyone with an iPhone running iOS 4.3 (still in beta) and has an active tethering plan on AT&T will be able to use the wireless hotspot feature.
The WiFi hotspot has been the one feature that people who purchase the Verizon iPhone 4 have enjoyed, while iPhone 4 owners on AT&T have looked on with jealousy. AT&T’s official position has long been that they are working on it, and that they will have it out and available when their network is ready. Well, now that Verizon has risen up and is now able to challenge the AT&T network directly, AT&T seems much more responsive to customer wants.
It remains to be seen if this will sell well: after all, there are jailbreak solutions that offer a one-time cost, instead of a fee in addition to your monthly charges.
In other words, the new competition over the iPhone is starting to bear fruit, which is a very good thing for iPhone customers on both networks.