Verizon iPhone hotspot will cost $20 a month

Verizon iPhone hotspot will cost $20 per month
Verizon iPhone hotspot will cost $20 per month

We know that the Verizon iPhone 4 will land in a couple weeks and will come with a $30 unlimited plan, but Big Red has also shed some light on how much the mobile hotspot feature will cost. It looks like the Verizon iPhone hotspot will cost $20 per month for 2 GB of data on top of your normal voice and data plans.

The Verizon iPhone is essentially the same as the latest Apple smartphone for AT&T with a few, minor differences. The first is a redesigned antenna to work on the CDMA network and there’s also the ability to turn the device into a mobile hotspot which can connect up to five devices to a WiFi network.

The $20 a month for 2 GB is about the standard price which Big Red charges for many of its hotspot features in devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and other Android devices. When you factor in the $30 unlimited data plan with the $40 minimum voice plan, you’ll probably be looking at about $100 a month for your Verizon iPhone if you include mobile hotspot and the taxes and fees. It also looks like it each additional gigabyte of data over the 2 GB cap will cost an additional $20.

The AT&T Apple smartphone can also tether but only to a single device via USB or Bluetooth. This costs $20 a month for 2 GB of data but it only includes the ability to connect one device at a time.

The mobile hotspot feature should be an exclusive feature of the Verizon iPhone to begin with but there are signs that this will be a standard platform feature with iOS 4.3. Of course, even if it’s part of the basic OS, tethering and mobile hotspot options will be beholden to the carriers’ interests.

Does this feature make you want to jump ship? Would you pay $20 a month for 2 GB?

[Via MacWorld]

  • Russonline

    So let’s recap:

    As a current AT&T iPhone 4 customer with a jailbroken device – that already features a 5-user WiFi Hotspot and tethering capability – I currently pay just $30 per month for blazing speeds on a network that is 100% latest generation HSPA+.

    To obtain similar capabilities with Verizon Wireless, I’ll need to pay an extra $20/month for the Personal Hotspot capability plus another $10 per gigabyte when I exceed the 2GB allowance when using the Hotspot or tethering feature.

    PLUS, I’ll need to pay AT&T a $320 early termination fee and spend another $300 for a iPhone 4 32GB model that runs on CDMA … only a few months before Apple releases a much improved iPhone 5 on AT&T’s network.

    Wow! Now that’s what I call an head-scratching offer … and if acted upon, an arrangement I’ll be stuck with until at least Feb 10, 2013.

    • WifeAggro

      The only reason you are tethering freely now is due to your iPhone being jailbroken. Is this a service AT&T provided you? Oh no that’s right, it’s not. So with a jailbroken VZW iPhone the only difference I would then see are fewer dropped calls, better reception, and better customer service with VZW. I’m not pulling my information from the internet, this one is first hand knowledge. I’ve been with Sprint, AT&T, and VZW. I’ve had problems with all of them, but VZW offers me better reception and I haven’t had near as many problems when I’ve been forced to contact customer service. In no way can I say the same for either Sprint or AT&T. If I truly need voice and data at the same time, I’ll wait for LTE. I’m also pretty sure that “much improved” AT&T iPhone 5 will still be on HSPA+; which doesn’t quite meet the LTE curve.

  • Russonline

    Oh, and I forgot to mention (just above) that my iPhone 4 data plan with AT&T is already “unlimited” and their HSPA+ network runs 2-3 times faster than Verizon’s ancient EV-DO.

  • Cindon83

    Using Internet and voice simultaneously FREE,

  • Cindon83

    Using Internet and voice simultaneously FREE,

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