At yesterday’s press conference, Apple made a big deal about how you could tether your new iPad to your laptop or other device, “if your carrier supports Personal Hotspot.”
Hey, guys, guess which of the two big U.S. carriers won’t support Personal Hotspot on the new iPad? Yup, the usual bastard: AT&T. But Verizon seemingly will. That means that if you’re an AT&T customer. there’s no way to tether your laptop to your iPad’s blistering LTE speeds… short, of course, of an A5X jailbreak.
It’s surprising, only in wake of Apple specifically highlighting the capability. That said, AT&T’s LTE networks is very, very young and under developed right now… it makes sense they would want to do everything in their power to prevent them from being crushed.
International carriers, of course, will probably support the feature, if not LTE 4G. And it seems likely that Verizon will include tethering, as
VZW is now telling Gotta Be Mobile that Personal Hotspot is included in their monthly data plan price.
That makes Verizon the best choice of carrier for an iPad LTE right now. We’re going to reach out to AT&T and Verizon and see if we can get more confirmation. Stay tuned.
[via App Advice]