by Brent Dirks
March 8, 2012
Despite reports this morning, the personal hotspot feature will be coming to Verizon 4G LTE data plans for the new iPad at no additional cost. The feature allows you to share your data connection with other devices, like laptops, over Wi-Fi. MacRumors has a report from GottaBeMobile:
"What I didn't see when I went looking for [details] is how much extra mobile hotspot costs. On Verizon, adding this feature on phones adds an extra $20/month but also an extra 2GB of data, meaning you can get up to 12GB in a month if you're willing to pay $100. However, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson informed me that for tablets (including the new iPad), the mobile hotspot feature is included in the data plan's price. iPad owners won't have to pay extra to activate mobile hotspot, even with the 1GB plan."While Verizon changed its tune from this morning, AT&T iPad buyers still apparently seem to be out of luck. According to 9To5Mac AT&T is "working with Apple" on the issue. But AT&T users shouldn't hold their breath, as AT&T has been notoriously late offering features that Apple has included on iDevices, like tethering and MMS. The available data plans for both the AT&T and Verzion iPads have also changed some on Apple's site. Since reporting on the prices yesterday, Apple's ordering page says AT&T's $30 plan is for 3GB of data. On the Verzion side, there is now a 1GB plan for $20 listed. For those who are going to buy a 4G LTE iPad, does Verzion having the mobile hotspot feature change your mind on which tablet to purchase?