As we had reported earlier, Verizon iPhone can be used as a mobile Hotspot so users can use iPhone’s 3G data connection from up to 5 devices. The settings for Mobile hotspot are available via the Settings app (Personal Hotspot) as you can see from the screenshot below:
It will be interesting to see if Apple releases a software update that will bring this feature to GSM iPhones otherwise it will be one of the major selling points of Verizon iPhone. Verizon didn’t provide any details about the data plans. It is speculated that Verizon may offer the standard data packages, which includes unlimited data for $29.99 per month.
It will also be interesting to see what pricing strategy Verizon adopts for the iPhone. Macrumors reports:
Hotspot data pricing, however, remains unknown, as the carrier currently charges users of many of its smartphones an additional $20 per month for a separate 2 GB data allotment for personal hotspot use, although some devices such as those from Palm include a 5 GB hotspot allotment with no extra monthly charges.
The demo units were running iOS 4.2.5 while the latest version that is currently available for GSM iPhone users is iOS 4.2.1. We will have to wait for sometime to find out that Apple will release the same iOS version for the GSM or CDMA iPhone or they will be different. iOS 4.2.5 could probably bring the mobile hotspot feature to GSM iPhones.
Tweaked Antenna Design:
Apple has tweaked the design of the antenna system for the CDMA network. The antenna break points have moved from top to the sides of the iPhone. It looks like the change in position is to accommodate CDMA’s different communication frequency rather than to fix the reception issues that were reported after the GSM iPhone 4 was launched.
Folks from Ars Technica report:
Ars contributor Chris Foresman reported that bridging the remaining gap on the Verizon iPhone (using the “death grip,” he says) did not result in any kind of CDMA signal attenuation. He also placed a call while death gripping and said that there was no noticeable signal loss.
No SIM Card Slot
The CDMA iPhone does not get a SIM card slot like the GSM iPhone as CDMA technology doesn’t need the use of a removable SIM-card like GSM technology.
You can checkout the hands-on video with Verizon iPhone below:
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