Verizon recently confirmed that its new 4G LTE network will indeed support the Personal Hotspot feature on the new iPad. What does this mean? Well, it means that the customers of Verizon will be able to use their iPad as a mobile hotspot that other wireless devices can connect to and access the LTE network capabilities. Both AT&T and Verizon are scheduled to get the device on the 16th of March, but AT&T will not enable the mobile hotspot feature on their network.
The Personal Hotspot feature from Apple was first revealed on the iPhone 4 in 2011, and AT&T began supporting the feature on Apple’s iPhones last March. However, in terms of the latest iPad model, AT&T says they are still working with Apple to unlock the feature in the future, but could not give a specific timeline.
Verizon will offer data plans for the all new iPad which will include the hotspot feature by default, but are available in four different options. The prices are as follows:
- $20 – 1 GB data a month
- $30 – 2 GB data a month
- $50 – 5 GB
- $80 – 10 GB
On the other hand, although AT&T will not offer the hotspot feature as of yet, they will start with lower price tiers, their prices are below:
- $15 – 250 MB data a month
- $30 – 3 GB
- $50 – 5 GB
- All overages will be assessed at $10 per GB.