THE news of Verizon Wireless securing the iPhone 4 was greeted with celebrations in the United States when it was announced recently.
But going beyond the headlines and the good news to US iPhone fanatics, the straitstimes.com team tested and found that there is one technological breakthrough in this US deal, that could soon pave the way ahead for users of the iPhone worldwide and especially here in iPhone-crazy Singapore.
It is the introduction of the iOS-specific version of the Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot.
With this 'Personal Hotspot' feature, users may be spared the agony of locating Wi-Fi hotspots or lugging around their MiFi, a portable wireless router, in their pockets.
This generally spells the end of MiFi.
By boosting an iOS-specific version of the Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot, users would be able to access the Internet with laptops and tablets solely through their iPhones - sans cord, or even mobile broadband sticks.
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The straitstimes.com team tried this next version of the iOS and found that it works.
Users could then avoid having to spend an average of $200 for a MiFi gadget to create a secure and personal wireless hotspot around themselves to get online.
But one should not get overly excited after reading this.
The iOS 4.3 beta is currently available to iPhone developers only, not the general public, till a public launch is announced by Apple.
Otherwise, the iOS 4.3 will be compatible for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch (4th and 3rd generation models).
The new 'Personal Hotspot' works on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 3G/Wi-Fi.
In short, it's goodbye MiFi, hello iPhone, your personal wireless router.