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Old 01-09-2012, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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According to the BlackBerry blog RIM will be starting to roll out OS 7.1 to all carriers world wide. The new OS includes support for Wi-Fi hotspotting.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

Still at the rumor stage.
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

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Still at the rumor stage.
No it's not. That linked post is on RIM's BlackBerry Blog as of today.
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

And (again) please note that Hot Spot is not free for all carriers.
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No it's not. That linked post is on RIM's BlackBerry Blog as of today.
OK. We wil move it to BB in the News then.
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And (again) please note that Hot Spot is not free for all carriers.
Yes. I would expect most carriers to treat it like tethering, which could be expensive, or not available at all.
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

I have 7.1 and the hotspot feature on my 9850 from Sprint ($30 charge).

It's not any faster than connecting the BB to the laptop via USB and tethering that way.... but not having to use a cord is a bit more convenient.
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I have 7.1 and the hotspot feature on my 9850 from Sprint ($30 charge).

It's not any faster than connecting the BB to the laptop via USB and tethering that way.... but not having to use a cord is a bit more convenient.
How many devices can connect via the Hotspot? I know some devices allow up to 5 or 8 connections.
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

For Sprint it's 5 devices in the US and 1 outside the US.
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Good info, that beats the wired tether then if you would use it to justify the $30 a month.
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Default Re: OS 7.1 Rollout with Wi-Fi hotspot support

Hopefully it's more reliable than Apple's Personal Hotspot...
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