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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 01/26/2011

$20 a month for Verizon iPhone hotspot

By Hayley Tsukayama

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iphone_4_antenna_gap.jpgThose who want to use their iPhone as a hotspot will have to pay $20 a month, according to Verizon.

In an interview with Macworld, Brenda Raney, executive director of corporate communications, said that the hotspot feature will come with a $20-a-month-fee, the same as current Verizon smartphone owners pay for tethering.

The iPhone will be able to connect to up to five devices and the hotspot will have its own monthly allotment of 2GB of data.

For every addition gigabyte over the limit, Raney said the company will charge an additional $20.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
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Sounds good to me... I'm paying $40/month for 500MB with Sprint! My question is - what is the speed difference between a Sprint 3G card in my laptop and a Verizon iPhone hotspot? And can you 'hotspot' and talk on the phone at the same time?

Posted by: model_un | January 26, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

yes you can hotspot and talk at same time.

Posted by: drew_anders | January 26, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, once the hackers jailbreak the phone, tethering will be FREE. All the phone companies, particularly Verizon and AT&T, should be subject to the RICO Act with their abusive contracts and fees.

Posted by: knightcomm | January 26, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

No, according to All Things Digital you can't talk and hotspot at the same time. I didn't think that Verizon allowed simultaneous voice and data.

Posted by: EponymousBen | January 26, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Verizon will allow simultaneous voice and data starting with LTE phones mid-year. Not on current 3G. Careful with the hotpsot function. Its a battery drain and potentially a huge data gobbler.

Posted by: sts421 | January 26, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

you all should try the Clear Hot spot. Cheap and powerful connects up to 5 users. ie 3 computers netflix and Wii. No limits on use

Posted by: joansie | January 26, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

you all should try the Clear Hot spot. Cheap and powerful connects up to 5 users. ie: 3 computers netflix and Wii. No limits on use. It teathers

Posted by: joansie | January 26, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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