Most iPhone users tend to be loyal about their phone, and dare I say, with just a slight air of superiority. But there is one feature on Android phones that Apple people are jealous about. Many Android phones come with software that allows the phones to become a WiFi hotspot. Not only is the feature built-in, but the carriers gladly support it. It is even advertised heavily in “Droid Does” commercials.

But iPhone?

Nope. You can get MyWi, but you’ll have to jailbreak your phone to do it. Why won’t Apple allow the app on iTunes? I’m not positive, but I’d guess the blame lies with AT&T. Always intent on squeezing any available $$ out of you, a WiFi hotspot is an opportunity to give away bandwidth that they do not want to go unchallenged. But why?

If a subscriber has a bandwidth-limited account – either the 200M or 2G level – then the bar has already been set. Why would they care if some of that pre-paid bandwidth ultimately goes to some other tethered device? 200M is 200M no matter how you look at it. And since they use any overage opportunity to charge for the additional bandwidth, you’d think they’d actually *encourage* users to share their connection and incur the extra charges. But no such luck. It’s not enough to be “Limited”, they have to be “Limited, With Additional Restrictions”.

Meanwhile, AT&T still offers “unlimited” bandwidth accounts for their legacy subscribers. But is it really “unlimited” if there are asterisks and footnotes on the contract? This doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Droid carriers. C’mon AT&T, answer the challenge! Unlimited should be unlimited. I know in their minds they meant “unlimited for a single device”. I can respect that. And I will gladly give up my grandfathered unlimited account and switch to a metered one if it means that my WiFi-only iPad could be used with an iPhone hotspot!

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