iPhone 4 iOS 4.3 Update Feature: Personal Hotspot

The excitement that followed yesterday’s official announcement of the Verizon iPhone 4 is beginning to die down already. We’ve already noted the dilemma that many people will have over whether to go for a phone which will only run on the 3G network, such as the Verizon iPhone, or whether people may rather opt for one of the upcoming 4G network-capable smartphones instead.

We’ve also asked which is best, an iPhone on Verizon or the AT&T iPhone? However now there’s good news if you’re not one of the people about to purchase the Verizon iPhone. When it was launched yesterday (due in February), one of the things that impressed people was that the Big Red CDMA version of the iPhone would have a personal hotspot feature.

However Steve Cooper over on Engadget, sourced from BGR, now reports that it looks as though Apple’s iOS 4.3, will bring this feature to all iPhones. There would of course, have to be tethering support supplied by your carrier. The OS enabling this will be 8F5148B with baseband of 04.08.00. and the technical acceptance is due in March.

The personal hotspot will enable WiFi connection for up to 5 devices which should make a lot of people very happy indeed. Matthew Chung over on Ubergizmo makes the point though that AT&T hasn’t exactly got a reputation for leniency in allowing tethering so if you’re an AT&T iPhone customer jumping up and down at this news you may have to be patient.

What are your thoughts on other iPhones than Verizon’s being personal hotspot-enabled with iOS 4.3? We’d like to know so why not send us your comments.