An isolated report suggests AT&T is beginning to provision its system to support personal hotspot on iPhones running iOS 4.3. According to AppleInsider, a developer with a beta build of iOS was able to set up his AT&T account with this upcoming feature. He reportedly mentioned Verizon a few times to help convince the representative to activate it on his account. Other AT&T customers note that they could use the personal hotspot when they added tethering to their data plan.
Verizon Wireless currently offers the personal hotspot on the iPhone 4 for $20 per month on top of a $30 per month unlimited data plan. Though not confirmed, AT&T is expected to follow in Verizon's footsteps and offer its mobile hotspot at a similar price.
Earlier this month, AT&T confirmed that it was rolling out personal hotspot to selected handsets, but the iPhone was not included in this list. The carrier's confirmed plan includes 2 GB of mobile hotspot data for $20 per month when bundled with AT&T Data Pro plan, which provides 2 GB of data for $25 monthly. Combined, these plans will cost users $45 per month and will provide a total of 4 GB of data that can be spread across all connected devices. The personal hotspot feature for iOS may debut with iOS 4.3 in the upcoming weeks.