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Upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.1 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Features

BlackBerry OS 6.1 Mobile Hotspot  

RIM has been quiet about the upcoming Mobile Hotspot service coming with the new OS 6.1 line of devices in the next few months. N4BB managed to snag some great slides showing off the feature and confirming a few things I had heard from sources before. It looks like RIM is targeting this plan to devices that already have Tethering plans so you will most likely have to pony up extra to your carrier to use this feature.

Here is a breakdown on the improvements in OS 6.1 to tethering and the addition of the Mobile Hotspot:

  • Mobile Hotspot functionality will allow up to 5 devices to connect to your BlackBerry and use its internet connection
  • Security will be WPA2 Personal by default but you can downgrade it so that should appease enterprise folks
  • It will automatically shut down after a few minutes of inactivity (default 10)
  • If the Wi-Fi on your phone is on hotspot mode you obviously wont be able to use it to connect to another wireless network.
  • Bluetooth does not play nice with the hotspot mode. Bluetooth use will be limited and not send/receive any data while the hotspot mode is in use.
  • Hotspot use will be suspended if you have a Bluetooth headset paired before turning it on and you get a phone call. It will continue working after the call is ended.
  • Carriers have to provision the hotspot feature. Expect AT&T to release it in 2015…
  • Tethering improvements across the board:
    • You will no longer need Desktop Manager for tethering. The interface for tethering will now be on the phone.
    • Carrier APN’s and specific usernames and passwords will be provided automatically to users.
    • Tethering will be supported over Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi

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There is no word on if you will be able to use the mobile hotspot feature to access your companies network through the BES. That would be a very cool feature!

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  1. I can understand that they want to squeeze bluetooth while running a wifi hotspot, but no data at all? My InPulse SmartWatch is fast becoming a daily requirement for me. I’d want my watch to still fully function even if I am using the Hotspot for 1-2 devices.

  2. Nice! This is one feature I’ve been waiting to get my hands on! 😀

  3. So yet again RIM is kowtowing to the carriers and letting them control the hotspot/tethering, nice one RIM. How about taking control of your phones back from the leeches..er..carriers.

  4. if the carriers get a say in approving this feature it may as well not even be there (because it won’t)

    • Oh, they’ll approve it. We’ll just pay for it – every month.

      (sarcasm)
      Completely logical – after all, if we use the exact same amount of data, *of course* it should cost us more to split that usage among multiple devices.

      (/sarcasm)

  5. “Carriers have to provision the hotspot feature. Expect AT&T to release it in 2015…”

    Wait….I honestly can’t tell if that is a slam on AT&T or just a statement of fact. I mean, we still have yet to see an OS6 release from them…

  6. “You will no longer need Desktop Manager for tethering” LMAO. I use Tether, so neither do I need Desktop Manager, nor do I need to fork over a ridiculous monthly fee to AT&T for doing nothing except turn a switch on.

  7. 100$ a month for a blackberry a month and rogers is still going to want to charge for hotspot

  8. What seems to be missing in this discussion is will the current mode of bluetooth tethering now be lost in OS 6.1. I don’t tether much now. It’s really just an emergency backup option for me. Using the AT&T International Data plan, there are some places in the world where this can be pretty handy. Really nice to be able to link up for a bit when there is no wifi available.

    Will be interesting to see if that hole is plugged in 6.1.

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