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BlackBerry Curve 9360 Also Sporting Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Packing Wifi Hotspot

One of the features RIM has been very coy about in BlackBerry 7 has been the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. We saw it pop up in documentation and even devices before but all the devices RIM has been showing off don’t have it featured. They also seem to be glossing over mentioning it on any of the devices they have announced. We are pretty sure that it is coming to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810, 9850, and 9860 but RIM has not confirmed it as far as I have seen.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Packing Wifi Hotspot 2

That is what makes it interesting to see the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature show up on the lower end BlackBerry Curve 9380. As you can see in the pictures the feature is there and alive. I am sure RIM is going to find a way to make sure carriers get paid extra for you to use the feature but I think it would be a huge boon for PlayBook users. It would simply allow you to tether to your BlackBerry using Wi-Fi though I am curious what it will do to battery life.

I know quite a few of you are waiting for RIM to release such a feature. Let us know why!

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  1. Maybe they haven’t mentioned it because the carriers are still looking for a way to block/charge for it. Personally, I think they should do away with unlimited plans and come up with a good, fair multi-tiered plan that allows you to use your data on whichever device you want. If you use more, you pay more. Use less, pay less.

  2. I want wifi tethering so bad… Otherwise we are still stuck with the 2.1 mpbs speed of bluetooth.

    You won’t be able to take advantage of the hspa+

    I am still trying to get a straight answer on the speed limits of wifi hotspots.

  3. Now the real question is, is this hotspot using AdHoc or is it actually pretenting to be an Infrastructure?

  4. Real question is why is this the only OS7 device this is being showed on?

  5. My friend been sporting wifi hotspot on has HTC Evo for over a year now! I love to have it on my blackberry device too.

    It can be pretty handy for both my laptop and PB in no wifi zones.

  6. This is definitely something that needs to come to all the other OS7 devices if its not already built it. From day 1 of leaks we had heard it was, and I would be disappointed if they didn’t. Need that new 9850 to have it. 🙂

  7. I believe we will be relying beta OSs since carriers will tend to block access to the hotspot feature on their OS. Remember the ATT bridge??only the ATT version blocks the bridge browser.

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