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Sprint Memo Says BlackBerry 7 Wi-Fi Hotspot Feature Coming in Q4


RIM has been very hush about the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature that is supposedly baked into BlackBerry 7 devices. They have specifically made no mention of it publicly though we know that earlier builds of OS 7 had it. We have seen quite a few leaks pointing to the feature coming in a future software update. Now we have a leaked memo from Sprint (via CrackBerry) which was sent to their employees to explain why the BlackBerry Torch 9850 says “Hotspot Capable” on the box. They confirm in the memo that employees should tell customers that the Wi-Fi hotspot feature is coming in the fourth quarter of this year. That means anywhere from a few weeks to less than 4 months.

Anybody want to take a guess at how much carriers are going to try and jack us for a “BlackBerry Hotspot” add-on to our data plans? I hear AT&T wants a bazillion dollars… :)

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  1. Speaking of which, I need a new OS on my Torch 9810. I’m getting bad battery life and memory leaks all the time…
    WiFi Hotspot would just hit the spot :-)

    The beta OS releases that came out a while back never worked out for me :-(

  2. awesome… I still need someone to tell me how fast the transfer speeds will be over wifi hotspot if a device, ala Playbook, is connected to the BB via hotspot

    Bluetooth tethering is capped at around 3 mpbs

  3. Somehow I think this will be tied to a service book so AT&T can bend us over once again.

  4. I smell service book also. Guess they still trying to figure out how to break our pockets.

  5. Haha @AT&T wanting a bazillion dollars. Wait, you weren’t joking? Hmm, did you see AT&T was the first to get their carrier channel in App World 3.0…”featured apps”…I say “featured crap”

  6. I am glad that wifi hotspot capability has died as I thought…it seemed to be really popular, like something that could be the next selling feature for carriers willing to offer it (similar to UMA), then you heard a lot of talk about NFC, and now both have seemed to fall slightly out of favor. Have to ask my friend if the new Bionic has NFC.

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