The UK’s favourite supermarket chain-cum-up-and-coming mobile operator, Tesco, has disabled the all-new Wi-Fi Hotspot feature on the iPhone 4.
Wi-Fi Hotspot, which was introduced in the just released iOS 4.3 update, allows the iPhone 4 to be used as a mobile wireless hotspot for up to five devices. However, after Tesco customers complained about not being able to use the feature, it emerged that the network had intentionally blocked its use.
Speaking to TechRadar, a Tesco source confirmed: “Tesco Mobile doesn’t currently support the functionality for personal Wi-Fi spots but plans to be able to introduce this soon for customers.”
It may just be the case that Tesco is readying the necessary infrastructure to handle the massive strain Wi-Fi tethering would have on its network. The good thing is that it is coming. The bad news, albeit purely speculative at this point, is that the carrier may charge for the service.
Whatever the case, stay tuned for more information as we get them.
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