Last month, BGR exclusively confirmed that Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature is coming to all iPhones with the release of iOS 4.3. In a later piece entitled, You don’t have to wait to turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot, we also speculated that AT&T might not immediately enable the feature for its iPhone customers. It looks like the pressure of Verizon Wireless’ imminent iPhone 4 launch may have been enough for AT&T to uncharacteristically fast-track the release of the new feature, however. Buried in The New York Times’ glowing review of Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 was a mention that AT&T would be enabling Personal Hotspot on February 13th. “[Personal Hotspot is] incredibly convenient. Many other app phones have it — AT&T’s iPhone gets it on Feb. 13 — but Apple’s execution is especially nice,” The New York Times writes. The mention of February 13th has since been removed, however, having been replaced by a note reading, “AT&T says its iPhone will get it soon.” It is highly unlikely that Times tech guy David Pogue simply pulled that date out of thin air — more likely is the possibility that Pogue let slip a tidbit he was briefed on, and later corrected it. In any event, we’ll know for sure in just over a week.

[Via AppleInsider]

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.