The Rise of the In-Phone Pocketspot

With Verizon and Apple’s announcement this week of portable hotspot capability in the upcoming iPhone 4 from Verizon and today’s apparent confirmation of that being a new standard for Apple’s devices, it appears the rise of the in-phone pocketspot is complete. Once considered a carrier’s worst nightmare, the ability to use your phone as an all-devices connectivity tool is now table stakes for the entire smartphone industry.

Since the arrival of the first true 4G pocketspot — the Clear Spot from Clearwire — we’ve been big fans of the category that our pal Andy Abramson nicknamed pocketspots, for their ability to pack an entire Wi-Fi hotspot into a pocket, purse or backpack. The simple concept is a powerful one and speaks to a trend that should grow over the next year, simply that of folks being able to use one data plan for multiple devices. While integrated family plans that share a bucket of bits are probably a bit in the future, a pocketspot like the Sprint Overdrive does just that today — allowing users to share a single cellular broadband connection with whatever Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, pads or laptops they have nearby.

With Verizon’s device suppliers adding portable hotspot capability to almost all the new phones coming for its 4G LTE network (plus introducing a couple new standalone devices) it’s clear that portable shareable broadband is something consumers want, or at least want to have. As we all increase our stack of mobile devices, having a single way to connect them all makes a lot of sense. So welcome, in-phone pocketspot. We’ve been waiting for you.

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