All the cool mobile operating systems are adding mobile hotspot features to let you share your smartphone’s cellular data connection with other devices over WiFi. Google Android does it. Apple iOS does it. So it should come as no surprise that RIM’s BlackBerry OS will soon get the feature. The folks at n4bb have a first look at how the mobile hotspot feature will work in BlackBerry OS 6.1.

In a nutshell, you’ll be able to connect up to 5 devices over WiFi. You can also configure the hotspot to automatically shut down to save battery life if there’s no activity for a set period of time.

Uses will also be able to share an internet connection over a tethered USB connection without first installing desktop software — something you currently need to do to tether a BlackBerry to a PC.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...