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  (Source: Mac Rumors)
"Official" tethering comes at last for iPhone users

Well, it only took a year. A little over a year ago, Apple announced iPhone OS 3.0 and along with it came support for 3G internet tethering. The only problem was that while many wireless carriers around the world offered the tethering option to iPhone users, AT&T bowed out due to the strain that the popular smartphone was putting on its 3G network.

Well if the latest beta release of iPhone OS 4.0 is any indication, it looks as though the long wait is now over. Apple this evening seeded iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 to developers according to Mac Rumors and it includes an option to enable internet tethering.

The new option, which appears in the Network tab under Settings, gives users the ability to enable tethering by dialing 611 or visiting" rel="nofollow. We don't currently have any official word on pricing for the tethering option, but there's a close to 100 percent guarantee that the word "free" won't be anywhere in the fine print.

IPhone users who jailbreak can currently get free, quick, and easy tethering on AT&T's network using a program like MyWi, but it's not officially sanctioned by Apple or AT&T.

In other tethering news, it was recently revealed that Google has enabled native tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities in its updated Android 2.2 operating system. It remains to be seen, however, it carriers will play nice and provide the features for free.


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By Pjotr on 5/19/2010 4:58:45 AM , Rating: 5
Oh dear... there's so much talk about tethering I had to check Wikipedia what it is... and it turns out it's just surfing via your mobile phone. I've surfed the Internet on my laptop during travel for 5 years using Bluetooth to my mobile phone. Our company hasn't bought a single phone or laptop without Bluetooth in ages. And to learn the iPhone doesn't support it... well, lucky we don't have any iPhones, they'd have been returned promptly.

RE: Surfing
By hughlle on 5/19/2010 6:23:16 AM , Rating: 2
i was using tethered nokia phones maybe what? 8 years ago? seems like a pretty stupid thing not to include. i'd only buy a smart phone if i could use it with a laptop, sod trying to use internet on something pissy and small and finicky.

i've never really understood the massive importance of having internet in your pocket anyways so :P

RE: Surfing
By semo on 5/19/2010 7:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
it's for use on public transport or waiting in a queue... situations in which you wouldn't want to use a laptop.

it's good thing that the iphone is trying to compete with everyday useful features (makes the competitors work harder!).

RE: Surfing
By Aloonatic on 5/19/2010 11:13:04 AM , Rating: 2
I used a "tethered" mobile phone (N96) for a wile after I moved home, making the mistake of assuming that anywhere within a reasonably sized town would be able to get access to a broadband intenret connection. As it happened, my throttled 3G mobile broadband was better than anyhting I could get down any wire coming into my house for a while, until my exchange was upgraded. I never had to pay anything extra on top of my "unilited" internet deal tha I had with my contract.

Anyway, I digress, the "thethering" lark has bled over here into the UK, mostly thanks to Apple, and now it looks like it migh tbe seen as a good way to squeeze more money out of people here. From what I can tell, we get pretty good deals on our tarrifs in the UK, with allowances that don't take into acount paying to recieve texts or calls (is it really true? Do you guys ahve to pay to recieve texts and calls, as well as send them? Or at least take them into account fro your contract allowances?) but I can't help but see this "tethering" being the start of a new way for UK companies to approach contracts, which are becoming less and less attractive as time goes by, and we'll soon find ourselves in the same boat as you guys, "state side".

RE: Surfing
By leexgx on 5/19/2010 8:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
i do remember that not calls, but i think txt the USA get charged for what i think is very stupid, unless that has changed at some point? (was it just for pay-as-you go users only?)

RE: Surfing
By zonkie on 5/20/2010 1:09:33 AM , Rating: 2
If it adds convenience, they blew it!

RE: Surfing
By CZroe on 5/19/2010 7:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone has officially supported it for almost a year. AT&T doesn't. I've been tethering for much longer with PdaNet and a jailbroken iPhone. PdaNet exists for many other phones too. You see, tethering is often disabled or discouraged by providers. I remember tethering with my Samsung N400 on Sprint back in, I think, 2002 when Sprint offered unlimited data ("PCS Vision") for $9.99 a month. All the images were watered down by their proxy servers due to them expecting it to be viewed on a cell handset.

RE: Surfing
By Pjotr on 5/19/2010 11:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
Since some plans charge per MB transfered and others have a cap per month, after which they charge for extra traffic, why on earth would operators want to limit the service they provide? They would surely want us to talk and communicate more data to earn more money!?

RE: Surfing
By mckinney on 5/19/2010 2:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
In other tethering news, it was recently revealed that Google has enabled native tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities in its updated Android 2.2 operating system. It remains to be seen, however, it carriers will play nice and provide the features for free.

If it is on Verizon, buckle up and get ready to pay. I dont know if ATT has tethering at all.

RE: Surfing
By 67STANG on 5/19/2010 5:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
I've been tethering on my jailbroken iPhone for ages with iPhone Modem... It was like $10 and looks the same to AT&T as if the iPhone was using the bandwidth itself. Works a treat.

Don't use it that often, but when I travel and the hotel charges for wifi or if the power goes out, I can still surf with my laptop.

My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By iFX on 5/19/2010 8:11:18 AM , Rating: 5
Attention Apple: Welcome to 2004.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By Shadowself on 5/19/2010 10:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
Just for accuracy... Apple implemented teathering in 2009. People have been doing tethering with those iPhones for some time (so long as they are not AT&T customers).

While it is pure conjecture on my part, it would NOT surprise me if one of the conditions AT&T put on the original iPhone as part of the Apple/AT&T agreement was that the iPhone not do tethering. Even when Apple made the tethering capability a part of the basic functionality of the iPhone AT&T still did not support it.

AT&T really had no excuse not to implement tethering a year ago. It's just another way (among many) that AT&T has shortchanged its customers.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By iFX on 5/19/2010 12:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not that it matters. So "technically" the iPhone became capable of tethering in 2009... so, two years after the phone came out. Got it.

I guess I interpret your post to mean: ATT and Apple both suck.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By CZroe on 5/19/2010 3:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
No, he's saying that it isn't just "technically." The iPhone is not only sold on AT&T nor only sold in the USA. It's had tethering since iPhone OS 3 in many other countries so it has been available both technically and practically from Apple with only AT&T dropping the ball here. If you look up news reports you will see that AT&T not only promised support for it in 2009 but their vague deadline came and went.

I'm one of Apple's biggest critics. I'm not trying to defend them, just trying to correct a misunderstanding.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By iFX on 5/19/2010 3:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh no, there is no misunderstanding. Like I said, even though the iPhone "technically" was capable of tethering in 2009 it doesn't really make a difference, does it? Since it's still two years after the phone debuted and since everyone else had had tethering... since, well, for me it was 2004 with my Treo.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By monomer on 5/19/2010 4:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
I believe it was "technically" able to tether once someone figured out how to jailbreak the original iPhone. The practice just was not officially supported by Apple.

By mostyle on 5/21/2010 2:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
I still don't get why the hardware manufacturer would allow limits imposed on their hardware capability this significantly so as to remove a function that 95% of all mobiles have inherently short of cash profit from exclusivity deals between Apple and AT&T. Isn't this like putting a governor on a Bugatti Veyron only allowing it to go 80mph.


On the flip side why would the data provider ask hardware manufacturers to limit in this way?

Over all wouldn't a marriage of a full-featured product and a healthy carrier be financially advantageous both the product and the carrier?

*suddenly awakens to 2010*

Sorry, must have been dreaming of a time when companies pushed quality of product to try and keep customers.


By Funky Santa Clause on 5/21/2010 4:18:45 AM , Rating: 2
Heh... and fans say Apple is way ahead of the others..!

iPhone OS 4.0 will let you use two different photos for background images... that´s some serius sh*t for a smartphone at 2010..=)

AT&T isn't thinking long term
By mac2j on 5/19/2010 11:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
I live in NYC - I dont know about other areas.

BUT since AT&T enabled MMS on the iPhone their network here has been universally horrible ... dropped calls, network busy errors, slow data etc.

The best thing for them would have been to let Apple release the iPhone on Verizon to spread the traffic... but with exclusivity until 2011, and now tethering enabled their network is going to be useless here.

How can they not be investing more in their infrastructure - it makes no sense... personally I'm jumping to the Evo4G on Sprint but as soon as Verizon's iPhone gets here I'd bet they lose 30% of their customers... their network is just rapidly becoming unusable.

RE: AT&T isn't thinking long term
By vanionBB on 5/19/2010 1:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
I believe AT&T has maxed out its spectrum in NYC and this is why the coverage is so horrible. There is a limit to how much the spectrum can be split up. The spectrum is split into cells (this is where the word cell comes from).
Page 2 of this article, 3rd picture down shows how cells work. Each cell broadcasts a different frequency range that is owned by the carrier. The carrier can add more cells, or more frequency, but at some point the carrier runs out of options.

Another consideration is that Verizion, Sprint, etc all own frequency in NYC. There is not a speck of available frequency left in NYC, and nobody is willing to give up any to AT&T precicely because they have the Iphone.

By dewlim on 5/19/2010 5:31:28 AM , Rating: 3
Last week, an American tourist asked me about how I was able to use the internet using my Iphone! Now I understand why he asked! He haven't seen this in the land of Iphone! LOL

In Singapore, we were using this feature for 1 year already :P

Using MyWi? Puh-leeze.
By CZroe on 5/19/2010 12:03:59 AM , Rating: 2

I'm not using MyWi nor am I using BlackSn0w (causes signal issues with 3G). I made that video because seemingly all the guides were needlessly complex or very out of date.

By KingofL337 on 5/19/2010 10:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've had tethering on AT&T for over a year without jail braking the phone. I just got the config file online and it's been fine, I just didn't update to the AT&T disabled version 3.02 I think. The issue here is not Apple it is AT&T.

By Bateluer on 5/19/2010 11:01:27 AM , Rating: 2
Glad you could join us.

By xinxiong on 5/18/10, Rating: -1
F*ck yeah!
By SunAngel on 5/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: F*ck yeah!
By crleap on 5/19/2010 3:08:05 PM , Rating: 1
a "pardon" of what will probably equate another $30 a month going from your wallet to AT&T. Have fun with that.

RE: F*ck yeah!
By karielash on 5/19/2010 4:39:03 PM , Rating: 2

Yeah, unlike on Droid where you can install Proxoid for free and tether your phone without root'ing it.... all for the cost of... oh yeah... nothing.....

lol iPhone users... finally getting to pay for what the other side can get for free....

RE: F*ck yeah!
By 67STANG on 5/19/2010 5:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
I do it on my iPhone for free-- for quite some time now. Oh yeah, I'm on AT&T too.

RE: F*ck yeah!
By crleap on 5/22/2010 11:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
don't forget to rate me back up when whoever rated down realizes I was right when the rate plans are announced.

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