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A Irish iPhone hacker and beta tester discovered the new tethering settings in the OS v3.0. This is the tethering home screen.  (Source: Apple Insider)
The new iPhone OS brings the possibility of tethering if carriers approve it

With the official announcement of the iPhone OS v3.0 there has been much excitement over the new features, which include MMS support, copy cut and paste, turn-by-turn directions (via third-party hardware), FM radio support (via third-party hardware), and new Bluetooth support.  One feature that didn't receive much attention was tethering.

Apple said at the press event for the new OS that it would be allowing tethering and has built the functionality into the new OS.  However, whether or not you can use this functionality is entirely dependent on whether your carrier chooses to support it, and thus far AT&T, the official iPhone carrier in the U.S., has announced no plans to do so.

Still, those interested in how the tethering will work will take interest in this news.  Irish programmer Steve Troughton, an iPhone hacker and OS v3.0 beta tester, became the first to see the new tethering features.  He accidentally unlocked the features when overwriting his carrier, O2's, Carrier Settings file.

The result was an options screen for a tethered connection.  The connection could be turned on by either connecting via USB or Bluetooth and then sliding the a slide bar to "on".  When tethered the phone displays a message beneath the clock -- "Internet Tethering" -- to remind the user that their phone is tethered and is consuming data.

For some carriers outside the U.S., like Rogers Wireless (Canada), tethering should be a breeze to support, as they already offer tethered connections to their smart phone models.  AT&T, however, has not confirmed a time table or stated that it has any concrete plans for such a scheme yet on the iPhone.

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Changing your mind?
By ltcommanderdata on 3/20/2009 9:36:41 AM , Rating: 3
It's interesting that you mention tethering being reveal by Apple in it's press event in this article while you specifically point out tethering as a feature that Apple failed to deliver in iPhone 3.0 in your original article on the event.

In any case, being Canadian, I find it kind of amusing that Rogers is being used as the role model for how wireless carriers should be. Maybe it's only me that's not fond of some of Roger's practices?

RE: Changing your mind?
By JasonMick on 3/20/2009 9:43:32 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry for being ambiguous before, but what I meant by "failed to deliver" with tethering was that they announced no official plans and hardly acknowledged it until the Q&A. It is a feature in the new OS, but itll only be useful if AT&T will support it. And I wouldn't hold my breath on AT&T coming through real soon -- probably they will eventually, but who knows how long it will be.

RE: Changing your mind?
By ltcommanderdata on 3/20/2009 10:03:44 AM , Rating: 3
Well AT&T is starting to crack on the unlocking issue so there may be hope yet. They'll no doubt hold off for as long as they can though.

RE: Changing your mind?
By michael2k on 3/20/2009 12:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think the only reason they held back was the lack of infrastructure. If they could charge an extra $45 a month to allow tethering, I think they would.

But all the internet usage statistics from the last two years tells us that the iPhone sucked a lot of data even without tethering.

RE: Changing your mind?
By bhieb on 3/20/2009 10:27:15 AM , Rating: 2
What is odd is that I used to tether my Tilt all the time on Att, so I don't think they explicitly block it.

RE: Changing your mind?
By AlexWade on 3/20/2009 11:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
I tether my Blackberry Bold without a tethering plan. AT&T has not said a word of complaint about it. AT&T has many flaws, being uptight is not one of them in my experience.

RE: Changing your mind?
By omnicronx on 3/20/2009 10:46:31 AM , Rating: 2
In any case, being Canadian, I find it kind of amusing that Rogers is being used as the role model for how wireless carriers should be. Maybe it's only me that's not fond of some of Roger's practices?
Every Canadian cell phone company gets you in one way or another. Rogers is far too expensive, Telus has crappy reception in many places and bell has the worst customer service, and charges far too much for their phones.

From the sounds of it at least rogers lets you tether, I have Bell and if I do, I get charged for it at insanely high rates. Tethering plans were sold separately, at least this is how it was when I changed my plan last year.

At least with rogers/fido you are not locked to specific phones. I've realized now that the ability to switch phones anytime far outweighs paying more for your contract. As much as we would like to think so, a cell phone will not last for 3 years for most people. (whether it be lost, broken, dead battery etc).

RE: Changing your mind?
By Villains on 3/20/2009 1:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
EVERY Canadian cell phone company is too expensive and uses practices that most wish they wouldnt. Imo tho, Telus has the best coverage and reception but its too bad their customer service is on par with Bell as the worst out of any company i have ever dealt with, for anything. At least in my area anyway.

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