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VoIP raised hopes for tethering that were killed by AT&T

Those holding out hope that AT&T's move to allow VoIP applications to operate on its 3G network might mean tethering would be coming soon for the iPhone will be sad to hear the latest news from AT&T. Subscribers still can't “officially” use the iPhone for tethering to a notebook and AT&T has announced no plans to support the feature.

Tethering allows users to connect a notebook or netbook and use the iPhone as a modem to provide data connectivity. However, that feature has been blocked since Apple added it to the iPhone in America.

AT&T still maintains that before it offers a new feature, it must be sure that it will offer a good user experience. An AT&T spokesperson said, "Whenever we offer new features, we want to offer the best possible customer experience. For tethering, we need to do some additional fine tuning to our systems and networks so that we do deliver a great experience."

Presumably that fine tuning includes things like improving the 30% dropped call rate in NYC and making 3G service more readily accessible across its network. AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, head of AT&T's wireless unit, had previously said tethering could come to the iPhone this year.

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There's an app for that...
By Fox5 on 10/8/2009 3:57:01 PM , Rating: 2
I installed an app on my friend's iphone that allows tethering. His iphone isn't jail-broken either, so I'm not sure what the app is doing and why Apple hasn't blocked it. It only gets around 50kb/s though, so either ATT's network is pretty slow, or its using some kind of proxy server.

RE: There's an app for that...
By amanojaku on 10/9/2009 12:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
AT&T contract draft

General rules of conduct
1. You don't talk about tethering
2. You don't talk about tethering
[Don't touch MY profits, damnit!]
3. When AT&T says stop, or becomes congested, even if you have full bars, the transfer is over
[We're not ready for 3D UHF]
4. Only two apps to a phone
["Pay Your Bill Deluxe!" & "Extend Your Contract: Platinum Edition!!!"]
5. One app at a time
[Multi-task what?]
6. No pleather cases or crystal jobs
[Warranty arggggggggghhhhhh?!?!?!?!]
7. The taxes go on as long as they have to
[hee heeeeeee!!!]
8. If this is your first phone at AT&T you have to stay for two years
[We should probably amend that to all phone purchases, no?]
9. No phone is available except for the highest selling
[It doesn't have to be the best, just the most profitable!]
10. the support will always be free
[They won't know anything and can't transfer you, but they can offer renewals and new services!!!]

Customers have the following rights
1. You don't ask questions about poor service
2. You don't ask questions about 300-page bills
3. No excuses for late payments
4. No lies about "broken" phones
5. You have to trust the marketing

RE: There's an app for that...
By Blessedman on 10/11/2009 7:24:05 PM , Rating: 2
you really forgot the most important and I highly recommend anyone still with AT&T to ask if they prorate their bills. My contract ended on the 15th and their billing cycle started on the 12th. When I canceled my contract with them on the 15th they told me they didn't prorate and that I would have to pay for another month. SCAM!

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