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.
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."
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.