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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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RE: in plain speak
By Master Kenobi on 10/9/2009 1:04:00 AM , Rating: 5
Realistically though the data demands of your average iPhone are somewhere in the neighborhood of 5x that of any other phone. Adding tethering on an already over-capacity network will cause more outages and given that iPhones are required to have unlimited data plans, it would cause considerable problems with zero new revenue to offset the added burdeon on an already aging cell network. Perhaps once AT&T switches to the planned 4G LTE technology in 2010 and beyond we can see improvements in this area, but for now don't bet on it happening on the 3G side.

RE: in plain speak
By tjr508 on 10/9/2009 2:36:17 PM , Rating: 4
Reasonable post? On DT? Regarding ATT or Apple or BOTH?


RE: in plain speak
By Chaser on 10/15/2009 8:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
WoW! If a PS3 comment could slip out unassailed it could be a grand slam.

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