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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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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!

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