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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 http://www.att.com/mywireless" 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 CZroe on 5/19/2010 7:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone has officially supported it for almost a year. AT&T doesn't. I've been tethering for much longer with PdaNet and a jailbroken iPhone. PdaNet exists for many other phones too. You see, tethering is often disabled or discouraged by providers. I remember tethering with my Samsung N400 on Sprint back in, I think, 2002 when Sprint offered unlimited data ("PCS Vision") for $9.99 a month. All the images were watered down by their proxy servers due to them expecting it to be viewed on a cell handset.


RE: Surfing
By Pjotr on 5/19/2010 11:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
Since some plans charge per MB transfered and others have a cap per month, after which they charge for extra traffic, why on earth would operators want to limit the service they provide? They would surely want us to talk and communicate more data to earn more money!?


RE: Surfing
By mckinney on 5/19/2010 2:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


If it is on Verizon, buckle up and get ready to pay. I dont know if ATT has tethering at all.


RE: Surfing
By 67STANG on 5/19/2010 5:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
I've been tethering on my jailbroken iPhone for ages with iPhone Modem... It was like $10 and looks the same to AT&T as if the iPhone was using the bandwidth itself. Works a treat.

Don't use it that often, but when I travel and the hotel charges for wifi or if the power goes out, I can still surf with my laptop.


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