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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: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By Shadowself on 5/19/2010 10:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
Just for accuracy... Apple implemented teathering in 2009. People have been doing tethering with those iPhones for some time (so long as they are not AT&T customers).

While it is pure conjecture on my part, it would NOT surprise me if one of the conditions AT&T put on the original iPhone as part of the Apple/AT&T agreement was that the iPhone not do tethering. Even when Apple made the tethering capability a part of the basic functionality of the iPhone AT&T still did not support it.

AT&T really had no excuse not to implement tethering a year ago. It's just another way (among many) that AT&T has shortchanged its customers.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By iFX on 5/19/2010 12:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not that it matters. So "technically" the iPhone became capable of tethering in 2009... so, two years after the phone came out. Got it.

I guess I interpret your post to mean: ATT and Apple both suck.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By CZroe on 5/19/2010 3:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
No, he's saying that it isn't just "technically." The iPhone is not only sold on AT&T nor only sold in the USA. It's had tethering since iPhone OS 3 in many other countries so it has been available both technically and practically from Apple with only AT&T dropping the ball here. If you look up news reports you will see that AT&T not only promised support for it in 2009 but their vague deadline came and went.

I'm one of Apple's biggest critics. I'm not trying to defend them, just trying to correct a misunderstanding.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By iFX on 5/19/2010 3:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh no, there is no misunderstanding. Like I said, even though the iPhone "technically" was capable of tethering in 2009 it doesn't really make a difference, does it? Since it's still two years after the phone debuted and since everyone else had had tethering... since, well, for me it was 2004 with my Treo.

RE: My Palm Treo 650 had this feature in 2004.
By monomer on 5/19/2010 4:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
I believe it was "technically" able to tether once someone figured out how to jailbreak the original iPhone. The practice just was not officially supported by Apple.

By mostyle on 5/21/2010 2:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
I still don't get why the hardware manufacturer would allow limits imposed on their hardware capability this significantly so as to remove a function that 95% of all mobiles have inherently short of cash profit from exclusivity deals between Apple and AT&T. Isn't this like putting a governor on a Bugatti Veyron only allowing it to go 80mph.


On the flip side why would the data provider ask hardware manufacturers to limit in this way?

Over all wouldn't a marriage of a full-featured product and a healthy carrier be financially advantageous both the product and the carrier?

*suddenly awakens to 2010*

Sorry, must have been dreaming of a time when companies pushed quality of product to try and keep customers.


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