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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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AT&T isn't thinking long term
By mac2j on 5/19/2010 11:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
I live in NYC - I dont know about other areas.

BUT since AT&T enabled MMS on the iPhone their network here has been universally horrible ... dropped calls, network busy errors, slow data etc.

The best thing for them would have been to let Apple release the iPhone on Verizon to spread the traffic... but with exclusivity until 2011, and now tethering enabled their network is going to be useless here.

How can they not be investing more in their infrastructure - it makes no sense... personally I'm jumping to the Evo4G on Sprint but as soon as Verizon's iPhone gets here I'd bet they lose 30% of their customers... their network is just rapidly becoming unusable.




RE: AT&T isn't thinking long term
By vanionBB on 5/19/2010 1:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
I believe AT&T has maxed out its spectrum in NYC and this is why the coverage is so horrible. There is a limit to how much the spectrum can be split up. The spectrum is split into cells (this is where the word cell comes from).
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cell-phone1.h...
Page 2 of this article, 3rd picture down shows how cells work. Each cell broadcasts a different frequency range that is owned by the carrier. The carrier can add more cells, or more frequency, but at some point the carrier runs out of options.

Another consideration is that Verizion, Sprint, etc all own frequency in NYC. There is not a speck of available frequency left in NYC, and nobody is willing to give up any to AT&T precicely because they have the Iphone.


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