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
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.