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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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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.

Why?

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.

-T


"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il














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