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iPhone Tethering Coming to AT&T in June?



As Warner pointed out a few weeks ago, iPhone users are still unable to tether their notebooks here in the U.S. If the latest version of the iPhone 4.0 Beta is any indication, AT&T customers may be able to use their iPhones as a mobile 3G modem when the new OS and new iPhone launch next month.

The iPhone 4.0 Beta’s network settings screen now has a button labeled “Set Up Internet Tethering.” Tapping on the button brings up a window that gives you the option to either go to or call the company to enable tethering.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it’s entirely possible that AT&T isn’t ready at all and the screen will change prior to the launch of iPhone 4.0.

If this is what ends up going public, it’s pretty clear that AT&T will be offering tethering as a monthly subscription of some sort. If tethering was going to be a freebie, there’d be no reason for subscribers to have to contact AT&T to activate the service. It’s anyone’s guess how much AT&T will charge users for the privilege of tethering. Some are speculating that it’ll cost the same as the iPad’s $25 per month for unlimited bandwidth. I don’t think AT&T will offer unlimited bandwidth since there’s no controlling what kind of apps are used to download data (or how much of it) with a PC or Mac.

While some iPhone users are going to jump at the chance to tether, I’m not all that excited about this service. The last thing AT&T needs in the San Francisco is more network congestion. The network is still spotty and not a day goes by that I don’t have several dropped or jumbled calls. I think $200 per month is already too much to pay to a network that can’t even connect calls reliably. I’m going to continue using my Sprint MiFi card even if by some miracle AT&T offered tethering at no additional charge.



  1. Sumocat

    05/19/2010 at 3:22 am

    I wouldn’t leap to any conclusions based on this. Tethering is baked into the current OS too, but disabled for AT&T (people in other countries have rubbed our noses in that). If it does happen, I would hope for an on-the-spot, no-contract sign up system like the iPad’s. No added charge would be better, but c’mon, AT&T doesn’t even give away txt msg.

    • tabletenvy

      05/19/2010 at 2:37 pm

      We’d never rub your noses in it. But as fortunate Canadians who enjoy tethering on Rogers for free, we cheerfully offer gifts of friendship: maple syrup, beaver pelts, and hockey sticks.

      Now, my American friends, as a return gesture please stop hogging all that iPad goodness. May 28 is too darned long to get a chance to play with it at my local Apple store.


      • Xavier Lanier

        05/19/2010 at 2:48 pm

        Thank you for not rubbing our noses in it. We appreciate it, just as we appreciate silver medals.

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