RUMOR: Apple and AT&T prepping iPhone tethering plan

“According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one’s phone,” Mark Wilson reports for Gizmodo.

MacDailyNews Note (added: 9:52am): Tethering in this case means using your iPhone as a modem to connect your Mac – or heaven help you, Windows PC – to the Internet.

According to the rumor, an iPhone user sent Apple an email stating that since AT&T offers data plans for BlackBerry that include tethering for an additional $30 per month, he’d be willing to pay for such a service for his iPhone. And, supposedly, Steve Jobs responded via email, “We agree, and are discussing it with ATT.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Roger’s already offers iPhone tethering in Canada, so it’s possible that AT&T wants to add tethering in the U.S. Perhaps AT&T first wanted to work on getting their network more optimized for the millions upon millions of iPhones hitting it before they will add an official iPhone tethering plan?

56 Comments

  1. @scottm

    Tethering means using a chellphone’s data connection to provide internet access for a computer. Typically, the cellphone appears to the computer as a modem and the connection process is similar to using a modem. Bluetooth can be used for the phone-computer link, although sometimes carriers limit the connection to cables.

    Another way to think of tethering is that it allows a cellphone to act as a data modem rather than requiring a dedicated ExpressCard device.

  2. John, don’t worry your pretty little head about it…

    just know that I invented it.

    Oh, and tomorrow the world will be engulfed in a flood. That is, unless we all stop breathing… and start eating tofu & kelp… and use $50,000 windmills to power our houses. Yeh, that’s the ticket.

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