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  • AT&T Teeter Totters on Tethering

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    If you're an iPhone customer who's been waiting on the edge of your seat for an update on when data tethering through the iPhone will become available, get ready to wait longer. Yesterday, AT&T told an anxious mobile community growing increasingly restless that tethering is not yet ready for roll out.

    This comes as a shock considering how prompt AT&T has always been to provide services like MMS (insert sarcasm here).

    If "at some point" is the present response from AT&T to an inquiry as to when we can expect tethering, it could very well prove longer than almost any of us can conceivably wait. But waiting is what we must do. According to coverage of AT&T's non-announcement-announcement by Macworld:
    An AT&T spokesman quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, "For tethering, we need to do some additional fine tuning to our systems and networks." That's pretty much holding the party line for AT&T, which earlier this year said only that tethering support would be coming at some point.
    "Whenever we offer new features, we want to offer the best possible customer experience," an AT&T spokesperson told the WSJ. "Fine tuning," the rep says is in order to "deliver a great experience."

    It's going to be hard not thinking about the reference to "fine tuning" this weekend.

    Whether "fine tuning" means pushing some buttons at an AT&T facility, or spending months—and millions—to upgrade their cellular network remains to be seen.
    Buying time with vague comments is about all the carrier can do these days it seems, as AT&T struggles to maintain their network to meet demands that outpace their upgrades. AT&T, however, is investing heavily in network upgrades that ultimately should make data tethering for the iPhone a positive experience for user and provider alike. The only variable is time. How much longer will we have to wait?

    MMS, which was also announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June, was targeted for a “late summer” launch and finally became available late last month. But AT&T's remarks seem to imply that there's still no hard date to bring tethering to the iPhone masses.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Teeter Totters on Tethering started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 68 Comments
      Tethering is still a $30 add-on, you can get Cable (initially most providers give discounts giving you a substantial first year savings) or DSL for that price.. you're over analyzing it. I was simply giving an EXAMPLE of what can't be used through tethering for the iPhone and there are many more examples. $30 for crippled internet access is no value or reason to switch from hard lined internet. You can also get iPhone data off of your plan if you must, just need an IMEI of a dumbphone. = $30 savings with HS access still intact at home

      Chances are if anyone is struggling to feed their kids, the iPhones are being sold and the account is going into collections and they're managing with a Cricket or MetroPCS phone.

      Even more savings!
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL View Post
      I don't have to be smarter than AT&T to know they like making money more than satisfying their customers, it's always been like that at AT&T.
      Oh silly me I forgot that the absolute main goal of EVERY SINGLE FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION ON EARTH THAT IS SUCCESSFUL simply wasn't to make as much money as humanly possible. Sure you may think that Verizon sure does care a whole lot about you, setting up a tower up in whatever god-forsaken area that you live in that is outside AT&T's service area, or even the 3G data coverage area of Verizon but the fact of the matter is that only want your money, nothing more. If Verizon can do something that makes you like them, they'll only do it if they think it will make more money. So by saying OMG AT&T ONLY CARES ABOUT DA MONEY you're trying to imply that any other phone carrier isn't exactly the same and that simply isn't true, no matter how you try to bash AT&T.
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Apple should enable tethering at large and leave to individual sevice providers to make the service available... For us that have iPhones outside US and have good service providers (F.U. AT&T!) we should be able to have tethering working for us... WTF Apple!?!?!? Have you become Micorosoft?!?!?...
      Who said every carrier isn't about the money? AT&T has always been about how cheaply we can run our network - Especially back when I had them and a cheap LG flip phone, which is NOT ok.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      Oh. I get it. The iPhone is a tether ball.
    1. RelleR's Avatar
      RelleR -
      Wow, Canada is finally getting access to iPhone crap faster than the front-runners, the United States of America. First MMS photo messaging now tethering!

      Don't worry south of the 49th parallel... I've been tethering since the day 3.0 came out.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by inzandity View Post
      This is why I won't update to 3.1.x yet. I want to keep my free tethering for now...without PDAnet
      Exactly. I've had tethering since July, and it work pefectly still (and yes I'm still on 3.0.1) - Like MMS, it is something that is functional, so like with MMS, I don't understand why at&t imposes these artificial road blocks.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      att allow tethering? naw. not happening