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  • AT&T Denies Tethering by End of 2009

    image via The iPhone Blog

    It's fortunate that there are other options for tethering to your iPhone, because AT&T has made it clear that they are not going to provide one anytime soon. While they have been pushing tethering to Blackberry users, the carrier has been reluctant to commit to anything for its "Hummer of smartphones" customers. Seth Weintraub at 9to5Mac.com was feeling bullish on AT&T tethering by end-of-year until he got the following curt message from at AT&T spokesman:
    Just reading again – where did anyone promise tethering by EOY? Where did you see that? We promised MMS by end of summer and ended up being a few days late for that…
    Weintraub wrote he had been using as his source a 2008 article on CNet (the subject of which can be pretty easily deduced from the title "AT&T Confirms Tethering Coming to iPhone in 2009") that said, in part:
    AT&T Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega confirmed on Thursday that iPhone 3G users will be able to use their phones as wireless modems at some point next year. (2009) De la Vega made the comments during a conversation with TechCrunch's Michael Arrington at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday....It's not clear when AT&T will roll out the tethering service; some point in 2009 appears to be the only stated time frame
    Weintraub's other source, a November 2008 article in MobileCrunch, only promised AT&T tethering "soon," so there's a little more wiggle room there - though most of us don't define "soon" as "more than a year."

    So what gives? Certainly, blog rumors and the nonspecific comments of corporate executives with shareholders to impress should not be treated as bankable promises. At the same time, AT&T is far from an undisciplined startup of an organization... even offhand remarks by its higher-ups are doubtless carefully scripted.

    If the reason for the delay around data tethering to the iPhone is to allow time for the announced buildout of expanded infrastructure, that's certainly to the good. AT&T has gotten burned - and rightly so - for selling millions of smartphones they didn't have the network to support. The carrier should have a care about yanking the chain of its userbase, however. Some of us may be such iPhone enthusiasts that we're willing to be creative to get the services we need or want. The non-jailbreaking masses, however, may simply decide to go elsewhere.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Denies Tethering by End of 2009 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. mylonghornlife's Avatar
      mylonghornlife -
      THIS is why I love T-Mobile.
    1. bmxtreme's Avatar
      bmxtreme -
      "Hummer of SmartPhone"....more like a "Ford of Smartphone"...Fix Or Repair Daily
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Did anybody saw the verizon 3g map commercial. That's can't be right. Right? If that 3g map is true. I will be very upset with AT&T.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Another reason to use a different carrier, So glad I'm from the UK.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      oh dear bash time
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      Really pathetic AT&T struggles to provide their customers with HSPA 7.2 Mbps and censors apps and tethering on the Apple iPhone that use large amounts of data but doesn't censor other smartphones on their network sold by other manufacturers. Where as here in Canada we're already at HSPA+ 21 Mbps (iPhone 3G max 3.2 Mbps, 3GS max 7.2 Mbps) for data, are allowed to tether on the iPhone and Rogers doesn't give a damn if we stream large amounts of data on their network since they don't offer unlimited data.