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  • AT&T Denies Tethering by End of 2009

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    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. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      lol, Americans, sorry.
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      sigh wtf

      someone should call up de la Vega on his quote
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      lol no1 should care we already got wimy and thats better then tethering
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      too bad it costs $10!!
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      hahaha April fools from AT&T.............right?
    1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar
      Paul Daniel Ash -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      lol, Americans, sorry.
      HA!!

      Yeah, sucks to be us, much of the time...
    1. danimsta's Avatar
      danimsta -
      im good with 3.0.1 and tethering

      i havent seen a need to upgrade to 3.1 anyway

      so im happy
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post
      HA!!

      Yeah, sucks to be us, much of the time...
      i can think of a few other countries that would suck worst to be from... or be stuck in, like all the time...
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      It's ok I think were a few lawsuits away from a verizon iPhone, start suing people!
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      This not good but every day AT&T is traying to make things more and more dificult, they are holding back the real power off the iphone. if is not AT&T its apple but one way or onother they don't let us have what we paid for, or what we want.
    1. Myque's Avatar
      Myque -
      How do you check if your Country/carrier have tethering or not?
      I am not in the US.

      Thanks
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      even if ATT allowed tethering. theyd charge us a monthly fee regardless of the unlimited data plan, probably $10-$15 dollars extra. im good with paying $29 dollars for the allways working PDAnet or $10 for the still unworking 3.1.2 unready mywi....
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      At&T network is suck. If they turn on tethering the network is gonna crash.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      even if ATT allowed tethering. theyd charge us a monthly fee regardless of the unlimited data plan, probably $10-$15 dollars extra. im good with paying $29 dollars for the allways working PDAnet or $10 for the still unworking 3.1.2 unready mywi....
      If/when AT&T enables tethering, bet on it being an additional $30 just like current Blackberry plans.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      The fact that ATT continually denies all the features they should WANT to put in their best selling and top model phone on their network that is saving their azz from the competition tells me somehow, someway, ATT doesn't really seem to LIKE the iPhone all that much.............

      They complain it is a hog, but more data is used by blackberry since there are more blackberry users, especially in enterprise situations. They don't even enable MMS until a month ago after 2 years of charging users only getting text full messaging prices, then they say tether and then back out.

      Seriously............. it's making their company, yet they don't like the iPhone.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Screw them! Soon as they see a migration of iPhones to other networks maybe they'll shape up. The ONLY reason I would accept about all this is IF in fact they are updating their network to support the projected useage. Maybe...
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Can you fix the title of this article please? Completely misleading..

      How about "AT&T Delays Tethering Rollout till 2010.. Surprised?"
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      If/when AT&T enables tethering, bet on it being an additional $30 just like current Blackberry plans.
      That would really s&$%k >..<
    1. wiltok's Avatar
      wiltok -
      I don't why anyone would think it would be any different than the blackberry plans. I was on the ATT site - the BB plans are very consistent with the Iphone plans ($30 for data on the BB plus $30 to tether).
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      ^ what he said