Finally, after years of waiting, AT&T is ready for iPhone tethering. The company announced iPhone tethering would be available for purchase when Apple releases iPhone 4.0 OS “this summer”. The news actually comes as a welcome reflief as many of us started wondering if this day would ever come.
Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.
So forget Verizon offerings like the Palm Pre Plus that offer free tethering, AT&T has taken the stance that data is going to cost you. For some users, this news is over due. For others, the news just saved them a bundle of money.
For example, if you are considering a new iPad, things just got interesting. Instead of shelling out the extra $120 for a 3G version, users that have an iPad and an iPhone (or other AT&T smartphone) can opt for the WiFi only version and tether the iPad via the iPhone connection. Currently, AT&T is not commenting on how many concurrent connections the iPhone will contact to.
Of course, tethering introduces a few potential issues. Battery life on the tethered iPhone tends to burn brightly and quickly. With AT&T’s news 2GB cap, users might bump their heads on a data ceiling or face the $10 for an extra 1GB.
Press release: [AT&T]
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