AT&T Says Tethering Not Happening In 2009
After Steve Jobs’ confirmation that Apple would work with AT&T to make tethering an option on the iPhone, we all had high hopes that it would soon become a reality. Unfortunately, AT&T recently corrected one popular news blog for saying that it would be ready this year.
9to5Mac was asked by an AT&T representative in an email to correct a post in which they had stated that tethering would be available in 2009:
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…
This was after Steve Jobs’s comment in response to a customer asking about tethering back in August 2008:
We agree, and are discussing it with ATT.
Sent from my iPhone
Not long after, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega told TechCrunch in an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit that “an official, AT&T sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for a laptop is on the way ‘soon.’” So just how long is “soon”, anyway?