Rumor: Apple, AT&T Working On iPhone Tethering Plan
The reason NetShare was so great was that for the first time it was possible for people who don’t hack their iPhone to share its “unlimited” internet capabilities with a laptop in the absence of a Wi-Fi. But, now that it’s gone, it can only be done by jailbreaking, and the ones playing it safe are left in the dark. One user decided to share this information with Steve Jobs, and it looks like he got a reply.
The sender’s email:
“AT&T offers data plans for BlackBerry that include tethering for an additional $30 per month (a total of $60 per month for the BlackBerry+tethering plan).
It seems ludicrous that the same thing is not offered with the iPhone. I understand the desire to prevent tethering with the current data plan, but I am willing to pay more money to allow tethering! With such an advanced device, why can I not do so?”
The sender claims that Steve replied with the following email:
“We agree, and are discussing it with ATT.
Sent from my iPhone”
We’re not sure if it really is from Steve himself (especially with that “Sent from my iPhone” bit), but it does seem to follow his style of answering pertinent emails from users in a concise way. Either way, it’s certainly got the proverbial rumor-ball rolling.
Still, if AT&T does decide to start offering tethering, you can bet that they’ll make you pay for it (probably more than it’s worth), regardless of how much data you use on a regular basis on the iPhone already. The main reason for Apple not including the capability themselves already is thought to be that AT&T wanted to set it up in a way that requires users to pay extra. Frankly, we might be better off jailbreaking.