With AT&T reversing their stance of not allowing VoIP applications to be used on their data network, many had begun hoping that they may also change their minds about not supporting tethering in the United States. Unfortunately, an AT&T spokesperson says that's not the case, and explains their reason for not enabling it yet.
Nearly three days after finally activating its long-awaited multimedia messaging service for the iPhone 3G and 3GS handsets, wireless carrier AT&T said today it was “pleased with the rollout” despite continuing user complaints on its own Facebook page. The user base might not entirely agree. According to Macworld, many iPhone users complained late into the weekend and early today about the service not working or taking too long to send a photo. The service was activated mid-day Friday nationwide, after AT&T took heat from customers in June about not having it available when the iPhone 3GS launched. The complaints began rolling in later Friday.
Recently, both Apple and AT&T found themselves named in two class action lawsuits regarding the current lack of MMS support for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. iPhone OS 3.0 includes support for MMS, but so far AT&T hasn't enabled the feature and apparently at least some iPhone owners feel that they've been misled per an article on the Mac Observer.
While we're still waiting for AT&T to announce when tethering will be available here in the U.S. (let alone how much it's going to cost), the
lucky bastards fortunate people of Australia will get to sink their teeth into tethering at no extra charge, starting right when the iPhone 3GS launches there on Friday, June 26, courtesy of Vodafone. The offer is their attempt to beat the competition, Optus, which also will be carrying the 3GS.
An iPhone app site posted information from "a source" earlier today stating that AT&T would be offering tethering for an extra $55 a month on top of the standard unlimited data plan. Now AT&T is saying that the rumors are false, though they offered no numbers to replace the ones they debunked.
So that super easy "hack" to enable tethering on the 3G we posted totally works on the 3G S. Simply open this link on your iPhone 3G S (same link we posted before) and install the profile. Boom, tethering! Of course many have asked about enabling MMS and there's a solution for that too! The only caveat is that it requires a bit of actual work on your part. You'll need to tweak an iTunes preference file and a GSM phone with MMS capabilities. Aaron Krill has all the details on enabling MMS + tethering on both iPhones, so check that out and be sure to let us know the results!
Clever folks with clever tricks have once again found a way to enable tethering on iPhone 3.0. The workaround allows AT&T subscribers (among others) to enable tethering without hacking or paying a fee. It works by tweaking the carrier settings with an iPhone configuration profile. After installing the profile, tethering is automagically enabled! Rumor has it that you can enable MMS in the same manner, although the file currently available doesn't seem to enable it. We've heard that it might disable Visual Voicemail, although we haven't tried it yet.
Earlier today Apple announced that iPhone OS 3.0 would add tethering functionality to existing and future iPhones and would be available on 22 carriers at launch. Now Engadget claims to have word from an AT&T representative saying that they can confirm tethering will be available on the device at some point, but they can't announce any specifics like an availability date or pricing.
According to MacRumors, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to enable data tethering in iPhone 3.0. The discovery was made after the developer altered carrier settings in an attempt to enable MMS. Once the preference was discovered, tethering was found to work over both USB and Bluetooth. Enabling tethering initially caused the phone to crash, although screenshots (shown below) later show that he did get things working.
iPhone 3.0 To Bring Copy & Paste, MMS, Tethering, Spotlight, Landscape Email, Stereo Bluetooth, Notes Sync & More
At the iPhone OS 3.0 preview event today, Apple announced the inclusion of Copy & Paste in the upcoming 3.0 software update. MMS will also be coming in an update to the SMS app, which has been renamed to "Messages." Additional features such as multi-photo emailing, landscape email, notes syncing, and Spotlight searching will also be included. The update will be available in the summer.