Since its announcement yesterday, there's been quite a bit of speculation about what new features iPhone 3.0 will bring. BoyGeniusReport claims to have some concrete info which points to MMS and USB and Bluetooth tethering as two features which will definitely be included in the new software. MacRumors believes that we'll see background processes in iPhone 3.0, which we've previously reported.
More details about a data tethering plan for the iPhone 3G in the US have been uncovered. MacBlogz says they were contacted by associates at AT&T with more information about the plan. They say AT&T is currently considering a $10/month price for the plan, significantly less than ones for other handsets on the network.
Apple rumor site MacBlogz is claiming to have details on the iPhone tethering plans that were announced by AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega last week. Not surprisingly, the plans for the iPhone are in line with the data plans they offer for other 3G devices. The source, which they claim is from within the company, says it will be an additional $30/month for 5GB worth of tethering for iPhone users. Plans with the tethering option built in may debut in the future as well. More details after the break.
Tethering your iPhone for internet use can be a real life-saver when there's no Wi-Fi around, but for those who aren't the most tech-savy, the tinkering with proxy settings and the like can be a little too complicated. Thankfully those times may be coming to a close. Unofficial tethering app iModem has just released an update that lets you tether your iPhone via USB cable.
AT&T recently confirmed rumors that they would soon be offering a tethering program for the iPhone 3G. AT&T Mobility President/CEO Ralph De Al Vega commented at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier today that AT&T and Apple are working together to let the iPhone serve as a wireless modem for laptops.
A few months ago, a curious iPhone user decided to go straight to the top and ask Steve Jobs why there was no tethering plan for the iPhone available. Steve replied to his email saying they were working on it, but an inside source says AT&T is afraid their network won't be able to hold up to it.
As thrilled as we were to see an app that allowed the iPhone to share it's 3G network with a laptop, Apple and AT&T weren't crazy about the idea. Now, however, it looks like Apple may have an alternative solution in the works that may or may not involve the iPhone.
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.
NetShare, the app for tethering your iPhone to your laptop for use as a wireless modem, was removed yet again, but NullRiver, Inc is making progress to try and get it back up. They announced on their website that they are actively working with Apple to try and get it available to the public again.
We're not sure why, but as mysteriously as it left last night, Nullriver Inc.'s NetShare is back on the App Store and available for download once again. Strangely, it's only available via this direct link here- NetShare- App Store, and it will not show up in searches. At first glance at it's iTunes page, it does not appear to have any noticeable differences and it still says it's version 1.0, so we don't think they edited it in any way to comply with demands from Apple. Let us know if it works for you in the comments.