Will AT&T Offer An iPhone Tethered Data Plan?

In the brief hours that Nullriver's NetShare iPhone app was available on the iTunes store it generated quite a buzz. Apple quickly had the application pulled, even though Nullriver claims it never violated Apple's developer guidelines. Some have cited AT&T's terms of service as the likely reason for Apple's action. According to new rumors, a tethering solution may be on the horizon for iPhone users with no interest in jailbreaking their phones.

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An online forum user allegedly received a brief email from Steve Jobs himself, stating that Apple was currently discussing iPhone tethering with AT&T. The carrier already offers tethered data plans for Blackberry devices on their network at an additional cost of $30 per month.

The question is whether or not AT&T's 3G network is ready to handle additional bandwidth, given all of the problems that have been reported by iPhone users across the US. Subscribers already pay an extra $10 per month for the iPhone 3G compared to first-generation iPhone data plans.

Tethering on the EDGE network is possible with a jailbroken iPhone and the right software, such as tetherkit. However, according to AT&T's terms of service, "plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to-computer accessories, Bluetooth or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops)..."

Until Apple and AT&T resolve the issue and make some type of official announcement, iPhone tethering will remain a clandestine activity.


Excuse me?
I'm sitting in Europa with iPhone 3G. Why should i care about AT&T?
Make this thing work!

Whatever ATT decides to do about tethering, there is now an (illegal) option to tether the iphone, using PDAnet. It works great! I have a full post on my blog about it. Check it out http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/tether-your-iphone-with-pdanet/

By the way, the ad that shows up and takes the full screen on you blog is LAME! It froze my computer, it wouldn't let me skip it. Just a FYI, as a blogger myself, I know it's hard to make money from it but the most important is to make sure your readers are happy. I got really frustrated.....