Could tethering be coming to iPad under iOS 4.2?

iOS 4.2 beta 2 for iPad, when used on some European carriers, is popping up Internet Tethering settings similar to those on iPhone. Since it's not showing up everywhere, and certainly not in the US, could this mean only certain geographies will be getting the feature, or is it just some accident in the firmware or carrier file update that's causing it?

Either way, it does show the panel is built into iPad, so why isn't it already there and for everyone, like on iPhone? We pay for the bits, we should be able to use them when, where, and how we see fit. (And we should be able to tether iPad to iPhone -- just like BlackBerry's doing with the PlayBook -- but that's rant for another day).

Apple should just flip the switch and turn it on and let the carriers scurry around in the harsh light of day and explain to us, their customers, why it should be blocked. (And no, paying an extra $20 a month to share a $30 data plan -- $50 total -- is not a viable option, carriers).

For more on Apple's latest iPad software beta, see our complete iOS 4.2 walkthrough.

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Rene Ritchie

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Could tethering be coming to iPad under iOS 4.2?


One might've argued, at one point, that mobile devices don't have the data consumption potential of a full pc so their data rates ought to be cheaper. That may or may not be true of the iPhone, but the iPad has apps that bring it super-close to the data consumption of a full computer.*
This may all be irrelevant, though, as tiered plans become more common. Tether all you want. You'll still have a 2gb limit.

  • Altjough, clearly AT&T didn't want to give us unlimited data even in that case since they pulled that bait and switch which removed access to unlimited, uncontracted data

SPEAKING of that stupid limit, anyone think that maybe if the iPhone 4 goes to other carriers, and some customers leave At&t, that maybe they'll bring back unlimited?

@Jasonphil I think they will bring back the unlimited plan only if people start to leave them because desperate times call for desperate measures lol

AG, I have the unlimited plan, also, but it may as well be a contract since canceling it for a month will make you lose access to it.

Data limits are already starting to suck after a few months for me. Competition will force a u-turn.

Someday cellular data will be reliable, fast, and cheap enough to buy one plan to encompass all devices eliminating the need for home networks and separate data plans for every device...someday.

why would you have to cancel it? And are you talking about the iPhone or iPad? Because I'm talking about the iPhone