iPhone 3.0: Tethering Enabled
Apple's Senior VP for iPhone Software, Scott Forstall, said that Apple had already built Tethering into the iPhone software, shuffling the burden of "where the heck is it then?" neatly into the hands of the still-waffling carriers.
Well, according to MacRumors, an enterprising developer has gone and shown us that Forstall wasn't just spinning tales. Tethering (where your laptop connects to the internet via a USB or Bluetooth connection to your iPhone) really is already built in there.
Of course, with the way the iPhone brought down AT&T's network at SXSW last weekend, the thought of millions upon millions of iPhone users burning even more data must have AT&T execs quivering in their boots... Will they actually improve capacity before allowing it on their end, and how much of that will be pushed down to the user via Tethering "plan" increases?
Would you rather have cheap but unreliable Tethering, or would you pay more for rock solid service? Or do you just want all these heavy duty data users to get off your 3G lawn?
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By Kevin Lynch